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 Kan Kan. 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

2014 Ponderosa Week 1June 8-14, 2014
2014 Ponderosa Week 2June 15-21, 2014
  • 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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2014 Ponderosa Week 3June 22-28, 2014
  • 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.

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2014 Ponderosa Week 4Jun 29 - Jul 5, 2014
  • 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

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2014 Ponderosa Week 5July 6-12, 2014
  • 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.

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2014 Ponderosa Week 6July 13-19, 2014
  • Speaker: Brad Bell

    After living the stereotypical college life as a star athlete at CSU Fresno, Brad Bell gave his life to Christ in 1993. Dallas Theological Seminary fed his appetite to learn more about Jesus where Bell received a M.A. in Biblical Studies. Yet, a degree wasn't the only achievement for him in Texas; Bell met and married his bride, Jen, in Texas before moving back to his hometown of Fresno, CA. He was crazy enough to quit his job to start a church in Fresno with no financial support, no staff, and no building! Not without good reason, though! Tired of seeing people exhausted from the treadmill of "try hard - do good - fail," Bell developed a deep passion for discipleship. He had to respond to the calling that the Lord was stirring in him!

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2014 Ponderosa Week 7July 20-26, 2014
  • 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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2014 Ponderosa Week 8Jul 27 - Aug 2, 2014
  • Speaker: Dan Palmer

    Dan Palmer is a Teaching Pastor at First Covenant Church in Sacramento, the church where he gave his life to Jesus as a teenager. While attending UCLA he realized that there was no life that could compare with a life centered on leading people to Jesus. Since then, Dan has lived a life of Christian adventure. He has led many ministries (Rich Baker was in his College group), starred in a TV pilot, traveled the world on missions trips and started a business with his brother. He is passionate about leading people closer to Jesus through exciting stories and personal experiences about the greatness of a life centered on Jesus. He has been married to his wife Shanen for 13 years and has three adventurous boys named Caleb, Tyler and Shane.

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2014 Ponderosa Week 9August 3-9, 2014
  • 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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2014 Ponderosa Week 10August 10-16, 2014
  • Speaker: Chuck Bomar

    After serving for almost 9 years as pastor of student ministries at Cornerstone in Simi Valley, Ca., Chuck Bomar is now founding pastor of Colossae, in Portland Oregon. He's founder of CollegeLeader (http://www.CollegeLeader.org), This mission takes him all over the country to speak and train leaders. He is also a popular speaker at Hume, a writer, and pastor. He and his wife Barbara have two daughters, Karis and Hope.

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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.

Pricing & Details

2014 Registration Details

Registration Opening Day: October 15th, 2013

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: $480
Counselors: $219

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

Individual Registration

Camper: $540
Counselor: Provided

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 Monday, April 21st
  • 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.)
Camper Name/ Church registered with
Ponderosa Camp/Dates of camp
64144 Hume Lake Rd
Hume, CA 93628


2014 Theme: 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?”

Theme Verse

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.”


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Spirit Day

Beards and plaid!

Team Colors

Coming soon.


Media Pack
Includes registration fliers, slides, logo, and fonts.
Download (15 MB)
Ponderosa Overview

Download HD (46 MB)


2014 Summer Band: For All Seasons

From For All Seasons:

Our hearts are simple: We desire to live a life of worship throughout every circumstance.
We want to live out the Gospel both on and off stage. We want to be a people who continuously choose joy.
We don’t want to be wavered by the things of this world.
We want to stand firm in who we are in Christ.
We want to worship Jesus not for what He offers but for who He is.

Hebrews 13:8 promises Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever and because of that we can choose to worship Him through every season of life.

We believe that Christ gives us a core passion to know Him intimately and worship Him with everything we have.
But He also creates in us different passions and desires. Desires to use our gifts to honor Him. For us, it’s music.
We get to do what we love not for our own glory but for His.
We get to play music and through it make His name known.

Do we know how long we’re going to be able to do it? No. But while God is opening the doors and calling us to drop everything to do what we love, we’re going to give it all we have.

Learn more at forallseasonsmusic.com