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Lake Junaluska Summer Youth Event III

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


July 10-13, 2020


Each of these youth group events offers morning and evening sessions with high energy worship, guest preachers and workshops! Events are led by a team of college students, guest speakers, and worship bands. The program is geared towards 6th through 12th graders. 

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. 

Afternoons are free for groups to plan rafting trips, do mission work or enjoy the swimming pool or boats at Lake Junaluska. 

Abbye West Pates

Rev. Jason C. Stanley (Speaker) is a long-time Youth & Children's Minister with a passion for serving in mission and teaching young people to think critically and theologically. He is the Coordinator of Church Revitalization for the UMC Virginia Conference Elizabeth River District.

Abbye West Pates (Worship Leader) is a worship leader from Memphis, TN. Originally from south Mississippi, she spent her summers at Lake Junaluska with her youth group. She's excited to be here leading others in worship, with her husband Jeff.  Abbye and Jeff live in community, where they grow their own food, cook lots of meals, and find joy in opening their home for their friends and neighbors. Learn more at:

Daily Schedule

Day 1 (Friday):

3:00-5:15 p.m. Program Registration: Bethea Welcome Center or 5:30-7:00 pm Jones Dining Hall (#20 on Facility Map).

4 - 7:00 pm      Lodging & Meal/Recreation Bracelet Registration: Bethea Welcome Center.

5:30 p.m.         Dinner, Jones Dining Hall

7:30 p.m.         Opening Session and Worship, Shackford Auditorium

9:00 p.m.         Family Group Session 1

11:00 p.m.       Quiet Hours Begin

Day 2 (Saturday):
7:30 a.m.         Breakfast, Jones Dining Hall

9:00 a.m.         Morning Session and Worship, Shackford Auditorium
10:30 a.m.       Workshops
12:00 p.m.       Lunch, Jones Dining Hall, followed by free time/mission work (registered groups)

5:30 p.m.         Dinner, Jones Dining Hall

7:00 p.m.         Evening Session and Worship, Shackford Auditorium
8:30 p.m.         Family Group Session 2

9:30 p.m.         Vespers (Evening Prayer/Staff Testimonies), Meet at Shackford Auditorium

11:00 p.m.       Quiet Hours Begin

Day 3 (Sunday):

7:30 am           Breakfast, Jones Dining Hall
8:30 am           Shackford Hall Open

9:00 am           Morning Session, Shackford Auditorium

9:15 am           Family Group Session 2, Shackford Breakout Rooms

10:15 am         Meet your youth group in Shackford Auditorium. 10:25 Depart for Stuart.

10:45 am         Community Worship in Stuart Auditorium
12:00 pm         Lunch, Jones Dining Hall, followed by free time

2:00 p.m.         Volleyball Tournament, Volleyball Pit

5:30 p.m.         Dinner, Jones Dining Hall
7:00 p.m.         Family Group Session 4, Shackford Breakout Rooms

8:00 p.m.         Evening Session and Worship, Shackford Auditorium
9:30 p.m.         Walk to the Cross

11:00 p.m.       Quiet Hours Begin


Day 4 (Monday):
7:30 a.m.         Breakfast, Jones Dining Hall
8:30 a.m.         Family Group Farewells – Meet in your Family Group Room

9:00 a.m.         Closing Worship & Communion

11:00 a.m.       Lodging Check-Out

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. 

3 Night Package:
3 Nights & Program:  $278/Person
3 Nights/Mission:  $291/Person
3 Nights/Rafting:  $322/Person
3 Nights/Mission/Rafting:  $335/Person
(Rates are based on four people to a room)

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

Call 800-222-4930 to book!

See other program dates for the Summer Youth Events



Wilson Booth, Youth Ministry Specialist

REGISTRAR: Natalie Hawkins,, 828-454-6745