Summer 2019 Youth Programs


    Open to 6-8th graders (High Schoolers assist as leaders)

    This summer, we launched a brand new camp for middle schoolers, combining some of the best elements from Summer Stretch and VBS After Hours with a lot new ideas that have our teens very excited!
    It’s structured like VBS After Hours (same days & times), and features a daily off-campus fun site like Summer Stretch used to (like Grand Slam, a beach day, Whirley Ball, or Bunker Beach). But Unleashed also mixes in some strong faith elements (via some great talks & group activities), a week-long color wars competition between the groups, and some wacky water or messy games on-site too!

    The color wars and onsite games are what have our youth most pumped up - each day we do one or two of our favorite water or ‘messy’ games that we’ve done over the years, like Slip-n-Slide Kickball, food games, and “ultimate fruit” (ultimate Frisbee, but with apples, bananas, pineapple, etc.). The high schoolers help us pick a “best of” schedule featuring the games that 6-8th graders will absolutely love and remember for years to come! It’s all part of creating strong Christian fellowship to grow together!

    Date/Time: Late June (Mon. - Thurs.), 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Location: Onsite at St. Odilia, but with offsite fun sites each day (transportation provided)
    To Register: Registration for Unleashed will open in Spring 2020

    Open to incoming 6 - 8th graders (High Schoolers assist as leaders)
    VBS After Hours is an exciting program for middle school and high school teens, and it takes place directly after the morning part of VBS! After Hours is a complement to the existing VBS experience - but instead of the teens leading a younger grade, VBS After Hours is designed directly for the middle school and high schoolers. We focus each day on two main goals: having as much crazy, memorable fun as possible, and developing the next generation of Christian Leaders!
    Date/Time: Late July (Mon. - Thurs.) 12:30 - 5:00 PM
    Location: St. Odilia main building
    To Register: Registration for VBS After Hours will open in Spring 2020. Register for individual days or for the full-week for a discounted price!

    Open to current 8th - 12th graders

    Summer Festival is not just an insanely fun summer camp (though we can't overstate how fun it is) - the camp also features some of the best Christian speakers and music in the country! We stay on Gustavus' college campus (enjoying their award-winning food), and every day includes awesome worship, great morning and evening speakers, some of the best small group discussions you'll find anywhere, and a TON of crazy camp games (like huge water fights, a 4-story water slide, campus-wide night games, hilarious improv and skits, and the spectacular "Messy Fight"). Seriously, this will be the best week of your year!

    Date/Time: July 7-10 (Sun. morning - Wed. night)
    Location: Gustavus College (transportation provided to/from St. Odilia)
    To Register: Registration for Summer Festival will open in Spring 2020

    All 6-12th graders can be leaders for the huge summer extravaganza, Vacation Bible School! Every summer, hundreds of children come to learn about their faith and have fun. We need a lot of middle and high schoolers to help lead them - so consider applying today to be on the team! It's a great leadership opportunity, gets you some time outside, and you can make a difference in a child's life!

    Date/Time: Late July (Mon. - Fri.), 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM + awesome opportunities for leaders in the afternoon (see VBS After Hours above)!
    Location: St. Odilia Courtyard
    To Register: Registration for VBS (both participants and leaders) will open in Spring 2020. Leaders can print their references here, or use the online reference form.

    Leader Retreat

    This annual retreat is designed for high schoolers and college students who want to really grow in their faith. It features a mix of games and prayer, talks and small group, collaborative activities and individual reflection. Our goal is for each leader or potential leader - whether they've led for years or are just starting to get more involved in their faith - to grow as leaders, to grow closer to their peers in our community, and to grow closer to God.

    And we plan to have a blast along the way!
    Information on dates/times/locations will be posted before the next scheduled leaders' retreat.  Registration for the Leaders' Retreat will open Spring 2020.

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    For Summer Encounter events, we start with a super fun, active game that gets kids laughing, competing, and working together. Some of our favorites each year include Slip-n-Slide Kickball, night games, a sword-fighting tournament and the annual "Water Wars!" After a good hour-and-a-half running around and making crazy memories, we move into the more traditional part of an Encounter Night schedule. That means authentic fellowship and sharing in small groups, a short story about Christ, and time in prayer or worship.

    Day/Time: Sundays, 6:00-9:00 PM
    Program Dates: June 2, June 9, June 23, July 14, July 21, July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 18, Aug. 25
    Location: Starts outside most weeks, then we head inside to the youth room
    To Register: No Registration needed, and it's free! Open to 8th-12th grader