Pine Summit Christian Camps hosts camps, retreats, schools and individuals in Big Bear Lake for spiritual growth in sleeping bags for children and adults. The facility offers programs as well as customized itineraries for more than 500 people a night.

Recently, Salvation Army purchased the camp formerly owned by CB Southern California. Most everything has stayed the same with the addition of some of Salvation Army’s own programs.

The international Christian-based organization took ownership of the half-century old camp in December after the camp had been on the market for three years. This is the Christian-based organization’s first summer at the helm.

Pine Summit’s camps for kids also cater to schools, offering outdoor learning environments. Classes include animal ecology, interpretive hikes, archeology, meteorology, conservation, orienteering, entomology, forest ecology and more. There are night hikes, solar system study, Moonridge zoo presentations and storytelling programs, too.

Some of the games available are summer camp standards like tug-of-war, Wiffle balls and bats, vests and flags, gator balls and parachutes. There are also archery, BB gun ranges, canoeing, Frisbee golf, horseshoes, a pool and sand volleyball courts to enjoy.

Accommodations include economy housing like rustic bunkhouses, dorms and an R.V. Park, cabin and motel-style settings, and the Village Lodges, touted as being like a four-star hotel in the woods.

The chapel seats up to 500 and is equipped with a 16-channel sound system. Last summer, the camp added a new video projector and screen through a donation from Sunrise Church in Rialto and Moore Electric.

Pine Summit is expanding. This will be the first major project for the camp since 1986. Permits have been obtained for the camp’s master plan. The plan identifies vehicle paths, grounds development, facility renovations and new facility construction. There is plenty of change in store at Pine Summit.

Pine Summit Christian Camps is at 700 Wren Drive, Big Bear Lake. For more information, call 909-878-0140 or visit

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