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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Making A Splash & An Impact

hannahIdyllwild, CA, July 2nd, 2014 – Encounter 924 Student, Hannah Machado, 17, describes her experience supervising the Zoom Floom water slide during the Southwestern Leadership AWANA Camp. Hannah comments “the kids were all so cute and unique. I loved getting to know their individual personalities as I had them sing or dance, and I was so proud of how well they memorized their bible verses!” Hannah encouraged the campers to recite  bible verses, or sing and dance to worship songs while waiting in line to slide down the Zoom Floom.

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Encounter: 924 Highlights: Week #2


June 9th, 2014 – June 13, 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 Session #2 with Kevin Relyea – Leadership Framework

Last week, Encounter students learned what questions need to be asked when leading a group of people. Relyea introduced the questions through a hands on activity. The activity involved splitting the Encounter students into two groups. Each group had the same scenario: Family Road trip. Relyea asked the groups to brainstorm essential questions they would ask  themselves in order to make the road trip a successful. At the end of the activity, each group had a list of questions. The point of the activity was to introduce the Leadership Framework. Relyea explains that leading a group is like planning and leading a family road trip. The Leadership Framework consists of 10 questions that enable one to clarify a group’s, an organization’s, or a family’s goal, and what means will it take to reach the goal.


The first question is “Where are we?” Leaders need to ask themselves and their team “where are we physically, geographically, spiritually, mentality, psychologically, and emotionally”. Leaders need to understand the condition of the group before attempting to go somewhere. Relyea emphasized that there are questions that need to be asked and answered to establish a clear journey ahead. Encounter student, Justin Peek, 19, commented “There are questions that need to be answered before starting a journey”. Relyea forewarned Encounter students that the Leadership Framework will get you feedback from the group you are trying to lead, but you will encounter people that will not want to participate in the journey. William Lovett, 16, said he learned that “You can get people somewhere, but you can’t make them do it”.

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USC Troy Camp: Warm Fuzzies, TC Mail, Eyewitness News

troy logoDuring the end of May, Idyllwild Pines Camp hosted USC Troy camp. USC Troy Camp puts on a weeklong camping experience for 3rd -5th graders of South Los Angeles. USC Troy Camp has been dedicated to youth development since 1948. Troy Camp has incorporated a unique curriculum that is committed to facilitate friendship and fun through Warm Fuzzies, TC Mail, and Eyewitness News. We interviewed three USC Troy Camp leaders to explain what Warm Fuzzies, TC Mail, and Eyewitness News are. The Video below will explain.photo 32

USC Troy Camp 2014: Warm Fuzzies, TC Mail, and Eyewitness News

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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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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.


Verse of the Day

Matthew 28:7

Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.

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Mark 16:6

.Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

Verse of the Day

Matthew 20:18-19

We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified.On the third day he will be raised to life!”