Dec 6 - Dec 8, 2019

LLYC Alumni Retreat


David Nienhuis (web)

Seattle, WA


Rachel Whites


Tyson Motsenbocker (web)


Former staff and campers reconnect with this place and each other. Re-imagine what it means to carry camp into the divergent places, relationships, and occupations of life beyond the Canyon.

Seeking a Room in the House of the Lord

If you’ve ever been a part of Laity Lodge Youth Camp, then you probably know something of the power of the Frio River Canyon and the relationships forged within it. Camp has a way of getting in your blood. But once you’ve grown up and moved on, how can you ever recapture that? What would it look like to carry camp with you the farther you get from your dusty days at Echo Valley and Singing Hills?

The LLYC Alumni Retreat invites LLYC staff and campers from across the years to return to the Canyon for a special retreat weekend at Laity Lodge (Didn’t you always wonder what was going on up there at the Lodge anyway?). Together we’ll enjoy reconnecting with this place and each other. And we’ll continue to imagine what it means to carry camp with us into all our divergent places, relationships, and occupations.

This year, we’ll consider why it can be so difficult to find a place to dwell in the house of the Lord. A recent poll suggests that nearly two-thirds of 18-30 year olds who were raised as Christians end up quitting church.  Many of these continue to identify as Christians, but no longer participate in a local congregation. In this retreat, David Nienhuis will lead us through a set of scriptural reflections on finding a lasting home in the community of the Triune God.

Scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, first register for a retreat to secure a space. Then apply for a scholarship after paying the $100 deposit. In the event of a full scholarship, your deposit will be refunded.

Plan to arrive at Laity Lodge anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6. The retreat will officially commence with a 6:00 p.m. reception at the Great Hall and will conclude Sunday, December 8, following an 11:00 a.m. brunch. Click here for directions and more info on how to prepare for your visit.