Update on the Ferguson Fire

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 Fire2018-07-16T15:46:31+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

We’re Hiring for Fall 2018

Apply to Join Our Staff

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Below are applications for the Outdoor School Program Specialist and the Operations Team (Accommodations Associate, Food Services Associate, and Maintenance Associate).

Outdoor School Program Specialist Application
Calvin Crest Operations Application
We’re Hiring for Fall 20182018-07-19T15:09:08+00:00

Give For Joy

Help Us Reach Our Goal of $10,000!

Your donations and continued support of Calvin Crest have allowed us to meet the needs of our guests. In the past six months, we have installed a new dock, put in new steps to the dining hall, replaced the front pad, installed a concrete court for the Gaga Ball pit, built an aerial adventure course, and begun use of our new zipline! Now we want to give you the opportunity to give for joy by partnering with us to raise $10,000. Every dollar helps and goes directly into improving the camp experience for all.

Give Today!

Your Donation Will Allow Others to Experience Joy

The money we receive will go towards:

  • Covering the cost of a new sport court for Gaga Ball-$2,000
  • Purchasing new ping pong and foosball tables-$2,000
  • New gear for the Aerial Adventure Course-$6,000
  • Money raised beyond the $10,000 will be used to foster the same spirit of adventure and fun

Last day to give towards our goal is June 9, 2018.

Amount of Goal Met:

Give For Joy2018-06-07T08:07:28+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

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 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 Force2018-01-31T23:05:47+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

Episode 4 – Tree Clearing

Reforestation Video Series2018-06-05T14:47:01+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