Mission & History
To proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior, teach the authoritative Word of God, and serve His Church in our nation and throughout the world.
Encountering Jesus—Lives Transformed.
Founded in 1905, Mount Hermon was the first Christian camp west of the Mississippi. It has always been both evangelical and interdenominational, consistently proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savior, teaching the authoritative Word of God and serving churches and Christian ministries both here and worldwide. Mount Hermon’s origins trace to the American evangelist Dwight L. Moody, whose conference center founded in the east, influenced the original program and facilities.
Now over 100 years later, Mount Hermon is still a place of retreat from daily stress and rigors, a place for discovering and renewing one’s relationship with Jesus Christ. The “high” view of the Bible as God’s authoritative Word permeates the programs, encouraging an environment where the truths of Scripture can be taught, understood and applied in daily living.
Throughout its history, Bible teachers who have taught at Mount Hermon have included many of the most highly respected preachers and teachers in the world. By God’s goodness and faithfulness, Mount Hermon has grown to be one of the largest—and acclaimed as one the finest—Christian camp and conference centers in the world.
See History for additional historical information
Guests per year
About Mount Hermon
From the very beginning, Mount Hermon has been focused on serving the entire family. One of its distinctions is the large number of families who have made Mount Hermon their annual place to reconnect. It is not at all uncommon to find several generations of a family engaged together in enjoying the programs and facilities of Mount Hermon year after year. Evangelism has always been a core focus in the ministries and programs of Mount Hermon. It is common to hear in the testimonies of the multiple generations of Mount Hermon families that many have made their initial commitment to Christ while at Mount Hermon.
Families enjoying the train ride through the redwoods from Mount Hermon to Santa Cruz
Mount Hermon serves about 70,000 people per year of which 45,000 are attendees at family camps, youth camps, adult conferences, concerts or guest conferences. The remaining 25,000 come for recreational offerings or world class corporate team building programs.
The staff team includes 63 full-time employees, part-time and seasonal employees that range from 300 during the slowest months to over 500 in the summer, and 10-14 year-long full-time interns. In addition, volunteers contribute more than 19,000 hours to Mount Hermon each year.
Mount Hermon’s 2016 budget was in excess of $17 million and more than $5 million of that was contributed by more than 2500 people who value and love the ministry of Mount Hermon and make it a priority to invest in the future of such life transforming ministry.
Mount Hermon’s properties have been increasing in recent years and are in some of the most beautiful places on earth!
The original site, nestled in the towering Santa Cruz mountains redwoods, is just six miles from Monterey Bay. This site includes three self-contained camp and conference facilities:
The Conference Center is ideal for small, more intimate gatherings to large-scale retreats and even professional conferences. With an assortment of different styles of meeting rooms, housing ranging from dorm-style to hotel-style to cabins with a kitchen, rope courses, wi-fi accessibility and more.
Ponderosa Lodge is intentionally designed for intimate and active group ministry events. Whether your group wants to swim in the pool, hike, shoot paintball, conquer ropes courses, soar down the zipline, or even take a moment to gather in the quiet, serene spaces, Ponderosa Lodge is the place.
Redwood Camp features a large meeting room, dining hall, Samuelson Pavilion, heated pool, and more. Redwood Camp is an excellent economic choice for smaller to mid size groups looking to have exclusive use in a unique setting.
Located in the Scott Valley near Mount Shasta, Kidder Creek sits against the stunning backdrop of the Marble Mountain Wilderness area (one of California’s oldest formally designated wilderness areas) and offers a broad array of traditional, adventure and horse riding camps for youth of all ages. The wilderness programs engage in whitewater rafting, rock climbing, cliff jumping and much, much more!
Whisper Canyon Campground
Whisper Canyon is a rustic retreat near Paso Robles and Lake San Antonio (California’s Central Coast area). This is a camping facility that can accommodate up to 100 people for private group retreats and it’s a welcome refuge from the usual inconveniences and hassles of a public campground facility.
In addition to Mount Hermon’s expanding number of properties, recent years have seen the growth of opportunities to serve and impact lives through top quality programs available to people from surrounding communities. These opportunities (and others like them in the future) will lead to transformed relationships in families, friends, teams, communities and ultimately with Christ.
Beyond the expected summertime programming, Mount Hermon’s year-round Christ-centered camps, conferences and concerts serve the entire family. Each facility operates non-summer Mount Hermon-sponsored camps and conferences, as well as hosting programs provided by guest groups who support the ministry objectives.
Amid all the variety, one thing is consistent—God is at work at Mount Hermon, and the result is lives transformed.
Mount Hermon Sponsored Events
Children & Youth
4% Ages 0–3
36% Ages 4–12
22% Ages 13–18
5% Ages 19–29
18% Ages 30–49
15% Ages 50+
Redwood Canopy Tours
Sequoia Adventure Course
Outdoor Science School
World Class Corporate Team Building Programs
Velocity Bike Park (construction beginning soon)