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Support Tree Removal

We need your help with tree removal!

Calvin Crest is dealing with immense devastation from the drought and the onslaught of the bark beetle. Our ropes course is no longer operational, the trees that provide shade for Cedar Lodge are gone, and the landscape has been forever changed. Hundreds of trees still remain on our grounds and we are looking to remove them and begin planning for the future.

Help us reach our goal of raising $75,000!

This money will be used to offset the cost of tree clearing and removal. How to donate:
1. Write a check. Make checks payable to Calvin Crest Conferences and include “2017 Tree Expenses” on the memo line.
2. Donate online by clicking the button below, and select the “Tree Removal Fund”.

  • $125 funds the removal of one tree.
  • $250 funds the removal of two trees.
  • $375 funds the removal of three trees.
  • $500 funds the removal of four trees.
Support Tree Removal
Percent Raised 5%

Frequently Asked Questions

Several years of drought caused trees in our section of the Sierra to become stressed and vulnerable to insect attack. Bark Beetles, which are a naturally occurring pest, had a population explosion and increased infestation resulting in 50% to 100% pine death in some areas. Read more about bark beetles and learn what they are here.

Many of the dead trees on our property were located in the main program area of camp. Over time as the standing trees rot they pose a significant safety risk to guests, and could destroy structures.  PG&E removed trees that were near power lines, but Calvin Crest remained responsible for the felling and removal of all the other trees. We contracted out to have the remaining trees taken down, and are in the process of removing trees that are scattered throughout Westview, Eastview, Mountain View, and in the area behind the office where the ropes course once was.

We have spent over $90,000 to clear and remove dead trees, and there is still much work left to be done. We received a grant from the department of agriculture for $17,000, which helped to offset some of the cost. Now we are looking to you to help us in this time of need, as Calvin Crest seeks creative and cost effective solutions for this problem.

Definitely! First of all pray for wisdom, guidance, and provision! We believe that God is not worried about this problem, and though it seems overwhelming to us, it is a small thing for Him to act. If you have skills or equipment, can work safely to help clear out trees, and are willing to volunteer your time, we would not turn you down. Please contact to see how we can partner together to meet these challenges and be a witness to the love of Christ at 5000 feet.

Register For Summer Camp!

Experience Calvin Crest

Register for one of our summer camps online, or by printing out and mailing in the paper forms. A Non-Refundable Deposit (per camper) is required to make your reservation. Deposits vary by program. Summer registrations require a $125 non-refundable deposit. You may pay by credit card at the time of online enrollment or send a check made payable to Calvin Crest. Please list your campers name and the session they are registering for on the check. Visit our forms page if you wish to print out registration forms.
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Dates Crestview Sherwood AIM / Outpost
Week 1 June 25 – July 1 Family Camp N/A Child Care Assistants
Week 2 July 2 – 8 Family Camp Discovery Day Camp Child Care Assistants
Week 3 July 9 – 15 Junior High Sherwood Forest AIM (1st week)
Week 4 July 16 – 22 Junior High Sherwood Forest AIM (2nd week)
Week 5 July 23 – 29 High School Week in the Forest Outpost

Discovery Day Camp (K – 5th grade)

Registration Form (PDF)
Register Online!

Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures

Discovery Day Camp is an opportunity for local kids ages 5-10 (entering K-5th grade) to discover amazing new things about the incredible outdoors and the God who created it all! Come join us for a week full of fun up at 5,000 feet. The Discovery Day Camp program will run from 8:00 – 5:00 Monday through Friday, under the supervision of a caring and experienced staff. Our days will be packed full of activities incorporating singing, music, art, Bible Stories, science, local history, games, and hiking.

7:30-8:30 Flexible Check-in and Drop off

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00-12:00 Morning Discovery Time in small groups (hiking, small group lessons, Miwok village, Giant Sequoias, creek walking, snack time, etc.).

12:00-12:45 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Art and Music

2:15-2:45 Worship Time

3:00-4:30 Supervised Free Time (boats, swimming, climbing wall, zip line)

5:00-6:00 Flexible closing and Parent Pick-up

Parents are invited on Friday afternoon for the our “showcase of camp” when campers will share about their week’s adventures through song and art.

Discover Day Camp

July 3 – 7

First Child


Additional Children


What are the session themes?

This year both sessions are a combination of science and music.

Are there local discounts?

No, there are no local discounts. There is a discount for additional children after the first child.

Are there carpools? I can’t make the pickup time.

Ask your friends! If you are having difficulty making it to the camp on time, feel free to contact us, we would love to help.

Summer Theme Nights

Family Camp Theme Nights

High School Theme Nights

Sherwood Speakers 2017

Sherwood Week 3

Alley Kelley

Alley Kelley has been involved in children’s ministries for more than ten years–most recently as a Children’s Pastor at a large church in Portland, OR. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, and another in Human Development and Psychology. Alley loves Disneyland, dramas, songs with hand motions, and posing for ridiculous selfies. This is Alley’s first time to join us at Calvin Crest so make sure to help her come up with an awesome Sherwood Forest name!

Sherwood Week 4

Sylvia Sloas

Sylvia Sloas has had the privilege of spending many years involved with Calvin Crest.  She grew up as a camper, beginning in Sherwood Forest, and served on staff for many years after high school. She considers it an honor and a blessing to still be involved in the ministry at Calvin Crest.  She is married to John and has four children that love being at camp as much as she does.  Along with being a mom, Sylvia loves her job as a teacher in Coarsegold teaching first grade.  She is looking forward to once again having the opportunity to speak into the lives of Sherwood campers the truth and love of Jesus Christ.

Crestview Speakers

Family Camp 1 and 2 Speaker

David Chumley

David has pursued a life-long calling to minister through local church ministry, denominational administration and studies in higher education. He has been involved in youth ministry for more than 30 years in a number of churches throughout California, and during that time he also earned a Doctor of Missiology from Fuller Seminary focused on relational youth ministry. Having had the opportunity throughout the years to speak at a number of Calvin Crest camps, David is excited to follow the call of the Lord to disciple at Calvin Crest. He believes that every guest will be met by Jesus exactly where they are at, can grow in their knowledge and experience of God, and should be encouraged to develop into a life-long disciple of Christ. David is married to Lucinda and has three beautiful daughters.

Middle School Week 4 Speaker

Mike Collins

Michael Collins serves as the Youth Pastor for Southpointe Christian Church in Sacramento.  He has been actively working in youth ministry for over 15 years. His passion is to see youth come to know Jesus and have a lifelong relationship with Him. He and his wife, Denise, enjoy teaching students the Word of God and leading them in worship, as well as helping them learn to joyfully serve God with their lives and gifts, while reaching out to others and making a difference in the world around them. They believe that reaching students for Christ while they are in Jr. High, High School and College is key to building solid faith foundations for life. Michael and Denise have been married for 8 years and have an amazing 3-year-old boy named Noah who loves sports and Jesus, and a dog named Briley that can give you a high five or lick you to death.

High School Speaker

Mike Dobes

Mike has been in pastoral ministry since 1997 and served various churches in children’s and youth ministry, as well as being a teaching pastor. He recently graduated from LIFE Pacific College with a Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership. He is currently the Supervisor of Church Relations for Joni and Friends and is an advocate to the church for disability ministry.  He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their five incredible children near the beach in Camarillo, CA.

The Speaker for Middle School Week 3 will be announced soon.

MDWW 2017

Contribute to Our Ministry

Join Us this Memorial Day Work Weekend as we partner together to better the Ministry at 5000 Feet. This weekend gives those who have been blessed by our ministry the chance to give back and make the upcoming summer season a beautiful and inviting place. Register online or print out a registration form to mail in.
Registration Form (PDF)
Register Online

Cedar Lodge

$70per person

Mountain View

$50per person


$30per person

Day Use

$5for ages over 6
  • Ages 0-5 eat free
Children ages 6-12 attend for $30. Children ages 0-5 attend at no cost.


  • Wood Splitting and Stacking
    • Moving rounds, running two splitters, stacking split wood
  • Raking Needles in all cabin areas and around buildings; ground and roof
    • Raking needles from cabin areas and roofs (from ground) into burn piles
  • Manage five to seven burn locations
    • Continually moving brush and needles into fire areas while maintaining safe burn area
  • Cabin Preparation
    • blowing out cabins, cleaning mattresses, organizing, cleaning common areas
  • Slash Piling
    • Medium safety consideration
    • collect branches throughout common areas and move to burn piles


Schedule (PDF)
Rates (PDF)


Friday, May 26th from 6:00 – 9:00pm

Begin Work Party:

Saturday May 27th
(First meal is Saturday breakfast)


Sunday, May 28th at 4:00pm

Meet This Year’s Summer Staff

Ryan Foster
Ryan FosterCrestview First Aider
“This year I have been playing hockey in Southern California for the Long Beach Bombers, which has been an absolutely amazing experience getting to know people from all around the world working toward a common goal: winning a championship and getting a college scholarship. This summer I’ll be the Crest View First Aider! I’m a member of the Crest View team and I can’t wait to see new and familiar faces! I attended Aim and High School Camp and couldn’t wait to work on staff! I love everything about the summer at Calvin Crest but specifically I love seeing how others and myself grow closer to God. I’m extremely excited to be able to meet tons of new people and see everyone I’ve met in my previous 6 years up at Calvin Crest!”
Celeste Lambert
Celeste LambertAccommodations Assistant
“Summer at Calvin Crest is a magical time. I love getting to know people up at camp and spend a summer surrounded by other believers. Last summer I was a counselor for Week in the Forest as well as an AIMer, and will be an Accommodations Assistant this summer. I am currently a student at College of the Sequoias in Visalia majoring in Biochem. I have been a part of leadership in multiple clubs and I work as a lab assistant at my schools biology lab. I am very excited to join the Calvin Crest Summer Staff. I can’t wait to create new friends as well as nurture existing relationships!”
Hannah Clark
Hannah ClarkSherwood Store Clerk
“I am a sophomore at Biola University where I am studying Journalism and have spent the last year learning film photography and film developing at Biola University. I heard about Calvin Crest through my dad, who heard about it through David and Lucinda Chumley. This will be the first year I’ve worked at Calvin Crest! I will be a Store Clerk and Photographer/Videographer for Team Sherwood! I have never been to Calvin Crest, but I am excited to explore the beautiful site, meet new people, and learn what makes the relational ministry of Calvin Crest so great!”
Chad Okamoto
Chad OkamotoAIMPost Lead Counselor
“I have been filled to the brim with adventure in the past year! I spent last summer interning in Alaska, while this past fall I successfully started the first ever outdoors club at my college. For the spring, I studied abroad in Spain, Morocco and Israel. Besides traveling, I love to surf, hike, climb, and seek new thrills & challenges. I am a part of the AIM/Outpost team and I love that we get to walk alongside young people coming closer to Jesus. This will be my first time at Calvin Crest, and I am stoked for it!”