FOREST FALLS, Calif., (Aug. 17, 2015)—Forest Home Christian Camp and Conference Center, a nonprofit organization, celebrated a groundbreaking for nine new guest lodges in Forest Falls on Saturday, August 15. Demolition of 11 aging buildings on the northeast side of camp will begin today to make way for the new buildings.
The new lodges collectively are called Cedar Ridge and will be available for family and adult camping guests beginning June 2016. The nine new buildings include 26 guest suites with a total capacity of 130 visitors. Three large new meeting rooms are also included.
The total cost of the construction project is $10 million. The project is underwritten completely by Forest Home’s Dream Big Initiative, a multi-year fund raising campaign to repair, restore, and refurbish the grounds to prepare for future years of welcoming guests to the beauty of Mill Creek Canyon.
“Over $17.6 million in charitable contributions has been pledged to Forest Home’s Dream Big Initiative so far and by this time next year we anticipate a total of $21.3 million to complete this phase of renovation, which includes the Cedar Ridge lodges,” said Gary Wingerd, president of Forest Home.
In the last two years, the Dream Big Initiative has funded a new aquatic center, new recreation and gathering places, painting and refurbishing of cabin interiors and exteriors, new “yurts” for elementary-age campers, and an off-site camping outreach called Neighborhood Day Camp.
The renovation of camp preserves the splendor of the canyon, makes the facilities more fire-resistant, helps protect Forest Home and its neighbors from severe weather, and respects the community’s mountain aesthetic along Valley of the Falls Drive, according to Erik Lozolla, Sr. Director of Operations.
Forest Home is a nationally recognized camp and conference center that has been a continuous presence in the San Bernardino Mountains since 1938. It has influenced hundreds of thousands of children, youth, and young adults over seven decades and currently welcomes more than 55,000 campers each year.
Dr. Henrietta Mears founded the camp and conference center in Forest Falls 1938. Since then, thousands of children, youth, and families have come each year for a camping experience. Dr. Mears said that Forest Home “was founded and instituted for one reason alone and that was that men and women, boys and girls should be introduced to the Lord Jesus Christ, and find the place that He wants for them in this world. It hasn’t ever had any other reason for existence.”
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California Highway Patrol is escorting Forest Home campers and buses up Highway 38 to Forest Home! Praise God!
Please drive to the Mill Creek Ranger Station. If asked, please inform them you are on your way to Forest Home.
Forest Home President, Gary Wingerd says “I never want to forget what happened on August 3, 2014 because it revealed the power of God through the body of Jesus Christ.“
It was the worst storm in Forest Home history. Over 9 inches of rain in just 2 hours combined with 500,000 gallons of water from the water tank’s broken supply lines, bringing tons of mud and debris rushing down the mountain.
Adventure Mountain (Forest Home’s camp center for 5th-6th graders) and Forest Center (the main adult and family camp site) were hit the hardest. Four feet of debris surrounded the Prayer Chapel. Another four feet of mud covered the floor of historic Hormel Hall. And the new Forest Center Pool was a muddy mess!
Standing in Hormel Hall that night, Gary wondered, “How in the world will we ever recover from this?”
We are thrilled to announce that — by God’s grace and YOUR help — we are renewed, rebuilt, and ready for thousands of campers this summer!
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We are anticipating a historic season of ministry for the Gospel this summer at Forest Home. We can’t wait to share more in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
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Monday, March 16, 2015 // Forest Falls, California
Forest Home, a Christian Camp and Conference Center ministry, welcomes Katie Houser as Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries. Ms. Houser joined the organization to further develop their ministries to 3rd-5th graders at the historic Village Camp Center.
“I’m excited to start this new position because of my passion for how God works uniquely in Camp Ministry,” said Ms. Houser. “It is a blessing to work in ministry here at Forest Home where they focus on bringing glory to God, and the sense of family community.”
Ms. Houser is a graduate of California Baptist University in Riverside with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. She majored in elementary subject matter with a minor in global studies. Ms. Houser received her multiple subject teaching credential in 2014.
With a heart for working with children, Ms. Houser has served in children’s ministry at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Redlands for eight years along with tutoring international students at Arrowhead Christian Academy, and as a counselor/teacher at Camp TLC.
Ms. Houser has been a part of the Forest Home community since she was 13 years old, serving as a childcare assistant for four summers, and as part-time staff in the craft center, bookstore, recreation, and at The Village as a trail guide and program assistant. She is looking forward to bringing her experience and a fresh perspective to Forest Home’s programs. Her goal is to create a unique experience for campers that will have a lasting impact for both them and their counselors.
For more information visit www.foresthome.org.
Forest Home’s vision is for all campers to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, explore the Word of God, pursue God’s call on their lives, engage in Christ-centered relationships, and connect with God through His creation. To support this vision, we took steps of faith to upgrade our camp facilities and recreation options.
We prayed this winter that God would do something so incredible that it could only be attributable to Him…. and He did. Not only did He provide funding and contractors to complete our needed projects, but He also led five of these contractors to surrender their lives to Him during the process! Thank you, Lord, for your amazing grace!
The Lord allowed for us to complete the new pool that families and children have enjoyed this summer! The new splash pad is in the middle of construction and will be ready for summer 2014!
We also completed several recreation upgrades, including:
• The new children’s play area, Boulder Junction, inside Canyon Park
• Renovations to the miniature golf course
• A new Forest Center grass field and children’s play area
• A new Prayer Trail
In addition, we updated cabins with:
• New mattresses
• New bedspreads
• New shower caddies, window fans and towel hooks
Finally, we’ve made two big changes in our retail department:
• We’ve installed a new grill in the Clubhouse for hamburgers and artisan sandwiches
• We’ve added a new retail location with an expanded collection of Outfitters apparel
We invite you to visit again soon and enjoy all that the Lord has provided for Forest Home!