Posts Tagged: Kidder Creek

How to Plan a Retreat

Posted by & filed under Guest Groups, Kidder Creek, Uncategorized.

by Nate Pfefferkorn, Vice President of Strategy

We know you want to connect with your group in a safe place free from distractions and we know how hard it is to get everyone together in one place at one time. A retreat from the daily distractions can draw your group together and draw them to the lord like no other experience. Finding the right place that can provide the right experience can take some doing so here are some important things to keep in mind as you plan your event!

Choose your Style

Will your event be structured with set times for worship, learning, discussion and set activities? Or is it more of time to relax with self-directed activities and guided conversations starters? Both kinds of events can be powerful but it’s important to consider ahead of time what kind of experience suits your group. It will help you figure out what types of facilities you’ll need for meeting spaces, meal times and activities as well as help you set expectations for your attendees. 

Kidder Creek excels at offering a rustic high-adventure experience that is close to nature. We handle activities like whitewater rafting and cliff jumping so you can participate fully alongside your guests and we can partner with you in teaching and worship or just set the stage for you. 

Set That Budget

Once you know what your retreat is about the next biggest question everyone will have is “how much does it cost?” It’s important to ask your retreat facility good questions so you know exactly what is included in their pricing and what is an add-on cost. Are all meals included? What about snacks? Is there coffee in the morning? Do activities cost extra? Are there microphones and projectors available for use? Think through the details of your ideal schedule so you know what to expect. 

Kidder Creek has Guest Adventures packages to help start the planning process that include lodging, meals and all the activities. The price you see includes everything you need for an amazing event!

How ’bout the Staff?

The staff partnering with you to make your event happen can make or break the experience. Will the retreat center staff know what your groups purpose and goals are and will they support those? Who will answer questions, fix problems, and help make your retreat go smoothly?

Additionally, you should ask the retreat facility you are contemplating booking if they will fully staff all activities. For instance, some will ask that you provide your own lifeguards if you’re planning for pool time, so keep that in mind! Kidder Creek will make sure all your activities have qualified and highly-trained staff available, including lifeguards! And rest assured our retreat host will be familiar with everything about camp and the adventures your group is going on but will also know you, your group, and how to make your experience awesome!

Book It

How far in advance should you start planning your retreat? We recommend three to six months. That way, you have a better chance of booking the weekend that works best for your group before a time slot fills up. You’ll also be able to reserve activities and get on the schedules of all your busy trip participants!

Let’s Do This Thing

Finally, and perhaps most importantly: does the retreat facility you’re considering love Jesus like you do? If they don’t, they may not really understand the power and importance of what you’re trying to accomplish.

With all these things to consider when planning an event why not enlist the help of some pro’s to make it all go smoothly? Kidder Creek will do everything we can to make sure your life remains uncomplicated and that your group has the experience of a lifetime.

If you’re interested in booking an adventure visit the website kiddercreek.org or call Andy at (530) 467-3265.


Nate Pfefferkorn, Vice President of Strategy

Transform Kidder Creek

Posted by & filed under Giving, Kidder Creek, Youth.

by Andy Warken, Director of Kidder Creek

Kidder Creek offers some of the most diverse camp programs in the camping world.  Campers can ride horses on mountain trails, hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, whitewater raft, and mountain bike on premiere destination worthy trails.  Through these diverse programs campers grow as they play and have real adventures in creation with counselors and staff who care for and lead campers one step closer to Jesus.  
These adventures are needed now more than ever as screen times increase and outdoor play and experience decreases.  Kidder Creek is committed to giving kids real adventures in Creation, using God’s handiwork as the stage on which we work to see young people’s  lives transformed.  

We need your help!

Our goal is to raise $600,000 over the next 3 years to “transform” Kidder Creek. Our focus is on transforming these 3 main areas to better serve our campers and their families:

  1. Program Additions— Laser Tag, New Zip Line, Adventure Ridge 2.0
  2. Existing Facilities Improvement— Finish MSP, Pond Pavilion and Bathroom
  3. New Program Facilities— New pavilions at the Crossing and Outback campsites

Matching Gift: 

All donations, above and beyond our annual fund, are matched through the current Mount Hermon Campaign for a total of $1.2 million in camp improvements.  Through God’s provision and our generous donors support we are already at $410,364 toward the campaign goal! 

How you can be a part of the transformation:

  1. Pray—pray for life transformation to happen at Kidder Creek
  2. Share— share about Kidder Creek’s unique program offerings and how you have been transformed
  3. Give to Lives Transformed at Kiddercreek.org/give
    1. Become a transformer – a monthly donor of $25 or more
    2. Give to a project – we have a lot of fun projects planned for the campaign!  

We have confidence that God will provide to transform camp and that He will continue to transform the lives of campers that join us each summer.  


Andy Warken, Director of Kidder Creek

A Life Transformed at Kidder Creek

Posted by & filed under Kidder Creek, Stories of Ministry, Youth.

by Andy Warken, Director of Kidder Creek

Almost 1,500 campers joined one of our camps or came as part of a guest group in 2018 and another 1,200 visited and volunteered during Fall Festival.  Campers came to raft, ride, and hike, and God used these outdoor adventures to help them grow personally, in community and in their faith. Nearly 200 said they made a first time decisions to follow Jesus!

When asked how they grew closer to Jesus campers said:
“By learning how much God loves me”
 “That God knows me and made me and that He has given me purpose.”
“By praying, reading the Bible, through worship, hearing the counselor testimonies and through campfire talks.”

The following is a story that was given to me, by a camper after summer, about a Thursday night Chapel Hill Campfire during Week Two Ranch Camp last summer.  

A Campfire Miracle 

“Around a campfire on the top of Chapel Hill a miracle happened. Maddie, a spunky hilarious Ranch Camper, sang the words of Reckless Love. Her heart was beating faster than usual and for some reason tears were rising in her eyes. As the last words of ‘Reckless Love’ were sung, Christina, the Ranch Camp lead, got up and shared her testimony of how God had changed her life. Maddie listened intently as Christina told her story. Something was different about tonight. As Christina finished her story Maddie blinked away tears. A cabin mate sitting beside her, asked, ‘Are you okay, Maddie?’  ‘I don’t know, I feel something in here,” Maddie muttered and pointed to her chest.  ‘Hmm, I don’t know what that means. I think you should go talk to a counselor,’ the other girl whispered.  Maddie agreed, got up, and went to speak with her counselor who was able to help her understand the gospel and lead her to Jesus.”

Maddie was one of eight girls that gave their lives to Jesus that night. Under the stars and amidst the smoke the Lord touched their hearts. The Lord performs miraculous things like this all the time at Kidder.


We saw many miracles, large and small, happen in 2018, we look forward to many more stories of lives transformed in 2019! 


Andy Warken, Director of Kidder Creek

High Adventure Camp

Posted by & filed under Kidder Creek, Youth.

by Nate Pfefferkorn, Vice President of Strategy

Kidder Creek Adventure Camp is the perfect place for middle school and high school students to develop grit; strength of character. At summer camp youth take on simple challenges like going on a hike, conquering a high ropes course or shooting a bow and arrow and encounter more complex challenges like getting along with a new group of peers, learning how to ask for help from others, and taking appropriate risks without parents nearby.

Cliff Jumping at Kidder Creek High Adventure Camp

The best summer camp experiences offer chances for youth to take manageable amounts of risk and responsibility under the guidance of loving staff and counselors while addressing the big questions of where do we come from, what’s our purpose and where are we going. Kidder Creek Adventure Camp has been intentionally designed from the ground up to engage and challenge youth on a journey to adulthood that includes making a faith in Jesus their own. 

Adventure Camp starts and ends at Kidder, but journeys beyond for rafting on the Klamath River, sleeping under the stars and hiking to spectacular waterfalls. At Kidder Creek campers enjoy pond time, bmx bikes, laser tag and the high ropes course. Lessons flow naturally from the many teachable moments embedded in the high adventure experience while daily devotions, and counselor-led discussions are geared to help 7-12th grade students go deeper spiritually.

At Adventure Camp every camper will come home having experienced these 5 things:
  1. New relationships. with peers and amazing young adults that point them toward a relationship with Jesus. They’ll gain practice in negotiating their own growth in relationships.
  2. A new identity. Camp is a place to try new things and new ways of behavior. Our staff will help every camper find something they can proud of and do well. 
  3. Self-assurance. Campers will have new experiences and face challenges which they’ll overcome. Youth who experience themselves as competent in the face of adversity come home as better problem-solvers.
  4.  Lasting memories. Activities like white-water rafting, cliff jumping and high ropes courses will be highlights of the week but cabin times and one-on-one’s with counselors will leave lasting impacts.
  5. Belonging. There is no more powerful way to bring diverse groups of youth together than camp. Under the guidance of amazing counselors each camper will know they are part of a tribe and are a special and unique child of God.

The life change that happens at camp is powerful and gives youth a unique combination of experiences that helps them develop grit and connects them to their true purpose— to love other people and to love God. 

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Nate Pfefferkorn, Vice President of Strategy