Fun, Faith, and Friendship – Youth Week Traditions

03.22.2018 - Our Programs, Youth Conferences

Twice a year, youth from across the Southeast arrive at Kanuga for a week of invigorating fellowship. Youth Week, one of the longest running events for youth ministry in the country, is the summer event for KEY Conferences (Kanuga Empowered Youth). The goal is to create a radical community where teens can grow in their faith and connect with others in an environment of positive fellowship.

A Home Away from Home

For many families, Youth Week is such a positive experience that it becomes a tradition with siblings going as soon as they are old enough to attend. Jimmy and Kell Owen’s sons have attended Youth Week for four years. The pull of Kanuga year after year is contagious. “When we pull up to Kanuga, one of the kids will announce to the car…‘Home.’ Youth week is home away from home for our boys,” says their mother, Kell.

While the time at Kanuga is short, the impact is lasting. “Studies have shown that the parents are the number one influence on teens staying in their faith for a lifetime. We value that Youth Week serves as an extension of everything we are trying to instill in our boys’ spiritual lives,” says Kell.

A Place of Authentic Acceptance

For the boys, Youth Week means time to discuss their faith, experience nature, and enjoy Kanuga’s sense of community. According to her sons, “Youth week allows you to be in a place where you don’t have to wear any of your ‘masks.’ In other words, you can completely be yourself and know that you will be accepted and loved just as the person God made you to be.”

This year’s Youth Week is June 17-22. The tracks available include JYP: Junior Young People for students rising in grades 7-9 and SYP: Senior Young People for students rising in grades 10-12 and recent high school graduates.

Apply Now—Early Bird Discount Extended

For those looking for a sign to attend Youth Week, the early bird discount has been extended to March 30. Those who sign up early save 10% on the conference rate. Learn more and register online.