Junior High Camp
Junior High Camp is a camp geared towards incoming 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. We strive for our youth to leave with a sense of relationship to Christ through tangible and practical life applications. In addition, we encourage their growth towards outreach through their local churches and leadership in their own communities.
JHC stands for Junior High Camp, a camp that is geared towards incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. We are part of the National Japanese American United Methodist Caucus, a connection of churches underneath the United Methodist Church.
Although there are ties to the NJAUMC, we strive to not exclude others based on race or ethnicity. In addition, we love people of all ethinicities, genders, sexual orientations, faith experiences, or economic situations. We try to offer a community of acceptance, support, guidance, and fellowship that strengthens their spiritual journey and encourages not only participation in their local church but the awareness and response of social injustices in our community and world.
Meet The Directors
Evan Hamada is originally from United Japanese Christian Church in Fresno, and while pursuing his undergraduate degree he attended Faith United Methodist Church in Torrance. He has attended NJAUMC camps as a camper and counselor in the past, and this is his fourth year as a member of the Junior High Camp Directing Team. He is a graduate of CSU Long Beach, and currently attends the University of Oregon, where he is pursuing his Masters in Jazz Trumpet Performance and teaches as a graduate employee. Outside of school he occasionally works as a private tutor and trumpet teacher. Evan understands how important it is to see that JHC continues be an inclusive and loving place for all. In his fourth year as a JHC director he is excited to see how God's love flows through all who work to make camp great and through all who attend it.
Hope Maruyama grew up attending Faith UMC, where she now serves as a 2nd/3rd grade Sunday school teacher. She recently graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Sociology and is currently in the process of applying to teaching credential programs! She is grateful for all of the relationships, leadership skills, and opportunities to cultivate her faith that being a part of camp has allowed her, and is super excited to return to the directing team after a year away. Hope has a passion for empowering youth, and hopes to create an environment where everyone involved in camp will be able to experience God’s unconditional love!
Ryland grew up in, currently attends, and works at Sacramento Japanese UMC. He is a recent graduate of the University of the Pacific, having earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. He is working towards his calling to pastoral ministry within the United Methodist Church. Ryland has been frequently involved with NJAUMC Camps as a camper and a counselor, and is now excited to be able to serve as a director for a community that has meant so much for his character and spiritual growth. Ryland has a deep appreciation for how much camp embodies the transformative and unconditional love of God, and is committed to serving all who come to camp.
Sokon grew up in Bayside UMC in Alameda but due to school, now attends Vintage Faith in Santa Cruz. This is because he currently is a student at UC Santa Cruz and is studying math. Camp has been a catalyst in his faith journey for self discovering his identity as a child of God. Though he does not attend a church that has an affiliation to NJAUMC, he keeps his connection to camp through the many friends he has made throughout the many years as a camper and as a counselor. Being a director for JHC has been a dream for him ever since his first year at JHC as a camper and is very excited to meet everybody who he is going to be working with to do God's work so that many kids can grow in Christ through community.
"This past summer was one of the most memorable summers I've ever had. One of my favorite moments was JHC. JHC was a place where I could share about my day and how it went. It was where I met some of my best friends that I will always cherish for my entire life. It was a place where we played fun games and talked and had fun. When I first walked into camp, I was intimidated & afraid that I was the only one who didn't know anybody. But as time went on, I realized how much fun it was. We did so many fun things at camp -- from growth group discussions, to worship, to fun games lead by our growth group counselors. It was one of my first times being away from home but the people there made camp feel like home for me."
— Jackson Fujimori (camper)