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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Encounter 924 Highlights: Week #1

logoJune 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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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.

Verse of the Day

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!”




Verse of the Day

Psalm 121:7

The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Idyllwild Pines Camp Announces New Executive Director

IDYLLWILD (March 24, 2014) – Idyllwild Pines Camp and Conference Center (IPCC) has selected Kevin Relyea as its next Executive Director. A former Forbes 500 CEO and past IPCC Board President, Relyea began his role on January 1, 2014.

“We chose Kevin because of his love of God through Christ, his passion for youth and his executive experience coupled with his leadership knowledge,” said Ray Detwiler, Board President.

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