High School Camp

Summer 2018

Why choose Ponderosa?

Clear Gospel Message

The gospel isn’t merely one ingredient in our programming mix. It’s the reason for everything we do.

Creative Theme

The theme is a practical link between the entertaining aspects of camp and our presentation of the Gospel. We leverage it as a background to Biblical truth.


The high-energy, innovative games at Hume Lake give campers an outlet for their energy and counselors a chance to encourage team-building.

Dynamic Worship

Indoor worship, outdoor worship, corporate worship, devotional worship. Hume nurtures the attitude of worship from sunrise to sunset.


Hume Lake has an arsenal of activities for you and your students. Each afternoon during free time we PLAY.

Local Ministry

We believe youth pastors know their youth groups best. In light of that, we run camp in order to give youth pastors the freedom to focus on their students.

Amazing Location

It is a place of great natural beauty, with warm summer days, cool nights, an amazing lake and wilderness surroundings. God makes cool stuff.


Ponderosa can seem pretty surreal at first—one thousand campers, epic team competitions, cinematic camp themes, balcony-shaking music, and virtually endless activities, all at 5200 feet elevation in the national forest. But once you settle in you’ll realize that Pondy is actually very real—breakout groups with your peers and youth pastor, sunrise worship by lake, and a thousand simple moments where you notice the Gospel at play in your heart and all around you.

Ponderosa truly is the best of both worlds where you can escape the regular routines of life while rediscovering all the things that a life in Christ provides.

Some older mapping services will suggest you take the 245. It is a curvy, winding road that will take you at least an additional hour. DO NOT take 245!

What to Bring

  • Bible
  • notebook
  • pencil/pen
  • flashlight
  • sleeping bag
  • pillow
  • toiletries
  • warm and cool clothes
  • jacket
  • modest one-piece swimsuit (no tankinis)
  • a towel for swimming and showering
  • a water bottle
  • $60 recommended spending money

What NOT to Bring

  • Drugs (unless prescribed by a doctor)
  • alcohol
  • tobacco
  • fireworks
  • firearms
  • electronic devices

(Remember: Girls no bare midriffs or spaghetti straps; guys, no sagging.)


Here’s how you’ll need to address your letter/package:

Ponderosa – (Camp Dates)
(Camper Name) – (Church registered with)
64144 Hume Lake Rd
Hume, CA 93628

For example:
Ponderosa – June 15-21
Johnny Smith – ABC123 Church
64144 Hume Lake Rd
Hume, CA 93628

IMPORTANT: Please send five days prior to desired delivery date!

Spirit Day Theme

During Thursday morning recreation we will kick it back to the old school days of relay races with insane amounts of fun and high energy. It’s the day in the week to dress up and go crazy with your Rec Team. So get together with your cabin and figure out how you want to come dressed!! The theme this year is Lions and Tigers and Jungle, OH MY! We look forward to seeing what fun things you guys come up with.

Our Rec colors are:

Neon Yellow

Neon Peach

For each week of camp, check-in begins Sunday at 2:00 PM for churches and at 3:00 PM for individuals.

Sunday afternoon is a great time to get your swim test done. Dinner begins at 5:15 PM and the counselor meeting begins at 6:00 PM (in Memorial Chapel).

Camp ends Saturday morning after breakfast.
IMPORTANT: Individual campers must be picked up by 9:00 AM.

2018 Summer Theme

The most well known verse in the Bible is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” But has our familiarity of this verse caused us to lose sight of its significance? Do we fully understand God’s love and purpose for humanity from the very beginning of time? This summer we will focus on God’s redemptive plan throughout the grand narrative of scripture as He rescues His people from the curse of sin and will one day restore all things. Our hope is that as we seek to know God more, our love for Him will grow which result in a life fully surrendered to him.

Kujua Teaser

Live Launch


Need some materials to help promote this event at your church, club or group? We’ve got you covered!

Summer Band

The Eagle and Child

Leading Music Weeks 1-5

The Eagle and Child is a band from San Diego, formed out of a vision to create music that mirrors the complex beauty of a relationship with a kind and limitless God. They hope to write songs that are refreshing & thought provoking, words that are honest and accessible. The band members have spent a lot of years touring and playing music in different avenues, and hope to use their experience to make excellent art, as an act of worship to our good and faithful God.

Band for weeks 6-9 TBA

For All Seasons

Leading week 10 (August 12-18)

Our hearts are simple: We desire to live a life of worship throughout every circumstance. We want to live out the Gospel both on and off stage. We want to be a people who continuously choose joy. We don’t want to be wavered by the things of this world. We want to stand firm in who we are in Christ. We want to worship Jesus not for what He offers but for who He is.


You Bring a Counselor


per camper


per counselor

We Provide a Counselor


per camper


June 10-16

Week 1


Darin McWatters

June 17-23

Week 2


James Petitfils

June 24-30

Week 3


PJ Lewis

July 1-7

Week 4


Erik Thoennes

July 8-14

Week 5


Brian Holland

July 15-21

Week 6


Chris Hilken

July 22-28

Week 7


Brad Bell

July 29-August 4

Week 8


Steve Ross

August 5-11

Week 9


Chris Brown

August 12-18

Week 10


TJ McDaniel


Please contact Rachel Closs // rcloss@hume.org // (559) 305-7664

Please contact Rachel Closs
rcloss@hume.org // (559) 305-7664

Please contact
Rachel Closs
(559) 305-7664

For Registration inquiries, please email register@hume.org


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