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

2016 Ponderosa Week 1June 12-18, 2016
2016 Ponderosa Week 2June 19-25, 2016
2016 Ponderosa Week 3Jun 26 - Jul 2, 2016
2016 Ponderosa Week 4July 3-9, 2016
2016 Ponderosa Week 5July 10-16, 2016
2016 Ponderosa Week 6July 17-23, 2016
2016 Ponderosa Week 7July 24-30, 2016
2016 Ponderosa Week 8Jul 31 - Aug 6, 2016
2016 Ponderosa Week 9August 7-13, 2016
2016 Ponderosa Week 10August 14-20, 2016

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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

Summer 2016 Registration Information

Registration Opening Day: October 29th, 2015 at 10:00 am PST

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: $515
Counselors: $235

No minimum group size required.
Bringing your own counselors is required as a group.
Counselor to Camper ratio of 1 to 8 is requested per gender.
Any camper spots without a counselor will be charged the individual rate and a counselor will be provided.

Individual Registration

Camper: $590
Counselor: Provided

Individual campers are usually assigned to a cabin with other individuals. Hume provides a trained 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


2016 Theme: Coming soon.

2015 Theme: Aye Aye Cap'n!

See all the videos from 2015 on the wrap up page.

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

Download HD


2016 Summer Band: Coming soon.

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