Statement on Current Health Concerns

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Statement on Current Health Concerns

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Learn how you can help Mount Hermon here.

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Campers In Leadership Training

CILT is a two-week camp experience for incoming 11th–12th grade and newly graduated high school students that focuses on developing young leaders for ministry. During the first week students receive training in leadership, facilitating small groups, and sharing the gospel. The second week gives students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the context of camping ministry at Ponderosa Lodge.

Due to 2020 Summer Camp Closures, no new registrations will be taken at this time. See here for more information. Thank you for your understanding and please see our Summer 2021 dates below!
2020 Registrants: Please let us know how you would like us to handle your registration with this form:
2020 Ponderosa Lodge Form
  Ponderosa Lodge
  11th–12th Grade

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2020 Pricing


Meals, Lodging, Program & Recreation


  • Camperships

    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.


    High Ropes


    Laser Tag


    Aqua Climbing Wall


    Dodge & Arrows


    Climbing Wall


    Ponderosa Pool


    Basketball Courts

Summer 2021 Registration

Summer Week Dates Location Availability Register
Weeks 4 & 5: July 5–17, 2021 Weeks 4 & 5 July 5–17, 2021   Ponderosa Lodge Registering Soon Registering Soon
Weeks 7 & 8: July 25–Aug 7, 2021 Weeks 7 & 8 July 25–Aug 7, 2021   Ponderosa Lodge Availability: Registering Soon Registering Soon


  • Students will gain practical experience in 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



    Dining Hall




    Game Room


    Cabin Interior


    Cabin Exterior


Before You Arrive

  • Packing List
    • Bible, notebook, and pen
    • Warm sleeping bag and pillow
    • Outdoor-type clothes (jeans & t-shirts) Please only bring modest clothing with appropriate t-shirt graphics.
    • Warm sweatshirt & jacket... it gets chilly!
    • Sturdy shoes (flip flops are ok for pool & shower only)
    • Backpack which will be super useful in the second week when looking after campers
    • Laundry bag, Detergent, Coins for Laundry
    • One set of grubby clothes that can truly get dirty
    • Bath towel, washcloth and toiletry items
    • Modest bathing suit, beach towel and sunscreen!! (You will be asked to wear a shirt over your swimsuit if it is deemed immodest)
    • Flashlight
    • Water bottle

    *Please mark all items, including luggage, with camper's first and last name

  • 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 not to bring
    • Cell Phones or ANY electronics
    • Comics
    • Weapons
    • Animals
  • Medical Dietary Form

    Have a Special Diet or Medical Dietary issue? Please fill out this form to let us know about it so we can better serve you.

  • Health Insurance card

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

  • Arrival & Departure

    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 Ponderosa Lodge events the Closing Program is at 10:15am and camp concludes at 11:00am


Ponderosa Lodge
4600 Graham Hill Rd
Felton CA 95018
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