WYR 2025
January 12-15 2024

January 17th - 20th, 2025

More Info Coming Soon!!

Our friends from Alethea will be joining us for a weekend of storytelling, experiential education, service, and of course fun in the snow on January 12-15, 2024.  Registration is now open! Join youth from across the Southeast for a fun experience designed to fuel their faith.

Group leaders, please contact Jared Greer by emailing jared@brccenter.org or calling 828.295.7813 to register your group.

Registration is open until December 1, 2023, and is $224.00 per participant. (Includes lodging, programming, and meals.)

The UCC and BRCC want to make the Winter Youth Retreat available to ALL youth. If a financial need arises, scholarships are available. Please contact BRCC with your needs.

Blowing Rock Conference Center Winter Youth Retreat 2024 Schedule

Friday, January 12, 2024

5:00-11:00pm: Group Check-in Available (South Corriher Lodge Conference Room)

8:30pm: Hot Chocolate Bar in Janelle’s Room: Join other groups and

BRCC staff for Hot Chocolate… with all the fixings!

11:00pm: R & R

Saturday, January 13, 2024

7:45am: Breakfast (Dining Room)

9:00am: Gathering Session #1 – Alathea

10:30am: Group Activity – Creation Care Education Time, Creepy Critters- Grandfather Stewardship Committee

11:30am: Lunch (Dining Room)

1:00pm: Breakout Session – Rock Dimensions (Gym)

3:45pm: Free Time- Enjoy our Facility!

5:30pm: Brief Group Leader Meeting (South Corriher Lodge Conference Room) & Youth Free Time (Gym open; board games in South Corriher, Etc.)

6:00pm: Dinner (Dining Room)

7:45pm: Gathering Session #2 – Alathea

9:00pm:     Free Time

10:00pm: Youth Group Time (Various Meeting Locations determined by group)

11:00pm: R & R (lights out)

Sunday, January 15, 2023

7-8:00am: Breakfast (Dining Room)

8:30am:     Depart for Snow Activities* (if your group chooses) or Service Activities**

*Snow activities are arranged by each youth group’s leaders and are off-site.

                 **Service activities will be coordinated by the WYR Planning Committee.

4:00pm: Return to BRCC

4:00pm: Free Time (Gym open; games in South Corriher,etc)

5:30pm: Dinner (Dining Room)

7:00pm: Group Photo (Gym)

7:15pm: Gathering Session #3 – Alathea/Communion

8:30pm: Camp Talent Show- Emceed by Alathea

11:00pm: R & R (lights out)

Monday, January 16, 2023

7:45am: Breakfast (Dining Room)

8:45am:    Goodbye Reflections (Dining Room)

Checkout/ Depart for Home (South Corriher Lodge Conference Room)

I Am The Earth

Genesis 1:26
Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’

Job 12:7-10
‘But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. In his hand is the life of every living thing Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.


Youth and leaders are invited to come together for a weekend of worship, service, snow, and fun as we take time to build relationships and nurture our faith.

This year’s theme and conversations will be focusing on our relationship with the earth and how God calls for us to care for all creation.

We will explore this theme together through story telling and the music of Alathea as well as small group sessions designed to be hands on experiences.

Speaker and Musicians

We are excited to present Alathea as our speaker and this year’s band. 


Winners of numerous acoustic music and songwriting awards, the duo Alathea takes stories from their own lives and weaves them into music that’s instantly relatable. Rooted in the Appalachian Mountains, Alathea (Mandee Radford Langley and Cristi Johnson) create and perform original and traditional music in what they call Front-Porch-style, using eclectic instruments, thick modern harmonies and engaging storytelling of life on the road, taking cues from nature, their families, and neighbors along the way. This approach has taken Alathea around the country and across the world playing concerts, festivals and special events.  Alathea’s recent full-length recording of traditional hymns “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” was selected by Coverfolk as one on the Best Traditional Folk Albums of 2017. 


For other questions and comments email wyr.committee@gmail.com