Retreats & Camps
FPC youth have the opportunity to participate in camps and retreats so they may have time to reflect and deepen their faith away from their daily routines. These opportunities allow the FPC youth to strengthen their relationships within the group and with other Christian youth throughout the Presbytery and the country. See Financial Assistance.
REACH Workcamp is a non-profit organization that provides service-learning opportunities for senior high youth groups. REACH encourages participants to adopt a lifestyle of serving those in need at home by providing them with the skills to impact their world for Jesus Christ. At REACH, workcampers are divided into groups and work on mission projects in an area of extreme need throughout the country, like rebuilding porches, painting inside and/or outside houses, fixing railings, etc.
It is a life-changing experience as workcampers participate in activities that build community and self-esteem, encourages spiritual growth, and enables them to understand their role in combating poverty. Building relationships and understanding are the keys to the ministry that the Lord has called REACH Workcamps to fulfill. More about this national program.
Montreat Youth Conferences are special events – a gathering of Presbyterian young people from all over the country for a week of study, worship and recreation. Montreat is a Presbyterian retreat center in the mountains of North Carolina. It is an especially lovely place where many experience God in a close and personal way. More about this national program.
A typical day at youth conferences includes:
- morning energizers
- small group meetings (where the conference theme is explored)
- afternoon recreation activities and other options (Wednesday afternoon is free)
- evening worship
Every three years, more than 3,000 Presbyterian teenagers attend Triennium to worship and connect with youth from around the world. See Financial Assistance.
We are fortunate to have the Missouri Union Presbytery Covenant Point Camp located just across the river in Holts Summit. Each summer, the camp has a variety of opportunities for youth to experience God through nature and unique experience.
Camps for mid-highs are tailored for discovery, activities and meaningful reflections on how to live out and develop their faith.
Senior high youth can experience tent camping, kayaking or floating on a zipline or giant swing. Or, they can attend a Serve N Lead camp to become better volunteers or counselors through service projects, teambuilding and mock scenarios.
First Presbyterian Church supports its children and youth by offering a variety of experiences that are faith-based. Some of these experiences may include summer camps, mission trips, Montreat Youth Conferences, REACH workcamps and Triennium. Since there is a cost for some of these events, youth are encouraged to help earn money to finance their trip through fundraisers organized by the church and by applying for a Participation Scholarship.