For the seventh year in a row, the venue for Camp Sequoia in 2017 is the Sierra Christian Service Camp.Camp Sequoia sits on a secluded mountain ridge at the southern end of the Sierra National Forest. The camp provides a wonderful environment for “coming out of the world” while we enjoy a full week of camp activities and opportunities.
Because of its elevation, the camp allows for warm days and cool nights, so be sure to bring a jacket or sweatshirt. Our rustic campfire is one of Sequoia’s memorable activities, enjoyed by campers and staff alike. Camp starts with an afternoon of novelty Olympics and slip and slide and a welcome dance in the evening. And camp concludes with a special banquet on the last Sabbath, followed by a dance.
Most activities are outdoors, and the California weather provides plenty of sunshine. The schedule provides a wide range of activities, such as rock climbing, skeet shooting and clincher ball, among other unique opportunities.
Activities include Christian Living, dance, sand volleyball, basketball, archery, riflery and skeet shooting, field games (speedaway, disc golf, flag football, gaga ball, ultimate Frisbee and golf), team building (which often include wilderness skills), swimming (in an indoor pool), challenge course, hiking and rock climbing, and traversing a ravine with a mountain stream below you.
Camp Sequoia is small enough for campers to enjoy building very close relationships with one another, but in an environment large enough to provide opportunities for some exciting activities.
Dates and times:
Campers should arrive Sunday, July 23. Camper registration will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Transportation will be arranged from the Bakersfield airport. If you need to use LAX or Fresno International Airport for transportation, please make arrangements with the director in advance. Campers flying into LAX will need to arrive no later than 1 p.m. (for a 3½-hour drive) to be able to arrive at camp on time for registration.
Check out and departure for campers and staff will be from 6 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 30. Please plan flights accordingly. Transportation for early flights might be accommodated, based on prior arrangements with the director. LAX departures should be no later than the early afternoon on July 30.
Again, please contact the director before booking any flights into or out of LAX or Fresno.
Staff should arrive between 5 and 6 p.m. for training on Friday, July 21, in Bakersfield, California. Staff training will be off-site again this year on Friday and Saturday. Dinner and housing will be provided Friday night. Saturday night we will have dinner at the camp location and will prepare for camper arrival on Sunday.
Specific staff needs:
We are looking for staff members who hold current certifications or have special experience in nursing, food service, rock climbing, archery, riflery and lifeguarding.
For campers aged 15 or older who want to extend their camp experience with something unique, we offer “Extended Session.”
This year we will be spending four days, from Sunday to Thursday, hiking in the High Sierras of Southern California. Participants will see beautiful mountain scenery and wildlife as we hike out of the heart of the Sequoia National Park, high above the valley to nearly 10,000 feet. Very few people have the opportunity to see what our campers will be able to experience. As we backpack into the high country, we will be camping, eating, swimming, and fishing in some beautiful glacier lakes. Other opportunities may also be offered as they become available in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.
This program is designed to challenge older teens not only physically with wilderness hiking and camping—but also mentally and spiritually with group Christian Living classes and discussions. The memories are priceless!
Extended Session is challenging, and there will be particular physical requirements for this program. Extended Session will run from Sunday, July 30, the last day of camp, through Thursday morning, Aug. 3. The cost for the trip is $175 per person, which includes all meals except for travel meals (plan on $20 to $25). Certain backpacking supplies and good hiking shoes will be required, but some supplies (including a few backpacks and ground pads) are available for use upon request. Tents, meals, stoves and water-filtering systems are supplied.
If you’re applying for Extended Session, please do not make travel arrangements until you are accepted for the program. Return flights will be arranged from LAX on Thursday evening or from Ontario International Airport on Thursday evening, Aug. 3, or Friday, Aug. 4. (Housing on Thursday night will be provided if needed.) Flights out of Fresno International Airport might be available on Thursday with prior arrangements.
Please contact the camp director if you are interested in participating in this program.
—Paul Carter, camp director
Paul Carter, Camp Sequoia
14559 Vancouver Avenue
Fontana, CA 92336
12 to 18
Teen staff: $150
Other staff: no charge
July 23-30, 2017
(Staff arrives July 21)
June 1, 2017 (campers and staff)