High School Summer Camp: Ponderosa


Ponderosa also known as “Pondy!” is our flagship camp at Hume Lake for high school students (9th-12th grade). One of the many things we love about Hume Lake is the opportunity to get away from the busyness and distractions that young people face on a daily basis and have an incredible camp experience. When you come to Pondy, you will hear the gospel preached, be challenged through scripture, engage in sweet worship through music and get some time alone and with your church to process what God did in your life up here at camp. Hume Lake takes pride in its high energy recreation allowing kids to be kids. That includes things like playing in the mud, running the gauntlet, doing the bike jump, and dominating in Kajabe Can Can. If you allow it, a week at Ponderosa can and will change your life forever. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Dates and Speakers

2015 Ponderosa Week 5July 5-11, 2015
  • Speaker: PJ Lewis

    After growing up in Northern California, PJ met his wife, Sheri, while earning a degree in Counseling and Bible at Christian Heritage College in El Cajon. Married in 1988, PJ and Sheri have been serving together for over 20 years in the areas of shepherding, teaching, counseling, and discipleship for both youth and adult ministries in the San Diego area, Carson City, Nevada, and Fresno. PJ enjoys playing games, hiking, exploring new places, and especially loves spending time with his wife.

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2015 Ponderosa Week 6July 12-18, 2015
  • Speaker: Brian Holland

    Brian Holland has been in ministry with the next generation for 20 years in Southern California. He is an outstanding speaker; he's captivating, funny, but most importantly passionate to see people come to know Jesus. He is asked to speak at many camps, chapels, and special events throughout the year. He gets to be married to Kelley and the dad of two boys, Tyler (9) and Dylan (7). Brian's purpose for ministry is to exalt Jesus as the greatest - one life at a time.

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2015 Ponderosa Week 7July 19-25, 2015
  • Speaker: Darin McWatters

    Darin McWatters grew up in Phoenix, AZ where he learned to wear long pants in 120 degree weather, apply sunscreen without blotching, and avoid the dreaded venom of the Gila monster. For a couple of years he lived like a tamborineless gypsy, roaming incessantly back and forth across the highways and byways of America in the band, Everybodyduck. Then he did some missions work with mountain people in the Sierra Nevadas, as the Program Director of Hume Lake Christian Camps and founder of the Joshua Wilderness Institute. Now he lives in Long Beach, CA where he still wears long pants and sunscreen but almost never thinks about Gila monsters. He is currently Pastor of Teaching and Mission at First Baptist Church of Lakewood, and a Chaplain with the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department. He has been married to his wife Shannon for 17 years, and has four children Jack, Hank, Lily, and Will. Understandably, he is very tired most of the time.

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2015 Ponderosa Week 8Jul 26 - Aug 1, 2015
  • Speaker: Chris Ward

    Chris Ward is the Teaching Pastor at Friends Church in Yorba Linda, CA. Prior to that, he was an Associate Teaching Pastor at ROCKHARBOR Church in Costa Mesa, CA. Chris is a Southern California native, having attended the University of Southern California for his undergrad and Talbot School of Theology for his M.Div. Before becoming a full-time pastor, Chris worked in the financial industry for Goldman Sachs. Chris is married to his wife Tanya and have one son, Lucas.

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2015 Ponderosa Week 9August 2-8, 2015
  • Speaker: Ryan Guard

    Ryan Guard is one of the teaching pastors, as well as the Student Ministries Pastor, at Mission Community Church in Gilbert, AZ. He's been in full-time ministry for 13 years, starting out as a Jr. High youth Pastor for 3 years, then as a High School Pastor for the past 9. He certainly didn't expect to become a pastor when he grew up, or even a Christian for that matter! God got ahold of his hardened heart while he was in college, and he's never been the same. He has a deep passion for teaching the Word of God to students, utilizing plenty of humor, stories, and practical applications along the way. He used to be pretty good at basketball, but those days are long gone, and now it's just sad to watch him play. He has been married to Lindsay for 7 years, and they have two children, Griffin (3), and Gavin (2).

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2015 Ponderosa Week 10August 9-15, 2015
  • Speaker: Steve Carter

    Steve Carter is the director of evangelism and a teaching pastor for Willow Creek Community Church. Steve works with an incredible team of staff and volunteers committed to living out the reality that reconciliation is possible. He is a founding member of both Rock Harbor Fullerton Church and Solidarity and currently serves on the Solidarity board. Steve lives with his wife Sarah, their son Emerson and daughter Mercy in Barrington, Illinois.

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Clear Gospel Message

Ponderosa: Clear Gospel Message

The gospel isn’t merely one ingredient in our programming mix. It’s the reason for everything we do.

Hume speakers know teenagers as well as their bibles. They unwrap and animate God’s truth in ways that connect with students.

Students will hear the gospel of Jesus in chapels and talks, then wrestle with it in seminars, breakouts, and all those unscripted moments between youth pastors and students that a Hume Lake camping experience delivers.

Dynamic Worship

Ponderosa: Dynamic Worship

Indoor worship, outdoor worship, corporate worship, devotional worship.

Hume Lake nurtures the attitude of worship from sunrise to sunset. Just step out of your cabin, and you can’t help but acknowledge God here in the midst of His majestic creation.

Personal quiet times, small-group prayer, our dawn patrol sunrise worship—you'll have plenty of options for exalting the lord. For listening to him, too. (It helps that distractions are few here—no phones or ipods, for instance.)

And our musicians are selected for their giftedness in bringing students into the presence of the lord.


Ponderosa: Recreation

For an hour a day, we let kids be kids. We call it recreation.

The high-energy, innovative games at Hume Lake give campers an outlet for their energy, while providing counselors a chance to encourage team-building and leadership skills.

Game-winning teams are awarded points throughout the week, and on spirit day themed costumes multiply your points to give your team the cutting edge!

While all campers receive a free “rec” shirt, only the winning team gets the coveted “champion” shirt.


Ponderosa: Camp Theme

The theme is a creative and practical link between the fun, entertaining aspects of camp and our presentation of the gospel.

While we believe that the theme is a critical part of the camp experience, it is our desire that by the end of the week it becomes background to the biblical truths taught throughout the week.

The opener, the daily videos, the recreation team names, spirit day and the free camp videos are some of the programming elements we use to capture campers attention, win their trust, and direct their focus to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Local Church Ministry

Ponderosa: Local Church Ministry

Let us agree on one thing: your youth pastor—not us or any other ministry resource provider—knows your youth group best.

We run camp in order to give youth pastors freedom to do what they do best—relate to students, listen, offer guidance, love. To that end, we free them up from the myriad details required for a successful, memorable camping experience—the programming, lodging, meals, recreation, speakers, music. They do enough of that anyway.

So this time, we'll do the footwork while your youth pastor ministers to your students. After all, when Jesus left this planet, he left behind a church, not a camp.

Registration & Details

2015 Registration Information

Registration Opening Day: October 21st, 2014

Ponderosa is designed for campers grades 9-12.

All prices include meals, lodging, program materials and a recreation t-shirt. Some extra activities are available at additional cost or deposit (high ropes and paintball for example).

Group Registration

Campers: $495
Counselors: $225

No minimum group size required. Counselor to Camper ratio of 1 to 8 is requested per gender.

Individual Registration

Camper: $565
Counselor: Provided

Individual campers will be assigned to a group, generally with other individuals and a Hume-provided counselor.

What to bring

Bible, notebook, pencil, flashlight, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, warm and cool clothes, jacket, modest one-piece swimsuit (no tankinis), a towel for swimming and showering, $60 recommended spending money.

(Remember: Girls no bare midriffs or spaghetti straps; guys, no sagging.)

What not to bring

Drugs (unless prescribed by a doctor), alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, firearms, electronic devices.

Camper Mail Address

(Please send five days prior to desired delivery date.)

Ponderosa - Camp Dates
Camper Name - Church registered with
64144 Hume Lake Rd
Hume, CA 93628

For example:
Ponderosa - June 15-21
Johnny Smith - ABC123 Church
64144 Hume Lake Rd
Hume, CA 93628


2015 Theme: Aye Aye Cap'n!

Grab your cutlass and make way for an epic tale on the high seas. Follow the life of Peter as he learns to trust the Captain in all things...no matter what comes his way. This summer, we are challenging students to be faithful with today and whatever God puts in their lives.

Theme Verse

Matthew 4:19-20 - “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

Theme Teaser


Spirit Day

There be Pirates!

Team Colors

Ponderosa Camp Team Colors


Media Pack
Includes registration fliers, slides, logo, and fonts.
Ponderosa Overview

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2015 Summer Band: The Procession

Mission Statement

We believe that God is worthy of worship. All creation sings God’s praise (Ps. 19:1-6) and it is our desire to see people join in this praise.

Music is only one of the ways that we worship God. We desire to worship God with lives lived by faith in Christ’s love for us. Although life goes through ups and downs, God’s love for us will always remain constant. We trust that He loves us no matter how many times we turn away from Him, He will always love us, and we will always be able to find restoration and healing in Him. 
As a band, we want to live lives marked by faithfulness, dependence on God, and participation in God’s plan to redeem all things. We hope that our ministry through music can come alongside the ministry and the worship done by the Church. Christian living can’t be done in isolation, and it is our desire to see people join together in one body as they worship God and rejoice in his work through Jesus Christ

Want to get to know them? Find The Procession here:
Facebook: The Procession Music