Volunteers Invest in Idyllwild Pines


voluteer babies 3Here at Idyllwild Pines Camp and Conference Center we are frequently blessed by the service of volunteers who give their time to help us maintain our camp so that we can continue to serve our community. We are blessed not only by the service of these volunteers, but by their willingness to serve and their giving hearts. See more volunteer pictures.

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How Connecting With God is Different For Everyone

Idyllwild Pines, nestled in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains, is a perfect place to get away from the noise of the city and “connect with God”. But what does “connecting with God” really look like? Is it sitting quietly and thinking, or is it worshiping with reckless abandoned? It can be, but it is different for everyone. Idyllwild Pines believes that “connecting with God” can be done through worship, prayer, quiet reflection, high ropes activities, paintball, hiking, playing an instrument, volunteering, and other activities.  Relevant Magazine published an article titled, What Does It Actually Mean to “Connect to God”, which aims to explain how “connecting with God” looks different in each of our lives. Article author, Jimmy Fabrizio, urges us all that “We have to get used to the idea that there are a million different ways to spend time with God, to hear His voice, to draw near to Him”. God made us like no other person, blessing us with different gifts and through them we can tap into hearing His voice, His promise, His glory, and His will.



Arcadia High School Music Camp at Idyllwild Pines

IMG_0691 Idyllwild, CA, August 17 – 22, 2014 –  Arcadia High School Marching Band and Color Guard enjoyed their Music Camp at Idyllwild Pines Camp for the 19th year.  This year’s theme for the band’s  music selection is ” Follow The Leader”.   Continue reading

Encounter: 924 Highlights: Week #5


June 30th, 2014 – July 6th, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Idyllwild Pines Camp’s Encounter 924 students continued their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week.

Leadership Training with Kevin Relyea

Leadership Training with Kevin this week touched on a specific lie leaders believe. The lie was “I do not have what it takes to do what God has called me to be or do”. This negative self-talk runs through the minds of Christian leaders and in some various form in non-Christian leaders. We are always comparing ourselves others and limiting our abilities. Encounter students shared moments where they felt unequipped, insecure, and defeated. The lie has often prevented them from taking a job, going to school, or pursuing a passion. Relyea explained to the students that Satan tries to tell us that we are not good enough to do the amazing things God has called us to do. He brings out our insecurities and attempts to magnify them, so that, it becomes our only identity. Relyea passed out a handout that had a list of scriptural verses that describes who we are in Christ. It was encouraging to read a couple of the verses. They help renew the minds of our young leaders and reinforced their identities.


Lucero Aguilar belaying campers on Zip Line. Encounter students are encourage to use the leadership training at rope courses.

Lastly, Relyea asked Encounter students to write their own eulogy. Encounter student wrote a list of qualities that they would like for people to say about them. It was an exercise to make them think what they would want to be remembered by. Next week the students will write out on how they will make those comments real. What will it take to be remembered like they wished on their eulogy?  

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Encounter:924 Highlights: Week #1

Encounter924logo_redux_1June 3, 2014 – June 6, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Encounter 924 students started their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week! Encounter week #1   Continue reading

Eighth Grade Service Retreat


On the morning of May 29th, 2014, eighth-graders from Vineyard Christian School in Anaheim, California arrived to Idyllwild Pines Camp for their Service Retreat. Their leader, Jim Wilkerson, brought the group here to the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains to experience God’s stillness, nature and service.

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Volunteer & Retreat Weekend

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Christian Impact Service Club & Girl Scout Troop 8415

The Christian Impact Service Club from Dartmouth Middle School and The Girl Scout Troop 8415 spent the weekend of May 2nd through the 4th helping Idyllwild Pines prep soil, rake leaves, pull out weeds, and plant flowers.

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Verse of the Day

Romans 1:20

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.