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Youth and Outdoor Ministry

The Southwest Conference is committed to the development of programs for children and youth to get away, live together, and explore God‘s presence in their lives. Our Youth and Outdoor Ministry provides many opportunities for youth to be involved including camps during the summer, retreats during the school year and leadership opportunities.

Let’s Sleep in a Box for Fun!
2014 Cardboard CityCardboard City
October 18/19
Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale
Junior and Senior High youth


In addition to the 3 major Conference Youth Events each year (Camp, Thanksgiving Alive, and Annual Meeting), the SWC will be sponsoring a couple regional events each year. The Central Arizona youth are invited to participate in Cardboard City on October 18/19. This is for Junior and Senior High youth and is an event that benefits Family Promise, a program in which many of our churches participate.

Download the brochure with all the details. Participants actually register directly with Family Promise, cost is $10. However, attendees are asked to fundraise for additional donations to Family Promise.

Shedding Light on the Homeless
One project that EVERY church can participate in is the collection of flashlights to go into the Hygiene Kits being assembled at the event. Please put a collection box in your sanctuary and ask folks to bring working flashlights. We’re hoping to collect 2000! That’s a VERY BIG NUMBER!

Build your BOX
Bring decorating materials (and boxes) to the conference office on Oct. 11th at 6:30 to participate in a “homebuilding” project.

All details are in the brochure. Please call Michele Mellott or the conference office if you have more questions. This should be a fun event for all youth and adults!

DOWNLOAD: 2014 Cardboard City Brochure [PDF]

LINK: Cardboard City website for more information and to register

LINK: Team Southwest Conference UCC fundraising page!

2014 Thanksgiving Alive
2014 Thanksgiving AliveNov. 28-30, 2014
The Good Shepherd UCC in Sahuarita, AZ


"Giving Hospitality to Strangers"
Romans 12:13


Thanksgiving Alive! is back! This service focused retreat for Junior and Senior High youth will be held in Southern Arizona with a focus on welcoming the stranger. There will be education, service projects, food, fun, worship, and fellowship.

Program Staff & Adult Advisors are needed! If your church is sending kids, please help us by sending an adult advisor.

The cost for everyone is $50. Scholarship funds can be requested. WE DO NOT WANT ANYONE TO MISS THIS RETREAT DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS! Please call the office with any concerns. We will do all we can on a case by case basis.

Transportation will be provided from Phoenix at a round trip cost of $40. Some travel assistance is also available for those from New Mexico or El Paso. Please call the office.

LINK: 2014 Thanksgiving Alive! ONLINE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

DOWNLOAD: 2014 Thanksgiving Alive! FLYER [PDF]

DOWNLOAD: 2014 Thanksgiving Alive! REGISTRATION FORM

DOWNLOAD: 2014 Thanksgiving Alive! HEALTH FORM

DOWNLOAD: 2014 Thanksgiving Alive! COVENANT FORM

DOWNLOAD: 2014 Thanksgiving Alive! SCHOLARSHIP FORM