Hume SoCal
San Bernardino Mountains

Our Mission Statement

We desire that each person coming into contact with this global ministry will:

Accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior

Grow in their faith and Christian character development

Establish the priorities of prayer, Bible study, and Christian fellowship while associating with a local church

Devote their lives in service to our Lord Jesus at home and abroad

We will continue to emphasize ministries to youth.

Our Statement of Belief

We believe in the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word, and deed.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension to Heaven, in His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate.

We believe in “that blessed hope,” the personal, pre-millennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and, thereby, become children of God.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost.

We believe in the great commission which our Lord has given to His Church to evangelize the world, and that this evangelization is the great mission of the Church.

The Hume SoCal Story

At the turn of the century, Green Valley Lake Christian Camp was originally a logging camp called Lightning Dale. Much of the timber that came from the property was used to build crates for orange groves and provide wood for the town of San Bernardino. In the 1940s, the grounds were home to Larry’s Boys Camp because of its scenic hiking trails in the San Bernardino National Forest. During this time, springs and wells were built that are still on-site today. The Boy Scouts of America purchased the property and utilized the grounds for their Boy Scout camp from 1950-1980.

Over time, the camp was abandoned and went into disrepair until Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa purchased the grounds in the 1980s. For twenty-five years, Pastor Chuck Smith desired to have a Christian camp, and after prayerfully seeking God’s provision and direction for the property, Green Valley Lake Christian Camp broke ground in 1991.

In 2020, Calvary Chapel felt God’s call to release the camp, so they reached out to Hume Lake Christian Camps and forged a unique partnership. Today, Hume Lake Christian Camps is leasing the property in harmony with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa.

Through it all, the goal has not changed: to provide a place where God’s people can be refreshed and the gospel of Christ can be proclaimed throughout the year!

The Rest of the Story

Hume Lake Christian Camps

Hume’s ministry has followed the leading of God to expand its reach to include camps in New England, Hawaii, San Diego, and internationally through partnerships as well as short-term missions trips. Wherever God leads, the mission is still the same.

The retreat center at Hume Lake Christian Camps is dedicated to the glory of God and the proclaiming of the Kingdom of His Son, Jesus our Savior. Since that first summer of camping in 1946, more than a million young people and adults have been exposed to God’s love and wonderful plan for their lives through Hume’s ministry.

Visit our About Hume page for the full History of Hume Christian Camps story!