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Youth Events

Note: In consideration of the health and well-being of those who attend and lead the summer youth programs, we have canceled large-group youth events. However, we encourage youth groups to retreat together in small groups at Lake Junaluska. For more information on small-group retreats, contact Wilson Booth, Director of Youth Programs, at or 828-454-6727.

Renew soul, mind, and body at Lake Junaluska! We offer summer and winter youth opportunities including worship, missions, fellowship, and outdoor recreation, such as skiing or white water rafting.

Lake Junaluska partners with Nantahala Outdoor Center and Wildwater LTD to provide rafting and zipline adventure packages. During the winter, we partner with Cataloochee Ski Resort to provide skiing opportunities.

NEW! Lake Junaluska has received commitments of $1.5 million in charitable gifts for the revitalization of youth ministry. Gifts have funded upgrades to youth and young adult lodging facilities and Shackford Hall. More renovations are planned. Learn more here.

Youth can ski and snowboard during the Winter Youth Retreats at Lake Junaluska

Lake Junaluska Winter Youth Retreats


The Winter Youth Retreats are an opportunity for youth groups to experience adventure, spiritual growth and worship in the mountains of Western North Carolina,  Read More

Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events

Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events

June- July

The Summer Youth Events at Lake Junaluska are full of adventure, community and powerful praise led by phenomenal speakers and worship bands!  Read More

Foundation for Christian Formation Confirmation Events


The Foundation For Christian Formation in partnership with the Department of Religion at Pfeiffer University, leads a series of weekend events for young confirmands of the United Methodist Church. These events are also designed for the pastors, adult leaders and mentors that accompany the youth on their confirmation journey. Since 2006, the Foundation team has led more than 60 confirmation retreats attended by over 700 churches and 10,000 participants from the conferences of the SE Jurisdiction of the UM Church. Read More

Confirmation Retreats by the Intentional Growth Center

The Intentional Growth Center has ceased offering Confirmation retreats. The Foundation for Christian Formation (FCF) continues to offer spring Confirmation retreats at Lake Junaluska. Groups may reserve lodging and meeting rooms for self-guided confirmation retreats by contacting groupsales@lakejunaluska.comRead more. 



Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Spring - Fall

Whitewater rafting adventures at Lake Junaluska offer all inclusive rafting packages bundled with YOU in mind. Our focus is to offer the best whitewater rafting and ziplining packages around. We provide simplicity each step of the way in order for you to relax and have a great time with your group. Offering exceptional customer service, excellent equipment and facilities and the highest level of professionalism, you are sure to find just the right package to fit your group's needs. Read More

Zipline Adventures

March - December

Do you need a little more adventure in your life? Lake Junaluska asks you to "choose your adventure." Fly through the treetops on a zipline or try your hand at an adventure zip and ropes course. Lake Junaulska has partnered with NOC and Wildwater to offer you amazing adventure packages at excellent prices. Don't miss your opportunity to come and play at Lake Junaluska!  Read More


M28 Youth Camp

M28Camp is designed for students and their leaders to grow deeper in a fresh approach to Matthew 28:19 – 20 in a United Methodist/Wesleyan tradition. Through worship, teaching, workshops, D-groups, and entertainment. Read More

Children's Day Camp
Children's Day Camp

Children's Activities

Lake Junaluska offers fun for families with a playground, pool and more outdoor recreational amenities as well as activities such as the Fourth of July parade, picnic and fireworks. Read More