Kineo Program Student

Outdoor Education · Crestline, California
Department Outdoor Education
Employment Type Seasonal
Minimum Experience Entry-level

The Kineo Institute Gap Program

Information and Expectations


The Kineo Program is an 8-month-long, hands-on school of discipleship for young adults at Thousand Pines Christian Camp.  Students will be challenged and equipped to grow through a variety of internships within the different departments of Thousand Pines, while being led through Biblical training and personal discipleship.



  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Willingness and ability to obtain any necessary certifications, including CPR, First Aid, Food Handler for SB County, etc.
  • Full agreement with the Thousand Pines Mission, Vision, Values, and doctrinal statement. Also, full compliance with Employee Handbook for the employment portion of their training.



The program tuition for Kineo is $11,500.  This includes food and housing, all offsite trips, and final mission trip to Guatemala.  At least $6,000 must be raised by the students.  There is opportunity to earn $5,600 toward tuition through the internship portion of the program.  Each student will be instructed on how to set up and use a Fund Easy account for the purpose of raising support for the tuition.  Each student must be debt-free upon graduation.


Kineo Student Responsibilities

  • Two days per week of classroom attendance, along with completion of assigned reading materials and homework assignments, to be done with diligence and excellence
  • Participation in regular ministry service projects
  • Weekly meetings with assigned mentor, completion of any assignments given by mentor
  • Quarterly offsite experiences which promote internship camaraderie
  • Work three days per week on a monthly rotation in the various departments of Thousand Pines, under the supervision of department manager, fulfilling essential functions of that job
  • Live cohesively in a shared space with a positive, helpful attitude toward housemates and Resident Advisors


Expectations For Successful Students

  • Godly, Christian character displayed through growing wisdom, discretion, and professionalism in servanthood
  • Writing, reading, listening, and communications skills sufficient for school assignments and working in various departments
  • Ability to serve and work well under pressure, maintaining a positive attitude with fellow students, program leaders, coworkers, and guests.
  • Excellent attendance and being on time are extremely important for class and for work.
  • Students and employees must embody the nine values of Thousand Pines, displaying them in all facets of the program. They are:  Integrity, Safety, Attitude, Saying Yes, Excellence, Teamwork, Initiative and Follow Through, Out of the Box Thinking, and Fun!
  • Students are expected to be “in good standing” in all aspects of the Kineo Program: class time and assignments, ministry service, work, tuition, and housing.  Any unresolved, ongoing deficiency can result in exit from the Program, which would include loss of work and loss of housing as all of it is tied to the Kineo Program.


Thousand Pines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thank you for your interest in Thousand Pines Christian Camp and Conference Center!

Thousand Pines is a 240 acre site located in the beautiful San Bernardino national Forest at an elevation of 5,000 feet. Although Thousand Pines is surrounded by a great natural beauty and great recreational opportunities, our primary goal is to see our campers come to know, in a real and personal way, the saving grace of Jesus Christ. It is our passion to see lives changed!

We are always looking for quality people who want to serve Christ and see lives changed as much as we do. Everything we do at Thousand Pines – washing dishes, cleaning cabins, counseling students - seeks to point our campers toward the message of God’s love. We also seek to facilitate your spiritual growth through regular staff worship and sharing. When you join the Ministry Team at Thousand Pines you join a family of believers that seek to continually be more like Jesus. We want to share your victories, defeats, joys and tears and to help you grow in your walk with the Lord!

Thank you for your interest in Thousand Pines. We will be praying for you as you seek God’s leading.

Statement of Faith

The Statement of Faith outlines the beliefs of Thousand Pines Christian Camp. All beliefs are listed and founded in God's Word, the Bible. 


Thousand Pines Christian Camp and Conference Center, in accordance with the historic Baptist tradition, hold to Believers Baptism by Immersion, Liberty of Conscience, the Separation of Church and state, and the Priesthood of the Believer. We also affirm the following distinctive which need emphasis at the present time:


The Bible is the inspired, authoritative and infallible Word of God and is our sole rule of faith and practice. It is the standard by which all human conduct and creeds should be tried.


There is only one true and living God who is manifested in three eternal and coequal person; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God possesses holiness, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, love, mercy, and all other perfections.  All humankind owed to Him supreme faith and obedience.


Humankind has been created in the image of God but through Adam’s fall is now sinful, lost and condemned. By deliberate choice all participate in sin which is open rebellion to God’s law. Notwithstanding the fall, all human life through creation has value and dignity.


Human beings can be forgiven of sin and justified solely through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ who died for sinners and rose again from the dead.  Only by repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ the Lord can acceptance with God be attained.


Regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit by which the believer receives a new nature from God. Christian growth or sanctification is the continuation of the new life principle which begins in the new birth.


The church in its widest sense includes all believers of all ages. The church is manifested visibly in the local body of baptized believers who covenant together to worship, observe the ordinances, and evangelize.


Jesus Christ will eventually return visibly at which time He will raise the dead and judge all people. Believers will enjoy an eternal state of blessedness in heaven while unbelievers will experience eternal separation from God in hell.


The church has been called to preach the gospel so that individual people can receive salvation. Also the church is to become involved in the improvement of society by advocating biblical principles which militate against poverty, racism, violence, and all forms of injustice against humankind.


God’s design is that man and woman either be joined together in a perpetual monogamous relationship or live in a single state. Extra-marital sex, adultery and homosexuality are inconsistent with biblical teaching.

Faith History 

At Thousand Pines Christian Camp and Conference Center we desire to have a distinctly Christian atmosphere and influence. Though campers and attendees come from many Christian and non-Christian backgrounds, all are included in chapel services, prayer, devotions, etc. Ministry team members participate in leading campers, attendees and other staff in these and other Christian activities. In addition, no matter where one works, all staff are expected to live exemplary Christian lives before campers and staff alike. 

In applying for a ministry staff or management position, you are subscribing to a high moral, ethical and spiritual life style and give assurance that you will try to lead campers and staff, in both word and deed, to practical, real faith for themselves. Therefore, to help us better understand your beliefs and Christian experience, please answer the following questions in your own words.  

Applicant Statement 

 I certify that all information provided in order to apply for and secure work with the employer is true, complete and correct. 

I understand that any information provided by me that is found to be false, incomplete or misrepresented in any respect, will be sufficient cause to (i) cancel further consideration of this application, or (ii) immediately discharge me from Thousand Pine’s service, whenever it is discovered. 

I expressly authorize, without reservation, the employer, its representatives, employees or agents to contact and obtain information from all references (personal and professional), employers, public agencies, licensing authorities and educational institutions and to otherwise verify the accuracy of all information provided by me in this application, resume, or job interview. I hereby waive any and all rights and claims I may have regarding the employer, its agents, employees or representatives, for seeking, gathering, and using such information in the employment process and all other persons, corporations or organizations for furnishing such information about me. 

I understand that the employer does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and no question on this application is used for the purpose of limiting or excusing any applicant from consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by applicable local, state or federal law. 

It is my understanding that Thousand Pines Christian Camp and Conference Center is an at-will employer and by understanding this is has been explained to me that if I am hired, I understand that I am free to resign at any time, with or without cause and without prior notice, and the employer reserves the same right to terminate my employment at any time, with or without cause and without prior notice, except as may be required by law. This application does not constitute an agreement or contract for employment for any specified period or definite duration. I understand that no supervisor or representative of the employer is authorized to make any assurances to the contrary and that no implied oral or written agreements contrary to the foregoing express language are valid unless they are in writing and signed by myself and the Camp’s Executive Director. 

I also understand that if I am hired, I will be required to provide proof of identity and legal authority to work in the United States and that federal immigration laws require me to complete an I-9 Form in this regard. I agree to a background check, fingerprinting and on-going drug testing.  

Thank you for applying to be a part of the Thousand Pines Ministry Team!

The work done here influences eternity! We are excited about how God is using our ministry to impact people and other ministries throughout the world. If you are hired, we hope that as you get to know us and experience God’s work here, you will love this ministry as much as we do! 

We seek to be a group of people who care for our guests and work as a team. It is our desire that every employee and their entire family feel part of the ministry team here at Thousand Pines. It is important that all employees share the mission and values of Thousand Pines. We hope that all our employees adopt and advance them as their own. 

Specifically, Thousand Pines’ mission is the following: 

“Thousand Pines exists to help people see, know and experience God.” 

Our values are: 


“Integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.” 


We will seek to protect the safety of our guests and staff. 


“Character is realized not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” 

Saying “YES!” 

We will seek to say “yes” to our guests whenever possible. 

Excellence (Exceeding our guests expectations) 

“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” 


“Together we can accomplish the extraordinary.” 

Initiative/Follow Through 

“What can I do to make it better?” 

Out-of-the-box Thinking 

“Can it be done better, more creatively, less expensively?” 


“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter”- E.E. Cummings 


Steve Garcia

Camp Director 




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  • Location
    Crestline, California
  • Department
    Outdoor Education
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience