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.

Perris Valley Recovery Program: Rites of Passage Program

June 20, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Perris Valley Recovery Program’s Rites of Passage Program came up to Idyllwild Pines Camp for an unforgettable camping experience. This program is designed for adolescent males of African descent. This program aims to empower resiliency in young men.

During their stay,  the campers experienced Idyllwild Pines’ Giant Swing, Zip Line, Rock Wall, Archery, Zoom Floom, and pool. Idyllwild Pines’ staff were able to talk to a few of the campers . The campers shared with us a little about the Rites of Passage Program and their experience at Idyllwild Pines.

Perris Valley Recovery Program 2014 leader interview

Rites of Passage Campers at Archery

Perris Valley Collage 2014

About Perris Valley Recovery Program

We have been a leader among non-profits serving the communities of Perris Valley for 20 years. We have assisted thousands of individuals in learning how to make smart choices and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our Mission is to positively impact individuals, families, and the community we serve by making the following wide range of community and professional services available to the family.


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 32

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

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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.


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!”




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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