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
Speaker: To Be Announced
Speaker: To Be Announced
Speaker: Dr. Erik Thoennes
Erik is amazed every day that God saved him as a young boy in a small factory town in Connecticut and adopted him into his family. Dr. Thoennes is Professor of Theology, and Chair of the Theology Department at Biola University/Talbot School of Theology and also a pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church in La Mirada, California. He was voted Professor of the Year twice, and was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award by his colleagues at Biola University. Erik also taught at Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of "Life's Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says About the Things that Matter Most," and "Godly Jealousy: A Theology of Intolerant Love." God has blessed Erik with his godly wife Donna, who has been his faithful ministry partner since they were married in 1989. Erik and Donna have three children; Caroline, Paige, and Samuel.
Speaker: Chris Brown
Chris Brown is one of the Senior Pastors at North Coast Church in Vista, California and one of the two Teaching Pastors. Along with being on the vision casting team, and providing directional leadership for the church, he also co-teaches a preaching course at Bethel Seminary. Chris loves bringing the Bible to life with his gifts as a communicator and storyteller, but most evident in his teaching is his passion for sharing a real and authentic journey with Jesus. Chris and his wife Amy have three children, two beautiful daughters, Sayla and Karis, and a crazy son named Barak. They plan as a family to stay involved in teaching, ministries, and fishing for as long as humanly possible.
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.
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.
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.
Speaker: Brent Eldridge
Although being an avid surfer, runner and Team Chaplain for the L.A. Galaxy, Brent Eldridge focuses the majority of his time as the Lead Pastor at First Baptist Lakewood Church in Long Beach, California. Hume Lake has always had a place in Brent's heart where he made a big decision to follow God's calling into ministry in the summer of 1989 as a camper and then went on to pursue his degree from Master's College and Trinity Theological Seminary. He's passionate about teaching God's Word and leading people into making an impact for the Lord.
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).
Speaker: To Be Announced
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Details
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).
No minimum group size required. Counselor to Camper ratio of 1 to 8 is requested per gender.
Individual campers will be assigned to a group, generally with other individuals and a Hume-provided counselor.
Deposit due dates:
- $25/spot initial desposit
- $50/spot due Friday, January 31st
- $75/spot due Friday, April 24th
- Final group registration balance due at arrival to camp
- Final individual registration balance due 1 month prior to camp
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.
Camp begins with registration at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday and concludes at 9:00 a.m. the following Saturday. Dinner on the first night is served at 5:30 p.m.
You may send mail to the following 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
Ponderosa - June 15-21
Johnny Smith - ABC123 Church
64144 Hume Lake Rd
Hume, CA 93628
2015 Theme: Coming Early March
2014 Theme Wrap Up: AXE
In the land of beards, plaid and flapjacks, one man encounters the Living God and begins a life-changing journey to make God known. Join us in this tale as Hume portrays the life of the apostle Paul and asks the question: “What are you living to make known?”
Acts 20:24 - “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”