Posts By: Nate Pfefferkorn

Keeping Youth Connected to Jesus

Posted by & filed under Stories of Ministry, Youth.

How can we help young people from falling away from their faith? Not every young person who starts out knowing Jesus remains connected to him. Many Christians between the ages of 18 and 23 are falling away from Church and their relationship with Jesus. A recent study by Fuller Seminary looked at why young people […]

Reconnect by Reducing Screen Time

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At the start of a new year many of us make resolutions to try and become better versions of ourselves; more fit, more loving, more generous, more connected with our loved ones. Being more strict about your own screen time greatly improves the odds that you’ll be successful with your resolutions, and if your resolution […]

Tips for a Stress Free Year

Posted by & filed under General, Uncategorized.

Everyone, even those of us at Mount Hermon, get stressed. Just the work and home life obligations and put a strain on your physical and mental well-being. We serve a God of peace who wants his people to rest in His presence, loving Him and loving others from a deep well of refreshment yet often […]

High-Point Experiences

Posted by & filed under General, Kidder Creek, Uncategorized, Youth.

How “High-point” experiences unlock learning Often the way Church works is that the focus is on the pastor. He or she is the source of information, sharing expertise through sermons and directing you to certain passages of the Bible. While participating in a Sunday worship gathering is good, how many sermons have you heard that […]

Velocity Bike Park at Felton Meadow – A Look Back

Posted by & filed under Building Projects, Velocity.

It’s hard to believe but the dream for Velocity Bike Park began in 2011 when the County of Santa Cruz approached Mount Hermon to see if we were interested in purchasing the 15 acre Felton Meadow property. Mount Hermon wasn’t looking to acquire any additional property, but we recognized the significance of this opportunity and […]

Velocity Bike Parks / Felton Meadow Project Draft EIR Publishing Soon!

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This week we’re celebrating a huge milestone– and reaching out to you for help. Over the past 14 months we’ve been working with the County of Santa Cruz planning department and environmental consultants to complete an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Felton Meadow project, which includes Velocity Bike Park. The EIR is a long […]

Changed Perspective

Posted by & filed under Adventures, Adventures Updates, LOG, Stories of Ministry.

Our staff are not all the same. I know that seems obvious, but it has been a profound opportunity that Mount Hermon Adventures has been able to embrace— the fact that our amazing staff is a complicated collection of individuals. We are all created in God’s image, loved and invited into relationship with Him, but […]

Sequoia Aerial Adventure Opens

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Built in 2008, the original “Sequoia Ropes Course” replaced the “Canyon Course,” which suffered much damage in the winter of 2008 when a large tree ripped through the challenge course during an ice storm. The new course built in its place was intentionally designed for family camp guests and team building programs, incorporating unique design […]

Best Job in the World

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Seated in the sky for hours at a time is a good feeling. Coming down from time to time to meet a new group of friends only to usher them into the experience of a lifetime makes each day unique. Majestic redwood trees older than America remind that there are bigger things at work but […]

Team Building with Fresh Lifelines for Youth

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Working with other people is an essential skill Mount Hermon Adventures Team Building program recently hosted a return group from Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY). FLY is an award winning non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence, crime and incarceration of teens. Through FLY’s unique and powerful combination of programs-legal education, leadership training, and […]

Velocity Bike Park Update — January 2016

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Felton Meadow/Velocity Bike Park Town Hall Meeting Mount Hermon is excited to announce a public meeting about the Felton Meadow/Velocity Bike Park project. Felton Meadow is a 14.4 acre parcel bordered by Graham Hill Road, the Felton Faire Shopping Center and Mount Hermon’s existing properties. With over a 100 year history in the San Lorenzo Valley, […]

Transformed Relationships Through Team Building

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The transformational power of “team building” comes through our staff inviting and encouraging people to take risks, both physical and emotional. With one recent group it became clear through our morning of trust–based field activities that, while the group was high functioning, there were relationship issues lurking below the surface. During the preparatory talk for […]

Strangers Aren’t Strangers on the Redwood Canopy Tour

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The encouragement that was shared through their zipline experience started a friendship that might not have happened anywhere else. The Redwood Canopy Tour offers our guests the opportunity to not only see redwoods from an incredible vantage point but also to challenge themselves and grow in a variety of ways. A guest challenging her fear […]

Velocity Visits Mammoth Bike Park

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As summer is attempting to become fall we’ve been out enjoying riding bikes and gearing up for what is supposed to be a wet winter. Looking for slightly cooler temperatures and some epic dirt, Velocity staff Nate Pfefferkorn and Doug Cline headed over to Mammoth Mountain a few weeks ago to learn more about lift-served operations, […]

Adventures Staff Working Together

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There is a team mentality throughout the entire staff as the part-timers and summer staff work together to offer excellent adventure and recreation programs to our guests. Mount Hermon Adventures is a great place to work year-round! It’s especially exciting in the summertime when we welcome an additional 14 new staff members through our summer […]

Mount Hermon’s Youth Basketball League

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Organized sports in a safe and fun environment Many of you have heard of Mount Hermon’s Redwood Canopy Tour or Sequoia Adventure Course, but many of you probably don’t know that Mount Hermon also runs a youth basketball league every winter. This is a wonderful time for local kids and families in the San Lorenzo […]

Why Experience Is Better Than Stuff

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Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness— It’s written into the fabric of our nation. But why are people not happy when we have so much stuff to be happy about? Why does that new phone or car or pair of shoes not satisfy as deeply or as long as we might wish? It’s because […]

Velocity Bike Park Update

Posted by & filed under Adventures Updates, Velocity.

If you’ve been following Mount Hermon Adventures for a while you’ll know that we’ve been engaged in a development project in the Santa Cruz Mountains that we’re calling the Felton Meadow. It’s a beautiful fifteen acre property with lots of open space, oak trees, and natural topography. We’ve planned several amazing improvements to the site […]

Sean’s Redwood Adventure

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At Mount Hermon Adventures we get to serve guests with a variety of needs. The nature of our activities means that very often we’re helping people conquer a fear of heights, to trust in themselves and their friends, or providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience. All of our work is important but there is nothing we love […]

Adventures in Grace

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By Rob Calame, Adventure Manager Summer is upon us, friends! The arrival of this busy new season goes hand in hand with sunshine, BBQ’s, beach days, and more! For us here in the mountains it also means a few weeks of training for our new staff in preparation for the thousands of guests we serve […]