November 2-4 & 9-11, 2018

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While at Refuge you have the opportunity to participate in various activities around the camp. High ropes, zip line, cliffhanger swing, horseback riding, and hiking are just a few of things that help make Refuge an unforgettable weekend.


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Refuge is an opportunity for youth in grades 6th-9th to be introduced to the connectional events of ACCYM. They enjoy a weekend in the beautiful outdoors while getting away from the hustle and bustle of school life. They have a chance to refocus their hearts and minds on God without the distractions of daily life. Refuge, in all its essence, IS a refuge from a busy, challenging world, and indulgence into the pure, beautiful experience of God’s grace. This event will be held at Shepard of the Ozarks, the retreat center located in the heart of Arkansas. Refuge is just one of the milestones on the road to strengthening our people’s faith in Jesus Christ. Our vision is clear, just like our hearts. And we believe that success comes to those who believe. We believe in Christ, and we believe in the power that he has invested in us; we must then help make this world a better place. Join us in our venture to do so!

Early Bird Deadline

October 1, 2018 Price Increases to $175

Registration Closes

October 15, 2018

Jennie Williams

Refuge Speaker

Jennie has been in ministry for 5 years. She spent 3 years in youth ministry before she became the associate pastor at Highland Valley UMC. Jennie loves to read, eat good food, watch tv, meet new people, hang out with friends, and spend time with her husband and two cute kids. Refuge has always been Jennie‘s favorite ACCYM event. She is pumped to be part of the 2018 Refuge weekends!

What are the accommodations like?

You will be staying in luxury cabins with full kitchens and plenty of bathrooms.

Do I need sheets and towels?

Bed linens and some towels are provided but it is always a good idea to bring your own towel as those go fast.

What kind of clothes should I bring?

Comfortable clothing, although we might have warm weather during the day, it can get pretty chilly at night so be sure to bring a jacket and warmer clothes.

Will there be cell reception?

Cell reception is sketchy at SOTO, you MIGHT have a little reception in the dining hall.  You can use this time off the grid to relax and just get to know God and your peers.

What activities will there be?

There are lots of activities at SOTO. The free activities that are available all the time are basketball, volleyball, Gaga pit and 9 square in the air.  There will also be a FREE goat cave hike Saturday afternoon. You will also be able to choose one of the adventure activities on Saturday afternoon, they all cost $10 to participate. These include the cliffhanger swing, zip line, horseback riding, and archery.

Will I stay with my youth group?
You will be lodging with your youth group and you can do many of the activities together. There will be some small group time and game time on Saturday when you may not be with your entire youth group.
I'm coming as an adult chaperone, what is expected of me?

As an adult, you are invaluable to the success of Refuge!  We need help supervising activities during downtime, making sure lights out happens in each cabin at an appropriate time and making sure the youth attendees are where they are supposed to be at all times. The youth who are leading this event has put a lot of work into making it spiritual and fun for your youth, but they will only get the full experience if they attend every aspect of it. We also ask that you not claim a queen or king size bed by yourself, we will have adult beds marked but in order for us to accommodate everyone, we need more than one person in those larger beds. Please remember the CCYMers are there to facilitate this event, they are youth just doing what they think they are supposed to do.

Will I need to bring money?

Yes, you will need $10 IF you plan to do one of the adventure activities which includes cliffhanger swing, zip line, archery and horseback riding.  Bring your pennies for a penny war to benefit YSF and, as always, YSF will have snacks and other merch for sale AND it goes toward missions in our state through the grants they provide every year.

What time does the event start and end?

Friday: 7:00-9:00 p.m. Registration 9:00-10:30 p.m. Funzies/rules/worship 10:45 p.m. Devo in cabins. 11:00 p.m. Flush and Brush 11:30 p.m. Lights Out Sunday: 8:00-9:15 a.m. Breakfast/Morning Watch 9:15-9:45 a.m. Pack Up 10:00-11:00 a.m. Worship 11:30 a.m. Leave

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14


We simply want to make the young generation fully equipped with the teachings of Christ and make them Christ-centered individual. ACCYM encourages more and more youth in this conference in order to develop them physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually strong and prepared now and forever.

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7-9 PM—Registration 9-10:30 PM—Funzies/Rules/Worship 10:45 PM—Devos in cabins 11:00 PM—Flush and Brush 11:30 PM—Lights Out
8-9:15 AM—Breakfast/Morning Watch 9:30-10:30 AM—Worship 10:30 AM-Noon—Big games 12:00-1:00 PM—Lunch 1:00-5:00 PM—Small Groups/Adventure Events 1:00 PM–6th Grade Small Group 2:00 PM–7th Grade Small Group 3:00 PM–8th Grade Small Group 4:00 PM–9th Grade Small Group 5:00-6:00 PM—Clean Up 6:00-7:00PM—Thanksgiving Dinner 7:00-8:30 PM—Worship 8:30-10:30 PM—Dance Party/Movie 10:30-11:00 PM—9th Grade Bonfire 10:45 PM—Devos in cabins 11:00 PM—Flush and Brush 11:30—Lights Out
8:00-9:15 AM—Breakfast/Morning Watch 9:15-9:45 AM—Pack 10:00-11:00 AM—Worship