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Kidder Creek

Wilderness Ascent

  6 Days
  Kidder Creek
  Jr High or High School
Summer 2023
Raft, leap, and hike while gaining valuable wilderness camping skills. Working with a team, campers learn to set camp, prepare meals, build fires and navigate life in the high mountain meadows. The real adventure of backpacking in God’s Creation teaches teamwork and wilderness skills, forges new friendships, and ends with two days of whitewater rafting. Real challenges and consequences teach the meaning of reliance on God and the power of faith.
Register for Summer 2023 starting November 15th!
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Discipleship, Leadership, Teamwork!

Kidder Creek’s amazing natural environment is the setting for this awesome camp.
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Pricing

SIX DAYS OF CAMP

Meals, Lodging, Program & Recreation

$649

  • 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.

  • Policy Updates for 2023
    • Deposits: A non-refundable/non-transferable deposit will be required to complete your registration. Please have a payment method ready to go during the registration process. We accept Visa, MasterCard, or an Electronic Check. Deposits are $150 per child.
    • Total Balance Due 30 Days Out: The total of your itinerary will be due 30 days before the start date of your week of camp. On this day, your account will automatically be charged the remainder of your balance.
    • Cancellations and Changes:
      Until 30 days prior to the event, the non-refundable deposit $150 is retained.
      From 29 days until 22 days prior to event, $225.00 is retained.
      From 21 days until 8 days prior to event, $325.00 is retained.
      If within 7 days of the event, the entire registration cost.
    • Transfer Fees: In the event that you decide to change the week in which your child is attending camp there will be a transfer fee of $25.
  • ACTIVITIES

    Backpacking

  • ACTIVITIES

    White Water Rafting

  • ACTIVITIES

    Adventure Hike to Ukonom Falls

  • ACTIVITIES

    Cliff Jumping

2023 Registration

Summer Week Destination Dates Age Range Availability Register
Week 0: June 11–16, 2023 Week 0 Campbell Lake - Marble Mountain Wilderness   Campbell Lake - Marble Mountain Wilderness June 11–16, 2023   Jr High
Availability: Registering Soon
Availability: Open
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Week 1: June 18–23, 2023 Week 1 Sky High Lake & Marble Mtn Wilderness   Sky High Lake & Marble Mtn Wilderness June 18–23, 2023   High School
Availability: Registering Soon
Availability: Open
Registering Soon
Open
Week 2: June 25–30, 2023 Week 2 Russian Mt Wilderness   Paynes to Statue - Russian Wilderness June 25–30, 2023   High School
Availability: Registering Soon
Availability: Open
Registering Soon
Open
Week 3: July 2–7, 2023 Week 3 Campbell Lake - Marble Mountain Wilderness   Campbell Lake July 2–7, 2023   Jr High
Availability: Registering Soon
Availability: Open
Registering Soon
Open
Week 6: July 23–28, 2023 Week 6 Sky High Lake & Marble Mtn Wilderness   Sky High Lake & Marble Mtn Wilderness July 23–28, 2023   High School
Availability: Registering Soon
Availability: Open
Registering Soon
Open
Week 7: July 30–Aug 4, 2023* Week 7* Russian Mt Wilderness   Paynes to Statue - Russian Wilderness July 30–Aug 4, 2023   High School
Availability: Registering Soon
Availability: Open
Registering Soon
Open

*Please note that for week 7, bus transportation will be available to Kidder, but not coming home.

One week not enough?

Be sure to check out our two-week program, Wilderness Summit, and take it to the next level!

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Schedule Overview

Here's an idea of what we'll be doing.

  • Schedule Overview
    Day Overview
    Day 1 Arrive and get to know the other campers and staff
    Day 2–4 Go Backpacking into the wilderness!
    Each week we go to a new location so that you can see some of the best that the Marble and Russian Mountain Wilderness areas have to offer.
    • Weeks 2 and 3: Hike into Campbell Lake in the Marble Mt Wilderness
    • Weeks 1 and 6: Sky High Lake and Marble Rim in the Marble Mt Wilderness
    • Weeks 3 and 7: Through hike the Russian Mt Wilderness
    Day 5 & 6 Go Rafting on the Klamath River and enjoy cliff jumping a side hike to Ukonom falls and of course the “Whirlpool”

Camperships

Please do not let finances get in the way of a Kidder Creek 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.

  • FACILITIES

    Outdoor Dining

  • FACILITIES

    Outdoor Camping

 
Prepare

Before Getting to Camp

  • Packing List

    In order to make sure that the backpacking and rafting experience is the best for your camper and since we will be in a wilderness setting for 3 of the days we require the following items for wilderness camp. Your camper will be carrying all that they need for 3 days on their back so be sure to think minimally and pack with lightweight items. Our staff will make sure campers have all necessary items and that they are packed correctly before heading into the wilderness. Campers will help carry group gear and food as well.

    • 1 Sleeping Bag (preferably mummy-style) with stuff sack
    • 1 pair of quick-drying shorts
    • 1 pair of shorts
    • 1 pair long pants or sweats—synthetic (nylon, pile, fleece. not cotton or jeans)
    • T-shirts or tank tops
    • 1 heavy synthetic long sleeve shirt)
    • 1 fleece jacket
    • 1 pair of hiking shoes or boots (that are broken in)
    • 1 pair of shoes that will stay on your feet while rafting (water shoes or teva-type sandals with a strap on the heel—NO FLIP FLOPS)
    • 1 modest swimsuit (1 piece for girls)
    • 1 winter hat
    • Toiletry kit—toothbrush, toothpaste, comb/brush, extra contacts
    • 1 pack of handi wipes
    • 2 water bottles (recommended 32oz/1qt unbreakable plastic)
    • 1 small flashlight or headlamp
    • 1 small, compressible day pack
    • 1 rain jacket or emergency poncho
    • 2 garbage bags
    • Small Bible w/pen or pencil

    Items NOT to Bring:

    • Cell Phones or ANY electronics
    • Expensive cameras
    • Alcohol, drugs
    • Firearms, knives, weapons of any kind
    • Jewelry or other valuables

    Optional Items:

    • Hammock
    • Foam or air ground pad
    • Lip balm
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • 1–2 bandanas
    • Waterproof disposable camera
    • Change of clothes for the trip home

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

    What Kidder Creek Camp will provide:

    • Backpacking packs
    • Camp stoves and pot sets
    • Tent Shelters
    • Water Filtration
    • Bear Proof Food Canisters
    • Bowl, cup, spoon and fork

Arrival & Departure

  • Arrival
    • Camp Arrival is between 4:00–5:00 PM on Sunday of your selected week
    • Put this address in your GPS: 2700 S Kidder Creek Rd, Etna, CA 96027
  • Departure
    • Join your camper for a BBQ dinner beginning at 5:00 PM followed by character awards and a short closing.
    • The BBQ $8 per person, sign ups and payment can be done in your child's account.
  • Bus Transportation

    Transportation from the Bay Area to Kidder Creek is provided by a coach bus chartered through Emerald Charters in Medford, OR for most weeks for only $89–$139 each way. Be sure to sign up for both ways if you desire round trip. If further information is needed call the Kidder Creek registrar at 530.467.3265.

    NOTE: Although camp ends Friday night, campers taking the bus will be staying Friday night as the returning bus departs on Saturday morning at 7am.

    For day-of-transportation questions or issues please contact the on-bus staff member at 530.408.9750.

    The coach bus has reclining seats, TV's w/ DVD player, on-board restroom and air conditioning throughout.

    If using the bus for your trip, please be ready to remove a wheel if necessary and to put your bike under the bus in the luggage compartment. Blankets will be provided to wrap your bike in.

    Signups for the bus will be available at time of registration.

    The parent or guardian will receive an email at that time explaining how to sign up online for transportation.

  • Bus pick up and drop off schedule
    To Kidder Creek SUNDAY MORNING

    Times are approximate after departure

    7:00 AM Mount Hermon Fieldhouse
    17 Conference Drive, Felton, CA 95018

    8:15 AM Milpitas Burger King
    1475 Dempsey Road, Milpitas, CA 95035

    9:15 AM Buena Vista School
    2355 San Juan Ave., Walnut Creek 94597

    10:25 AM Vacaville Wendy’s
    1377 E. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville, CA

    1:30 PM Anderson Burger King
    2535 N St., Anderson, CA
    LUNCH STOP

    4:00 PM Arrive at Kidder Creek
    2700 S Kidder Creek Rd. Etna CA 96027​

    From Kidder Creek SATURDAY MORNING

    Times are approximate after departure

    7:00 AM Kidder Creek Camp
    2700 S Kidder Creek Rd. Etna CA 96027​

    9:45 AM Anderson Burger King
    2535 N St., Anderson, CA 96007

    12:30 PM Vacaville Wendy’s
    1377 E. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville, CA

    1:45 PMAM Buena Vista School
    2355 San Juan Ave., Walnut Creek 94597
    LUNCH STOP

    2:45 PM Milpitas Burger King
    1475 Dempsey Road, Milpitas, CA 95035

    4:00 PM Mount Hermon Fieldhouse Parking Lot
    17 Conference Drive, Felton, CA 95018

 
Location

Kidder Creek
2700 S Kidder Creek Rd
Etna, CA 96027
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