What's the best part about winter camps at Hume Lake? WINTER!
First of all, there's snow. Lot's of snow. If it doesn't fall, then we make it! With seven snowblowers our tube-run and snowboard hill is always ready to go, and our groomer helps us shape the snow into jumps, turns and wicked-fast straightaways!
Second, there's an ice-rink on which we play the best winter-game every invented: Broom Hockey! You can also rent skates and practice your triple lutz.
Don't forget about The Giant Swing, the O.K. Chalet, Tatonka (our mechanical buffalo), Reball (NEW!) and Hume & Beans—the best coffee shop for miles!
Seriously, if you haven't seen Hume Lake during the winter you're missing out! Just think giant trees covered in snow and you'll start to get the picture.
All our winter camps include solid biblical teaching and dynamic musical worship.
In a couple sentences in Mark 12:29-30, Jesus took the entirety of the 613 Levitical laws and beautifully pared them down to these two: Love God and Love Others. That is the great commandment… plain and simple. In a world of increasing doubt and indecisiveness, what would it look like if we loved God with ALL of our hearts, souls, minds and strength? What if we loved our neighbors as much as we love ourselves? In the second half of verse 31 Jesus says “There is no other commandment greater than these” and from that sentence comes our theme title: “That’s it!” It’s as if Jesus was saying to the Scribe who approached him “focus on these, that’s it!” Our desire this winter is to learn how to love God and love others with ALL that we are… That’s it!
Broom Hockey Tournament
Never seen Hume’s version of Broom Hockey? Watch the video and read the instructions then get your team together!
Some youth groups select their teams + team names before coming up to camp and then make t-shirts or bring costumes to enhance team spirit. It may or may not help your game, but you’ll look awesome!
Each team consists of 8 campers from one or more churches. Campers may only play for one team in the tournament. No co-ed teams. Guys play guys and girls play girls. Counselors may not play in camper tournaments.
However, if there is time, counselors can take on the Hume staff immediately after the tournament ends. Registering teams will take place during Saturday morning breakfast.
One of the most outrageous team competitions at Hume! Check out the video and the instructions then start stockpiling cardboard.
Each church can create one boxsled. Your boxsled must have at least 2, but no more than 10 riders.
The boxsled must be comprised of 100% cardboard and duct tape! You will lose points/be disqualified for using any other materials, including paint. We will have additional cardboard and duct tape here at Hume for sale if you run out!
Judging is based on creativity of the boxsled and the quality of the jump—which means different things to different judges. 🙂
Boxsleds can be built before coming up to Hume, but hopefully students can put finishing touches while here at camp to allow as many of your students as possible to work together, problem solve, and build some team spirit.
What can I expect at a Hume camp?
CLEAR GOSPEL MESSAGE
The gospel isn’t merely one ingredient in our programming mix. It’s the reason for everything we do. Hume speakers know teenagers as well as their bibles. They unwrap and animate God’s truth in ways that connect with students.
Students will hear the gospel of Jesus in chapels and talks, then wrestle with it in seminars, breakouts, and all those unscripted moments between youth pastors and students that a Hume Lake camping experience delivers.
Indoor worship, outdoor worship, corporate worship, devotional worship. Hume nurtures the attitude of worship from sunrise to sunset. Just step out of your cabin, and you can’t help but acknowledge God here in the midst of His majestic creation.
Personal quiet times, small-group prayer, and corporate worship—you’ll have plenty of options for exalting the lord. For listening to him, too. (It helps that distractions are few here—no phones or ipods, for instance.)
And our musicians are selected for their giftedness in bringing students into the presence of the lord.
When it comes to recreation, we let kids be kids. The high-energy, innovative games at Hume Lake give campers an outlet for their energy, while providing counselors a chance to encourage team-building and leadership skills.
From Broom Hockey to the Boxsled Blitz we have a great time competing as teams, enjoying the camaraderie, and practicing winning and loosing graciously.
It is a place of great natural beauty, with warm bright summer days, cool starry nights, crisp colorful autumns, cold snowy winters, sparkling water, and woodsy wilderness surroundings.
Hume Lake’s expansive acreage and comfortable facilities in the Sequoia National Forest provide dynamic and powerful opportunities for Christian growth and fellowship in a setting rich with potential for outdoor enjoyment, challenge, recreation, and relaxation.
Hume Lake has an arsenal of age-appropriate seasonal activities for you and your students. Each afternoon during free-time they will enjoy traditional camp favorites as well as exciting new activities—all within walking distance!
Activities include: Ice Skating, Tube Run, Snowboard Run, TATONKA (our Mechanical Buffalo), and more!
The theme is a creative and practical link between the fun, entertaining aspects of camp and our presentation of the Gospel. While we believe that the theme is a critical part of the camp experience, it is our desire that by the end of the week it becomes background to the Biblical truths taught throughout the week.
The dramatic video productions and themed team names are some of the programming elements we use to capture campers’ attention, win their trust, and direct their focus to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let us agree on one thing: your youth pastor—not us or any other ministry resource provider—knows your youth group best. We run camp in order to give youth pastors freedom to do what they do best—relate to students, listen, offer guidance, love. To that end, we free them up from the myriad details required for a successful, memorable camping experience—the programming, lodging, meals, recreation, speakers, music. They do enough of that anyway.
So this time, we’ll do the footwork while your youth pastor ministers to your students. After all, when Jesus left this planet, he left behind a church, not a camp.