Fort Faith is a children's ministries facility located in Bakersfield, Calif. at Canyon Hills Assembly of God. It was designed by Florida-based Wacky World Studios, which specializes in custom-themed environments. Lead designer Bruce Barry worked alongside a design team from Canyon Hills to dream up the concept. The design process took roughly two years. Designed to highlight the beauty of California wildlife with a fun twist, Fort Faith transports visitors to a cartoon version of the Sequoia National Park.
As visitors enter, they check in at a vintage-style camping trailer. Kids can sit around a campfire and enjoy the sounds and smells of the park. They can even look up at the giant, friendly bear standing guard.
Children enter the main rooms through a life-sized sequoia rotunda, pass by the waterfalls and cross over stream with trout projected on the floor. They are challenged to climb a ranger station, cross over a ravine by way of a fallen log and then slide down a spiral slide through a mine shaft into the main auditorium called Fort Faith Lodge.
Fort Faith (Canyon Hills Assembly of God)
Project Size: 1-300 seats
Classrooms in Fort Faith depict a different Sequoia National Forest campsite. Younger children enjoy class in the Cozy Cabin and older kids can hangout in their own clubhouse. Interactive game and activity rooms are placed in both the lower level and the mezzanine of the building.
A mural at the end of the main corridor was designed to replicate the entrance of the Kern River Valley.
A Canyon Kids sign hangs outside the building and faces Highway 178. It is bigger than you might think the two kids in the depicted raft are taller than a full-grown man.
Fort Faith is a place to raise up the next generation of leaders, solidly planted in the fertile soil of the living Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Children are being nourished, supported and affirmed in the ways and presence of the Creator.