Camp Alta Quarterly Update

Caleb and Phil were two students who attended our iFit program this winter. Half way through the weekend they were rough housing around. As can often be the case with boys, it went a bit too far. Caleb ended up hurting Phil more than he intended. As our staff cared for Phil, we tried to extend grace to Caleb as well. Caleb was a first time camper, hadn’t prayed before, and was a bit unsure as to why he was at camp. When our evening worship service started, Phil, who was still in a lot of pain, came to one of the couches just outside the worship space. As hundreds of kids were praising Jesus, one of our staff asked Caleb if he was open to praying for Phil, to their surprise, he said yes. Led by our staff, Caleb prayed for Phil to be pain free and he asked God to forgive him for hurting his friend. The next morning Caleb was moved to tears as he recognized during the final worship and teaching session that his prayers had been heard. Phil was sitting next to him and the two had experienced the power and presence of God at Camp Alta.

The winter of 2017 has been crazy. Stories of God entering in and impacting the lives of His children have been overwhelming. Day after day, weekend after weekend, God’s provision was made known for our ministry. This winter the snow dumped, mountains moved (I-80 mudslide), trees fell, power outages occurred, and the freeway was closed (more than once). Yet, ministry at Camp Alta moved forward, while the opportunities to share Christ’s love via hospitality abounded. It’s humbling to be a part of. It’s exciting to share with all of you, our partners in this effort. 

 

As we prepare for summer, we wanted to inform you of what’s to come at Camp Alta. We’ve increased our summer program offerings by adding three sessions of EXO, a new adventure wilderness discipleship program for middle and high school students and we’ve incorporated a developmentally disabled camp called Special Ministries. Tomorrow, April 1, 2017, we will launch via social media (instagram & Facebook) our annual Kids Camp theme and online registration. And we’re currently accepting applications for our summer intern program if you or someone you know wants to join our camp family! 

For those of you who are looking for ways to plug in: There are a few spots left to participate in our, “spring clean-up” volunteer weekend May 19th-20th ($20 per person for 1 night 3 meals, prayer, and worship). We’re in need of volunteers for our Special Ministries program, August 7-10. We’re always accepting campership donations for our endowment if you feel so led. And we’d love your prayers for our staff as we integrate new interns to our team and prepare for summer. If you’re looking for more info please go to campalta.org or email us at info@campalta.org.

Housekeeping Lead Needed

Photo Feb 26, 1 33 29 PM (1)Camp Alta is seeking a ministry minded individual (like this guy) to join our team as the Housekeeping Lead. This position serves as a vital role in the greater ministry of our organization. We’d love to know more about you. Poke around our site, shoot us an email, or give us a call to learn more about us.

Being a part of the staff at Camp Alta is a unique experience. Yes it is a job. There are a lot of tasks to do. But we’ll do our best to invest in you while you invest in serving our guests. We are a family seeking to share Christ’s love through boundless hospitality. Trust us… We like to find joy in what we do.

By the way in order to apply for this position you must be able to handle one of our lightsaber’s.

Please see the Job Description & download a Camp Alta Application


Summer Internships

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This camper has a question. He wants to know if you’re one of the two? Well, are you? Do you desire to be one of Camp Alta’s two interns for the 2016 summer? If you thought yes for even a second, we think you should apply! It just might be you.

Our summer internships provide a unique opportunity to become a part of a family seeking to share Christ’s love through boundless hospitality. Trust us… We love what we do and we have a lot of fun doing it!

Take the first step. Answer his question and apply. At the very least share this with someone you think would be the perfect fit.

Please see the Job Description & download a Camp Alta Application below


“Perspective” Summer 2015

Summer is a season. This is a fact. Yet at Camp Alta and many other CCCA camps around the country it is much more. For our campers, guests, and even our staff, summer is a time filled with many memorable and life changing moments. It is a time where life is breathed into us. Summer offers opportunities where anyone, regardless of age, can embrace a child like posture that shifts our perspective of how we see the world around us.

Many of you reading this know that Camp Alta was a few short miles from the Lowell Fire that broke on Saturday July 25th, 2015. You are aware of the concern we had for our surrounding community, the fire fighters, our ministry partners, and the twenty acres God has set apart to be Camp Alta. What you don’t know is the way in which your response to this news had an affect on us.

This summer, the staff at Camp Alta (below) sought to embody the way of Jesus by sharing Christ’s love with each of you through service and hospitality. As we do every summer we utilize a theme to help guide this process. The theme for the summer of 2015 was to fully understand what it meant to be like a seed. John 12:24 states: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a seed falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

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Eight weeks into a very full summer for the ministry of Camp Alta, our staff was wearing. We weren’t fully humming along as we had been even a week earlier. We were tired. We as a staff were seeking God for strength. We were trying to determine what was next. And then as the news of this fire broke your prayers came pouring in. Phone calls, text messages, voicemails, emails, facebook posts and messages overwhelmed every possible line of communication. We were not alone. We were loved. And we felt the presence of the Lord move in this place. The ministry of Camp Alta, just as it has been for the last sixty years, was protected and deemed Holy ground by our Father. Life was breathed into our staff as we continued to serve. Your love on behalf of God enabled us to keep loving.

According to CalFire the Lowell Fire was officially 100% contained as of last Wednesday August 12th. We are thankful for the hundreds of individuals who sacrificed thousands of hours to protect entire communities. We can’t thank them enough. And we can’t thank you, our partners in ministry enough. Our Camp Alta family made itself known in a profound way this summer. Memories were made. Perspective changed. God displayed His faithfulness. We were fruitful. And it was good! We would also ask the you please pray for Hume Lake Christian Camps another Northern California camp in the line of a wildfire. Hume is one of the largest camps on the entire West Coast. Their staff has been evacuated due to the Rough Fire.

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Lowell Fire | Clarity

WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOUR CONTINUED PRAYERS: Today’s requests are at the bottom of this post.

The Lowell Fire that touched down roughly 15-20 miles south west of Camp Alta on Saturday July 25th has now officially been burning for three days. Yesterday July 26th proved to be a day of clarity. First, our friends at YubaNet informed us that the fire had actually only burned 1,500 acres. This was substantially different than the reported 4,000 acres (1,000 acres per hour) and growing report that had shocked most by the end of day Saturday. YubaNet explained in a post the reason for the difference in acreage in the following manner: “Fires, during initial attack, are not mapped. They are eyeballed from the sky – through the smoke – and on the ground, again with flames and smoke. Now that the fire has been mapped by a plane carrying an Infrared camera, the next acreage updates will be much more precise.” 

In addition to the clarity in acreage we spent the majority of the day breathing in clear air. To our surprise the overnight wind consistently blew in the direction of Grass Valley and Nevada City. This left us without any residual smoke all day. If it had not been for the planes and helicopters shaking the tops of our trees we would have had no idea that a fire was even taking place.

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Therefore Camp Alta proceeded with things as usual. We welcomed in 100 plus campers for another week of camp in God’s presence yesterday afternoon. Our ministry partners from Laguna Chinese Baptist Church and Cornerstone Community Church of Sacramento placed their trust in God and embraced the reality of hosting camp near an active forest fire. Below is an image of a scene during dinner on our patio last night as a bit of smoke filled the sky.

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Today July 27th, we awoke to reports that CalFire is anticipating the Lowell Fire to be fully contained by August 1st. Now this does not mean that the fire will be done burning by this date. It simply means that the crews are hoping to have a full handle on it by this time. We also received news that 5-10 mph winds are supposed to start blowing N/NW in the direction of Alta today. This means our campers and community will be submerged in smoke. It also means that there is potential for the fire to redirect.

We ask that you would continue to pray for God’s hand on this fire. Please pray that the winds don’t redirect the fire. We ask that you would pray for the crews that have been working tirelessly on it, their families, and those fighting it from the air (4 firefighters were reportedly submitted to the UC Davis burn center last night). Please be praying for our guests. They have not been distracted by the planes, but the smoke is already having an impact on them this morning. And continue to pray that our faith and our campers faith will be deepened as we lean on Jesus in this time. Thanks for your faithful support. We have been amazed at the amount of people that have reached out.

Lowell Fire Update (Status – SAFE)

At 2:47pm on Saturday July 25th, 2015 Camp Alta was informed that a nearby fire had started. This was ten minutes after Yuba Net had made their first post to their extremely resourceful website documenting the start of the Lowell Fire in Nevada County. As our staff began to research and obtain all of the information we could to pass along to our guests they were already in awe of what was beginning to make itself known in the sky. A large smoke plume building from an approaching crown fire started to crawl through the trees and high into the sky. The concern of what was in the air rightfully had an effect on all of us.

Over the next couple hours as we worked with our guests from Williams Memorial Church and Woodcreek High School to find solutions, our phone began to ring, news reports started to surface, and powerful image after powerful image began to reveal the awe of this growing fire. During this time we began to pray, we invited you all our partners in ministry to pray, and we began to make it publicly known that the whole area (some facing potential evacuation) was in need of prayer. By 5:50pm, a little over three hours later the fire had grown from 100 acres to 3,000 acres (One thousand acres an hour). The concern was growing. Airplanes began to fly overhead. The smoke eclipsed the sun turning the sky pink. And our faith in God deepened. It was strange, yet right!

camp alta lowellfire2015 01As our guests successfully managed to depart camp in an impressive and organized fashion the smoke settled. Camp Alta’s staff, board, and surrounding community were able to gather information from local CalFire, CHP officers, and volunteer firefighters that were on the ground in Dutch Flat. We stationed ourselves out off a nearby lookout (roughly 5 miles from the camp) to gain a better perspective (See image below). Believe it or not, we were encouraged by what we saw. The work that the fire crews had done to initially move the Lowell Fire northward and away from Gold Run, Dutch Flat and Alta was profound.

lowellfire2015Here is a note that followed from Dale Turner, one of Camp Alta’s board members and a retired Assistant Fire Chief with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District:

The fire is located in the Lowell Hill area which is West of Alta. The fire is predominately in Nevada County (not Placer county where Camp Alta is located). The fire is currently estimated at 4000 acres and is burning in a northerly direction (which is away from Camp Alta). A good news source is Yuba Net http://yubanet.com/2015Local/Lowell.php. It is possible that conditions will be smoky at Camp Alta Sunday morning until 11:00am as described by the weather service http://yubanet.com/fireuploads/1/CKzqvE_UsAAG_Bm.png_large.jpg I will continue to monitor the fire activity and assist you and our guests as needed.

By no means does this mean the fire is all done burning. In fact we anticipate that it will keep burning for a number of days to come. We just happen to be out of a primary area of concern at this time. This may change, but we trust that Camp Alta, just as it has been for the last 60 years of ministry, is “SAFE.” Part of the reason we trust this is because of the overwhelming prayerful response that flooded us on Saturday evening. It was unique. The presence of God made himself known in multiple ways.

We believe that God will continue to protect our 20 acres as well as our surrounding community. We are planning to proceed as normal by welcoming in guests for camp on Sunday. Please continue to pray that the wind and heat stay at a minimum. Please pray for the 500+ personnel that are servicing the fire. Please check back here as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages for ongoing updates. Thank you. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

We’re Hiring

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Being a part of the staff at Camp Alta is a unique experience. Yes it is a job. Yes there are a lot of tasks to do. But we’ll do our best to invest in you while you invest in serving our guests. We are a family seeking to share Christ’s love through boundless hospitality. Trust us… We like to find joy in what we do. Who know’s, if you join our team we might even let you paint your face!

Please see the Job Description & download a Camp Alta Application below


 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and Happy New Site! We are ringing in 2015 with an all new website.

Kids Camp 2014 “GLOW”

Camp Alta primarily serves as a retreat center for various youth groups, men’s or women’s ministries, and other para-church related organizations throughout the year. Each summer though we host our own version of a program camp we call, kids camp. This camp has a storied history that reflects the heartbeat of our ministry as a whole. Meaning it holds a special place in our heart and the hearts of hundreds of kids who have grown up spending a week in God’s creation at camp. Our desire as a ministry, regardless of whether it is our own program camp or a guest group that is running their own program, is that people leave Camp Alta with a desire to live differently in their neighborhoods, schools, or even their own family. Our hope is that as God breaths life into you here; that you flourish and share the love of the Father in these settings. As the kids camp committee started exploring that thought of flourishing and equipping we kept coming back to our call to be a light in the world. In Matthew 5:14, Jesus shares with his disciples that not only is He light, but that his presence in our hearts leads us to be the light of the world on His behalf. This process birthed kids camp’s “GLOW” theme for 2014.

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GLOW = to shine with a steady light

Are you afraid of the dark? It’s okay if you are. We won’t tell anyone. If you aren’t afraid of the dark we still want you to picture this. Imagine a life full of LIGHT! Where the presence of shadows and darkness struggle to breakthrough because they are overwhelmed by a steady light. The presence of light has the ability to transform life. And when that process unfolds onlookers are usually in awe of what their eyes are seeing. This is because the warmth and the beauty that comes from being in the light is inspiring.

This summer our kids camp theme is GLOW. Our desire is to dive deep into the pages of God’s word as we try to bring to life the flare of some unknown Bible characters. Each of us, much like the characters we will explore, get to embrace the GLOW that shines from within. Every aspect of camp will challenge students to see the light and how it exists in them. We are light. We are a consistent glow that brings warmth to the world.

Ephesians 5:8-9 For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true).

Dates

iFit 2013 Summer Registration

This summer, Camp Alta will host our second iFit summer camp. It is with great anticipation that we welcome back junior high and middle school students from Reno to San Francisco, to a sports based bible camp that seeks to develop foundational fitness for body and soul. As we bring back talented coach’s, speakers, and musicians, it is our hope that you or your students will learn how to train in sport and their faith.

Dates: July 7th-10th         Cost: $175     Registration Deadline: June 14th

REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE