We have several opportunities each year for overnight events. Many of them are hosted at Pilgrim Point Camp, a beautiful lakeside camp near Alexandria, MN which is run by the Minnesota Conference of the UCC. These camps and retreats generally fit into a few different categories:
Conference Youth Events (CYE's)
Each fall and each spring the MN Conference holds two weekend retreats - one for middle schoolers and one for high schoolers - to bring together youth from all over the state. Each CYE has a theme to explore while enjoying the fun of camp!
Family Camp Weekend
One weekend each summer, people of all ages bring their families (or leave their families at home) to Pilgrim Point Camp for a few days of swimming, kayaking, games, relaxing, vespers, and more! This weekend is quite flexible and offers plenty of free time to enjoy camp however you would like!
The Youth Group also goes on week-long mission trips most summers, often with some of our fellow TRUST youth groups. In 2015, we went to Pilgrim Point for Mission Week to engage in several different service projects and learn from local organizations how they work for justice. Check out the pictures from that trip below! We are happy to be going back for Mission Week again this year, August 7th-12th. I hope you can join us this time!
National Youth Event (NYE)
Once every 4 years, the UCC hosts NYE, a chance for UCC youth from all over the country to come together for worship, service, learning, growing, and having fun together. From July 26-30, 2016, nine of us will head down to Florida and get a chance to explore Disney World for a day in addition to all of the other activities. The video below offers a glimpse of what the event will be like this summer. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored our trip financially, we ask that you keep the whole experience in your prayers as we prepare for a week of faith and fun!