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Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events



Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events draw diverse youth groups from multiple states. The events are large enough to be lively and exciting, while never so big that youth feel lost or anonymous. Our prayer is that each participant feels seen and known by Lake Junaluska’s youth ministry staff, small group and workshop leaders, other youth and most importantly by God. The program is geared toward 6th through 12th graders. 


Connect with Lake Junaluska Youth Events on Facebook and on Instagram at @lakejunaluska. Follow our hashtag #ljyouth for the most recent photos! 

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, and more renovations are planned. Learn more here.

NEW! Save the Date for Summer 2020!

Summer Youth Events speaker lineup for 2019 at Lake Junaluska

Summer Youth Event Dates


Kairos is an opportune moment in your life where you recognize the ways God is calling you to live, be or become. It’s a moment where you fully give yourself to be shaped by God so that through you God can shape the world. Step into “God’s time” this summer and let's seize our moments of opportunity.

Click each date below to learn more. 


Summer Youth Events Package


Packages includes lodging, worship, workshops, t-shirts and breakfast on first full day through breakfast on day of departure. Groups will be assigned lodging based on availability. Primary facilities for youth weekends include the Lake Junaluska Apartments, the Hillside Lodge and Mountainview. Additional lodging nights and activities can be added to your package. 

Call 800-222-4930  for additional add-ons or to inquire about attending the program without lodging.


3-Night Packages

  • Regular Price: $299/person
  • Add Mission Work: $312/person
  • Add Rafting: $324/person
  • Add Mission Work & Rafting:$337/person

Rates are based on four people to a room.

4-Night Packages

  • Regular Price: $368/person
  • Add Mission Work: $381/person
  • Add Rafting: $393/person
  • Add Mission Work & Rafting: $406/person

Rates are based on four people to a room.

Are you a youth group from Haywood County, N.C., or a Haywood-adjacent county? Please call 800-222-4930 to inquire about our local commuter rate.


Here's what happens at a Summer Youth Event:

Meet the Summer Youth Ministry Staff!

Youth Worship together during the Summer Youth Events at Lake Junaluska

Evening and Morning Large-Group Sessions

A half-hour of energizers, skits and games is followed by about an hour of worship led by bands and engaging preachers and speakers. Our speakers tend to be United Methodists accustomed to speaking in cross-denominational settings.

Small groups called Family Groups are part of the Summer Youth Events at Lake Junaluska

Family Groups

Youth are grouped into “families” of middle- or high-schoolers where they work though scriptural themes in an intentional and fun way. Groups are led by staff or selected returning group leaders. Adult youth group leaders attend a group tailored for their unique needs.

Workshops are offered during the Summer Youth Events at Lake Junlauska


Upon arrival, youth and leaders sign up for one workshop that inspires them to engage with scripture in a new way – whether that be through art, music movement, drama, history, culture, recreation, prayer, gardening or something else. CLICK HERE to learn more about typical summer youth workshops.

Adventure and free time are part of every Summer Youth Event at Lake Junaluska

Recreation and Adventure

The time between lunch and dinner is free for swimming and boating at Lake Junaluska or for going offsite for whitewater rafting, swimming in local rivers and waterfalls, ziplining or exploring Asheville.  Most groups stay onsite the afternoon of our single-elimination volleyball tournament. Start practicing now! 

Lake Junaluska partners with local providers for whitewater rafting, ziplining and Biltmore Estate. If your group would like to add any of these activities, please call 800-222-4930 to book! If you'd like to arrange your own activities, CLICK HERE for a list of area attractions. 

NEW! We're adding additional onsite recreation options for youth and adults alike! This summer you'll enjoy new concrete cornhole boards, 9 Square in the Air, and a Gaga Ball pit. Plus, we're installing eno pods and hammocks for rest and relaxation.  

Each youth group has the opportunity to add mission work to their Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events experience

Mission Work

For a nominal fee, our mission work partners, Asheville Youth Mission, will work with your group to arrange a 2-hour afternoon mission project on specific days. Our “Clothes to Kids” workshop offers another opportunity for mission work.

  • Event 1 – Mission Work Date: Monday, June 17. Registration Deadline: April 22
  • Event 2 – Mission Work Date: Friday, June 21. Registration Deadline: April 22
  • Event 3 – Mission Work Date: Monday, June 24. Registration Deadline: April 26
  • Event 4 – Mission Work Date: Friday, June 28. Registration Deadline: April 26
  • Event 5 – Mission Work Date: Monday, July 1. Registration Deadline: May 1
  • Event 6 – Mission Work Date: Friday, July 12. Registration Deadline: May 10
Vespers happen during the Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Events


Just before Quiet Hours, a youth staffer meets with your youth group to share his or her faith journey and encourage reflection on the day’s events.

Save the Date: Summer Youth Events 2020


Sunday June 14 - Thursday, June 18 NEW! Mission Week

Tuesday, June 23 - Saturday, June 27

Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 10

Friday, July 10 - Monday, July 13


FACEBOOK: Lake Junaluska Youth Events

INSTAGRAM: @Lakejunaluska and follow the #ljyouth hashtag for great in-the-moment posts!


Wilson Booth, Youth Ministry Specialist

REGISTRAR: Natalie Hawkins,, 828-454-6745