2019 Summer Schedule

Dates Camps in Crestview Camps in Sherwood Forest
Week 1 June 30 – July 6 Family Camp
Week 2 July 7 – July 13 AIM (Week 1) Sherwood Forest
Week 3 July 14 – July 20 Middle School, AIM (Week 2) Sherwood Forest
Week 4 July 21 – July 27 High School Outdoor Adventure Middle School
Week 5 July 28 – August 3 Week in the Forest (Mon – Sat), Outdoor Adventure High School
Registration opens January 7, 2019!
2019 Summer Schedule2018-09-13T13:13:13+00:00

August 2018 Update from the Executive Director Search Task Force

We as the executive director search task force have been at work throughout the summer. We have continued to meet and pray weekly for our candidates. We had the joy of all being physically present together at family camp! We have now reviewed 26 applicants. We have interviewed 6 candidates and are continuing in conversation with four. We have recently drafted a document called the marks of Calvin Crest’s ministry and tribe to communicate to our external candidates who we are and what you all in our community are like. We will be meeting again with our shortlist candidates to answer more questions about who Calvin Crest is and inquire of them about our culture fit. With those who continue through this process, we will have a consultant evaluating their executive functioning profile and make reference calls. We look forward to having candidates ready to meet in person with our team, key staff and a few stakeholders.

As we have shared, our intent is to present one candidate to the board for approval. In accordance with our bylaws, we will also have our final candidate meet with the Presbytery of San Joaquin for approval. We still aren’t able to describe a definitive timeline but we are hopeful that God will bring this process to a close and call our next executive director well before the end of 2018.

We covet your prayer and thank you for your encouragement. It has been more than evident that Calvin Crest and its future are in God’s hands. We seek to faithfully fulfill our part. God brings the results. We plant and water the seed. It is God who brings the harvest.

In Christ’s love,

The Executive Director Search Task Force

Abby Arii (Chair), Rev. Dr. Bill Ekhardt, Sarah Friesen, Rev. Adam Knudson and Christina Melahn

August 2018 Update from the Executive Director Search Task Force2018-08-06T13:23:03+00:00

Give For Joy

We Exceeded Our Goal!

Before our summer season started, we made the goal to raise $10,000 for camp activities, and thanks to our community of donors, we exceeded our goal! Thank you to all who gave to this cause, to all who prayed for the cause, and to all who partnered with us this summer in ways that didn’t involve a financial contribution. You are responsible for the continuation of this ministry and we are sincerely grateful for the ways you choose to be a blessing.


Previous Updates

Give For Joy2018-08-27T08:45:09+00:00

Update on the Ferguson Fire

Friday July 27, 2018 – 1:29 PM

Due to the continued smoke activity from the Ferguson Fire, Calvin Crest is announcing the cancellation of the remaining Middle School Camp and the Summer Celebration service that was due to occur July 29 – August 4. The air quality at camp continues to be in the unhealthy range, and we are not able to ensure the well-being of our campers and guests during these programs. We are sorry for the disappointment and disruption this causes our campers, and ask that you pray for grace regarding the schedule adjustments they must now make.

We are grateful that Calvin Crest is not in any physical danger from the fire. Please join us in praying for the safety of the fire personnel fighting this blaze, and pray for the smoke to dissipate quickly.

Thursday July 26, 2018 – 2:03 PM

Calvin Crest is sad to announce that our Week in the Forest camp of July 30 – Aug 4 has been cancelled. The Ferguson Fire active near Yosemite is producing copious amounts of smoke which impacts our air quality at Calvin Crest. As we cannot predict the air quality from day to day, the decision was reached to cancel Week in the Forest since we are not able to ensure their health and safety. We are sorry to disappoint our campers and for the disruption this causes for families and care providers. We love our Week in the Forest campers!

A decision has not been reached regarding next week’s Middle School camp. We will continue to monitor the air quality and make a decision by Saturday morning about whether or not Middle School camp can proceed.

Wednesday July 25, 2018 – 9:23 AM

The smoke conditions have worsened throughout the course of the week, and we have notified all parents and guardians of campers to come pick up those who were attending the High School and Outdoor Adventure camps.

At this point in time, Middle School Camp, which begins on July 29, and Week in the Forest, which begins on July 30, have not been canceled. We are still monitoring the situation to determine what the best possible decision for our guests will be.

Non-essential staff will be released to stay in places with clearer air for the the remainder of this week.

The Ferguson Fire is still not a threat to Calvin Crest. Please continue to pray for those fighting the fire, and those affected by it.

We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

If you have specific questions please direct them to David Chumley or Joel Gist.

Monday July 23, 2018 – 8:51 AM

For the safety and well-being of our campers and staff, we will be closely monitoring the air quality this week due to the smoke from the Ferguson Fire. Please be aware that the fire itself is not a threat to our grounds.

In the unfortunate event the smoke from the fire creates air quality determined unhealthy for activity and this status lasts a significant length of time, Director of Ministries, David Chumley, may elect to cancel camp. At that time you will be notified by phone and email and will be asked to pick up your camper at your earliest convenience. Please ask us how we might be able to provide lodging options for you if you will be traveling a lengthy distance.

Thank you for understanding as we navigate this situation. We would ask that you would join us in prayer for all those impacted by the fire. We are grateful and honored to be part of the work God will be doing in the lives of our campers this week and pray that this week at Calvin Crest would be a significant part of their faith journey.

For questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office at 559-683-4450 Monday-Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM.

Monday July 16, 2018 – 4:27 PM

For those who have heard about the Ferguson Fire, we want you to know that there is no imminent threat to Calvin Crest. The fire is approximately 17 miles from our location as the crow flies. If you are travelling to camp, Highway 140 to 49 is currently an available route to reach us through Mariposa. However, using Highway 41 may be advisable given the dynamic conditions. The air quality at camp has been affected by smoke from the Ferguson Fire, and we are adjusting our programs as needed and advising guests to be cautious while engaging in physical activity. Please pray for safety and wisdom for those who are fighting the fire, and for comfort for all who are affected by these events.

Update on the Ferguson Fire2018-07-27T12:38:08+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 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 Director2018-02-16T13:36:36+00:00

Seasonal Specials for Guest Groups

Make Calvin Crest the Site of Your Next Retreat

2019 President’s Day Weekend–Feb 15-18, 2019

President’s Day weekend has come open for the first time in more than a decade! Perfect for a three-night Youth Winter Camp, All-Church Retreat, or Leadership Conference, this weekend qualifies for our Winter Rate and will book fast. Don’t wait!

  • Mountain View Cabins: Three nights/eight meals=$169 per person (groups of 51+)
  • Cedar Lodge: Three nights/eight meals=$199 per person (groups of 32+)

2018 Quarterly Specials

  • September 7-9=20% off
  • September 14-16=20% off

Call our office at (559) 772-4040 to book a retreat, or email

Lodging Options

Premium–Cedar Lodge

Our hotel-style Cedar Lodge has 22 rooms with private baths. Depending on layout, rooms house between 3 and 5 people. Queen, double, twin and bunk bed combinations are available. Bed and bath linens are provided.

Deluxe–Mountain View

Mountain View has 12 cabins with 22 carpeted cabin-suites. Each suite has two bunk beds and a private bath. Doors between the suites can be opened to allow 8 people to room together. Our newest cabin is handicapped accessible and has two suites each with 8 beds. Guests provide their own bed and bath linens.


Our West View housing area is the traditional rustic camp experience. There are 11 cabins, each with 8 bunks and a centrally located bathroom facility. Guests provide their own bed and bath linens.

Meeting Spaces

Cedar Lodge Fireside Room

Located on the first floor of Cedar Lodge, the Fireside Room can accommodate 62 in seminar style seating. This meeting space can also be set up using conference tables, round tables, or couches for a more relaxed atmosphere. This room features a 40 inch flat screen television and a large whiteboard. A sound system can be set up upon request. Adjoining the fireside Room is a kitchenette with a sink, refrigerator/freezer, and a coffee maker.

Mountain View Lounge

Mountain View Lounge can accommodate 102 in a seminar style setting. This meeting space can also be set up using conferece tables, round tablesm or couches for a more relaxed atmosphere. Mountain View Lounge features a full sound system and a LCD projector.

The Pavilion

Located above the waterfront, this outdoor pavilion may be used for both dining and meeting.

Sherwood Forest Amphitheatre

Maximum occupancy 150 persons.


Maximum occupancy 20 persons.


Maximum occupancy 150 persons.

Seasonal Specials for Guest Groups2018-06-13T12:44:29+00:00

Update from the Executive Director Search Task Force

The Executive Director Search Task Force has been in regular prayer for the candidates who have applied and for God’s leading in this search. We have been meeting weekly since January. To date we have received and reviewed 21 applications. We have held 4 video interviews. Though we have multiple credible candidates, we are still receiving applications. Recently, we received 4 new nominations from our network and we anticipate receiving and evaluating those applications soon.

Our task has an undetermined length. Like a pastor nominating process, the timeline is in God’s hands and we humbly submit to God’s providence.  We recognize that even as we come to final phases of the search, we and our candidates may discern that we are not a fit and the process would open again.  We have concluded that we will not be ready to hold in-person interviews before Calvin Crest’s summer season. We are waiting to discern when it is time but we can say that we do not anticipate inviting candidates for interviews before the summer season has come to a close.

Thank you for your prayer and support.  We greatly appreciate the input we have received from those who participated in surveys, nominated candidates and sent words of encouragement and prayer.  We invite you to continue with us in prayer as we look to God to bring our next executive director.

In Christ’s love,

The Executive Director Search Task Force

Abby Arii (Chair), Rev. Dr. Bill Ekhardt, Sarah Friesen, Rev. Adam Knudson and Christina Melahn

Update from the Executive Director Search Task Force2018-05-04T06:49:43+00:00

Register for Summer Camp! – 2018

Online Registration

Register online by choosing one of the options below:

Online Registration – Login
Online Registration – Create a New Profile

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

High School/Middle School

  • Camps designed for the youth of today.

Outdoor Adventure

  • For middle schoolers with a desire to explore.


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

Sherwood Forest

  • 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

  • A camp for the developmentally disabled.
Register for Summer Camp! – 20182018-03-23T13:23:06+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 C