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Lake Junaluska Youth Events Schedule

Summer 2015


3–5:00 p.m. Registration at the Bethea Welcome Center    

5:00-7:00 p.m. Late Registration at Jones Dining Hall 
5:30 p.m. Dinner at Jones Dining Hall
7:30 p.m. Opening Session
9:00 p.m. Family Groups (Small Groups)
10:15 p.m. Vespers (Evening Devotions)

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a..m. Morning Session          

11:00 a.m. Mission Hour (Individuals choose from a list of mission options each day, having the opportunity to learn more about different mission agencies around the world.  Some of the options include hands-on projects like assembling Health Kits for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).  Stop Hunger Now will be offered once a week for groups attending Sunday through Thursday events.)     

12:00 p.m. Lunch, followed by free-time (Afternoons can be customized by youth leaders to include service projects, white water rafting, swimming, boating, Sliding Rock, hiking, etc.)
-Volleyball Tournament (Wednesday and Saturday afternoons)

5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Session, followed by Family Groups*
10:15 p.m. Vespers (Evening Devotions)  

10:30 p.m. Individual Youth Group Time  

*Please note that the Family Groups and Session will be reversed on the last night of your stay. Vespers on the last night will be held at the Cross.

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Closing Session
11:00 a.m. Hotel Check-out

Afternoons are free each day for Youth Groups to customize their Lake Junaluska Experience.

Onsite options include: entering the Volleyball Tournament (Wednesday and Saturday); or swimming and boating at the Lake Junaluska Aquatic Center. Swimming is included in your registration fee.  Boat rentals range from $5 to $10 an hour.

Offsite options include: White water rafting and tubing (additional fee); youth group organized service project in the community; hiking and more. Contact Nantahala Outdoor Center (www.noc.com) or Wildwater (www.wildwaterrafting.com) for more details on rafting.

During the summer of 2014, Lake Junaluska Youth Event participants provided 50,000 meals for hungry people through Stop Hunger Now, www.stophungernow.org. The mission of Stop Hunger Now, is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.  Youth participants raised over $10,000 during the summer of 2014 to fund this effort. 

In 2015, Stop Hunger Now will be offered during the Mission Hour once a week for groups attending, Sunday through Thursday events. Additional information on the Mission Hour and mission donations is listed below.

Additional Service Projects:
If your group would like to do additional service projects in the surrounding community, afternoons are free between noon and 5:30 for groups to plan their own activities. Your group will be responsible for making the arrangements and providing transportation to and supplies for projects. 

Follow this link for information on site locations: Waynesville and Asheville Area Mission Opportunities.

One hour each day will be devoted to learning more about different mission agencies and organizations.  Individuals will have the opportunity to choose one option each full day.  Some options will include personal, inspirational accounts of mission work and others will include interactive, hands-on projects such as assembling Health Kits for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).  Additional organizations and special projects that will be represented will include: Heifer International, Imagine No Malaria, World Vision, Stop Hunger Now, and more.

WOULD YOUR CHURCH LIKE TO COLLECT MISSION DONATIONS FOR THE YOUTH TO BRING TO CAMP? If your youth group or congregation would like to collect donations for the youth to bring with them to Lake Junaluska, items are included below.  PLEASE NOTE: This is completely optional!        

  • Monetary donations of any amount to go towards STOP HUNGER NOW. (This project will be offered for groups attending Sunday through Thursday events only.) www.stophungernow.org
  • UMCOR Health Kit Supplies: (New Items Only. Bring any or all of these items.) hand towels, wash clothes, nail clippers, 8" sturdy combs, 1" band-aids, full size bars of soap, gallon zip lock bags, individually wrapped toothbrushes. www.umcor.org
  • Monetary donations of any amount to go towards the United Methodist Committee on Relief. www.umcor.org

WORSHIP AND FAMILY GROUPS Each event includes morning and evening worship session featuring guest speakers and worship bands.  Four session Bible studies called Family Groups are offered following worship.  The Family Groups are one hour long and are made up of 8-12 youth from different churches. Family Groups are led by youth leaders and volunteers from participating churches. All Family Group supplies and curriculum are provided by Lake Junaluska. Churches are asked to provide One Family Group Leader and One Adult Volunteer for every 10 youth they bring.  These adults will be paired together, leading a group of youth from various churches. (Safe Sanctuaries requires that 2 unrelated adults be in every small group.) Please fill out and return the Family Group Form found in your Event Registration Packet.