High School Camp
Why choose Ponderosa?
The gospel isn’t merely one ingredient in our programming mix. It’s the reason for everything we do.
Let’s Get You Signed Up!
Info on this year’s theme, links to sign up, and a few FAQ.
Ministry Update – Summer 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current state and local regulations impacting Fresno County, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel all children, youth, and adult events for the summer of 2020. If you need more information, please contact our Registration Team.
We know this may have a profound impact on you and on the ministry at Hume. And yet, even in our disappointment, we continue to trust the Lord. It is a remarkable blessing to see how He transforms lives here at camp, but we also know our God is bigger than this. He can do indescribable things in the hearts of those who look to Him, no matter what the circumstances. He is faithful! If we can trust Jesus with our eternity, we can surely trust Him with our today!
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
What NOT to Bring
(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
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 5:15 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.
Deposit and cancellation policy
A native of Fresno, California, Brad Bell attended Fresno State University as a star athlete before receiving his Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2002, he started The Well Community Church in Fresno, which is now a large, multi-site church. Bell has been sought after as a speaker for camps and conferences around the world. He and his bride Jen have been married since 1998, and they have two daughters, Peyton and Kendall.
Brian is the teaching pastor at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village where he has served for the past 13 years. His ministry is built around making disciples who live and love like Jesus Christ. Brian believes that the Holy Spirit changes lives through relentless proclamation of the Gospel and careful teaching of the Bible. He and his wife Dani have two children.
Christopher is a teaching pastor at North Coast Church down in San Diego and also runs the high school program. His passion is seeing lives changed from a new identity in Christ. His commitment to doctrinally sound Bible teaching mixed with his challenging and energetic style makes his messages something that people from all walks of life can engage in. His most important ministry is his marriage to his wife, Paige, and fathering their three children.
Darin is the Senior Pastor of EvFree Fullerton. He is passionate about preaching God’s word, shepherding His people, and embracing faith, knowledge, and hard work in his personal life. He loves identifying timeless ways to lead in the context of a neighborhood church. He and his wife Shannon have been married for 22 years, and have four children, Jack, Hank, Lily, and Will. Darin took Karate in 6th grade, and thinks it’s highly probable that he can still chop a 1×4 in half with his hand.
Chris is a Senior Pastor and Teaching Pastor at North Coast Church in Vista, CA. He is on the vision-casting team, provides directional leadership for the church, and co-teaches a preaching course at Bethel Seminary. Chris loves bringing the Bible to life with his gifts as a communicator and storyteller, and has a passion for sharing his real and authentic journey with Jesus. Chris and his wife Amy have three children, two beautiful daughters, Sayla and Karis, and a crazy son named Barak.
Dr. Erik Thoennes
Erik Thoennes is Professor and Chair of the Theology Department at Biola University and is a pastor at Grace EVFree, La Mirada. He was voted Professor of the Year twice, and was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award by his colleagues at Biola University. He is the author of “Life’s Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says About the Things that Matter Most,” and “Biblical and Theological Studies: A Student’s Guide,” Erik and his wife Donna have four children; Caroline, Paige, Samuel, and Isaac.
Morgan is a High School Pastor at Faith Bible Church in Murrieta, CA. He is also a seminary student at The Master’s Seminary. Morgan is married with two kids under the age of three. He has four loves: 1) Jesus Christ 2) His wife and kids 3) The Church 4) high school students. Most—no, ALL—of his time is spent with those four loves. When he does have free time, you will NOT find him playing Fortnite, surfing, or rock climbing—because he is really bad at all of those things.
Jeremy Treat (PhD, Wheaton College) is the Lead Pastor at Reality LA, a young, thriving church in the heart of Los Angeles. He is also a professor of theology at Biola University and is the author of Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything and The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology. He and his wife, Tiffany, have four daughters and live in Los Angeles.
Robert is the Teaching Pastor at Sun Valley Community Church at 5 locations across the Phoenix area. Robert grew up attending Hume Lake as a student where God deeply impacted his life. He has worked with students and young adults since 2000 and started serving with Sun Valley in 2004. Robert loves teaching visually and communicating Scripture in a simple and applicable way. He and his wife Lindsay have 3 kids: Gabriel, Corban, and Emma.
Join us for an amazing
Summer at Hume
We’ve opened our lodges and cabins to families and couples! Come up the mountain to worship, hear the Word, and spend time playing together in God’s creation. It’s the best place to be this summer!
Missing camp? Try our
We’re bringing Hume to you! With chapels hosted by our Camp Directors, you’ll get to participate in worship, play “virtual Rec” games, watch theme videos, and hear from Hume speakers. You don’t want to miss this!
We need help this summer!
As you know, things are a bit different at Hume this summer. The good news? The Lord has made it possible for us to shine His light in some wonderful ways, and we really need your help to make it happen!