40000 Valley of the Falls Drive
Forest Falls, CA 92339
909.389.2300

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WELCOME TO HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

ARRIVAL INFORMATION:

Check-in will be at the Kiosk between 12:00-3:00pm.

DEPARTURE INFORMATION:

Check-out is Sunday at 1:30pm.

What will I experience at Home for the Holidays?

Take a break from the craziness of the holiday season and escape to the mountains. We have a dynamic speaker that will challenge your spiritual walk. Your children will be loved and taught in fun, age-specific programs throughout the day and tenderly cared for in your cabin in the evenings by your family’s very own Child Care Assistant. Every detail of this retreat is designed for you and your family to spend quality time together and spend time reflecting on He who “Dwelt Among Us”.

MEET YOUR LEADER

“Michaela “Spearfish” Moore, Program Manager of Family Camp Michaela.moore@foresthome.or

(909) 389-2300 x 351

OUR SPEAKER & WORSHIP LEADERS

SPEAKER

Jason Carson is the Senior Pastor of Encounter Church in Mission Viejo, CA. He loves his family more than anything on the planet. Jason and his wife Julie were married in 1998 and have 4 amazing children: Halley, Lucy, Janey, and Shane. Jason was the Youth Pastor at Mission Hills Community Church in Rancho Santa Margarita for 14 years and saw it grow from 11 to 160. After transitioning to adult and family ministry for a couple of years, Jason got the clear call from God to plant a church in his hometown of Mission Viejo in March of 2015. His true passion is shepherding people and caring for them as they encounter a life changing God and become passionate followers of Christ.

Formerly, Jason was the founding member of The OC Supertones, one of the most popular bands in all of Christian music. While serving in the band, Jason delivered the message of the gospel to over one million people. He has spoken at numerous Harvest Crusades, Billy Graham crusades, Food for the Hungry events, Creation festivals, for the Pope, and at several youth camps. Before the band, Jason worked as a small group leader, teacher, worship leader and youth director at Mission Hills Church in Mission Viejo, CA for 7 years.

Jason graduated with a degree in Pastoral Ministries from Vanguard University in Southern California.

HOST PASTOR

Tommy Hilliker is the Campus Chaplin at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA. He and his wife Amy reside in Lake Forest, California with their 3 wonderful children: Kaylie, Cassidy and Caleb. Tommy was the Pastor of Ministry at Saddleback Church for the last 18 years before transitioning to Vanguard University. He graduated from Golden Gate Seminary with a Masters of Divinity and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Liberty University.

HOW TO HAVE THE BEST TIME @ HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

BRING THE FOLLOWING

Camp will be a relaxing and fun experience, so bring comfortable shoes and clothing. We recommend a pair of sturdy shoes (you may want to do some hiking), a jacket or layers for the evenings, personal toiletries, flashlight, water bottle, a tote, a journal and pen, and most importantly, your Bible. We have had snow at Home for the Holidays in prior years, so please make sure to check the weather forecast before arrival to better prepare for the mountain weather. You will want to bring spending money if you’re interested in trying our tasty Clubhouse burgers and milkshakes or enjoying our home-roasted coffee or fresh teas at the Stagecoach Coffee Company.
Note: Bed and bath linens provided in Preferred Housing, Grace House, Cedar Ridge, and Engle house only.

KNOW YOUR DIET

The goal of our Forest Home Guest Dining is to prepare meals that nourish and satisfy our guests. If you have food allergies, please provide your information to registration through the forms provided prior to your arrival. The prayer and desire of our team is to set a purposeful table, rooted in the ministry of hospitality, that creates space for fellowship and glorifies the Lord.

A NOTE FROM “SPEARFISH”

Hello! I am Michaela “Spearfish” Moore, and I am the Program Manager of Family Camp. Home for the Holidays is right around the corner, and it’s going to be a weekend packed with family fun and time to reflect the precious gift of Jesus Christ. I look forward to seeing you and your children experience Christ’s love as we explore the beautiful truth that Jesus dwelt among us. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Phone: (909)-389-2300 ex. 351

Email: michaela.moore@foresthome.org

CHILDREN AND YOUTH CRITTER KIDS:

Birth-36 months will be meeting in Chipmunk Corner on Saturday & Sunday mornings. Their time is guided by a team of young ladies who are eager to love and serve your children for the weekend. During their time in Chipmunk Corner they will enjoy play, a Bible story, and singing.

Squirrels (3-4 year olds) will be meeting in Children’s House on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Their group time will be filled with play, singing, crafts, and Bible lessons. Saturday morning will have indoor activities and Sunday morning will have outdoor activities, so be sure to dress your child in layers.

Cottontails, Bobcats, and Bears will be checked in at Blinco Lounge after Family Devotions on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Their group time will consist of Bible studies, singing and dancing, Christmas crafts, and some outdoor play so make sure your child is dressed in layers and has closed-toe shoes. Class breakdowns: Cottontails (Ages 5-6), Bobcats (Ages 7-8), Bears (Ages 9-10)

11-18-year old’s will be dismissed from Hormel after Family Devotions and enjoy and outdoor activities such as Lasertag and Canyon Park. Please make sure your child is dressed in layers and has closed-toe shoes. Our youth night program will include worship, Bible study, and fun games to connect with others. Your child will have the opportunity to dive into deep study with other campers their age as well as participate in a worship experience. Class breaks: Backpackers (Ages 11- 12), Climbers (Ages 13-14), Mountaineers (Ages 15-18)

If there are any questions that you have leading up to the retreat or would prefer your child in a different age classroom, please contact Michaela Moore either by phone or email. Phone: (909)-389-2300 ex. 351 Email: michaela.moore@foresthome.org

THE CHILD CARE ASSITANCE PROGRAM

  • The Child Care Assistant (CCA) Program is designed to enrich your family’s weekend at camp. We hire a group of female teen leaders to serve families by assisting in day camps each morning and baby-sitting each evening. When Childcare Assistants are not with your children, they participate in dynamic camp programs of their own, designed to support and encourage them in their spiritual growth.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • All families with children ages 10 and younger are automatically assigned a CCA. If you decide you don’t need a CCA, please let us know.
  • Our desire is that each family has a personal CCA for the entirety of the weekend. There are times when this is not possible due to a shortage of CCAs or changes due to illness or other unforeseen situations. We will make sure to communicate with you if any changes or shortages occur.
  • Our CCAs have submitted an application and personal reference form in order to be accepted. Each CCA must be comfortable working with children, have a relationship with Jesus, and be at least 13 years old.
  • Each CCA participates in an orientation meeting to discuss the following: safety and emergency procedures, Biblical view of service, philosophy of Family Camp and the role of CCAs, childcare best practices and reminders, expectations for behavior and community living.
  • We have many evening activities available to your children, games in The Den, checking out books and toys in Chipmunk Corner, etc). Please advise your CCA on what options you have approved as well as routines and bedtime schedules.
  • All CCAs and children (unless they are in Youth night programs) must be back in your cabin for “kid’s curfew” at 8:30pm. Our CCA staff stop at each cabin around that time to check on all kids and CCAs. We are available to help with bedtime or need. If you would like your child and CCA to stay out past 8:30pm, please write a note and put it near your cabin door.
  • CCAs are at your service until you release them at the end of each night. Their curfew to return to their own cabin is 10:00pm unless they are still babysitting. If you choose to stay out past 10:00pm your CCA may be replaced with either a CCA Staff member or a Leadership CCA.
  • When you are in for the evening, please have a female adult family member walk the CCA back to Chipmunk Corner to sign herself in. If an adult female is not available, please come to Chipmunk Corner first and another CCA or one of our staff members will accompany you to your cabin to walk your CCA back to Chipmunk Corner.
  • You will have the opportunity to request a CCA or afternoon babysitting. You will be able to request this from a CCA staff member at family breakfast. We request that you do not ask your evening CCA to use her free time to babysit, but instead allow us to ask if she would like to babysit in the afternoon to avoid her feeling pressured to do so. If your usual evening CCA is not available, we will find another capable babysitter for that afternoon. We also ask that if you hire an afternoon CCA to provide compensation for her time.

DID YOU KNOW?

Forest Home sits on 500 acres of San Bernadino Mountain wilderness. We hope you can experience the wonder of God’s creation during your stay.

RECREATION OPTIONS*

 

3-PERSON SWING:

Grab some friends and get ready for the biggest swing of your life

 

ZIP LINES:

Swiftly glide through Mill Creek Canyon

 

SKY TRAIL:

Enjoy our high-adventure obstacle course

 

HIKING:

From Inspiration Point to our Hidden Falls trails, explore the San Bernardino Mountains

 

MINI GOLF:

See how many hole-in-ones you can score ($1 in quarters for a ball you keep).

 

HORSE SHOES:

A Forest Home classic

 

PRAYER TRAILS:

Spend time before the Lord on our scenic trails

*subject to weather changes

FRIDAY
12:00-3:00 pm Check-In

1:00-4:00pm Ornament Decorating

2:30pm Forest Center Tour

3:30pm Meet the Chipmunk Corner and Children’s House Leaders

4:30pm Meet the Critter Kids and Base Camp Leaders

5:00pm Dinner

6:15pm Tree Lighting Ceremony

7:00pm Meet CCAs at cabins (Birth – 10 years old)

7:00pm Chipmunk Corner Open for ages Birth-4 years old

7:30pm Evening Session (5 years old – adult)

9:30pm Base Camp Returns from Evening Program

9:30pm Christmas S’more Celebration

 

SATURDAY
8:30am Breakfast

9:15am Chipmunk Corner and Children’s House Open

9:30am Family Devotional

9:45am Critter Kids Check-In & Base Camp Check-In

10:00am Morning Session

11:15am Adult Free Time

12:15pm Pick up Critter Kids and Base Camp

12:30pm Lunch

1:00pm Gingerbread Man Decorating

1:30pm Free Time, See Retail & Recreation Schedule

4:00pm Family Ministry Opportunity

5:30pm Dinner

6:45pm Meet CCAs at Cabins (Birth – 10 years old)

7:00pm Evening Session (11 years old – adult)

9:30pm Base Camp Return from Evening Program

9:30pm Living Nativity

 

SUNDAY
8:30am Breakfast

9:15am Chipmunk Corner and Children’s House Open

9:30am Family Devotional

9:45am Critter Kids Check-In & Base Camp Check-In

10:00am Morning Session

11:45am Closing Christmas Celebration

12:15pm Chipmunk Corner Closed

12:30pm Lunch

 

CONFERENCE CONCLUDES