Youth Celebration is a conference for high school students that have completed 9th-12th grade that is a week filled with exploration of faith, worship, new friends and recreation. This conference begins on Sunday evening with the “big hello” and closes with the “big goodbye” on Friday morning. Conference activities include energizers, keynote presentations, worship and music, small groups, afternoon recreation and evening vespers.
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. Are you interested in becoming a small group leader? Click here to learn more!
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.
Greetings to all,
With much thought and prayer, it is with great sadness that we have decided to move the Youth Celebration 2020 conference to June of 2021. It is with a heavy heart that this decision has been made, but it is ultimately the best thing to do when considering the health and safety of the leadership team, youth, sponsors and Mo-Ranch staff. After taking into consideration the governor’s executive order, the CDC, and all state and federal guidelines about social distancing and COVID-19, it is unrealistic that we can all gather together and worship for a week without great risk and safety concerns for all.
As we move forward, please keep in mind that God is guiding us through this uncertain and trying time. We will be moving, with God’s grace, the conference to 2021 where we can gather together both stronger and bigger than ever. Mo-Ranch will be rolling over youth registrations to 2021, and we will continue to plan for a brighter conference next summer.
Also, all seniors graduating this year in 2020 will be able to join us next summer where we will celebrate their accomplishments along with the seniors of 2021. Youth Celebration will be back June of 2021, and I can’t wait to gather, worship and share God’s word with all the leadership, youth, sponsors and Mo-Ranch staff.
Jon Koehler, director; Rev. Krystal Leedy, co-director; and the leadership committee for Youth Celebration 2020 and 2021.
Joel Moody, Keynote:
Joel is a product of both US coasts, having grown up in northern California and done graduate school in New Jersey.
He lives and works in Austin, along with his wife, Kate, and their two-year old daughter, Elizabeth. While he thought he was going to work as a math teacher when he grew up, God had other plans, and called him to become a pastor. He currently serves Hope Presbyterian Church as the Associate Pastor for Christian Education.
In his free time, he enjoys all sorts of board games, Texas BBQ, and listening to the Frozen 2 soundtrack with his daughter over and over and over (and over!)
Jennifer is 35-years-old and lives in Dallas. She is a member of and grew up at FPC Dallas, and has been heavily involved in her youth group and church activities her whole life. This is her third time leading rec at Mo for Youth Celebration and is so pumped.
In Dallas, Jennifer is the owner of Steppin Out Dance Company, a competitive dance studio, and the head director of the Mesquite Outlaws Pro Dance Team. She has worked with artists and choreographers such as Andy Grammar, Mandy Moore, Nico and Vinz and Little Big Town.
Mo-Ranch was a huge presence in Jennifer’s raising which she attended every summer both as a youth and leadership and this influence led to a Camp Styled Non-Profit in Northern Ireland. where she leads camps each summer with her church, studio members, and Presby best friend.
In her spare time, Jenn enjoys Kickboxing, leading master classes, cooking with her husband and traveling. And she can’t live without pizza.
More information will be coming soon regarding 2021. Please utilize this 2020 schedule for reference for activities and events.
$250 per registrant/adult sponsor.
Conference participants will be housed on a first-come, first-served 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. 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.
Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Questions? We are happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or email@example.com.
Registration & Cancellation Policy
Registration for youth conferences is by group only on a first-come basis. A complete/revised 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 amount paid toward other charges or future conferences.
Please contact the program office at 800-460-4401 ext. 246.
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. 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.
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.
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. Directions to Mo.