Ponderosa

High School Camp

We are grateful for an amazing summer at Hume. It’s been full of fun camp experiences and campers growing in their faith! As we said at the beginning of the summer, we have continued to regularly and prayerfully monitor the impact of COVID-19, in conjunction with our professional advisors, and in consultation with our board of directors.

On July 30, 2021, in consultation with the Fresno County Department of Public Health, we made the difficult decision to suspend summer youth camps at our Hume Lake location in CA for our 9th and 10th weeks of camp, August 1-7 and August 8-14. This decision was made out of the abundance of care for the health and safety of our campers and staff. Hume SoCal and Hume New England will continue to operate as normal.

We are saddened by the need for these changes and the impact that will be felt by many churches and families. We look forward to resuming operations soon and continuing to serve students and their leaders.

Please contact our Registration Team with any questions.

Why choose Ponderosa?

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.

Recreation

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.

Activities

Hume Lake has an arsenal of activities for you and your students. Each afternoon during free time we push the limits while we play hard.

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.

2021 COVID Update

Please read our COVID Statement for the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols, requirements, and information regarding camp this summer.

Let’s Get You Signed Up!

Info on this year’s theme, links to sign up, and a few FAQ.

  • Pricing/Register
  • Theme
  • FAQ

Pricing

You Bring a Counselor

$615

per camper

$300

per counselor

We Provide a Counselor

$695

per camper

Deposits are transferable and refundable
in the case of a canceled event

Camp Dates

Music/Worship

Caity Jean Ardavanis

Caity Jean Ardavanis

As a worship leader, Caity Jean Ardavanis’ heart is that the students would understand the truth that they are singing. She is passionate about communicating the gospel through song, word, and deed. She is eager to use God’s Word to share that we do not worship God solely through songs and melodies, but by offering our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to Him. This is our true and proper worship (Rom.12:1). Leading worship alongside students is one of her greatest joys.

About the Ponderosa Theme

This summer we will be looking at the character of God through the eyes of Moses, the man who spoke to God “face to face.” Moses understood that God’s love for His people cannot be separated from His holiness, nor His holiness from His justice, and that His sovereignty cannot be divorced from His goodness and eternality. Cultural relativism today often influences us to define God using our own imaginations; we create a god according to our image, rather than recognizing that God made us in His. But the one true God who “is the same yesterday, today, and forever” reveals to us the beauty of His character within His word.

Theme Verse

Exodus 34:6-8

And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.

Super Spirit Day

Denim on Denim

Team Colors

Pomegranate

Mustard

Teaser Video

FAQ

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.

IMPORTANT
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.)

Yes!

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!

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 5:00 PM and the counselor meeting begins at 5:30 PM (at Ponderosa Victory Circle).

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

Questions?

Contact our Hume Information team
info@hume.org • 1 (800) 965-4863