Tell Me About ALiVE

ALiVE is our annual synod middle-school retreat, scheduled for September 27-29, 2019, at Camp Nawakwa. Congregations from across our synod gather with their adult advisors and youth for an early fall weekend that includes large group gatherings with singing led by our ALiVE Alumni Band, theme-centered videos and stories, and games, interspersed with small group gatherings, where youth gather with peers and a small group leader, to converse about the theme and it’s impact in their lives of faith. It’s a great event for your Confirmation students and classes.

The weekend also includes crafts, games, campfires, free-time, and community-building that allows youth and their adult counterparts time to deepen existing friendships, and create new ones. Congregational advisors can also count on the option of receiving some intentional continuing education. Plus, inspiring outdoor worship often highlights our last morning together at Nawakwa’s famous Upper Temple!

+ Considering contacting 5th grade youth and their families NOW, before the school-year ends.
+ Event cost fees remain the same for 2019: $132.00/person ($50 deposit due at time of registration)

Registration for 2019 NOW OPEN!

Download the application, group forms, and promotional materials, posted below:
ALiVE 2019 Flyer
ALiVE 2019 Group Registration Form (mail completed form with deposit)
ALiVE 2019 Cabin Housing Form (mail completed form with deposit and Group Registration Form)
ALiVE 2019 Registration Info Packet
(includes registration details for parents AND a Parents Letter, explaining the ALiVE event)
ALiVE Youth Covenant
ALiVE Adult Covenant
ALiVE Medical Release Form
ALiVE Child-Abuse Disclosure Statement

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Postmarked by September 9, 2019

ALiVE 2018 Review and Links

Our 2018 event focused on how we respond to hate in our culture, world, and personal lives. Youth discussed ways to refrain from allowing hate to grow in their own experience, and practiced confronting hate in loving and graceful ways when they encounter it first-hand. One of the unique outcomes of this year’s event, was that each small group developed a poster with “hate” speech on one side, and words of love, grace and forgiveness on the opposite side. Groups were filmed switching from hate to love, and the short teaching video is available for viewing or use in congregations as a teaching resource at:  Here are a few other resources from the event curriculum.

ALiVE 2018 Curriculum
ALiVE 2018 Curriculum Handout: Hate Pyramid Handout
ALiVE 2018 Curriculum Handout: Faces of Hate