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Top Retreat Theme Ideas for Youth Retreats

Posted by Retreat Planning on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @ 10:23 AM

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Once you've planned a few youth retreats, it can get tricky choosing a theme that teenagers can relate to. You want to make sure that it's a topic that truly speaks into their lives while being fun and engaging at the same time.

As the future generation, it's essential to help them build a solid foundation in Christ while preparing them for adulthood. To help you along the way, we've made a list of some of the best themes that you can use for your next youth retreat!

Self Esteem

No matter what group you are working with, there are plenty of activities that can be incorporated with this theme. You can help your youth group appreciate God's masterpiece in the mirror with activities like:

  • Hidden Talent Show - spotlighting a youth's hidden talent and celebrating their unique individuality
  • Created in Christ Collage -  cut-out positive words and images that describe their vision of themselves currently or in the future. 
  • Commercial Shoot - teens create 30-60 seconds of 'commercial' time to sell themselves to a potential employer or client. 

As one of the leading issues young people are facing, introducing a Self Esteem theme is a great way for youth to explore the issues freely. Low self esteem can have some serious effects on our youth. This theme offers an opportunity for young people to take a moment to stop and reflect on their lives and discover how they see themselves. 


This youth retreat theme is meant to show teens how to focus on loving others, instead of themselves. Let's face it, there are plenty of people around us that are in need of the gospel.

But what might happen to them if we are too busy being focused on ourselves and how others see us? It's easy for teens to become obsessed with looks and how other people see them, making this a great theme for youth retreats. 

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Making A Difference

Our world can seem to be spiraling out of control at times, and this is an excellent way to teach and engage our youth to take a step back and make a difference. As the future of our society, this theme teaches teens to be empowered and stand up for Jesus while remaining strong in their faith and principals on the path to leadership. 

Unplug and Recharge

In our fast paced world, teenage years can certainly be a stressful time. Amid the responsibilities of planning a future while balancing school, work, and their social lives, there is a great need for teens to simply take a break and get back to their faith. This youth retreat theme designed to help teens unplug, and focus their minds on finding peace in Christ. 

Help When You Need It

No matter what type of youth retreat you are planning, making sure your teens are having a fantastic time is essential to a successful retreat. America's Keswick is a Christian non-profit ministry that has provided summer camps and over night group retreats for more than 80 years. Contact us online, or call 1-800-453-7942 ext 1015 to speak with a friendly Keswick staff member today for help planning your next youth retreat!

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