Unlikely Leaders Retreat

April 12-14, 2024

Mar-Lu-Ridge Retreat Center

3200 Mar Lu Ridge Road 

Jefferson, MD 21755

Leadership event for youth in grades 6-8 

(maximum of four youth participants and one adult leader per congregation)

Throughout this weekend retreat, we will be exploring places where water shows up in the Bible and what we can learn about ourselves, our faith, and our role as leaders in the church and the world.

For youth in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th who are interested in exploring leadership or who adults have identified as having leadership potential. This is a small group centered event, where middle school youth will be grouped with other youth of the same age/grade. 

In addition to the small groups, large group gatherings will introduce the theme progression through worship and music, games will help form this weekend’s community, and service projects will invite youth to apply what they’re learning to hands-on service. 

Registration costs , as listed below, include program, lodging, and meals. Registration closes on April 1, 2024.

The event begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at noon on Sunday. Please plan to feed your group dinner on Friday and lunch on Sunday. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Youth, LYO, and adult leaders will be assigned cabins based on congregation and gender. If your congregation is sending a mixed gender group, we will make sure that youth who do not have an adult of the same gender are housed with an adult leader from another church who is capable and trustworthy.

When and where can I drop off and pick up my child?

Adult leaders will check in at the Potomac Lodge on Friday between 7-8 p.m. If you are dropping off your child but are not the adult leader for the weekend, you may bring them to the Potomac Lodge where they will hang out until their adult leader arrives. Pickup is at the chapel on Sunday at 12 p.m. If you are coming to pick up your child, you are welcome to join us for worship (exact start time to be announced shortly).

What does my child need to bring with them for the retreat?

We will share a full packing list, but your child should plan to bring weather-appropriate clothing and outerwear, including sturdy close-toed shoes (like sneakers). 

How to register

Delaware-Maryland Synod, ATTN: Treasurer, 5699 Meridale Road, Baltimore, MD 21228.

If you have any difficulties with the registration form, contact Deacon Julie Stecker at jstecker@demdsynod.org. 

Please DO NOT bring checks with you to the event as these can be easily lost during the busy-ness of it!