Christian School Science Camp
5th through 8th Grade
The Hume Lake Outdoor Education program is a Christ-centered, hands-on learning experience that will instill in students a passion for Christ, a respect for His creation and an understanding of the world around them.
Nestled deep in the Sequoia National Forest with multiple bodies of water and a variety of terrains & ecosystems, Hume Lake is the perfect classroom environment in which students will experience God’s creation.
Each of our outdoor adventure classes are designed to reinforce the state science standards you are teaching, while embedding our core values. Our energetic instructors will engage your students and make the learning process both fun and memorable while continually pointing students back to the creator. Time spent in chapels feature dynamic worship music, and an evening challenge from God’s word by our speakers, who live out what they teach, and know how to communicate with 5th – 8th grade students.
This class has also been referred to as “Sierra Conifers and Logging” as students will learn the basics
of tree anatomy as well as help them to identify the various types of cone-bearing trees located here at
Hume Lake. Trees provide us with the oxygen that is crucial for our living. God created these living
giants for an important reason. Students will learn about how these trees live, and what role they play in
the environment as well as the history of logging here at good ole’ Hume Lake. Students will be taken
on a hike around Hume, where there will be “teaching stops” along the way and also times for the kids to
participate in hands on learning.
There are a variety of Reptiles & Amphibians that can be found in the forest surrounding Hume
Lake. We will take a look at both native and exotic reptiles & amphibians, learning about how they are
classified, what makes each of them unique, where they live (taking an up close look at some of their
natural habitats), as well as how they use and help the environment around them. Students will not
only learn about them, but they will get to see many of these amazing creatures live in action as we let
students see, touch and interact with them.
Native American Life
For centuries, Native Americans lived in some of the harshest environments in the world without the
help of our modern “conveniences”. This class focuses on the skills and abilities of Native Americans,
whose resourcefulness is often unrivaled. Students step back in time to visit an authentic Indian village
and explore the Indian lifestyle and legends that once existed in the Hume basin. Wobonuch Indians
once lived in the local area of Hume Lake, and they had to learn to live off the land. We will take a look at
their lives through their food, shelters, beliefs and customs. Understanding a culture’s past can help us
understand our own.
A great faith building activity as well as a challenge, students will head out to our Rappelling Wall to
try out their skills. After a safety and equipment briefing each student will be encouraged by their peers to conquer their fears and rappel all the way down.
Many organisms and creatures can be found in and around the waters edge. In this class, we will look
at the ecology of our local freshwater waterfront here at Hume Lake, and study where the water comes from, how it sustains life, its importance to us and more. While many of us know that water is essential for daily life, students will also learn about some scaly & slimy creatures that call it their home. They will even be able to test their luck and see if they can catch some of their own creatures for themselves.
Not only is the ability to survive in a wilderness emergency a pre-requisite for back country travel,
but you never know when you might find yourself in a situation where survival is all that matters. The
keys to sustaining life are found in implementing proper list of priorities and students will learn basic
survival skills and how to adapt to their surroundings to stay alive. This class will be led by trained staff
into the surrounding forest to demonstrate the skills of fire building, finding shelter, acquiring food and
water, how to get around in the woods, and identifying common useful plants as well as ones to avoid as
students attempt to “survive” disaster scenarios.
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!
Bible, notebook, pencil, 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.
(Remember: Girls no bare midriffs or spaghetti straps; guys, no sagging.)
What Not to Bring
Drugs (unless prescribed by a doctor), alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, firearms, electronic devices.
Here’s how you’ll need to address your letter/package:
OE/SE – School Name
Camper Name – Date of Camp
64144 Hume Lake Rd
Hume, CA 93628
OE/SE – ABC123 School
Johnny Smith – October 9-13, 2017
64144 Hume Lake Rd
Hume, CA 93628
IMPORTANT: Please send five days prior to desired delivery date!
A Registered Nurse is around for each week of camp and there is a volunteer fire dept on-site with on-call EMT staff daily. There is a fully-stocked First Aid station with 24 hour access to counselors, and our registered nurse administers and ensures all daily medications are given to campers.
Please send any medications (including supplements) in the original container. Do not send common as needed medication like Tylenol & Ibuprofen as the infirmary has these available. Campers may only keep Epi pens and rescue inhalers with them. All other medications must be turned into the camp Nurse, and will be dispensed at each meal and before bedtime. A registered nurse will also be on-call to provide first aid.
Pricing and Registration
Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable
2020 Spring Season
Apr 13-17, 2020
Apr 20-24, 2020
Apr 27-May 1, 2020
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Steve is the Junior High Ministries Director at First Presbyterian Church in Bakersfield, CA. He’s married to Heather and has two kids, Ethan and Abby. He’s been ministering to junior high students for 15 years and loves their energy and heart to take ownership of their faith. When he’s not hanging out with junior high students or chasing his own kids, Steve loves to watch the Giants play baseball, play video games, read or having great conversations with friends.
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