“Great week. Loren and the leadership team did a great job. Really enjoyed my small group this week.”
A conference for high school age students to explore their faith, make friends, and do some fun recreational activities!
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.
We offer scholarship opportunities! Please contact the program office at 800-460-4401 ext. 246 fo rmore information.
To register and view paperwork, click here.
Brian served the youth, families and community at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Mo. for 20 years before becoming the executive director of the Presbyterian Youth Workers Association (PYWA).
Adolescents, families, mental health, and faithfulness are his passions in life, and he works hard to continually bring all of those elements together no matter what he is doing, and his role with PYWA is no different.
Brian has a Master of Arts in professional counseling and is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri. The combination of his ministry and clinical work has given him a unique view of today’s adolescent. He offers a unique perspective on the challenges young people face, the needs of the adults (youth workers, parents and others) who are in their lives, and how the church can and should be a sanctuary for them. In addition to his work with PYWA, Brian sees adolescent clients and families with adolescents. He has also created the Student Wellness Program for schools to offer mental health wellness screenings to students and help families connect to a mental health professional for their child.
He lives in Manchester, Mo., with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children Chase and Paige. Brian loves being a husband and dad, traveling, coaching softball and baseball, learning, running, and movies. The Kuhn family are avid St. Louis sports fans, with the Cardinals and the Blues on top of their list!
Jon has been a part of the Mo-Ranch family for a long time.
He has served in many different capacities such as small group leader, rec leader and planning team member over the past 20-plus years. Jon is currently a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lamesa, Texas.
Rev. Krystal Leedy loves Mo-Ranch and was a summer program facilitator in 2009. She is so excited about welcoming old and new faces to Youth Celebration.
Krystal is an ordained minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and earned a B.A. in Youth & Family ministry from Abilene Christian University and her Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Krystal is a current Doctor of Ministry student at Austin Seminary, and did seven years of campus ministry and worked for Texas Impact, a social justice advocacy group in Austin.
When not working on her doctorate, Krystal loves spending time with her family, cross-stitching, yoga, and West African drumming.
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.
Sarah serves as the Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families at First Presbyterian Church of Austin, Texas. She is the mother of three children, Zanna, Wyatt, and Lila and married to the love of her life, Rev. Cameron Allen, who is a Presbyterian minister and serves as the Director of Clinical Services for Hospice Austin.
Sarah is passionate about intentionally intergenerational ministry that uses and celebrates the gifts of all of God’s people and she loves writing curriculum for all ages that brings bible stories to life.
Outside of church life, Sarah is a bookworm, an ice cream aficionado, and a slow-but-steady runner. She graduated from Austin College (go Roos!) in 2003 with a B.A. in Spanish and religion and holds both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Sarah is delighted to serve as this year’s small group coordinator at Youth Celebration and looks forward to being at Mo-Ranch this summer!
Click here to view the COVID-19 protocols for all 2021 youth conferences.
$250 per registrant/adult sponsor for group lodging.
$300 per registrant/adult sponsor for hotel lodging.
Conference participants will be housed on a first-come, first-served basis. You may let us know of you housing preference 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.
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.
This conference will include a selection of our ropes course elements. To read a description of each element, click here.
Make sure to stop by the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly bookstore during your conference to pick out a souvenir!
We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.