Winter Youth Retreat

Lake Junaluska Winter Youth Retreat

Enjoy fellowship, fun and meaningful time with your youth group at a two-night Winter Youth Retreat to be held Friday-Sunday, Jan. 20-22, 2023.

Our winter youth retreats feature lodging and meals at Lake Junaluska with opportunities for daytime adventures in the mountains of Western North Carolina and evening programs with other youth groups at the lake. Your group can add activities to your retreat package such as skiing and snowboarding at Cataloochee Ski Area or taking part in a mission project. (Groups also often enjoy booking area activities on their own such as snow tubing or the Asheville Treetops Adventure Park!)

Lake Junaluska Youth Programs will offer programming for youth groups Jan. 20-22. We will kick off the weekend with a bonfire and S’mores followed by a Saturday evening with games, live music, and energized worship. We will welcome Wayne Kerr, Worship Pastor of Grace Fellowship UMC in Katy, Texas, for this retreat as our guest speaker and music leader. We close the retreat weekend Sunday morning with a final program and worship service.

Lake Junaluska’s Winter Youth Retreat Packages all include lodging and meals at Lake Junaluska with the opportunity to add on day activities and evening programming. Rates vary based on the lodging and meal options and add-ons your group selects. To learn more, see our 2022-23 Winter Youth Retreat Package Rate Planning Sheet (PDF).

We invite you to check out our retreat schedule, view retreat photos, subscribe to youth ministry updates, and learn more at our Youth Ministry page.

Wayne Kerr
Guest speaker and music leader Wayne Kerr

Event Details:

January 20, 2023–January 22, 2023
Lake Junaluska
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal


Winter Youth Retreat in Shackford Hall

4-9 p.m.  |  Check-in, Bethea Welcome Center (After 5 p.m., check in at the Terrace Hotel.)
7 p.m.  |  Shackford Hall Game Room Opens
8:30-10:30 p.m.  |  Welcome Bonfire and S’mores*
11 p.m.  |  Quiet Hours

*Group Leaders will meet with the Director of Youth Programming at the Bonfire.

Friends downhill snowskiing pause for a photograph

6:30-8:30 a.m.  |  Breakfast, York Dining Commons Pick up box lunches.
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Activity with Your Youth Group*
Lunch at Activity Area (Box Lunches)
5:30-7 p.m.  |  Dinner, York Dining Commons
6:15 p.m.  |  Optional Board Games, Shackford Hall
7 p.m.  | Shackford Auditorium Opens
7:30 p.m. |  Program & Worship
11 p.m. |  Quiet Hours

*Groups can book skiing/snowboarding; ziplining/ropes course/bike park; or mission work projects as part of their package. Group leaders are also welcome to independently plan activities for their groups. 


Winter Youth Retreat - Cross in the Snow

7-8:30 a.m.  | Breakfast, York Dining Commons
8 a.m. | Shackford Opens
8:30-11 a.m. | Program and Worship in Shackford Hall
11 a.m.
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