Events + Retreats

Our 2021-2022 FreeRide & RoadTrip theme

BEYOND THE CROSSROADS

The journey of life, the journey of discipleship, is always changing. New opportunities, new challenges, new relationships, and new communities shape each day and each season. In the midst of that, God gives us grace for each day, and Jesus continues to show up for us and with us in expected and surprising ways. At our events this year, we will share our journeys with one another, explore the nature of discipleship, and orient ourselves toward the presence and call of Christ.

ABOUT OUR YOUTH EVENTS

Young people and adult leaders from across our synods gather for a weekend of fun, Bible study, service, worship, and community building in large groups as well as smaller ones. Each day includes Family Time, an opportunity for prayer and reflection with your congregational group. We offer separate events for grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS


October 22-24, 2021 – FreeRide

Event for youth in grades 6-8

NorthBay Adventure Center, North East, MD


January 21-23, 2022 – RoadTrip

Event for youth in grades 9-12

Clarion Resort Fontainebleu Hotel, Ocean City, MD


March 25-27, 2022 – Transformers

Leadership event for youth in grades 6-8 (maximum of four youth participants and one adult leader per congregation)

Mar-Lu-Ridge, Jefferson, MD


March 26-27, 2022 – Seekers

Event for children in grades 3-5 and their parents/guardians

The Ridge Inn at Mar-Lu-Ridge, Jefferson, MD

DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED


Additional events for children in grades 3-5

Our LYO Elementary Team is imagining what kinds of events we might host in the coming year. Keep an eye on this page of the website for dates, locations, and links to more information about the opportunities they create!


Summer 2022 – High School Leadership Event

Retreat for youth in grades 8-12 during the 2021-2022 school year

United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, PA

COVID PRECAUTIONS & EXPECTATIONS


We are excited to return to in-person youth events for the 2021-2022 program year! Many things will look the same as they did in the past – small groups where youth can explore and deepen their faith, service projects to help us engage with the world around us, energetic large group gatherings, and time to connect with your congregational group. And, there will be some changes to help keep everyone safe and healthy during the ongoing pandemic. As your group or family consider whether to attend, we invite you to carefully read over our precautions and expectations of event participants to aid in your discernment.


An important update: We are now requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all youth, adults, and staff in order to attend events. If you are not vaccinated or cannot provide proof of vaccination, you must present a negative result from a PCR test administered no earlier than 60 hours prior to the event that will be verified before entry to the event is permitted. If you do not have proof of either, you will not be permitted to enter the event, and you will not receive a refund. Any youth participant, regardless of age, who does not meet the entry requirements must be accompanied by an adult from the congregational group until arrangements are made for their return home. If the participant returning home is an adult leader, and their departure leaves the group unable to provide care for the youth they have brought, the entire group must leave the event without the possibility of a refund.


All youth and adult participants and staff will be expected to:


  • provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative result from a PCR test administered no earlier than 60 hours prior to the event;

  • monitor their health leading up to the event, staying home if symptoms arise or they have been exposed to COVID within 14 days of arrival;

  • report any new symptoms during the event to the event medics, arranging for transportation home if medics determine it is unsafe to stay at the event;

  • wash and sanitize their hands regularly;

  • wear a face mask at all times when indoors unless eating or sleeping;

  • practice casual consent by asking others for their boundaries around close contact (hugs, high fives, removing masks in outdoor settings, etc.), and determine their own boundaries as well; and

  • follow the guidance of event staff, including Small Group Leaders, medics, event security, venue staff, and food service providers.


Adult leaders will be expected to:


  • register by the registration deadline (Thursday, December 23) – no late registrations will be accepted;

  • remind youth participants to go through a symptom checklist, posted in each cabin or room, every morning and escort them to a medic if symptoms have developed; and

  • be a good role model by following masking rules and all other safety precautions throughout the entirety of the event.

  • If you have any questions about the precautions and expectations, please contact Deacon Julie Stecker.

CANCELLATION POLICY

For cancellations received by the check postmark date, the amount paid for that participant may be returned.

For cancellations received between the check postmark date and three weeks before the event begins, a partial refund may be given. Substitutions and additions can be made at the event registrar’s discretion.

For cancellations received within three weeks of the event start date, participants are responsible for the full balance.