The Diocese of Olympia runs and assists worshiping communities with many programs for youth in the region.
These programs and events provide a great opportunity for youth to join a larger group from around the Diocese and are a wonderful supplement to any youth group calendar. Youth experience different leaders, meet new friends, visit other churches in our diocese and live in a larger christian community. Events include faith exploration, fun, and fellowship, through contemporary music, worship, small group conversations, games, workshops and special activities. Please consider these dates when planning for your own outings, youth events and mission trips. Friends are always welcome, have them register ahead.
See what our Youth have been up to on their Flickr feed.
High School Youth Conference (HYC)
“I love HYC because I can come here and be myself and people love me and accept me just as I am.”
Contemporary music and worship, games, workshops, conversation and just hanging out at the dance are all a part of this fantastic weekend for youth in grades 9-12. Come join the fun and meet people who, through Jesus Christ, see the goodness in all of us. Bring a friend…just make sure the fill out a HYC form. Don’t forget the opportunity to run for Youth Council during the Winter HYC!
Junior High Youth Conference (JYC)
Faith-based fun! Young people in grades 6-9 are invited to join us as we navigate the turning-into-teenager years. With lots of community-building games and activities this, is the place to find friends who will be with you through it all. Around 70 youth come together from all over Western Washington to share in music, worship and fun. If a friend would like to come along, please have them fill out a JYC Form.
Six Day Camp
Six Day, as it’s affectionately called, is an extended summer conference in a beautiful camp setting. It’s held at Pleasant Valley Christian Camp in Mineral, WA – just near Mt. Rainier.
It has all the components of a regular conference (HYC), just more days of them: large group games, small group conversations, workshops, different styles of daily worship, special activities, a dance and a talent show. Plus Six Day has additional free time for traditional camp activities like swimming, putt putt golf, carpet ball, crafts, archery and hiking, along with nightly campfires (as permitted).
We stay in cabins, have great food, and fabulous music provided by our great contemporary band that several of the youth join in on. You don’t want to miss it. Invite a friend!
If youth are interested in baptism or confirmation, both can be done at Six Day with prior preparation done at their home church. Bishop Rickel comes out on the last day, Saturday, to do for the baptisms and confirmations. Parents and congregation members are welcome to attend the service. Youth are able to travel home with their parents after the service. Let us know when you register if you are interested.
This summer’s theme is EpiscoWhat? The camp is taking place on July 17-23, 2016 at Camp Pleasant Valley in Mineral, WA. Register here.
The youth and youth leaders of the Diocese have a special opportunity to serve as pages and tellers at the yearly Diocesan Convention. Participating as a Youth Presence, having a seat, voice and vote on the Convention floor is a unique leadership opportunity and an exciting way for young people to voice their concerns and opinions about issues and topics of discussion.
Once a year, youth are selected to be on the Diocesan Youth Ministry Committee. The youth take leadership roles and help plan youth conferences for the year.