New Operations Director Brings Talent and Experience

kelly portraitIdyllwild, CA, September 2, 2014 – Idyllwild Pines Camp and Conference Center (IPCC) is thrilled to announce that Kelly Schlenz has decided to join our team as Director of Operations. Kelly graduated from Azusa Pacific University (APU) with a Bachelors Degree in Communications and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership. Prior to joining our team Kelly spent 8 years as a very successful Resident Director and Program Coordinator at APU. One of his key passions as Program Coordinator was planning and organizing APU’s annual “Walk About” experience, which has developed an industry reputation as one of the most impactful leadership development programs of its’ type in the country. Kelly has always had a connection to IPCC. He is the 3rd generation “Schlenz” to join the IPCC staff. His great grandfather, Earnest Schlenz volunteered as a grounds keeper at the camp. And his grandfather, Walt Schlenz, and father, Paul Schlenz, both held the position of Executive Director for a combined 50 years.  Kelly grew up at Idyllwild Pines and now, he has his very own family living in the same house he grew up in. kellyHe says, “The fact that my kids are playing in the room I played in as a kid, is exciting! I’m definitely very happy to see my kids grow up in the place that has meant so much to my life and to have them experiencing, as I did, all that God is doing at the camp”. Kelly is passionate about the mission and the vision of IPCC. He commented, “working with the staff and so many youth who visit, at a place that has such a significant opportunity to impact lives for Christ, just being part of that; excites me!” As Operations Director Kelly will have the very important role of leading his team to create an experience for our guests that allows them to rest and have fun, worry free, for a few days and connect with all that God has planned for them while they are here. Idyllwild Pines welcomes Kelly, his wife Pamela, sons Brayden and Kyler, and daughter Naiya to our team. We are already thankful for the positive impact their contributions have made and we look forward with great expectation to all that God will do in and through them while Kelly is serving at Idyllwild Pines Camp.

Paintball Available for Group or Private Reservations!

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This extreme sport is competitive, fun, and a great activity for team building. We have lots of space to play and lots of challenging obstacles throughout the course. The course can accommodate up to two teams of ten and we have some great life-lessons and teachings before and after the game (optional). All equipment, safety gear, ammo and a referee are included in the cost.  Call today to book a special event or add to your activity rotation during camp.  (951) 659-2605

November 2014 | A Note From Kevin

Kevin Relyea 002I am very thankful to report that it has been a great life changing summer in Idyllwild!

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, investment, and support. We know that what ‘Idyllwild Pines’ is called to do, cannot be done without God’s leading, blessing, power, and people.

Many of you have joined with us through prayer and by investing your time and treasure. Due to your involvement, Camp continues to be a place where people get close enough to God’s “invisible attributes”, as revealed in creation, to sense the reality of His presence and hear His voice speaking truth to them in love.IMG_0851

In just 12 weeks, from the end of May to Aug 23, we were blessed to experience 19,745 camper days at Idyllwild Pines. During that time, Jesus was lifted up, and many campers made significant, life changing decisions about their relationship with God.

Camp does not happen unless God connects hearts, like yours, to His mission and moves you to get involved. That is why we thank Him often for you and for our staff and for our Board of Directors. That is why we report to you today that, “God is good.”

Kevin Relyea

Idyllwild Pines’ Executive Director 2014

Bob Leih is the new science teacher at Idyllwild School

IMG_8901September 4th, 2014, Idyllwild, CA - Idyllwild Pines Camp’s summer staff member, Bob Leih, is the new middle school science teacher at Idyllwild School. Leih is our summer time facilities worker, high ropes expert, and mentor to our summer staff. We are very proud to learn that he is teaching at Idyllwild School. For more about his new position at Idyllwild School click the link :Bob Leih returns to Idyllwild School.

 

 

 

Little Victories: Philippians 4:13

Verse of the Day #2When campers see the high ropes elements, many get excited, and some feel immediately intimidated. The campers see these high ropes elements and freeze up. It is hard to see campers enjoying their time on high ropes and while others are not.

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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