events + retreats

Our 2019-2020 FreeRide & RoadTrip theme is:

Can I ask that?

Yes! Absolutely yes.

Your questions, your doubts, your ponderings, your struggles, your faith, your experiences, your conversations—they matter. To you. And to the Church.

There is nothing you can ask that will make God love you less.
There is nothing you can ask that will make God love you more.

God’s grace is there for you in the midst of it all. Yet with each question you ask, and each conversation we have together as disciples of Jesus, our relationship with God is renewed, our discipleship is shaped, our connection to our community is remade.

Come and listen. Come and bring your questions. Come and share what God has put on your heart. Come and experience what the Holy Spirit will stir up for you and for the church in the midst of our conversations together.

Calendar of Events

October 18-20, 2019 – FreeRide
Event for youth in grades 6-8
NorthBay Adventure Center, North East, MD

January 24-26, 2020 – RoadTrip
Event for youth in grades 9-12
Clarion Resort Fontainebleu Hotel, Ocean City, MD

March 20-22, 2020 – 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 21-22, 2020 – Retreat 345
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 newly-formed LYO Elementary Team is imagining what kinds of events we might host in the 2019-2020 year. Keep an eye on this page of the website for dates, locations, and links to more information about the opportunities they create!

High School Leadership Event
Retreat for youth in grades 8-12 during the 2019-2020 year
United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, PA


2019-2020 Service Project

We are assembling School Kits for Lutheran World Relief to send to Refugee Camps all over the world.  We have participated in this project for the past two years, and will continue this year.

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)

Back to school time is the best time to purchase these items, as they are on sale and available in bulk! All of these items are helpful.  However, we specifically ask that every congregation start collecting the following items by name of your congregation:

  • 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)

We will gladly receive donations from any congregation or ministry! If you are not sending participants to FreeRide or RoadTrip, please check with neighboring congregations to find someone who is attending and send your donations along with them. 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.