To proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior, teach the authoritative Word of God, and serve His Church in our nation and throughout the world.
Encountering Jesus—Lives Transformed.
Who We Are
Mount Hermon’s properties are in some of the most beautiful places on earth! Our original site, nestled in the towering Santa Cruz mountains redwoods, is just six miles from Monterey Bay. Our Kidder Creek Camp, in the Scott Valley near Mount Shasta, sits against the stunning backdrop of the Marble Mountain Wilderness area. The Whisper Canyon locale is a rustic retreat near Paso Robles and Lake San Antonio.
Mount Hermon’s year-round Christ-centered camps, conferences and concerts serve the entire family. Come explore and be amazed. More than 60,000 people experience Mount Hermon each year. Directions and maps to each facility are on our Directions Page.
In Santa Cruz, there are three self-contained camp and conference facilities: Summers at Ponderosa Lodge are geared for junior high and senior high students; Redwood Camp’s full summer schedule delights elementary and primary school-aged kids; our Conference Center summers provide a Christian resort camping experience designed for every member of the family.
At Kidder Creek we offer a broad array of traditional, adventure and horse riding camps for youth of all ages. The wilderness programs engage in whitewater rafting, rock climbing, cliff jumping and much, much more!
Throughout the remainder of the year, each facility operates Mount Hermon-sponsored camps and conferences, as well as hosting programs provided by guest groups who support our ministry objectives. Let us know how we can serve you or your group. Amid all the variety, one thing is consistent—God is at work at Mount Hermon, and the result is lives transformed.
Mount Hermon Association, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the state of California.
Founded in 1905, Mount Hermon was the first Christian camp west of the Mississippi. We’ve always been both evangelical and interdenominational, consistently proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savior, teaching the authoritative Word of God and serving churches and Christian ministries both here and worldwide. Mount Hermon’s origins trace to the American evangelist Dwight L. Moody, whose conference center founded in the east influenced our original program and facilities.
Now over 100 years later, Mount Hermon is still a place of retreat from daily stress and rigors, a place for discovering and renewing one’s relationship with Jesus Christ. Our “high” view of the Bible as God’s authoritative Word permeates our programs, encouraging an environment where the truths of Scripture can be taught, understood and applied in daily living.
Over our history, Bible teachers participating here have included many of the most highly respected preachers and teachers in the world. By God’s goodness and faithfulness, Mount Hermon has grown to be one of the largest—and acclaimed as one the finest—Christian camp and conference facilities in the world.
Our mission is to proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior, teach the authoritative Word of God, and serve His Church in our nation and throughout the world.
Make a difference in lives for Jesus Christ!
Worship. We believe God alone is worthy of our worship and that man's spiritual needs are only satisfied through authentic worship of Him.
Worship. We will structure formal and informal worship so that we can be changed through encountering the living God.
Bible. We believe the Bible is the authoritative Word of God: completely inspired by Him in the writing of the Old and New Testaments: and is His primary means of revealing Himself to man.
Bible. We will make the understanding and application of biblical truth central to our study and teaching of the Scriptures.
Prayer. We believe prayer is the lifeblood of our relationship with God: the dynamic that moves us sensitively forward in accordance with God's will.
Prayer. We will provide times for private and corporate prayer and make it a priority to encourage prayer throughout the ministry.
Outreach. We believe God's deepest desire is for people of every background to enter into a lifechanging and personal relationship with Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Outreach. We will call people to a personal and lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ, equip Christians to be involved in outreach, and share how God is at work around the world.
Stewardship. We believe God holds us accountable for the wise and effective use of all the resources He has entrusted to us.
Stewardship. We will carefully seek God's guidance in all our financial actions, develop and maintain our facilities with excellence and quality, and value and protect the beauty of our natural resources.
Integrity. We believe how we do things is just as important as what we do and are committed to operating with the highest ethical standards.
Integrity. We will conduct our activities with honesty, accountability and fairness; show respect to our constituency, staff and community; and communicate in a factual, accurate and trustworthy manner.
Excellence. We believe God is perfect in every dimension of His being and values excellence in everything we do.
Excellence. We will aim at excellence through our ministry by providing superior quality in all our facilities, programs and service.
Relationships. We believe God is relational inessence and desires us to enjoy intimacy with Him and meaningful relationships with others.
Relationships. We will call people to repentance and personal faith in Jesus Christ; we will encourage believers to grow in reconciliation and love to one another.
Family. We believe the very idea of family comes from God and that all persons, single and married, have the privilege of becoming one family in Christ.
Family. We will honor all members of God's family seeking to minister to the unique needs of singles as well as nuclear, blended, single-parent and extended families.
Marriage. We believe marriage is a gift of God bringing together a man and woman, both created in the image of God, for their good and the good of mankind. Further, we believe this union provides children the best seedbed for their care, nurture and growth.
Marriage. We will provide specialized instruction and training for the strengthening of marriages and the enrichment of families.
Enjoyment. We believe God enjoys a joyful heart, encourages celebration, and creates laughter as an essential component of healthy lives and relationships.
Enjoyment. We will structure activities that motivate people of all ages to celebrate God, delight in others, enjoy themselves, have fun and laugh together.
Diversity. We believe God is infinitely creative and makes all people in His own image, yet distinct and unique to accomplish his divine purposes.
Diversity. We will strive to create an environment marked by appreciation and acceptance of God-given differences, including gender and ethnicity, treating all with understanding and respect.
Church. We believe God calls us to be members of His Body, the church, brothers and sisters to one another.
Church. We will call individuals to an active involvement in a local body of believers to deepen their faith, experience community and utilize their spiritual gifts together.
Interdenominational. We believe all who have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ are one and have an eternal connection to each other which transcends denominational backgrounds.
Interdenominational. We will create an environment of acceptance where believers can learn from and encourage each other as they fellowship around the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Music. We believe music is a gift from God and a beautiful and vital language for worshipping and praising Him.
Music. We will structure times of corporate worship and special performance, sensitively blending both traditional and contemporary styles as together we seek to celebrate and praise God.
Change. We believe change is a constant component of life and are committed to understanding its implications for our ministry.
Change. We will actively explore change and innovation in our ministry methods while maintaining our commitment to the changeless truths of Scripture.
Service. We believe God calls all Christians to serve rather than be served, which is the active expression of our love for Him.
Service. We will serve our guests with honor and respect, and strive to assist them in every way possible.
Each year Mount Hermon's Board of Directors selects our “Theme Verse” for the coming year of ministry. Both staff and Board members submit recommendations, and the selection is then displayed on the redwood plank that hangs in the main Auditorium. This theme is incorporated into our summer Family Camp events, and in the summer Crafts Programs.
2017 "Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27)
2016 “I will not be afraid…You are with me.” (Psalm 23:4)
2015 “The Lord is near to all who call on Him.” (Psalm 145:18)
2014 “God, my joy and my delight.” (Psalm 43:4)
2013 “…put your hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 130:7)
2012 “The LORD will be your confidence.” (Proverbs 3:26)
2011 “Come to me...I will give you rest...” (Jesus...as quoted in Matthew 11:28)
2010 “The Lord Almighty is with us...” (Psalm 46:7)
2009 “The Sovereign Lord is my strength…” (Habakkuk 3:19)
2008 “...trust in God's unfailing love…” (Psalm 52:8)
2007 “...the plans of the Lord stand firm…” (Psalm 33:11)
2006 “Come follow me,” said Jesus…” (Matthew 4:19)
2005 “The LORD is faithful to all His promises…” (Psalm 145:13)
2004 “…blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:20)
2003 "…it is God who is at work in you…" (Philippians 2:13)
2002 “God is our refuge and strength” (Psalm 46:1)
2001 “Lord…nothing is too hard for You” (Jeremiah 32:17)
2000 “I am the way…the truth…the life” (Jesus…as quoted in John 14:6)
1999 “May the God of hope fill you…” (Romans 15:13)
1998 “The eternal God is your refuge” (Deuteronomy 33:27)
1997 “My soul finds rest in God alone…” (Psalm 62:1)
1996 “…it is good to be near God” (Psalm 73:28)
1995 “…Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27)
1994 “Delight Yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4)
1993 “Be still & know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
1992 “Alive with Christ” (Colossians 2:13)
1991 “Make Known His Deeds” (Psalm 105:1)
1990 “Exalt His Name” (Psalm 34:3)
1989 “Seek the Lord” (Isaiah 55:6)
1988 “His Love Endures Forever” (Psalm 136:1)
1987 “Encourage One Another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
1986 “God is Our Strength” (Psalm 46:1)
1985 “God is Faithful” (1 Corinthians 1:9)
1984 “Seek First His Kingdom” (Matthew 6:33)
1983 “Teach Me Your Way, O Lord” (Psalm 27:11)
1982 “Walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16)
1981 “By Love Serve One Another” (Galatians 5:13)
1980 “Declare God's Wondrous Works” (Psalm 75:1)
1979 “Rejoice in the Lord Always” (Philippians 4:4)
1978 “That I May Know Him” (1 John 5:20)
1977 “Let Us Celebrate the Lord”
1976 “Righteousness Exalts a Nation” (Proverbs 14:34)
1975 “The Lord is My Shepherd” (Psalm 23)
1974 “God's Word Abides Forever” (1 Peter 1:25)
1973 “My Peace I Give You” (John 14:27)
1972 “Always Triumphant in Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:14)
1971 “Jesus Christ the Same” (Hebrews 13:8)
1970 “Much Given. . .Much Required” (Luke 12:48)
1969 “By Faith. . .” (Hebrews 11)
1968 “Magnify the Lord” (Psalm 34:3)
1967 “. . .Greater is He. . .” (1 John 4:4)
1966 “Servants for Jesus' Sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5)
1965 “Draw Nigh to God” (James 4:8)
1964 “The Lord is My Strength” (Psalm 28:7)
1963 “Lord, I will Follow Thee” (Luke 9:57)
1962 “All One in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28)
1961 “Be Thou My Vision”*
1960 “Jesus Shall Reign”*
1959 “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”*
1958 “To God Be The Glory”*
1957 “How Great Thou Art”*
1956 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”*
1955 “He Careth for You”*
1954 “The Battle is Not Yours, But God's” (2 Chronciles 20:15)
1953 “Let the Lord Be Magnified” (Psalm 70:4)
1952 “Ye Are Not Your Own. . .Ye Are Bought With a Price” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
1951 “Victory Through Our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57)