events + retreats

2018-2019 Youth Events theme

Beware of prophets

Prophets—hazy figures from the pages of our Bibles: wearing animal skins and eating locusts, calling down fire from heaven and raising the dead, advising rulers or calling them out for their hypocrisy, standing up to Pharaoh or speaking words of comfort to a people in exile. How do we continue to listen to them, learn from them, be challenged by them? How do their words echo through the ages? How does the Word of the Lord continue to come to us and come among us in our own time and place as we wrestle with modern day prophets and the mantle of the prophetic?

Calendar of Events

October 19-21, 2018 – FreeRide
Middle school youth event
NorthBay Adventure Center, North East, MD

January 25-27, 2019 – RoadTrip
High school youth event
Clarion Resort Fontainebleu Hotel, Ocean City, MD

April 5-7, 2019 – Transformers
Middle school leadership retreat (max 4 per congregation)
Mar-Lu-Ridge, Jefferson, MD

June 14-16, 2019 – High School Leadership Event
Retreat for anyone in grades 8-12 during the 2018-2019 year
United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, PA

New this year!

We are introducing two events for children in grades 3-5 and their families! Keep an eye out for more information to come.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 – Advent Family Event
For children and their families
The same program will be offered in three locations:
Mar-Lu-Ridge, Jefferson, MD
St. Michael Lutheran Church, Perry Hall, MD
St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, Wilmington, DE

May 3-4, 2019 – Retreat 345
For children in grades 3-5 and their parents/guardians
Mar-Lu-Ridge, Jefferson, MD

2018-2019 Service Project

We are assembling School Kits for Lutheran World Relief to send to Refugee Camps all over the world.  We did this last year and will do it again this year and next.

Here is the complete list of items:

  • 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper, approximately 8″ x 10 ½”; no loose leaf paper (four of these go in every school kit!)
  • 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other
  • pencil sharpener
  • pair of blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)
  • unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • 2 ½” eraser
  • sturdy drawstring backpack-style cloth bag, approximately 14” x 17” with shoulder straps (no standard backpacks)

All of these items are helpful.  However, we specifically ask that every congregation bring the following items by name of your congregation (UPDATED for RoadTrip!):

  • A-F – crayon boxes (5 per participant)
  • G-N – scissors (5 per participant)
  • O-S (including “Saints”) – drawstring bags (5 per participant)
  • T-Z – rulers (10 per participant)

Thank you for helping us make it possible for children around the world to be prepared for their education!

About Our Youth Events

Young people and adult leaders from across our synod gather for a weekend of fun, Bible study, service, worship, and community building in large groups as well as smaller ones. Each day ends with Family Time, an opportunity for prayer and reflection. We offer separate events for Middle and High School youth.

cancellation policy

For cancellations received by the check postmark date, the non-refundable deposit may be returned.

For cancellations received between the check postmark date and three weeks before the event begins, non-refundable deposits are forfeited and the remaining balance of the fee is forgiven. A refund will be issued if the balance has already been paid. 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.