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In 1923, businessmen from the Los Angeles area established Idyllwild Pines as a place for outdoor Christian education.

Now, 90 years later, Idyllwild Pines still continues its Christian ministry of providing a beautiful place to learn about God. We are nestled in the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, at the mile-high altitude.

What began as a small campsite of platform tents and stone fireplaces is now a 50 acre facility that can accommodate up to 500 campers in the Summer and 350 campers in the Fall, Winter and Spring. We minister to churches, schools and others by providing comfortable and spacious facilities, as well as inspiring programming and staff that has a passion to support you.

Idyllwild Pines Camp, a Christian camp & retreat center has multi-use facilities from cabins to dormitories, and a number of spacious meeting rooms and dining halls. We offer fun and challenging activities during your camp stays.


Our mission is to create quality-affordable camp experiences that provide space for God to move our campers, staff and partners to live lives that inspire the next generation of believers to trust, treasure and take-after Jesus.
Matthew 28:18-20


To Serve Christ & Christians through camps and retreats which provide connective, high-energy, life-changing programs for churches, schools, teams and groups.


Kevin Relyea
Executive Director
Kevin Relyea Bio

Kevin Relyea Bio

Kevin has spent over 30 years leading groups and organizations. After starting his restaurant career flipping burgers at a "Jack in the Box" in Southern California when he was sixteen years old, He finished his restaurant career with a seven year assignment as Chairman, CEO, and President of "Prandium Inc". Prandium, which owned and operated restaurant brands like "El Torito", "Casa Gallardo", "Chi Chi's", "Coco's", "Carrows", "Hamburger Hamlet", "Koo Koo Roo", "Charlie Browns", "Reubens", "Keystone Grill", and "Las Brisas" was a publically traded, international, "Fortune 500″ company which had, at one point, 25,000+ staff and 1.2 billion dollars in annual sales.

Kevin has spent the last twenty-five years working in (and studying) church leadership. Just like he learned the restaurant business from the ground up, he has been learning about church leadership over the years through his service, his study and by working with pastors. He has been an elder in his church, bible teacher, small group leader, Mens Ministry leader, Sunday School Director and a Sunday School teacher of both adults and children.

Kevin and his wife Mary have been married for thirty one years, live in Poway, California (a suburb of San Diego), have five children and five grandchildren.

Kelly Schlenz

Operations Director

Kelly Schlenz Bio

Kelly Schlenz Bio

Kelly Schlenz graduated from Azusa Pacific University with his Bachelors in Communication Studies in 2003, and went on to graduate with his M.A. in leadership with an emphasis in leadership development in 2011. He worked at the university as Senior Admissions Counselor, then Residence Director, and finally Program Coordinator where he oversaw the Walkabout program, an 11 day leadership training experience for RA's held in the Yosemite and Ansel Adams Wilderness. From his position as Program Coordinator at APU, he made the decision to join us here at camp to serve as our Operations Director.

Kelly has camp experience working at Camp Alandale as a counselor and worship leader, and at Hume Lake Camp as a High Adventure Guide. He also grew up here on the Idyllwild Pines Camp facility, giving him years of personal experience and a passionate heart for our mission. He is excited to see his passion for youth and experiential outdoor education come together here at Idyllwild Pines.


Donald Anderson


Donald Anderson Bio

Donald Anderson Bio

more to come


Kasandra Lovett

Guest Services and Marketing Director

Kasandra Lovett Bio

Kasandra Lovett Bio

Kasandra Lovett, Sales and Marketing Director, graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business and Marketing. Prior to working at Idyllwild Pines Camp, she worked as Executive Administrative Assistant at Western Growers, Irvine and coordinated the School Garden Program.

In 2006, Kasandra joined the ministry at Idyllwild Pines. Her responsibilities include, building relationships with guests and donors, organizing and executing events, and developing strategic sales and marketing plans. Camp has always been an important.


Marjie Ibanez

Assistant Guest Services Manager

Marjie Ibanez Bio

Marjie Ibanez Bio

Marjie Ibanez, the Assistant Manager of Guest Services, joined the ministry in July 2012. Her management and guest services experience makes her an essential member of the team adding superior customer service to enhance all of our group’s experiences.

As a child, Marjie attended Idyllwild Pines for youth winter and summer camp. It was at camp she was able to develop a relationship with Christ and experience how camp can make an impact in the lives of others. Now she has the opportunity to give back and provide that opportunity for over 8,000 campers who attend camp each year.




Ray Detwiler President
Marshall C. Scott Vice-President
Jeff Tabor Secretary/Treasurer
Kevin Relyea Executive Director, Board Member
Michael Sims Board Member
Caye Smith Board Member

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