2024 JBC Youth Retreat

Youth Summer Weekend Retreat on Leadership

Who comes to your mind when you think about a great leader? You might think about influential world leaders, bosses, teachers, coaches, or historical figures who changed the world as we know it today. But how often do we think about ourselves when we think about leadership? The Bible is full of stories of people who were living normal lives one day and stepping into their roles as influential leaders the next. It's easy to assume these leaders must have something special to allow them to lead so well, but maybe leadership is something we are all capable of. Leadership can feel like something reserved for only certain types of people, but even when you're afraid, even when you want to quit, when you don't make it all about you, and because God gives us a purpose – you can be the one to lead the way.

Time & Location

Join us for an incredible youth retreat experience from Friday, August 9th to Sunday, August 11th!

The retreat will take place at the beautiful Riverwoods Family Campus, situated on the Fox River in St. Charles, IL, just 45 minutes west of downtown Chicago. This campus spans 88 acres of woods and has been managed by Fox Valley Christian Action (FVCA) since 1977. FVCA's main goal is to partner with local churches in guiding individuals toward a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.

On Sunday, August 11th, we will depart from Riverwoods Family Center at 10:45AM and return to the church by 12PM.


Transportation to and from the retreat will be provided by bus. Youth should arrive at the church for registration by 5PM on Friday, August 11th. We will depart at 6PM sharp.


The cost of the retreat is $40 per youth, and it is open to those entering grades 7-12. We also extend a warm welcome to our JBC 2023 high school graduates.

What to expect

Treat all fellow retreat participants, leaders, and Riverwoods staff with kindness, respect, and consideration. Honor their opinions, personal space, and boundaries.
Create an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone. Be open-minded, accepting, and supportive of individuals with different experiences and/or perspectives from you.
Engage fully in all retreat activities, sessions, and discussions. Be attentive, participate in group activities, and contribute positively to group dynamics.
Listen attentively to the instructions provided by retreat leaders. Follow their guidance regarding schedules, activities, and safety protocols.
Take responsibility for your own actions, belongings, and personal hygiene. Do not bring any items of value to the retreat. Keep your living area clean and organized and ensure the safety and well-being of yourself and others.
Treat others with kindness, compassion, and empathy. Avoid bullying, teasing, or any form of negative or hurtful behavior. Foster a supportive and inclusive environment for everyone.
Use appropriate language and respectful communication at all times. Avoid using profanity, derogatory language, or offensive jokes. Engage in positive and uplifting conversations.
Strictly adhere to the retreat's policy of prohibiting the use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal substances, or any form of drugs. Report any suspicion of substance use to the retreat leaders.
Follow the retreat's “no cell phone policy.” Respect the purpose of the retreat by avoiding distractions from all technology.
Prioritize the safety and well-being of yourself and others. Follow safety guidelines, rules, and procedures. Report any safety concerns or emergencies immediately to retreat leaders.
Observe and respect the designated quiet times and curfew. Be punctual and return to your assigned cabin accommodation within the specified timeframe.
Embrace the spiritual nature of the retreat. Participate in worship, prayers, and spiritual activities with an open heart and a respectful attitude.

By adhering to these behavioral expectations, you will help create a positive and uplifting environment during the youth retreat, fostering personal growth, spiritual connection, and meaningful relationships with others.

What to pack

Please be comfortable & dress is super casual.

  • Only one suitcase and one backpack.
  • A Bible (like, a real one — remember the “no cell phone policy”).
  • A notebook and a pen.
  • Casual clothes for sessions for games, and free time: jeans, sweatpants, long pants, shorts, t-shirts
  • Close-toed shoes (a pair of tennis shoes works well) for games and free time. Yes, there will be running or hiking (or both). We will be ACTIVE so pack accordingly.
  • Towels and washcloths.
  • Bedding for a twin bed or a sleeping bag; pillow and pillowcase.
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Soap, Lotion, & Deodorant, etc and other hygiene items.
  • Pajamas, Robe, & Slippers.
  • Sunscreen/Insect repellent
  • Daily Medications (including Prescriptions, Allergy Medication, Over the Counter)
    • Medications will be kept with the youth. If there are specific instructions, please communicate that during online registration.
  • Optional: Water bottle, Small LED Flashlight, Snacks.
  • Tobacco, drugs, alcohol, or weapons of any kind.
  • Fireworks.
  • Water balloons.
  • Inappropriate clothing includes clothing that is too tight/short/baggy.
  • Items of value including jewelry, money, cell phones, handheld video games, iPods/iPads, headphones, etc. Remember, “no cell phones” are permitted.

Please note that our youth retreat enforces a strict "no cell phone policy" for all youth participants. As a ministry, we have made the decision to adhere to this policy without exceptions. Therefore, we kindly request that all youth leave their cell phones at home during the retreat.

However, we understand that emergencies may arise, and in such cases, personal phone calls will be permitted. If there is an emergency and you need to contact someone, please reach out to one of the following youth ministry leaders:

  • Deacon Carvel Massengale (Youth Ministry Director)
  • Jennifer Forbes (Youth Ministry Administrator)
  • Tandra Rutledge (Teaching & Volunteer Coordinator)

If you are unable to reach any of the above ministry leaders, you can contact the retreat facility directly at 630.584.2222. Thank you for understanding and cooperating with our “no cell phone policy” as we strive to create a focused and meaningful retreat experience for our youth.

Online registration is open and is available on a first come, first served basis, so make sure to register by Friday, August 4, 2023, to secure your spot. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity for spiritual growth, fun activities, and building lifelong connections. If you have additional questions, contact youth@jubileebaptist.org.