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Happy New Year (#WW1.3.24)

Updated: Feb 5

Digital Media Discipleship

by Pastor Zack

Happy New Year, everyone! Wow, I just can't believe all that happened in 2023. God really blessed in so many amazing ways. I can't wait to see the ways that He blesses in 2024!

The Wisconsin Youth Department proclaimed last year as "the year of content creation." If you'll recall, one of the specific plans that was stated in our Wisconsin Conference's Strategic Plan for 2022-2026 (as revealed at our 39th Wisconsin Conference Constituency Session, October 2022), was to "create a youth ministries communication program, which will involve training young people in various communication methods, including a social-media discipleship program for youth and young adults." #WakondaWednesday has been the outcome of that planning process. We have recruited 14 young writers over the past year, who wrote a total of 21 articles for our ministry. Together, they've drawn readers for over 1,200 visits to our Youth Department website.

Wisconsin Youth Updates

Below are several registration links for several events. Some had issues with the previous links we sent out. They now should be fixed and easier to use!

Various Upcoming Events

  • WinterFestaPalooza, our annual ski retreat for youth and young adults at Camp Wakonda and Cascade Mountain, is January 12-15. Register HERE for WinterFestaPalooza! Go to for lift ticket and ski rental pricing!

  • Youth Rally at Wisconsin Academy, is Saturday, January 20. 7th-10th graders are invited to stay overnight until Sunday to tour the campus for Academy Day (and they'll save $10). Price is $25/person and includes lunch and supper and a tee shirt. Register HERE 

  • Men's Retreat is January 26-28 and our speaker, James Hopkins IV, is preaching on the theme The Measure of a Man. Men from all over, young and old, are invited to come and bond in Christian brotherhood. Register HERE 

  • Summer Camp recruiting season is coming up soon! Here's a tentative view of where and when Pastor Zack and the fam will be for recruiting

    • Wisconsin Academy, Jan 8-12

    • Wisconsin Adventist Schools, Jan 15-17

    • Andrews University, Jan 22-25

    • Southern Adventist University, Jan 29-Feb 2

    • Union College (soon: University), Feb 5-8

    • Walla Walla University, March 11-15

Club Ministries Upcoming Events:

  • Feb 3: Area PBE

  • Feb 9-11: Pathfinder Winter Retreat

  • Feb 16-18: LUC Youth Congress

  • Mar 2: Conference PBE (Location TBD)

  • Mar 11: Gillette Tour

  • Mar 16: Global Youth Day

  • Mar 30: Union PBE (NOTE: This date changed from the 16th)

  • Apr 19-20: National PBE, Gillette, WY

  • Apr 22: Gillette Tour

  • Apr 27: Adventurer Fun Day

  • May 10-12: Pathfinder Fair

  • May 20: Gillette Tour

Contact our Coordinators:

Adventurers, Allison Payne:

Pathfinders, Glen Morrow:

Master Guide, Cristofe Guzman:

*SIGN UP for BTP International Camporee newsletter:

Public Campus MinistriesIf you are interested in starting a public campus ministry (ACF chapter), or you would like more information about how to get involved with an existing campus ministry in your area, please contact our coordinator (see below) Our annual ACF retreat, "Revive," was a great success! The students who participated represented a presence on five different campuses, and that's not including the group from Milwaukee, who were unable to make it. Our presence is growing across Wisconsin's public campuses. We're excited to see how God will continue to grow this ministry in the future.

Contact our PCM Coordinator, Joshua Guerrero:

Summer Camp

View the Youth Calendar with camp dates HERE!

Camper Registration for Summer Camp 2024 is open. Register HERE!

Staff Applications and Re-Applications are now available for 2024.

  • Apply to work at Summer Camp HERE!

  • Re-Apply to work at Summer Camp HERE!

Lake Union News & Beyond

  • Feb 16-18, 2024: Lake Union Congress Youth Congress, Chicago, IL

    • Come learn best practices in youth evangelism and pitch your own ideas for local ministry you'd like to do in your area. There is $50,000 available to help young people like you see your visions become reality. More info HERE 

  • Aug 5-11, 2024: Believe the Promise International Camporee, Gillette, WY

    • Camp Wakonda staff are planning to head to Wyoming after the 2024 Summer Camp season, to help set up and run the International Camporee. The official dates for this are July 29-August 14. More info HERE.

Get Involved!

Looking for ways to support Youth Evangelism in Wisconsin? Get involved!

Contact Pastor Zack to find out how:

Even better, send him a text at 920-609-0483.

Thank you for reading this week’s #WakondaWednesday!

You are set apart! You are Wakonda!

1 Peter 2:9-10

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