Bishop-Rickel-Youth-Faith-Formation-ConventionThe 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 conferences include faith formation and exploration, fun, and fellowship, through contemporary music, worship, small group conversations, games, workshops and special activities. Weekend conferences start on Friday evening and end midday on Sunday. Themes and activities for conferences are selected and planned by the youth council.

                 Upcoming Retreats:

  • September 29-October 1, 2017, Fall HYC at St. Stephen’s Longview. $35   –Event is completed

The Traveling Day Society Drum Circle and Fr. Joe Scheeler from All Saints Episcopal in Vancouver will be joining us for part of this event. We will get to look at First Nations Spirituality and ceremonies, and how close it is to Episcopal liturgy and theology as well as have the opportunity to sit in on the circle. Our Saturday Eucharist will be an eclectic and beautiful fusion of the two!

  • January 5-7, 2018, Winter HYC at Camp Berachah, Black Mountain Camp in Auburn, approximately $90-$115
  • April 6-8, 2018, Spring HYC at St. James in Kent, $35
  • September 28-30, Fall HYC 2018 at St. Paul’s in Bellingham, $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 conferences start on Friday evening and end midday on Sunday. Themes and activities for conferences are selected and planned by the youth council.

Upcoming Retreats:

November 17-19, 2017, Fall JYC at St. Margaret’s in Bellevue. $35  Register  here.  Fill out the boxes on the registration form and join us for faith formation and exploration, fun, and fellowship through cool worship, small group conversations, crazy games, workshops, special activities and a visit from the bishop. We’ll be looking at the boxes people put us in and that we put them in and where boxes are found in the bible. Sometimes keeping things in a box or as a person being inside a box is great and sometimes it’s important to try new things and bust outside the box.

  • May 4-6, 2018, Spring JYC at St. Andrew’s in Port Angeles. $35
  • November 16-18, 2018, Fall JYC, location TBD. $35

HYC Six Day Summer Camp 

Six Day, as it’s affectionately called, is an extended summer conference in a beautiful camp setting. It is tentatively scheduled for July 17-23, 2018 at Camp Huston in Gold Bar.

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 variety show. Plus Six Day has additional free time for traditional camp activities like swimming, 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 ahead of time at their home church. Bishop Rickel comes out to do for the baptisms and confirmations on the last day. Parents and congregation members are welcome to attend the service. Let us know when you register if you are interested.   


 Diocesan Convention

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 2017 will be held in Vancouver and is October 27-28.

Please contact the Youth Ministry Coordinator, Denise at if you are interested in any of these roles.

Applications now accepted for Official Youth Presence at Episcopal Church General Convention 2018. Deadline for applying is 11/01/2017. Click here for application and details. 

 Nomination form is available here.

Youth Council

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.