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Register for Summer Camp! – 2018

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Dates Crestview Additional Camps
Week 1 June 24 – 30 Family Camp AIM
Week 2 July 1 – July 7 Family Camp AIM
Week 3 July 8 – July 14 Middle School Sherwood Forest
Week 4 July 15 – July 21 High School Sherwood Forest
Week 5 July 22 – July 28 High School Outdoor Adventure
Week 6 July 29 – August 4 Middle School Week in the Forest

High School/Middle School

$465
  • Camps designed for the youth of today.

Outdoor Adventure

$465
  • For middle schoolers with a desire to explore.

AIM

$465
  • A two week long servant leadership program for high schoolers.

Sherwood Forest

$415
  • A Robin Hood themed camp for 3rd-5th graders.

Family Camp

$7402 adults and child under 3
  • Complete with day care, all ages are welcome at our Family Camp.

Week in the Forest

$599
  • A camp for the developmentally disabled.
Register for Summer Camp! – 2018 2018-03-23T13:23:06+00:00

Reforestation Video Series

Stewardship in Action

The Railroad Fire left us with a great opportunity. We are ready to meet the challenges of reforesting our property that was devastated by the Railroad Fire. See what we have planned and who we are consulting with to restore our grounds.

Episode 1 – The Plan

Episode 2 – The Saw Mill

Episode 3 – Tree Planting

Reforestation Video Series 2018-04-19T09:18:26+00:00

Seeking God’s Call for our Next Executive Director

Calvin Crest is seeking God’s call for our next executive director.  Our Executive Director Search Task Force is seeking applicants.  If you would like to apply and enter this discernment process with us we ask that you please submit a resume and cover letter to edsearch@calvincrest.com. Below we have provided a job description and a narrative of our camp and the position.  If you have further questions about us or this position please feel free to get in touch with us.

We are a summer camp, conference center and outdoor school that has been partnering with churches to make life-long disciples of Jesus Christ for more than 60 years. Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ, practice biblical hospitality, invite people to experience and know God’s creation and partner with peacemakers to bring health and wholeness. Our board has adopted the statement of faith of Fuller Theological Seminary. In the last three years God has twice spared us from forest fires. The last fire burned the upper, non-program half of our 340-acre grounds, and yet spared our program area as a beautiful oasis of giant sequoia, cedar, fir, and pine forest. God has clearly chosen for this ministry to continue and we are seeking an Executive Director who can lead us into the next chapter in our ministry as we continue to learn how to grow from a camp built by and for its PC(USA) churches to a camp that also serves a broader Christian tribe. We invite your prayer, and your application if you would like to enter this discernment process with us.

 

Job Description (PDF)
Narrative Description (PDF)
Seeking God’s Call for our Next Executive Director 2018-02-16T13:36:36+00:00

The Executive Task Force

Calvin Crest is prayerfully seeking God’s call for the next Executive Director. As clearly as we have seen God’s hand in preserving Calvin Crest through two fires, we trust that God will provide the man or woman that God has prepared for this next season of leadership. To carry out this discernment process, the Board of Trustees established an Executive Director Task Force made up of three board members, one staff person and one camper/donor/stakeholder. This team has been meeting weekly since November 2017. They are carrying out a process recommended by our consultant, Ed McDowell who is Chair of the board of the Christian Camp and Conference Association(CCCA).

Here is a brief overview of the search process. In December, the Task Force solicited and received survey feedback from 50 staff and interested stakeholders regarding the job priorities for the next Executive Director. From that feedback they developed and presented a job description for approval to the board. Next, they are seeking nominations of candidates from stakeholders and friends of Calvin Crest, seeking recommendations from people through our networked churches, seminaries and related camps, and inviting self referrals through CCCA, denominational listings and our own website.

At Ed’s recommendation, the Task Force is hiring another consultant experienced in Executive Director searches to provide research and assessment expertise.  Finalist candidates will be interviewed by the board, Calvin Crest staff members, and representative stakeholders and constituents.  The Task Force will then prayerfully gather the information from the resumes, references, interviews by various groups and consultant guidance and present a nomination for board approval.  

We recognize that our best efforts are only good stewardship of a process that God ultimately controls. We seek to faithfully sow, and water but it is God who brings the harvest. In humility we submit this process to God’s providence. We invite you to join us in prayer as we ask God to call our next Executive Director.

The Team

Abby Arii
Abby AriiChair
Abby Arii attended Calvin Crest as a camper starting in Miwok through High School Camp as well as served as a Child Care Assistant for Family Camp and as an AIMer. Most recently, Abby has served with her husband as worship leaders at Family camp and Winter Camps. Abby is currently serving her first term on the Board at Calvin Crest and is excited to be a part of such an integral time in Calvin Crest’s history. Abby has a B.S. in Child Development and is a Master of Social Work with Pupil Personnel Service Credentials in School Social Work, Child Welfare and Attendance, and School Counseling. Abby currently works for Fresno Unified School District as the Social Emotional Manager II who oversees the School Social Workers placed at 28 school sites. Recently, Abby and her husband finalized the adoption of their daughter through foster care and are excited to be fostering two additional little boys at this time.
Rev. Adam Knudson
Rev. Adam Knudson
Adam Knudson grew up in Fresno, California and graduated from Edison High School. He is a graduate of Whitworth College, in Spokane, WA (BA – 2001) and the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, (M.Div with diploma in Presbyterian studies – 2005). He was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2007. Adam met his wife Andrea at Calvin Crest where they served on the Accommodations Team together during the summers of 1998 & 1999. Adam and Andrea have a busy home with sons Jeremiah and Samuel and daughters Alexandra and Olivia. Adam is Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministries at Hope Lutheran Church in Fresno where he has served for the past 11 years. Adam has attended dozens of camps, conferences, retreats and programs at Calvin Crest over the past 20+ years as parent, pastor, camper, counselor, staffer, and participant. He is excited to walk with Calvin Crest into this next season of ministry.
Rev. Dr. Bill Ekhardt
Rev. Dr. Bill Ekhardt
Rev. Dr. Bill Ekhardt, MBA is Interim Associate Pastor and Chief of Staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, IA. Bill is Treasurer of the Calvin Crest Board of Trustees. He recently served as Associate Executive Director at Calvin Crest. Throughout college and seminary he served 10 years on summer staff and attended as a camper from 8 years old though high school. Bill, his wife Tracy and their four children regularly attend family camp during the summers.
Christina Melahn
Christina Melahn
Christina Melahn first came to Calvin Crest as a member of the summer staff in 2012 after hearing about camp from a professor at Whitworth University. After graduating with a B.A. in Theology in 2013, she returned and has been at Calvin Crest ever since. She has served in a variety of positions over the years including Assistant Director of the Outdoor School, Acting Program Director, Crestview (Lead Counselor, Activities Director, Coordinator), AIM Coordinator, and Assistant Program Director. The Spring 2018 season is her second as Director of the Outdoor School. She loves Calvin Crest and is excited to participate in the process of discerning who God is calling to be the next Executive Director.
Sarah Friesen
Sarah Friesen
Sarah (Steckling) Friesen has a Master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies. Most recently she has volunteered with several non-profits while also being a stay-at-home mom. She, along with her husband and three children, have attended Family Camp for the last seven years. During the mid-90s she was on Calvin Crest’s summer staff for 5 seasons including one as the Sherwood Activities Director. Ever since her first summer as a camper at Sherwood Forest, Calvin Crest has had a very special place in Sarah’s heart.
The Executive Task Force 2018-01-31T23:05:47+00:00

Summer Staff 2018

Applications are Closed for Summer 2018

Thank you for your interest in serving on the 2018 Summer Staff. Applications are now closed for summer 2018. If you have any questions, please reach out to David Chumley, Director of Programs.

  Dates Crestview Additional Camps
Week 1 June 24 – 30 Family Camp AIM
Week 2 July 1 – July 7 Family Camp AIM
Week 3 July 8 – July 14 Middle School Sherwood Forest
Week 4 July 15 – July 21 High School Sherwood Forest
Week 5 July 22 – July 28 High School Outdoor Adventure
Week 6 July 29 – August 4 Middle School Week in the Forest

Summer Staff 2018 2018-03-26T07:37:21+00:00

#cultivate2018

Two members of our staff recently went to the CCCA Sierra Pacific 2018 Sectional. Read to see what they walked away with!

Garrett Marshall and Joel Gist at the CCCA Sierra Pacific sectional.

Hello everyone, Garrett here! If you don’t personally know me, I am the Communications Coordinator for Calvin Crest. This week, Joel, the Director of Operations and I traveled to Mount Hermon to attend the Christian Camp and Conference Association Conference.

For camp people, going to camp with more camp people to understand how other camps do things makes sense! Joel and I attended many great seminars, met a number of phenomenal people, and learned what living a life of invitation looks like. Steve Carter spoke on how to make God the one we report to, and not false idols that have taken us hostage.

I am thankful for the opportunity to have gone, and it was a true blessing to fellowship with other full time “campers”.

#cultivate2018 2018-03-12T09:44:06+00:00

2018 Summer Schedule

Online Registration

Register online by choosing one of the options below:

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Mail In Forms

The button below will take you to our updated forms for the current year.

Mail In Forms
Dates Crestview Additional Camps
Week 1 June 24 – 30 Family Camp AIM
Week 2 July 1 – July 7 Family Camp AIM
Week 3 July 8 – July 14 Middle School Sherwood Forest
Week 4 July 15 – July 21 High School Sherwood Forest
Week 5 July 22 – July 28 High School Outdoor Adventure
Week 6 July 29 – August 4 Middle School Week in the Forest
Week in the Forest begins on July 29 for cabin leaders and July 30 for campers.
2018 Summer Schedule 2018-03-12T16:18:04+00:00

Anticipated Impacts: Railroad Fire and Calvin Crest Outdoor School

PDF of Anticipated Impacts

Giant Seqouia

The area where our classes went to see giant sequoias, The Shadow of the Giants, was an area of very intense fire. It is only open to forestry and firefighting personnel at this time, so we have not yet been out on the trail. It’s possible that some of the mature sequoias survived the blaze, but as we always taught students – sequoias are fire resistant, not fire-proof. We are making plans to adjust our curriculum to go down to the Sherwood Forest area of Calvin Crest, where we have young and mature sequoias as well as logging stumps for students to see and learn about. We will post that curriculum on our website soon.

Miwok

We lost the replica Miwok Village in the fire. Much of the Miwok trail is in an active burn area and therefore we do not know exactly what it looks like, but we are working on re-structuring the Miwok class in light of these changes. The content of the Miwok class is certainly teachable without the village.

Rock Your World

The mass wasting area was not a part of the burn area, and we anticipate that that portion of the trail is intact. The fire did burn along the trail to Gethsemane Falls, but the waterfall itself is surrounded by green foliage. Once the fire has burned completely out, we believe that we can resume taking students out on this trail for class.

Orienteering

Due to tree mortality associated with bark beetles, we had already lost our orienteering course prior to the fire burning through the area. We hope to re-build an orienteering course elsewhere and resume the class soon.

Initiatives:

The “Nitro Crossing” built initiative (the rope swing to the platform) was lost to the fire, but the “Incomplete Bridge” survived. There are no other known impacts to the class at this time.

Nature Trek:

The burned area includes the trail used for the chaparral habitat, but the rest of the trail is not in the burn area. As many teachers were already not utilizing the chaparral habitat for the sake of time, the impact to this class is minimal.

Survival:

While we have not been out on the trail, it was not part of the burned area and we do not anticipate any changes, other than a hard look at the way we teach the fire building portion.

Free Time

Our archery range and rock wall are still standing and usable. The fire did burn through the area with the zipline, but we had already ceased using it due to one of the trees being hit by bark beetles. We will follow existing plans to build a zipline as soon as possible. Our lake is interestingly lower than usual due to firefighting efforts, but, similar to drought years, we can still use the paddle boats. Loggers’ Jamboree is unaffected.

Evening Program

There may be some changes to the trails we take for night hikes, but the content of the program will not change. The amphitheater where we sing outside when it is warm enough is intact.

New Class

We are excited to turn this fire into an opportunity to teach students about wildland fires, including prevention, suppression, and fuels management. When the fire cools we will have an excellent case study that includes areas of low-intensity and high-intensity burn. After fire season, we may have the opportunity to record first-hand accounts of this fire in particular. We will post this curriculum to the website soon. (Teachers, if you have ideas for this class, please feel free to get in touch with Christina as it is in-progress!)

Anticipated Impacts: Railroad Fire and Calvin Crest Outdoor School 2017-10-02T14:36:45+00:00

Winter Camp 2018 – Register Today!

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Letter to Youth Pastors
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Rates:

Camp Tuition – $120
Group Rate – $105

*Rates are per person and include lodging, 5 meals, and all activities. Rate for anyone attending without a Church Group providing cabin leaders also includes hired cabin leader provided by Calvin Crest. A $50 no-refundable deposit is included in tuition.

NEW FOR 2018! FREE T-SHIRT!

A Calvin Crest Winter Camp T-Shirt is FREE with registration! Please be sure campers and cabin leaders mark their desired T-shirt size on the registration form and return your registration forms at least three weeks before camp start date. T-shirts and desired t-shirt sizes are not guaranteed for registrations received within three weeks of camp start date.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made earlier than two weeks before the start of camp will be issued a refund for all but their $50 non-refundable deposit. Cancellations made within two weeks of the start of camp cannot be guaranteed a full refund. Please call our office with concerns.

Winter Camp 2018 – Register Today! 2018-01-01T16:58:25+00:00

New Challenges and Adventures

Calvin Crest has been my home for just over four years. I worked here in the summer of 2012 and moved permanently in the summer of 2013. That fall, I started working for our Outdoor School as the Assistant Director, a position I have held since (with the exception of Spring 2016, when I was the Acting Program Director). I have loved working with students, parents, teachers, and administrators from the Central Valley and the surrounding mountain area and am excited to continue those relationships in my new role as Director of the Outdoor School!

For fifteen weeks in the fall, we have anywhere from 50 to 150 students come to explore the outdoors, learn about nature, bond with one another, and grow as individuals. I, along with our new Assistant Director (Zed Fries), and our Program Assistants (Katie Palmer, Evan Doyle, Sam Christie, and Beccy Tanis), will have the opportunity to spend time outdoors with students giving them hands-on instruction. Instead of talking about how to make a fire, the students will make one. They’ll stand in the shadows of the giant sequoias and hear about their incredible seeds and root systems. In the evenings, they’ll enjoy singing together about black oaks and how dirt makes our lunches.

I am so stoked to work with my team (and with the rest of the Calvin Crest staff) to continue to provide an incredible experience for each student that comes to us. We plan to continue to improve our curriculum and think of new ways to engage students with what they are learning. We will walk alongside students who are learning new skills like archery, rock climbing, and how to be away from home for the first time.

This position comes with new challenges and adventures, and I expect to grow both personally and professionally. I am excited to have the opportunity to work more directly with and learn from the educators that come up with students. I can’t wait to work to find creative solutions to problems that we encounter due to weather and other factors that come with working in the great outdoors. This season, I hope to hear the stories of our students, teachers, cabin leaders, and staff and help them to grow and enjoy their time here!

Christina Melahn
Christina MelahnDirector of the Outdoor School