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But If Not...

by Kevin Wilkinson, Jr.

I had never been to GYC before and had no plans of trying to attend, but by God’s design, I found myself at my first GYC event three weeks ago in Portland, Oregon. I had heard mentions of GYC before, but had never thought about attending or even seen live streams or audio clips. In short, it was an absolutely amazing experience! There is something very powerful when you are surrounded by thousands of other young people who believe the same as you, and are on fire for Christ. The entire event was a fantastic experience, and I would encourage any young people reading this, if you have the opportunity to attend next year, please do it! You won’t regret it!  Each day usually started with...

Upcoming Youth Events

  • Youth Rally at Wisconsin Academy, is Saturday, January 20. 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, DONE

    • Wisconsin Adventist Schools, THIS WEEK

    • Andrews University, Jan 22-25

    • Southern Adventist University, Jan 29-Feb 2

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

    • Walla Walla University, March 4-7

Club Ministries

  • Feb 3: Area PBE

  • Feb 9-11: Pathfinder Winter Retreat

    • Register for the retreat HERE!

    • Learn about knots and create knots boards together, in this very practical and helpful weekend event!

  • Mar 2: Conference PBE (Wisconsin Academy)

  • Mar 11: Gillette Tour

  • 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:

Public Campus Ministries

Interested in joining one of our on-campus ministry chapters? We have active groups at UW-Stevens Point, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Milwaukee, as well as an aspiring group on the UW-Madison campus.

Wanting to pioneer a campus ministry on your public campus, but you're not sure where to start? Contact our PCM Coordinator, Joshua Guerrero:

Summer Camp

Camper Registration for Summer Camp 2024 is open!

Register HERE! Find more information at!

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

  • 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.

Update in Pictures

Pastor Zack visited Petersen School for Camp Promo program; Prophet Steve made an appearance during the Polar Vortex on Friday; camp staff stole Pastor Zack's phone and Ally just let it happen; a fun time was had at WinterFestaPalooza ski trip.

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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