CILT at Ponderosa Weeks 7 & 8

Send email to Mount HermonMount Hermon on FacebookMount Hermon on TwitterMount Hermon on PinterestMount Hermon on Vimeo

Jul 29, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018Santa Cruz Mountains | Ponderosa Lodge

CILT 16 - Group
CILT 16 - Field Game
CILT 16 - Field Run
CILT 16 - Beach

Developing Leaders to Impact Their World

CILT is a two-week camp experience for students entering 11th–12th grades that focuses on developing young leaders for ministry. During the first week students receive training in leadership, facilitating small groups, sharing the gospel and discovering how God has uniquely designed each one of them for life and ministry. The second week gives students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the context of camping ministry either at Redwood Camp or Ponderosa Lodge. Most CILTs continue on to serve and lead in their local church setting. The CILT program requires an application


Developing leaders for ministry

  • Students will gain practical experience in children’s ministry or youth ministry
  • Students will receive one-on-one mentoring
  • Students will walk away with a training manual for ministering to children or youth
  • Students will understand at a deeper level how God has uniquely designed them
  • Students will experience a Biblical community and form friendships that last a lifetime

Amenities (during second week)

Ponderosa Lodge Basketball Courts

There are plenty of courts at Ponderosa Lodge to keep the next NBA stars entertained. Half court or full court, there's plenty of room to pick up and throw down.

Disc Golf

A fun and challenging nine-hole disc golf course that navigates through our indigenous ponderosa pines.

High Ropes

Our high ropes courses will push you higher and farther with these aerial challenges. Climb the tower, take a leap, traverse the wires and travel through the air on our new zip line!

Ponderosa Pool

Hang at our HEATED pool in the center of camp. The pool is perfect for chilling, lap swims, or an exciting game of water basketball or water polo. The lights in the pool at night make the pool area a very popular hangout and activity.

Skate Park

Hit the street course at Ponderosa Lodge featuring ramps, half pipe and quarter bowl. This course works great for skateboards, blades and scooters.

Laser Tag

With enough units to facilitate two teams, these laser markers make camp the ultimate laser tag arena. You won't find inflatable barriers here, but how often do you get to hide behind a giant redwood or ponderosa pine when playing Laser Tag? Exactly. It's awesome.


There's always something cool and exciting to make to help you remember your time at camp. Crafts range in ability and appeal for all ages and our counselors make craft time fun for girls and boys.

BMX Biking

A BMX course is available right on the property.


Included in the price:

(all meals, lodging, program and recreation)


$890 per camper

Please do not let finances get in the way of a Mount Hermon experience. Through the generosity of many, a partial grant from the Campership Fund may be just the gift you need to make it possible for you to attend camp. For more information and an application, please contact our friendly Registration staff.


Packing List

Please mark all items, including luggage, with the camper’s last name and initial to aid in identification in event of loss.

  • Bible, notebook, and pen
  • Warm, comfortable sleeping bag or bedding, pillow and pajamas, Warm sweatshirt or sweater—nights and mornings are cold
  • Modest bathing suit, beach towel and sunscreen!! (You will be asked to wear a shirt over your swimsuit if it is deemed immodest)
  • Bath towel, washcloth and toiletry items (i.e. hair care products, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Comfortable shoes, tennis shoes, and sandals
  • Laundry bag, Detergent, Coins for Laundry
  • Flashlight
  • One set of grubby clothes that can truly get dirty
  • Outdoor type clothes—old clothes are just right for camping (jeans and t-shirts). Please only bring modest clothing with appropriate t-shirt graphics.
  • Water Bottle
  • Backpack which will be super useful in the second week when looking after campers

Optional Items

  • Camera
  • Musical instrument
  • Skateboard, bicycle, etc.
  • Spending money for extras, such as the bookstore, crafts, soda fountain, or camp picture, camp t-shirts, ect. About $30.00–$40.00 per week is usually sufficient. Campers are responsible for keeping their own money.

Items we ask you leave at home

  • Do NOT bring cell phones or iPods, electronic games, mp3 players, CD players, animals, or magazines. Really, please don’t bring these…
  • Do NOT bring firearms, weapons, drugs, alcohol or cigarettes. If you bring any of these items we will lock them up for the duration of camp.

For the Redwood Camp events, please plan to arrive at Redwood Camp on Sunday afternoon between 4:00-5:00pm. For Ponderosa Lodge, please plan on arriving between 4:00 and 6:00pm.

Your counselor and the director of the CILT Program will greet you. Orientation will begin immediately. If you find that you will arrive late, please call us to assure that your place will be kept rather than released to the waiting list.


Camp will conclude on the final Saturday. Family members are invited to attend our Closing Program.

For Redwood Camp events the Closing Program is at 8:45am and camp concludes at 9:45am For Ponderosa Lodge events the Closing Program is at 10:15am and camp concludes at 11:00am

Health Insurance card

Please bring a copy of your insurance card: a current copy is mandatory to receive treatment in case of emergency.

Maps & directions

Ponderosa Lodge
4600 Graham Hill Rd Felton CA 95018

Get Directions
Santa Cruz Mountains | Ponderosa Lodge

The Santa Cruz Mountains camp center includes the Conference Center, Ponderosa Lodge and Redwood Camp.