Mount Hermon Family Camp – JEMS

Where Family Traditions Begin.

In 1950, young Nisei pastors who struggled to revive their ministries in California after the traumatic World War II evacuation, gathered their families and young people from various Christian denominations for the first Nisei Christian Conference in June of the same year. About 150 conferees and leaders attended the conference held at Mount Hermon. Over the years, the conference has grown, and about 1,500 conferees from throughout the Mainland, Hawaii, Canada and Japan gather today. The original Mount Hermon campsite and three additional facilities accommodated the adult families, high school, junior high, college students, special campers, and professional career people. Since then, the inter-high and Nichigo camps were added.


Main/Family Camp and Nichigo registration will begin January 23rd, 2017.

Youth Camp registration forms will be available on February 6th at For more information regarding Youth Camp registration, please visit or call the JEMS office at 213.613.0022

The Discount & Scholarship form can be found on the JEMS website.

All cabins and lodges are reserved at this time. "Program and Meals Only" slots are still available. Please contact registration at 1-888-642-2677.

  • Cabins

All cabins are reserved at this time. Please contact registration at 1-888-642-2677 to be added to our waitlist.



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Morning English Speaker | Rev. Kyle Shimazaki

Kyle Shimazaki is the pastor of Seeds of Life Church in Alhambra. He loves teaching the Word of God and speaking about Jesus. He was born and raised in Torrance, California and attended Calvary Chapel Bible College after graduating from UCSB. Kyle served as a pastor at Evergreen San Gabriel Valley under Pastor Cory Ishida before being called by the Lord to plant Seeds of Life Church. He enjoys black coffee, beach runs, and camping with his family. Kyle and his wife, Carolyn, have three children: Trent, Faith, and Caleb.

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Evening English Speaker | Mr. Les Ginoza

We are blessed to have Les Ginoza, Executive VP of ZOE International. ZOE International is a rapidly growing ministry in the USA, Thailand and Australia.  ZOE has two main goals: to rescue children from human trafficking and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Les has over 16 years of senior management experience in financial institutions and extensive ministry experience as a pastor, elder, board member and missionary.  His passions are mentoring emerging leaders and encouraging people to pursue Jesus with ALL their hearts.  Les lives in Northern Thailand with his wife Lynne and son Garrett. 

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Nichigo Speaker | Rev. Masakazu Fukuno

Rev. Masakazu Fukuno is a member of JEC (Japanese Evangelical Church),and the
Senior Pastor at RCI (Revival Church International), South Osaka Evangelical Church, Osaka Japan. He is currently serving as the Director of the Japanese Evangelical Church, and the Director and teacher at the Kansai Bible Institute (KBI).

His wife, Kozue was born in Ishikawa Prefecture.  They have one daughter and two sons and 7 grandchildren. On November 2016, the older son, Takatsugu, was appointed as one of the pastors at the RCI Minami Osaka Evangelical Church."
After Rev. Fukuno dedicated his life in 1970, he attended the Kansai Bible Institute (KBI).  While serving as the associate pastor of Sakai Evangelical Church, he received missionary training at DTS (Discipleship Training School) and SOE (School of Evangelism) at YWAM in Hawaii.  From 1981 through 2000, Rev. Fukuno served at Sakai Evangelical Church, Minami Osaka Chapel, South Osaka Evangelical Church, and Christian Power Ministries in various areas.

Registration Guide

Pro Tips for Registration

  • Create your family account
  • Before registering, have your top 3 housing choices in mind.
  • If at any point you feel stuck, please give us a call! 1.888.642.2677
  • What Type of Housing is Best for Me?

    There's a lot of us.

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    There's less than 6 of us.

    We like being further from the action.

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    We want our room as near the action as possible.

    We'll take care of our own linens for the week.

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    We like the option of having our linens changed.

    We want our own space to spread out and relax.

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    There's so much to do we'll hardly be in our rooms.

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    If this seems like you, you'll probably prefer a Cabin.

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    If this seems like you, you'll probably prefer a Lodge Room.

  • Cabin, Lodge Room, What's the Difference?

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    • CABINS

      Cabins provide a home-style environment nestled among the redwoods. Linens and towels are provided along with a kitchen stocked with pots, pans, utensils and space for dining.

      • 34 Cabins available
      • Capacities range from 3–10 people.
      • Cottage-style room set up.
      • Meal plans are required.
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      Lodge Rooms are perfect welcoming spaces with varying views of the redwoods and the grounds. Each have private baths, linens provided, furnishings & decor, and spacious rooms.

      • 150 Lodge Rooms available
      • Capacities range from 1–8 people.
      • Hotel-style rooms.
      • Meal plans are required.
  • When Can I Register?

    Main-Family/Nichigo Camp

    Family Camp registration opens January 23, 2017.

    Youth and Special Camps

    • Youth Camp registration forms will be posted on February 6th on the JEMS website.
    • For more information regarding Youth Camp registration, please visit or call the JEMS office at 213.613.0022
  • Where is my desired housing unit located?

    Use the map and these designations to help give perspective on the experience our unique lodging provides. We've classified each into one of three distance categories.

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    • CLOSE

      Right in the action. These accommodations are as close to the centralized activities on camp as it gets.

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      A great balance between access and privacy. Easy access to the activities with enough distance to retreat.

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      You'll feel like you've got your own private retreat. These accommodations are further away from the central activities.

  • Online Registration Step-by-Step

    1. Click here or find the login button at the top right of our website
    2. Choose Camps & Events Registration
    3. Create a New Account
    4. Select Register Online
    5. Select Family for Family Camp Registration. "Register a Group" is for church groups coming to private events.
    6. Find the week you want and enter the number of people attending in each age range.
    1. Select your lodging
    2. Verify your Family information
    3. Edit your attendees, adding the names and information for everyone who is coming.
    4. Check Out, agree to the terms and conditions.
    5. Select Payment Method and Finish Payment
    6. Congrats you're done!
  • Accessing Your Account after registration

    • Great news! You already have an account. Click Log In at the top right.
    • Select Camps & Events Registration then enter your login and password.
    • If you've never logged in click on “forgot your password”
  • We Can Help!

    No need to worry if you prefer talking to a real person.
    We are here for you 6 days a week.

    Monday–Saturday 8:30am–4:00pm

    Call toll-free: 1.888.642.2677

How do I figure my total cost?

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housing choice


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program and meal fees (if applicable) per person


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cost of camp


  • To inquire about Camperships, or Pastor Discounts please fill out this form.
  • A $300 per room deposits is due at the time of registration and are non-refundable, non-transferable.
  • If you are interested in taking a bus to Family Camp, please visit for more information

6 Night Room Rate
Deluxe Suite$1004
Deluxe Lodge$894
Standard Lodge$730
Economy Lodge$440
Per Person Meal & Program
Adult (13+)4–12 yrs0–3 yrs
$481$340No Charge


In general...

  • Comfortable clothes, sweatshirts for the mornings and evening
  • Flashlight
  • Bible
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Closed toe shoes for recreational activities

If you're in a Lodge Room...

  • Linens are provided, but bring extra towels for the beach and pool
  • Hair Blow driers are not provided
  • Bring your own toiletries

If you're in a Cabin...

  • Linens are provided upon your arrival, bring extra towels!
  • Hotpads/Oven mits
  • Paper Towels
  • Food to prepare in your kitchen if needed
  • Hair Blow driers are not provided
  • Bring your own toiletries
  • Basic cooking-ware is provided
  • Coffee makers are provided

Swimwear Guidelines & Safety rules

Boys and men are asked to wear firmly secured, non-sagging swim suits, not bikini style Speedo bottoms, nor underwear, boxer shorts or ripped or cut street shorts.

Girls and women are asked to wear modest swimwear appropriate for a family pool. Modest one-piece bathing suits are appropriate for all ages, as well as two piece suits that include ‘swim shorts’ or ‘swim skirts,’ or two-piece suits that accomplish full coverage. Most bikinis, high French-cut suits, or thongs are not considered ‘modest’ by these standards, even if worn with a cover-up when outside the pool.

Please use changing rooms for changing into swim attire (regardless of age) and wear suitable cover-ups when walking from your house to the pool area. Lifeguards exercise full authority on appropriate attire. If attire is not appropriate, residents may be asked to wear a T-shirt, cover-up or to leave the pool area. Staff members are held to the same standards as guests. A full list of rules is posted at the pool. Children under 18 must pass a swim test to go past shoulder depth.

Snacks for sale at the pool!

Snacks, sodas and packaged ice creams will be on sale at the conference center pool this summer. Be sure to pack some cash in your pool bag!

Recreation Sign-ups

Advanced sign-up required for participation in the following activities. Sign-ups will be held on the field Sunday 2:00–4:00pm and in the commons area Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 8:00–10:00am & 11:00am–12:00pm. Look for the adventure & recreation staff in light blue shirts!

  • Kayaking
  • Guided Mountain Bike Rides
  • Archery
  • Sequoia Adventure Course
  • Discovery Grove
  • Redwood Canopy Tour

Maps & Directions

Conference Center Grounds Map

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Directions to Conference Center


Conference Center
37 Conference Dr. Felton CA 95018

Get Directions
Santa Cruz Mountains | Conference Center

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

  • Click here for written driving directions
    From Northern California:
    • From Highway 17 take the “Mount Hermon Road” exit at Scotts Valley. If coming from the north, turn right at the light onto Mount Hermon Road. Once on Mount Hermon Road, proceed 3.5 miles through Scotts Valley to the signal light at Graham Hill Road. Turn left onto Graham Hill Road, then turn left onto Conference Drive, which takes you into the Conference Center. The Administration Building is just past the post office on the right. The Mount Hermon Bookshop is directly across the street.
    From Southern California
    • Take US 101 North to Salinas. Exit at Market Street and take Highway 183 West toward Santa Cruz. At Castroville take US 1 North to Santa Cruz. At Santa Cruz, take Highway 17 North toward San Jose. Exit at Scotts Valley at “Mount Hermon Road.” Proceed through Scotts Valley on Mount Hermon Road 3.5 miles to the signal light at Graham Hill Road. Turn left onto Graham Hill Road, then turn left onto Conference Drive, which takes you into the Conference Center. The Administration Building is just past the post office on the right. The Mount Hermon Bookshop is directly across the street.