At camp, even time at the pond is an opportunity for great conversations with staff and friends where you can discuss the deeper things of life in a positive and safe environment.
Last week during Camp Hope Camp a camper came up to one of our counselors and asked Sarah, one of our lifeguards, “Do you believe in God?”
She said “Yes”,
and he responded with “Well, I am an atheist, do you want to have a debate?”
Sarah said “Sure!”
Sarah spent the next half hour talking with this camper about God, faith and how at Kidder Creek all the staff are christians, other campers that we nearby joined in the conversation too. This camper from Camp Hope had a very negative view of christians and that they are “all judgemental” but by the end of the conversation he had changed his mind. He saw that at Kidder Creek the christians were loving and creating an environment where he would be safe and where he could grow and heal.
One step Stories.
That’s what we pray for and ask God to do in the lives of campers. That they would take one step closer to Jesus. This boy did just that. He took one step closer to Jesus. We know and pray that God will continue to work in his life and continue to draw this young man to himself.
God uses us in great ways when we will commit to living like, talking like and being Jesus to the people that God puts into our lives, even if that’s on the pond during your half hour break from lifeguarding.
We don’t always get to hear about how God continues to work in campers lives after they leave camp, but sometimes we do and it can be so encouraging to hear stories of the life transformation that starts at camp and continues throughout the year and for years to come.
Christina, one of our counselors from last summer and now our ranch camp lead, had the privilege of hearing first hand how God was able to use her last summer in a young campers life.
“The day we had all been greatly anticipating had finally arrived. It was the first day of camp, and as parents and campers were settling in, a former camper, Katelynn, and her mom greeted me. Katelynn’s mom pulled me aside and told me that since her daughter was here last year, her life had not been the same. I asked how so, eager to hear what the Lord had done. She explained that my teachings as her counselor with her daughter were quite impactful. She told me how Katelynn had made the commitment to read her Bible every day since she has left camp, and she had done just that. Even through the difficult chapters of the Bible, she broke it down in small pieces to study it better and has asked when she has needed assistance. Because of Katelynn’s dedication to reading her Bible daily, her family has been greatly influenced.
Later that evening, as our campfire was ending I felt a small tap on my shoulder, and I turned to see that it was that same camper, Katelynn. I made room for her on the wooden bench, and I listened intently as she told me how last summer changed her life. She thanked me for helping her set the goal of reading her bible daily. I felt so privileged to hear firsthand that she was searching to be closer to God and that God was meeting with her and moving many mountains in her young life.”
Yay God!! Yay God that we are privileged to be a part of God’s work here at Kidder Creek!
Thank you Rolling Hills Covenant Church!
Last Month Marked the LAST MONTH that a group of students from Rolling Hills Covenant Church from WAY down in Southern California would come for their annual spring break service trip.
Thirty years ago, they began traveling to this area to work with Tim Lloyd (our facilities manager) at a different camp in the area to help get the camp ready for the summer. In 2000, Tim made the transition to Kidder Creek and the group from Rolling Hills followed him.
Their work has been invaluable in helping us get ready every spring. These students come and do the work that’s not terribly fun, but very important like raking, clearing ditches, scrubbing the pond and clearing brush. The amount of man hours they put in is going to be hard to replace.
Due to the cost of transportation, they are stopping their trip. To all of you who came here through Rolling Hills Covenant Church over the years: Thank you so much! Your service has been such a blessing!
To all of our volunteers who have given time, talents and resources. Thank YOU! You are a part of God’s work at Kidder Creek Camp and a part of Lives Transformed!! Everywhere you look around Kidder Creek you see the touches of the many volunteers who faithfully serve campers, work on projects and serve meals. Kidder Creek would not be the great place it is without you.
We have 9 new horses joining us for this summer.
Meet the new additions to our herd:
“Kash” is a Quarter Horse gelding who is mellow, kind and has spend many hours in the mountains. He is ready to take kids on trail rides!
“Remy” is a handsome chocolate colored Quarter Horse gelding with really cool eyes. His prior owner says he has a lot of “cow” in him. He will be perfect to move calves at Cowboy Camp!
“Blue” is a Blue Roan Quarter Horse mare who is very sensitive and kind. She is a fast learner and a willing partner.
This Appaloosa gal, “Bow”, has already been on a few trail rides and is ready for camp to start!
“Cisco” is a Quarter Horse gelding who loves to eat and just hang out with his mares. Won’t take him long to get in the Ranch Camp groove!
“Luna” is a Missouri Fox Trotter mare and she will teach campers what it feels like to ride a gaited horse. What a really cool opportunity!
Is this mare beautiful or what? “Star” is a Leopard Appaloosa who is just as sweet as she is beautiful!
“Tango” is such a cool guy! He is a Mustang off the Nevada Range. He was originally started by inmates at the correctional facility in Susanville, CA. Tango has also spent many hours in the mountains and is ready to trail ride!
This gelding has a horsenality as big as Texas! “Toby” is a Haflinger gelding who likes to “talk” to anyone who will listen. He’s such a character and is tons of fun to play with and ride!
Don’t just meet these great new Kidder horses through pictures, come meet them and hang out with them at one of our Ranch Programs this summer at Kidder Creek Ranch Camp.
Register for Ranch Camp
Kidder Creek Camp is excited to welcome Drew Otto back to its staff as our incoming Associate Director!
From 2007–2013 Drew spent most of his summers at Kidder Creek as a counselor, men’s staff counselor and head river guide. The other 3 seasons at Mount Hermon he spent working as a naturalist, principal and developer in the Outdoor Science Program at Mount Hermon.
“I’m excited to be vocationally working for the kingdom and to see God move and reveal himself to our campers AND to our staff. It’s an exciting honor to be a part of what’s happening at Kidder Creek.”
Drew is joined by his wife Charlene and daughter Ellie. Charlene is pregnant with their second daughter and due in August.
Everyone who knows Drew and Char is so excited to welcome them back to Kidder Creek as part of the full time staff. Together they bring a passion to invest into our staff and to see campers’ lives transformed as they meet Jesus here at camp through our staff and adventure experiences.
Please welcome Drew and Char to our team!
Since you are a part of our family of supporters, we want you to get to know our staff more intimately than you might be able to during your time at camp. Allow us to give you a glimpse into our lives. Hopefully this will help you to pray for us and to make connections when you are here.
Mark Bradshaw—Conferences Services Manager
Mark came onto full time staff last September; however he is no stranger to Mount Hermon. Mark served as a summer staff counselor at the Conference Center for three summers and for a full year on our Facilities team.
He and his wife, Katie (Flynn, now Bradshaw, who was also on full-time staff) have been living in Pasadena for the last two years where Mark has been studying in the Masters of Divinity program at Fuller Theological Seminary. While there Mark worked with Fuller’s Office for Urban Initiatives and as a Chaplain at Arcadia Methodist Hospital.
Mark is excited to be back at Mount Hermon and we’re thrilled to have him. His heart for hospitality and attention to every detail are essential for this position. When not at work, Mark is an avid cyclist and runner, hoping to complete his fifth marathon and first triathlon this year. An Old Testament buff, Mark reads the Hebrew Scriptures every day. Mark and Katie had their first baby boy in February!
Mount Hermon is pleased to announce the formation of the Redwood Society, dedicated to bonding together a group of special friends who have set aside a portion of their estate for the future benefit of Mount Hermon.
For generations of families, Mount Hermon has formed a distinctive heritage, and over the decades numerous families have established lifetime legacies for those following in their footsteps. It is our hope your family will be similarly led to invest here, anticipating the marvelous impact your intentionality will have in years to come.
As Director of the Redwood Society, I can discuss gifting opportunities and recommend professionals who can help you with wise planning. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have already remembered Mount Hermon in your estate plan, we would like to thank you and enroll you as a charter member.
Our first reception for Redwood Society members will be held in conjunction with our AIM Celebration in May. If you are already enrolled, watch for your invitation. If you are considering membership, we would love to have you join us. Let us know how we can help.
Charter Membership in the Redwood Society remains open through 2013.
Join Jeanette Levellie as she solves all your time management issues–or at least a few!
Log into TweetChat and follow along at #MH_WritersChat.
By Kerry Phibbs
On September 4, 2012 Mount Hermon received a special gift in the form of Andrew Summers. Andrew came on board the Advancement team full time as our Campaign Coordinator. He will be managing the myriad of details such as executing mailings and newsletters, planning and running events, and providing content for our website among many other things. All of these important roles fit perfectly with his organized, project management giftedness.
Andrew spent 7 summers here as a camper from Redwood Camp through Ponderosa Lodge, so he is at home in these redwoods. His passion for serving Christ took him twice to the Democratic Republic of Congo to work with child prisoners. He served 6 years on summer staff and 2 years as an intern. We decided if he was going to keep coming around we might as well grab him for the long haul.
Andrew has blessed Mount Hermon in so many ways with his winsome personality and energetic enthusiasm for taking on a task and completing it with excellence. Make sure to meet him next time you’re in the neighborhood.
If you were at the Writers Conference this year and want to order CD’s or MP3’s of the workshops and general Sessions, the form is now posted on the first page of the Writers Conference website in the right hand upper corner. Have at it.
Have been thinking about 2012 Writers and want to encourage you to start saving right now, and working on your writer friends to come with you this coming year. Liz Curtis Higgs will be our Keynote speaker. You’ll love her. She is funny, a great speaker, personable and approachable, and has a heart for God that won’t quit. Faculty and workshops, tracks, have not be decided as of this date, but it will be good, as always, so we’ll look for you next year, March 30-April 3, 2012.
In the meantime, have a great summer. Make sure you come looking for information around November 1 for full info on Writers Conference. See you then.
I just found out that we have LOTS of deluxe rooms available for Writers Conference. The fun is that if you come with two other friends, the cost becomes more like double standard cost! That’s a great deal! AND you get the upgraded room and the fun of being with dear friends.
Why not snag a couple of friends and sign up? Don’t be left out of this amazing experience of growing as a writer. It’s worth every penny!
Ya’all come! Hurray!