The Diocese of Olympia runs and assists worshiping communities with many youth faith formation events 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 into a larger christian community. Please consider these dates when planning for your own outings, youth events and mission trips. Friends are always welcome, have them register ahead. We often have special welcome rates for those who are coming for the first time! Scholarships are available upon request.
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.”
For youth in grades 9-12 from all over the diocese. These weekend retreats include faith formation and exploration, fun, and fellowship, through contemporary music, worship, small group conversations, games, workshops and special activities. Events start on Friday evening and end midday on Sunday. Themes and activities for retreats are selected and planned by the youth council.
- September 28-30, Fall HYC 2018 at St. John’s in Olympia, $35
Junior High/Middle School 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. Youth come together from all over Western Washington to share in music, worship, faith formation and fun. Weekend events start on Friday evening and end midday on Sunday. Themes and activities for retreats are selected and planned by the youth council.
- November 16-18, 2018, Fall JYC at St. Paul’s in Bellingham, $35
Youth Pilgrimage to General Convention in Austin, TX July 5-10, 2018
Registration for this event has closed!
Questions, contact Denise at email@example.com.
The theme for the convention is The Jesus Movement: loving, liberating and life giving. You will have the opportunity to meet other Episcopalians from around the world and explore different ministries involved with our church. See legislation being made and hear guest speakers throughout the days. We’ll experience different worship services and participate in some volunteer work while we also get a taste of Texas hospitality and Austin’s ‘Keep It Weird’ culture.
HYC Six Day Summer Camp
“’Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!” – Alice, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
It’s no surprise that Alice found herself asking this question as she journeyed through the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland, but who among us hasn’t felt a bit uncertain about ourselves at one time or another? Even though we don’t have Cheshire Cats and Mad Hatters to contend with, it can still be difficult for us to figure out our identities and paths in life. But thankfully, we have our faith to guide us, even when nothing else seems to make sense.
Follow us down the rabbit hole as we adopt Alice’s curiosity and explore what God has in mind for us through small group conversations, workshops, and daily worship. Life can often be confusing, but God is always there to guide us, even in the most unexpected places. After all, as the Duchess once wisely told Alice, “Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.” There will also be games, a dance, a variety show, and camp activities like crafts and archery. And if you need some time alone to think, there will be plenty of chances to relax, have a swim, or go for an exploratory hike. With so many possibilities you’re bound to find inspiration- in the words of the Cheshire Cat: “You’re sure to [get somewhere] if you only walk long enough.” Who knows what you might discover?
Baptisms and confirmations may be done at 6 day at a service that will be held on the last day of camp, with Bishop Rickel presiding. Parents and congregation members are welcome to attend. Some advance preparation is necessary, please indicate on your registration form if you would like to participate.
Don’t be late for this very important date…register now! Early Bid Discount flies away June 2nd! – All quotes from Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Registration is open now. Click here.
The youth are an important part of our diocesan family. As a result, youth serve at our annual convention in several ways: as pages, acolytes, and as regional youth representatives. Regional Youth Representatives (ages 16-21 and a communicant in good standing), have seat, voice and vote on the Convention floor which is a unique leadership opportunity and an exciting way for young people to voice their concerns and opinions about issues and topics of discussion. Those serving as Pages (must be in grades 9-12), work behind the scenes distributing information, collecting ballots, being a runner and helping to staff the youth booth. Acolytes, serve at the Eucharist on Saturday. Convention in 2018 will be held in SeaTac and is October 26-27.
Please contact the Youth Ministry Coordinator, Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of these roles.
Once a year, youth are selected to be on the Diocesan Youth Ministry Council. This happens at the Winter HYC. The youth take leadership roles and help plan youth conferences for the year. There are about 3 meetings a year where planning takes place: Jan, May/June, July/Aug. Youth are asked to be able to make 2 out of the 3 meetings.