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JEMS 2020

Where family traditions begin

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.
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  7 Days
  June 28–July 4, 2020
  Conference Center

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How do I figure my total cost?

Housing Choice


Meals & Program Fees
(if applicable) per person


Cost of Camp

  • Lodge Room Rates

    6 Night Room Rate

    Master Suite $1255
    Deluxe $1095
    Standard $900
    Economy $540

    2020 Summer Housing Search Tool Coming Soon


    Per Person Meal & Program

    Adult (13+) 4–12 yrs 0–3 yrs
    $490 $345 No Charge
  • Cabin Rates
    Price of Housing

    (Summer 2020 Housing Tool Coming Soon)


    Per Person Meal & Program

    Adult (13+) 4–12 yrs 0–3 yrs
    $490 $345 No Charge

    Per Person Program Only

    Adult (13+) 4–12 yrs 0–3 yrs
    $255 $200 No Charge

    Sequoia Aerial Adventure


    Redwood Canopy Tour


    Conference Center Pool


    McAfee Fieldhouse




    Discovery Grove


JEMS Main/Family Camp and Nichigo registration will begin in January 2020 (Specific day TBA).
  • 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.

Pastor Greg Mah

JEMS Speaker
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.

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.

Rene Schlaepfer

JEMS 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.


    McAfee Fieldhouse




    Dining Hall


    Meeting Room


    Lodge Room Interior

Pro Tips for Registration


Before Getting to Camp

  • Packing List
    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
  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Pet & Service Animals

    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.

When You Arrive

  • Recreation Sign-ups

    Free activities: pool, boats and canoes, ping pong, pool tables, air hockey, foosball, climbing wall, Discovery Grove (ropes course for kids ages 5-10), Sequoia Aerial Adventure, archery, bocce ball, shuffleboard, guided mountain bike rides, morning lap swims, morning boot camp, afternoon crafts, and much much more!

    Activities with extra fees: Redwood Canopy Tour, Sailing, Golf Tournament, Crafts (depending upon the craft chosen)

    Most activities are on a first come, first serve basis, but the following activities require advance sign-ups: Discovery Grove, Sequoia Aerial Adventure, archery, Redwood Canopy Tour, Sailing.  Sign-ups take place from 8 - 9 am and 10:45 - 11:15 am, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday in the central commons area in front of the bookstore.  Our friendly recreation staff will be there to get you signed up and answer any questions you have!

    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


Conference Center
37 Conference Dr.
Mount Hermon, CA 95041
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