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 Events
“… 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.
- March 15-17, 2019, Winter High School Retreat at Black Diamond Camp in Auburn
- May 11, 2019, Launch!
A one day event for graduating seniors with workshops, fun activities and lunch with the Bishop. You won’t want to miss this for a successful launch into the next phase of your life!
Junior High /Middle School Youth Retreats
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 Retreat for grades 6-9 at St. Paul’s in Bellingham, $35 Register here.
This will be a weekend of exploring faith and what you may or may not believe. It’ll be a safe place for asking questions about religion, spirituality, reason and science and how to find your own faith and then own that faith around others. We’ll learn about scripture, tradition, and reason and what a 3 legged stool has to do with the Episcopal faith!
Join us for fun, conversation, and community building!
- May 3-5th, 2019, Spring Retreat for grades 6-9
Youth Leader Retreat —Connect
- with friends
- with your own formation
- with your faith
Everything in the program is voluntary, you can participate in the things you need. It will be good networking, lots of listening, some teaching, a variety of worship, leisurely meals and breathing space in the program to network with youth leaders from all over the diocese. There are so many churches with so much good to offer. This weekend will consist of sharing and helping each other in living out a missional youth ministry in our churches and providing input on how the office of the bishop can assist you. If there is interest and need, we can also offer safeguarding trainings on Friday evening.
Both our facilities offer great opportunities to withdraw and spend time with God. To maximize your ability to attend there is no cost, but spaces are limited. We are offering it at 2 different times at 2 different locations to make it easier for you to participate. You can come for all or part of the retreat. Saturday has the bulk of the content so if you can only come for the day, that’s the day.
11/30-12/1 at Camp Huston in Gold Bar ( 7 PM Fri arrival, 8 AM start Sat, Sun departure 11 AM) Deadline 11/20. Click here to register.
12/28-12/30 at St. Andrew’s house on Hood Canal (7 PM Fri arrival, 8 AM start Sat, Sun departure 1 PM) Deadline 12/15. Click here to register.
High School Summer Camp
Six Day, as it’s affectionately called, is an extended summer retreat in a beautiful camp setting. It is scheduled for July 14-20, 2019 at Camp Huston in Gold Bar.
Join us as we explore what God has in mind for us through small group conversations, workshops, and daily worship. There will also be games, a dance, a variety show, and camp activities like crafts, archery, and campfires. 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.
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!
Baptisms and confirmations may be done at camp at a service that will be held on the last day of camp. 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.
–Creation Care/Environmental Justice Pilgrimage coming in 2019- Save the dates August 4-10. Watch for more info.–
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 2019 will be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center and is November 8-9, 2019.
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. The youth take leadership roles and help plan youth retreats for the year. There are about 3 meetings a year where planning takes place: Jan, May/June, August. Youth are asked to be able to make 2 out of the 3 meetings.