Summer Camps

Mount Hermon: Grades 2 thru 12

MtHermonMount Hermon is a Christian Conference Center and Camp Facility in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  It hosts many different summer camps, but there are four in particular that members of our congregation have been flocking to for decades.   Ask the Roberts or Sonnenschein families for more information.

Redwood Camp: Primary & Junior (entering Grades 2-6)
Redwood CampThose entering grades 2-3 attend Redwood Primary Camp, while those entering grades 4-6 are enrolled in Redwood Junior Camp.  Each camp has a session dedicated to first time campers, so check it out!  Victory Circle is a highlight of every day, singing fun worship songs, watching the Truth portrayed in some crazy funny skits, and there are always cool games in the mix.   And then there’s Beach Day!  What?!?,17,23;upcoming:1;
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Ponderosa: Junior High (entering Grades 7-8)

Even though you have to wait until you’re entering 7th grade to move up to the big time over at the resort at Pondy, take the “leap of faith” and just do it!!  Did someone say, “Let’s go surfing?!”  In one week at Ponderosa, students will encounter the God who knows them, who loves them and who wants to change their lives for eternity.;upcoming:1;
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Ponderosa: High School (entering Grades 9-12)
The theme at camp this summer is: Found. In this terrifying jungle of mystery, all hope of rescue seems impossible. We’re too lost, too far gone, too abandoned. But no matter how lost we feel, the truth is that we’ve been found. Head to Pondy this summer for an adventure of a lifetime, as we come to know the truth that God’s love makes us found. And as it should be in high school, take a week to unplug—the phone, the computer, the alarm clocks—and find yourself with lots more unstructured time, plus Open Mic Night and Dance Night with the always rockin’ live band!  More than a mountain top experience, Ponderosa Lodge is a week full of laughter, play, community and worship as students experience life to the fullest.  At camp, students can skate, surf, play laser tag or paintball, make new friends, swim, kayak, ride mountain bikes or mountain scooters and experience the zip line or leap of faith.  This is one party that will live on for eternity!;upcoming:1;
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Family Camp
Mount Hermon Family CampFun for the whole family!  With a variety of world-class speakers, thought-provoking seminar leaders, and fabulous musicians throughout the summer, Family Camp has something for everyone.  From outstanding child care, day camp, youth tracks, and collegiate offerings to pancake breakfasts, BBQs, adventure hikes, train rides to Santa Cruz, family games, and nightly campfires, a week together at Mount Hermon is not your typical camping trip!;upcoming:1;

Ask the Huxley family for more information.

Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp: Ages 8 to 16

Yosemite Sierra Summer CampThe Christian Adventure Camp affectionately known as “The Home of the World’s Greatest Campers!” at beautiful Bass Lake, in the shadow of Yosemite National Park.  YSSC’s two-week long sessions allow more time for campers to feel at home and benefit from the goal of helping them grow in character, relationships, skills and faith. This is accomplished through a unique blend of traditional and adventure activities, creative fun and positive challenge, and through interaction with a gifted, nurturing and enthusiastic staff with a staff-to-camper ratio of 1-to-2.  At YSSC, we believe summer camp is a magical and memorable time of new friends, discoveries and growth.

Ask the Grubbs family for more information.

Hume Lake: Ages 8 to 18

Hume LakeThis is the awesome spot where our junior high students spend an incredible weekend every winter.  Summer camp here is epic!  Camping is all about escaping from the distractions of technology, experiencing the simple joys of nature and spending quality time with great friends.  Getting away allows kids to take stock of their situation, see things from a new perspective and re-engage life with the right attitude.  Christian camping at Hume Lake takes advantage of all these benefits in order to encourage youth to focus on the most important relationship in their life—the one with their Creator.  We teach the gospel while giving young people an unforgettable camping experience!

Forest Home: Grades 3 thru 12

Forest Home If you spend time in SoCal during the summer, check out Forest Home.  Located on 600+ acres in the San Bernardino Mountains, Forest Home’s remoteness displaces campers far enough from their routine that they can hear God better, see Him clearer, and breathe deeper.  At Forest Home, campers can silence the distractions of life and realize the value of remoteness, so they can find true rest in Him.

Kanakuk: Ages 7 to 18

KanakukFor nearly a century outside Branson, Missouri, Kanakuk Kamps has been providing America’s premiere Christian summer camp experience to boys and girls from around the world.  Selecting the best of the best from across the nation, its 1,800 hand-picked, dedicated, kid-loving, Christian athletic staff, including our own Ryan Gannett and Nathaniel Armen, offers children a summer camping experience like no other.  Campers enjoy an industry leading, world-class program that couples high counselor/camper ratios with over 70 sports and activities meticulously designed to provide the summer adventure of a lifetime!

Kanakuk is based on these main principles:

  • I’m Third: God First…Others Second…I’m Third
  • Four Square Life:  “And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52
  • Let Your Light So Shine:  “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify  your Father who is in Heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

Ask the Gannett family for more information.

VBS at MVPC: Ages 4 years old thru entering 5th grade, plus Staff positions, too!

Maker Factory VBS: You Were Made for This! Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God. Where creativity is sparked by interactive decoration and experiences. And where crafts become permanent art installations. From June 19-23, 2017, MVPC will be transformed into Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School, a place buzzing with excitement! VBS 2017 will be full of bright, vibrant colors, dynamic decorations, and gadgets and gizmos aplenty. We’ll gear up for each day’s adventure by singing fun songs and during small group time, we’ll experience each Bible story with all five senses. On the courtyard during snack, we’ll make surprising and authentic faith discoveries with sciency-fun gizmos. At rec, we’ll play high-energy games and during crafts, we’ll create art that will be permanently installed in the halls of our church. And we’ll wrap up each day with our flag ceremony and encourage kids to engage with our annual VBS mission project.

Camp Timberwolf

Family Camp
Camp TimberwolfFor a week every summer, MVPC’s very own Camp Timberwolf at Lower Bucks Lake in Plumas County in the Sierra Nevada is made available to our congregation for Family Camp.  This year, it will be July 1-5, 2017.  The camp is surrounded by tall pine trees and is 150 yards from a sandy beach.  Bring and cook your own food in the fully equipped kitchen, with available refrigerator, freezer, and BBQ.  The mess hall has a large deck, plus picnic tables under the pine canopy, a camp fire pit, and a horseshoe pit.  There are three cabins with bunks (by reservation) and numerous tent sites, as well as water hookup for RVs.  With activities like fishing, hiking, canoeing, playing at the lake, and evening campfires, Family Camp is a great week to spend time together in fellowship with members of our congregation and to grow closer as a family, too, while enjoying the beauty of God’s splendor.  Cost is $12/night for adults; $6/night for kids 6 and older, and free for younger kids. Register today!

Dad’s Adventure Weekend
July 6-8, 2017 – Just dads and kids!  And boatloads of fun!  All food (Thursday dinner thru Saturday lunch) is provided and cooked for you.  Dads and granddads, sons, daughters, and grandkids from age 3 and up are encouraged to attend.  Star gazing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, ping pong tourneys, great food, s’mores around the campfire, and dads and kids fellowshipping together!  It’s a beautiful thing!  Join in the fun…it only comes ’round once a year!  Cost is $75/dad and $40/kid, which includes food, ski boat rental, and fishing. Book your spot today!