CALVIN CREST CONFERENCES

Ministry @5000 feet

Oakhurst, CA   |  www.calvincrest.com

Mission

Calvin Crest exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ, practice biblical hospitality, experience God's creation, and partner with others to bring health and wholeness.

Ruling year info

1964

Executive Director

Tiffany Staman

Main address

45800 Calvin Crest Rd

Oakhurst, CA 93644 USA

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EIN

20-2116565

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children and adults need to regularly unplug from their hectic daily lives to experience nature, solitude, and connection with God. With our increasingly busy schedules and demanding expectations, individuals are burning out and not thriving in their relationships with God and others. In his book, Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv argues that our society is actually teaching young people to avoid direct experience in nature, resulting in what he calls “nature deficit disorder.” A bond has been broken between the young and nature, and research proves this break has impacted the mental, physical, and spiritual health of our kids in some pretty staggering ways. Rather than giving in to despair, Louv challenges all of us to envision another future – one in which children and nature are reunited, and the natural world is more deeply valued and protected. Calvin Crest provides that safe place for people to come away and connect with God in the beauty of the Sierra National Forest.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Outdoor School

The Calvin Crest Outdoor School partners with public, private, and charter schools to get children in contact with history, geology, science, and the wonder of the great outdoors. Utilizing the trails, forest, streams, night skies, and fresh air, our curriculum presents a variety of natural science, environmental education, wilderness skills, and historical topics. Subjects included in the courses and activities are in the disciplines of astronomy, biology, botany, conservation, ecology, geology, history, meteorology, nature study, outdoor recreation skills, and zoology. Curriculum units and all necessary equipment and materials are provided by Calvin Crest for the classroom teachers, who are the instructors for each course. Calvin Crest staff also serve as instructors, which helps reduce class sizes on the course trails. Students participate in a variety of hands-on learning activities, collecting and classifying specimens, observing and recording data, and conducting experiments. For a more complete overview of all of our class choices, visit our website.

Population(s) Served

Calvin Crest specializes in hosting small to medium sized retreats of 40-120 people. Three elements that set us apart are:
• Gracious Hospitality: We will do all we can to create the desired experience before the group arrives and while they are here. We want people to feel anticipated, welcomed, and loved through every detail at camp.
• Intimate Spaces: We will provide clean and updated spaces inside and outside that facilitate an intimate connection with God and others and build a sense of sweet community.
• Tailored Customization: We know each group is unique and will work with group leaders to plan the best possible retreat, making suggestions as appropriate to create the most desired outcome. We serve youth or adults equally well, and we welcome large family reunions.

Population(s) Served

Calvin Crest provides retreats throughout the year as well as several weeks of summer camp where kids and adults can experience the beauty of the Sierra National Forest. Experiential opportunities are provided to connect with God and one another in a safe setting. Calvin Crest creates a relational environment where people feel known and loved.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Calvin Crest aims to make disciples of Jesus Christ, creating space for God to transform lives. We want to set stage and provide the tools for people to experience God's love and respond to His call in their life.

Calvin Crest aims to practice biblical hospitality, creating a friendly empty space for people to feel safe and loved. Everything we do should communicate that guests have been thoughtfully considered and prepared for.

Calvin Crest aims to create space and experiences for people to engage in God's creation, whether it be through hiking to waterfalls, gazing at stars, or sitting under giant sequoia trees.

Calvin Crest aims to work with strategic partners to bring health and wholeness, making the greatest impact by engaging existing skills and people from other organizations who share our vision and values. Ultimately, we seek to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth in our little corner of the world.

We accomplish our goals through several key strategies:
1) We run high-quality relational summer camp programs and retreats throughout the year. These give youth and adults opportunities to grow in their relationship with God and others.
2) We run an award-winning Outdoor School, where students throughout California's Central Valley can come and learn about all aspects of nature, history, and survival in the Sierra National Forest.
3) We invite guest groups to rent our facilities throughout the year so that they can create experiences for people to encounter nature, God, and others in life-giving ways.
4) We mentor young leaders on our staff and prepare them for job after camp, investing in their spiritual, emotional, and career development.

Calvin Crest has the following capabilities for accomplishing our goals:
1) Strong, stabile leadership - the board of trustees and the staff are well educated and committed to lifelong learning and development
2) Rich history - more than 65 years of a proven track record
3) Incredible land resources - more than 340 acres in the middle of the Sierra National Forest outside of Yosemite
4) Successful model - our model takes kids from 3rd grade through 12th grade and prepares them for staff positions, perpetuating a cycle of engagement and support
5) Generous donors and stakeholders - 65 years of campers, staff, alumni, churches, schools, and partners support Calvin Crest's mission

In the last two years, Calvin Crest has established a strong board of trustees, recruiting new board members who are engaged and committed to the mission. A new Executive Director, Tiffany Staman, was hired in January 2019. Policies and procedures were re-established, vision and missions were clarified, and finances were analyzed. Buildings and grounds have undergone significant repairs and renovations. Outdoor Education has continued to serve schools for 40 weeks out of the year. Summer and year-round programs all grew exponentially in 2019. New guest groups are booking retreats. New and lapsed donors and stakeholders have engaged with Calvin Crest, and finances have stabilized and are moving toward sustainability. The leadership is excited about strategically planning for the future of Calvin Crest.

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 6/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bill Ekhardt

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Term: 2017 - 2022

Ginny Harrison

Retired

Sarah Friesen

Community Volunteer

Sylvia Sloas

Yosemite Unified School District

Adam Knudson

Hope Lutheran Church, Fresno

Erik Wiebe

First Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara