Youth Celebration is a conference for youth who have completed 9-12th grade. This conference begins on Sunday evening with the “big hello” and closes with the “big goodbye” on Friday morning. Each day is filled with time with the keynote speaker, small groups, free time, Back home group time and recreation events. Small groups are a key feature of this conference providing youth with a chance to build community with people from other churches. In small groups, youth are guided by adult leaders who facilitate building community, Bible study and discussions on matters of faith and life.
2017 Youth Celebration Theme | Flip the Script
To create a safe, Christ-like environment for all participants to share their feelings and thoughts without fear of being persecuted or treated negatively.
- To worship God in all that we do at Youth Celebration; not losing sight that we are all at Mo-Ranch because of the grace of Jesus Christ.
- To help all participants fully understand the love of Christ and how to live a life of love as a Christian.
- To help all participants learn about their faith journey in connection with our theme through small groups, worship, keynote, and home group time.
2017 Keynote Speaker: John Vest
John is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He is co-founder of the Progressive Youth Ministry conference and blogs about his “Adventures in Post-Christendom” at johnvest.com. An enthusiastic pitmaster, he dreams of one day achieving the mystical union of church and BBQ.
Worship Leader: Kaci Clark-Porter, Associate Pastor at First and Central Pres in Wilmington, Delaware
Small Group Coordinator: Nicci Kennedy, Coordinator of Youth and Children’s Ministry at Ridglea Pres in Fort Worth
additional leadership, coming soon!
Click here to download schedule.
Registration for youth conferences is by group only on a first-come basis. You will be asked for your preference for group/dorm housing and we will do our best to honor that preference. In order to get best use of the housing facilities we have available, please note your group may be housed with other youth groups in dorm/group housing.
Dorm/Group Housing: $480
Hotel Housing: $495
For help with, or questions about registration, contact the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-460-4401 x246.
Registration & Cancellation Policy
Registration for youth conferences is by group only on a first-come basis.
A deposit of $75 per person is accepted until 60 days prior to the conference. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event or upon registration if within 60 days.
A list of participants must be provided 30 days prior to the start of the conference. Initial housing assignments will be conditional upon numbers/gender ratios remaining constant. Male for female or female for male substitutions are not guaranteed.
Full refund less $75 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.
Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.
Arrival & Departure
Arrive and check-in between 4 and 6 p.m. on the day the conference begins. One sponsor per group should check-in their group. Youth will wait for their group leader in a designated area. Groups will be able to move into their housing facilities no earlier than 4 p.m. Conferences begin with dinner at 6 p.m. and end mid-morning on the day of departure.
You will need a ratio of 1:5; 1 adult sponsor per 5 youth. Adult sponsors must also register and pay for the conference. The number of adult sponsors must correspond to the gender numbers in the group they are bringing. 5 boys and 3 girls would mean at least 1 male and 1 female sponsor. Sponsors are not housed in the same room as youth participants.
While we recognize clothing is one way young people express themselves, we expect them to do so in ways that honor themselves as well as the kind of community we are building during our youth conferences. We ask participants (both youth and adult sponsors) to dress comfortably for the weather, but also modestly.
Please refrain from wearing clothing:
- that is too revealing like: short shorts, bikinis, strapless tops or dresses, shirts that allow for a bare midriff, pants worn below the waist line
- that advertises alcohol or tobacco products
- that contains language demeaning or ridiculing someone’s gender, sexuality or ethnic origin
For recreation events, all participants are expected to wear shirts. Participants out of line with dress standards will be asked to change clothes or put on an over-layer that provides adequate coverage.
Youth will be asked to take a swim check at the pool during the check-in period. For easy access, youth should remember to pack swimsuits on top. Swimmer and non-swimmer wristbands will be issued to all participants. All youth participants must take the swim check even if they are 18 years of age. Participants not wishing to take the swim check must go to the pool to be given a non-swimmer wristband. Wristbands provide guest identification to our staff and act as meal tickets in the dining hall, and must be worn by guests at all times. Please note Mo-Ranch’s appropriate dress standards when packing swim suits.
Stuff to Bring
Water bottles! Bible, casual clothes, closed-toe shoes for ropes course, swim suit (swim trunks for males, no bikinis for females. “Tankinis” are acceptable so long as no midriff is showing), swim towel, river shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, flashlight, toiletries, notebook, spending money, and a camera.
Electronic devices include, but are not limited to: cell phones, tablets, mp3 players and handheld games.
The use of personal electronic devices affect not only the person using the device but others around them. Using an electronic device for activities unrelated to the conference can be disruptive and disrespectful. Mo-Ranch encourages groups to leave personal electronics at home. We ask that any electronic devices brought to the conference be kept on silent or turned off during all scheduled events (keynote, small group, worship, vespers, etc.) Distracting personal electronics may be collected by conference staff and turned in to a sponsor. Mo-Ranch or its representatives will not assume responsibility for devices that are lost, stolen, damaged and/or confiscated.
Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.
If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.
Please complete steps 1-4 to complete your registration.
Step #1: Reserve your housing
Email/Mail Registration Form
Download the registration form and return to the conference registrar.Download Group Registration FormRegistration form and payment may be mailed, emailed or faxed to the program office. Make checks payable to Mo-Ranch.
Mo-Ranch Program Office, Attn: Registrar
2229 FM 1340, Hunt, TX 78024
For help or questions about registration, contact the registrar at email@example.com or 800-460-4401 x 246.
A church may register for multiple conferences on one form.
Register OnlineRegister for Junior High Jubilee I Register for Junior High Jubilee IIPlease note when registering online, use of a credit card to make a deposit of $75 per person is required in order to register online. If this is not possible, or you need to pay with a check, please use the downloadable forms.
If you are registering within 60 days of the beginning of the conference you must pay in full with a credit card when using the online system. If this is not possible, please use the downloadable forms to register your group.
Step #2: Submit participant names
A list of participants must be submitted 60 days prior to the start of the conference. Please use the template provided by the link below. Fill it in, save it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.Download Youth Conference Group Name Template
Step #3: Sponsor Background Checks
Each sponsor is required to have a background check on file before arriving at Mo-Ranch. Every background check must have been run within 12 months of the conference and include social security number verification, a criminal super search (includes Nationwide Sex Offender Registry search) and a terrorist search. If needed, Mo-Ranch is able to complete the background check for each sponsor. The sponsor will need to complete an authorization form and pay an $14 non-refundable fee. Background checks are due as early as possible. Authorization forms are accepted up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the conference.Download Youth Conference Sponsor Background Check Form
Step #4: Participant paperwork
All youth participants must have their guardian complete the Health/Release Form and sign the Participant Covenant.
All adult sponsors must complete and turn in all three forms below: participant covenant, health/release form and child protection form.
Please submit paperwork for all youth and adults no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the conference, to email@example.com.
30-days-prior dates for 2017:
Mo-TLC = May 12
Youth Celebration = May 26
Jr. High Jubilee I = June 4
Multi-Cultural Youth Conference = June 6
Jr. High Jubilee II = June 9
Young Disciples’ Confirmation Camp = June 24
It is Mo-Ranch’s goal that anyone, regardless of financial limitations, be able to have a Mo-Ranch experience. We encourage those who wish to attend a camp or conference, but cannot afford the full cost to let us know of your need by filling out the scholarship form. While funds are limited, we will make every effort to help you participate in our unique and vibrant ministry. In addition to applying for funds from Mo-Ranch, you may also want to check with your home church as many have funds budgeted to help members attend camps and conferences. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us by phone at 1.800.460.4401.Download Scholarship Application