The Idyllwild Pines Volunteer Weekend was a big success. We want to thank all our volunteers, including John Aufhammer, Caleb Bradley, Tricia, Bobby, Abby, and Micah Nieves, Malia Goodwin, and the San Fernando Valley Baptist Youth Association. We also want to thank the members of our staff that contributed, including The Ruelas Family, The Schlenz Family, Kurtis Mitchell Smith, and Kevin and Mary Relyea. Thank you Mary for taking such excellent pictures.
Our Operations Director, Kelly Schlenz, who helped organize the weekend said, “If you build it they will come!” Many times in my life I have heard this famous mantra uttered. The line from the classic baseball hit movie Field of Dreams resonated with-in me as we began the process of planning our first ever Idyllwild Pines Volunteer weekend. If we could put together a fantastic weekend of some much need camp projects and mix it up with fun, food and fellowship all for free…well that had to be a winning combination! As I walked away from our planning meeting God quickly reminded me that the success of our weekend hinged much more on Him moving in people’s hearts than whatever “plans” we could concoct. So it quickly became a prayer “Lord if we plan it, we pray YOU bring them!”Continue reading →
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
We often read Jeremiah 29 like it is good news, plain and simple. But to the first people who heard those words, they were a tremendous disappointment. God’s people had suffered terribly. They had lost their land, their throne, their temple. Before Jerusalem fell in battle, the people had given in to cannibalism. They were then force-marched 800 miles and paraded (literally) through a pagan city in which they were now considered as the living symbols of the power of that city’s god.
It was into this kind of despair that Jeremiah offered God’s promise: “I know the plans I have for you … plans for your welfare and not for your harm, to give you a future and a hope.” They were not easy words to hear. Jeremiah promised that God had a plan that was certain and inevitable. But it would not unfold on Israel’s timetable. It would not simply undo Israel’s hardship. Yet the promise stood: God would fully restore His people and bring them out of their desperate situation, but He would not do it in the way any of them would have planned it.
Welcome to Idyllwild Pines Camp Career Page. We are honored by your interest in serving with our ministry. Idyllwild Pines Staff Members are motivated by their passion for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with nearly 8,000 guest who visit our facility each year.
Prayer is the foundation of our ministry at Idyllwild Pines Camp; and as we aspire to surrender to Him and walk in obedience to His Word, our staff is used in mighty ways. If you have a passion for people growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ, desire to serve the Lord in the unique ways He has gifted you, and you are interested in exploring a ministry opportunity at Idyllwild Pines Camp– we welcome you to begin the process by checking out our current openings below:
Here 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.
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.
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 →
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.
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.