Mount Hermon Family Camp – JEMS

Where Family Traditions Begin.
June 30 – July 6, 2019

In 1950, young Nisei pastors who struggled to revive their ministries in California after the traumatic World War II evacuation, gathered their families and young people from various Christian denominations for the first Nisei Christian Conference in June of the same year. About 150 conferees and leaders attended the conference held at Mount Hermon. Over the years, the conference has grown, and about 1,500 conferees from throughout the Mainland, Hawaii, Canada and Japan gather today. The original Mount Hermon campsite and three additional facilities accommodated the adult families, high school, junior high, college students, special campers, and professional career people. Since then, the inter-high and Nichigo camps were added.


Mah, Pastor Greg

Pastor Greg Mah

Pastor Greg Mah, the morning speaker, is on staff as the Teaching Pastor for the South Bay Community Church in Torrance, CA. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Talbot Theological Seminary and previously served as a pastor to college students and young adults for 10 years. His desire to help people grasp God’s Word and fall in love with Jesus propelled him to accept a pastoral teaching position at SBCC. Greg married his wife Monica in 2009 and has three children, Evan, Karis, and Arinea. Greg’s passion after God and his family is surfing.

Masakazu (Nichigo Speaker), Rev. Fukuno

Rev. Fukuno Masakazu (Nichigo Speaker)

Rev. Fukuno Masakazu is the Senior Pastor at RCI (Revival Church International) South Osaka Evangelical Church in Osaka, Japan. Rev. Fukuno has attended Kansai Bible Institute (KBI), received missionary training at DTS (discipleship training school) and SOE (school of Evangelism) in Hawaii through YWAM.

In 1992, he started CPM (Christian Power Ministries) ministry to teach about the Holy Spirit. He is currently the JEC director, a (KBI) teacher and executive director. A motto he enjoys in life is, “Step by step,” serve the Lord by being yourself.

He is married and has three adult children. He is a proud grandpa of 8 grandchildren.

Schlaepfer, Rene

Rene Schlaepfer

Morning Speaker

Rene Schlaepfer is the senior pastor of Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, California is the author of five books: "Jesus Journey"; "God Is"; "Grace Immersion"; "Hope Experience"; and "Thrill Ride: Thriving Through Life's Ups and Downs". He lives in the beautiful beach town of Santa Cruz with his wife Laurie. Born in San Jose, California to Swiss immigrant parents, Rene grew up with dual citizenship and briefly lived in Switzerland before settling on the West Coast. There he worked for many years in broadcasting, primarily as an air personality on contemporary music radio stations. While in broadcasting, Rene earned a BA in Radio/TV/Film from San Jose State and an MA Theology from Western Seminary. Since then, he has served as a pastor in San Diego, South Lake Tahoe, and Santa Cruz. Rene and Laurie have three children they adore: Jonathan, Elisabeth, and David. Beside their love of church ministry, Rene and Laurie also advocate together for their favorite causes: local food banks and an orphanage in India. Rene has been a speaker for JEMS Mount Hermon many times and is popular among the JEMS families.


  • To inquire about Camperships, or Pastor Discounts please fill out this form.
  • A $300 per room deposits is due at the time of registration and are non-refundable, non-transferable.
  • If you are interested in taking a bus to Family Camp, please visit for more information
6 Night Room Rate
Deluxe Suite$1069
Deluxe Lodge$945
Standard Lodge$770
Economy Lodge$474
Per Person Meal & Program
Adult (13+)4–12 yrs0–3 yrs
$490$350No Charge


JEMS Main/Family Camp and Nichigo registration will begin Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 9am PST.

Youth Camp registration forms will be available in February at For more information regarding Youth Camp registration, please visit or call the JEMS office at 213.613.0022

The Discount & Scholarship form can be found on the JEMS website.

Housing Options

Please notice the differences in the JEMS registration process below.

I'm registering 2 or more guests.

All cabins and lodges are reserved at this time. To be added to the waitlist, click on the link below.

Sign up for the waitlist

Due to housing being sold out, if you would like to register for the JEMS Program/Meals only, please call our office directly at 888-642-2677. Thank you!

I'm registering myself.


Registration Guide

Pro Tips for Registration

  • Create your family account
  • Before registering, have your top 3 housing choices in mind.
  • If at any point you feel stuck, please give us a call! 1.888.642.2677
  • What Type of Housing is Best for Me?

    There's a lot of us.

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    There's less than 6 of us.

    We like being further from the action.

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    We want our room as near the action as possible.

    We'll take care of our own linens for the week.

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    We like the option of having our linens changed.

    We want our own space to spread out and relax.

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    There's so much to do we'll hardly be in our rooms.

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    If this seems like you, you'll probably prefer a Cabin.

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    If this seems like you, you'll probably prefer a Lodge Room.

  • Cabin, Lodge Room, What's the Difference?

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    • CABINS

      Cabins provide a home-style environment nestled among the redwoods. Linens and towels are provided along with a kitchen stocked with pots, pans, utensils and space for dining.

      • 34 Cabins available
      • Capacities range from 3–10 people.
      • Cottage-style room set up.
      • Meal plans are required.
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      Lodge Rooms are perfect welcoming spaces with varying views of the redwoods and the grounds. Each have private baths, linens provided, furnishings & decor, and spacious rooms.

      • 150 Lodge Rooms available
      • Capacities range from 1–8 people.
      • Hotel-style rooms.
      • Meal plans are required.
  • When Can I Register?

    Main-Family/Nichigo Camp

    Family Camp registration opens Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 9:00am PST.

    Youth and Special Camps

    • Youth Camp registration forms will be posted in February 2019 on the JEMS website.
    • For more information regarding Youth Camp registration, please visit or call the JEMS office at 213.613.0022
  • Where is my desired housing unit located?

    Use the map and these designations to help give perspective on the experience our unique lodging provides. We've classified each into one of three distance categories.

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    • CLOSE

      Right in the action. These accommodations are as close to the centralized activities on camp as it gets.

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      A great balance between access and privacy. Easy access to the activities with enough distance to retreat.

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      You'll feel like you've got your own private retreat. These accommodations are further away from the central activities.

  • Online Registration Step-by-Step

    1. Select the button that pertains to you for Registration above.
    2. Login to your account if you are returning OR Create a New Account as a First Timer
    3. Select Lodging if you are registering 2 or more people.
    4. Verify your Family Information
    5. Edit your attendees, adding the names and information for everyone YOU ARE Registering
    6. Check Out, agree to the terms and conditions
    1. Select Payment Method to pay deposit and/or Full Balance (which is due 1 month prior to the event)
    2. Congrats you're done!
  • Accessing Your Account after registration

    • Great news! You already have an account. Click Log In at the top right.
    • Select Camps & Events Registration then enter your login and password.
    • If you've never logged in click on “forgot your password”
  • We Can Help!

    No need to worry if you prefer talking to a real person.
    We are here for you 6 days a week.

    Monday–Saturday 8:30am–4:00pm

    Call toll-free: 1.888.642.2677

How do I figure my total cost?

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housing choice


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program and meal fees (if applicable) per person


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cost of camp


  • In General...

    • Comfortable clothes, sweatshirts for the mornings and evening
    • Flashlight
    • Bible
    • Notebook
    • Pen
    • Closed toe shoes for recreational activities
  • If you're in a Lodge Room...

    • Linens are provided, but bring extra towels for the beach and pool
    • Hair blow dryers are not provided
    • Bring your own toiletries
  • If you're in a Cabin...

    • Linens are provided upon your arrival, bring extra towels!
    • Hotpads/Oven mits
    • Paper Towels
    • Food to prepare in your kitchen if needed
    • Hair blow dryers are not provided
    • Bring your own toiletries
    • Basic cooking-ware is provided
    • Coffee makers are provided
  • Swimwear Guidelines & Safety rules

    Boys and men are asked to wear firmly secured, non-sagging swim suits, not bikini style Speedo bottoms, nor underwear, boxer shorts or ripped or cut street shorts.

    Girls and women are asked to wear modest swimwear appropriate for a family pool. Modest one-piece bathing suits are appropriate for all ages, as well as two piece suits that include ‘swim shorts’ or ‘swim skirts,’ or two-piece suits that accomplish full coverage. Most bikinis, high French-cut suits, or thongs are not considered ‘modest’ by these standards, even if worn with a cover-up when outside the pool.

    Please use changing rooms for changing into swim attire (regardless of age) and wear suitable cover-ups when walking from your house to the pool area. Lifeguards exercise full authority on appropriate attire. If attire is not appropriate, residents may be asked to wear a T-shirt, cover-up or to leave the pool area. Staff members are held to the same standards as guests. A full list of rules is posted at the pool. Children under 18 must pass a swim test to go past shoulder depth.

  • Snacks for sale at the pool!

    Snacks, sodas and packaged ice creams will be on sale at the conference center pool this summer. Be sure to pack some cash in your pool bag!

  • Recreation Sign-ups

    Advanced sign-up required for participation in the following activities. Sign-ups will be held on the field Sunday evening 5:30–6:30pm and in the commons area Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 8:00–9:00am & 10:45–11:15am. Look for the adventure & recreation staff in light blue shirts!

    • Kayaking
    • Guided Mountain Bike Rides
    • Archery
    • Sequoia Adventure Course
    • Discovery Grove
    • Redwood Canopy Tour
  • Pet and Service Animal Policy

    Due to the unique nature of a “temporary community” shared by hundreds of guests at one time, Mount Hermon does not permit pets to accompany guests during their stay. Mount Hermon does comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for “service animals.” Guests and their service animal will be provided accommodations and facility access in the same manner as all guests. The qualification of a “service animal” must meet the definition given in the Americans with Disabilities Act: “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals are not considered service animals under the ADA, and therefore not permitted at Mount Hermon Family Camps. A list of excellent local pet boarding services is available upon request.

Maps & Directions

Conference Center Grounds Map

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Directions to Conference Center


Conference Center
37 Conference Dr. Felton CA 95018

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Santa Cruz Mountains | Conference Center

The Santa Cruz Mountains camp center includes the Conference Center, Ponderosa Lodge and Redwood Camp.

  • Click here for written driving directions
    From Northern California:
    • From Highway 17 take the “Mount Hermon Road” exit at Scotts Valley. If coming from the north, turn right at the light onto Mount Hermon Road. Once on Mount Hermon Road, proceed 3.5 miles through Scotts Valley to the signal light at Graham Hill Road. Turn left onto Graham Hill Road, then turn left onto Conference Drive, which takes you into the Conference Center. The Administration Building is just past the post office on the right. The Mount Hermon Bookshop is directly across the street.
    From Southern California
    • Take US 101 North to Salinas. Exit at Market Street and take Highway 183 West toward Santa Cruz. At Castroville take US 1 North to Santa Cruz. At Santa Cruz, take Highway 17 North toward San Jose. Exit at Scotts Valley at “Mount Hermon Road.” Proceed through Scotts Valley on Mount Hermon Road 3.5 miles to the signal light at Graham Hill Road. Turn left onto Graham Hill Road, then turn left onto Conference Drive, which takes you into the Conference Center. The Administration Building is just past the post office on the right. The Mount Hermon Bookshop is directly across the street.