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
  • Speaker: Brian Holland

    Brian Holland currently serves at Purpose Church as Teaching Pastor and has been in ministry with the next generation since 1993 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 sons, Tyler and Dylan. Brian's purpose for ministry is to exalt Jesus as the greatest - one life at a time.

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2016 Ponderosa Week 2June 19-25, 2016
  • Speaker: Travis Osborne

    Travis Osborne has been in pastoral ministry for 19 years and is currently on pastoral staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California. He wakes up each day to encourage others toward a deeper walk with the living God. He completed his Master of Divinity degree from A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. Travis is married to his college sweetheart and they have three children. He enjoys volleyball, paddleboarding, and riding his '82 Schwinn ten-speed bicycle around town simply to avoid paying for gas.

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2016 Ponderosa Week 3Jun 26 - Jul 2, 2016
  • 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 Arbor Road Church, 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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2016 Ponderosa Week 4July 3-9, 2016
  • 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 (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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2016 Ponderosa Week 5July 10-16, 2016
  • 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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2016 Ponderosa Week 6July 17-23, 2016
  • 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, where he currently resides with her and their 2 daughters.

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2016 Ponderosa Week 7July 24-30, 2016
  • 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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2016 Ponderosa Week 8Jul 31 - Aug 6, 2016
  • Speaker: Ryan Guard

    Ryan Guard is the Teaching/Adult Ministries Pastor at Mission Community Church in Gilbert, AZ. He's been in full-time ministry for 14 years, starting out as a Jr. High Pastor for 3 years, then as a High School/Student Ministries Pastor for the next 11. 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 8 years, and they have three children, Griffin (5), Gavin (2) and Hadley who was born in June of 2015.

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2016 Ponderosa Week 9August 7-13, 2016
  • 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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2016 Ponderosa Week 10August 14-20, 2016
  • 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 Arbor Road 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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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: BINGO

We live in the midst of a world that is not the way God intended it to be.
The prophet Elijah also experienced ungodliness happening all around him yet chose to trust and obey the Lord's commands by taking a stand and proclaiming God's truth. This summer Hume will take a look at the life of Elijah and challenge students to proclaim God’s truth in an ungodly culture.

Theme Verse

1 Kings 18:37a - “Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God.”

Theme Teaser


Spirit Day

Rootin’-Tootin’, Rockin’-Sockin’, Hootin’-Hollerin’ HOEDOWN

Team Colors

Recreation Team Colors


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



2016 Summer Band: To be announced