NJAUMC Camps are going virtual this summer due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

More information on this decision can be found on the homepage.

JHC Registration is now available.

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.

About JHC

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

Evan Hamada is originally from United Japanese Christian Church in Fresno, but he currently attends Faith United Methodist Church in Torrance. He has attended NJAUMC camps as a camper and counselor in the past, and this is his third year as a member of the Junior High Camp Directing Team. He currently attends CSU Long Beach as a Jazz Studies major. 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 second 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.

Contact: evan@juniorhighcamp.org

Melanie Chou

Melanie grew up attending Wesley UMC in San Jose, but currently studies at UC Santa Barbara working towards a degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences, with two minors in Applied Psychology and Educational Studies. She is excited to be a part of Junior High Camp for another year, having previously attended as both a camper and a counselor. Hopefully, through her work as a director, she can continue to spread God's love to everyone and allow new campers to develop their own journeys with God. 


Contact: mel@juniorhighcamp.org

Gordon Iwagaki

Gordon Iwagaki is originally from Wesley United Methodist Church but currently resides in Southern California. He is excited to return to the directing team after a year away and is equipped with a lot more experience. Gordon is finishing his last semester at California Polytechnic University Pomona studying agriculture business. Gordon has always understood the importance of empowering the youth of tomorrow as he has gained a lot of his strength and confidence through attending camps throughout his years as a camper, counselor, and director. Regardless of where you come from, Gordon believes that there is no better place to freely experience the power of community and faith than at camp.

Contact: gordon@juniorhighcamp.org

Sokon Yos

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. 

Contact: sokon@juniorhighcamp.org


"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)

Junior High Camp &

Asian American Summer Camp

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