Giving Hope to Teens

Giving Hope to Teens: Hope · Help · Handoff · Humility

The Wilds Youth Worker's Conference - March 5-8, 2024

Teens are bombarded daily by difficulties and are searching for release from pain in divergent ways. They find that nothing on earth takes that pain away. Many of them have come to realize that the Bible is their one source of handling these trials and temptations, but they don’t know how God intends for the Bible to be used. For over 50 years, The Wilds has used a simple counseling model known as “The Tree” to give hope and help for change. This model has been effective in highlighting how our knowledge and understanding of God can change our sin patterns, giving us hope for peace in a sin-cursed world. This conference will be centered on these principles. We will have sessions on the sufficiency of Scripture, progressive sanctification, and the method for getting to know God. We will highlight different areas of sin, such as dealing with “sin around me,” “sin against me,” “sin in me,” and “sin with me.” We will also dive deeply into the “tree model” of counseling and work through many examples using this tool. Our desire is to pass this efficient tool on to those who minister to youth so they can be confident in giving real help to teenagers. Join us for the Giving Hope to Teens Conference in March 2024. Youth Workers’ Conference as we learn how to love and guide teens struggling with addictive, enslaving habits.

Keynote Speaker

KURT SKELLY is the senior pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Prior to moving to Virginia, he served as a senior pastor at a church in southwestern Pennsylvania and in other pastoral ministry since 1991. A featured speaker at Bible conferences, revivals, youth conferences, and college campuses across the United States and abroad, Kurt is known for his energetic, balanced, and Bible-centered preaching, and for his passion for the Lord and people. Kurt and his wife, Wanda, have four adult children and six grandchildren.

Session and Workshop Speakers

will feature the following staff members of The Wilds Christian Association, Inc.:

Chris Anastos

Director of Camper Experience

Joe Kopp

TWNE Director

Andy Anglea

Director of Staff Experience

Willie Partin

Director of Camp Relations

Kelly Collier

Staff Training Specialist

Hannah Rowley

Staff Experience Administrative Assistant

Matt Collier


Noah Smith

JBC Director

Tim Endean

CampsAbroad Field Rep

Christy Taylor

Music Specialist

Schedule Highlights


3:00 pm – Check-in
7:00 pm – Orientation/General Session 1


9:00 am – General Session 2
11:30 am – General Session 3
4:45 pm – Breakout Session 1
7:15 pm – General Session 4


9:00 am – General Session 5
11:30 am – General Session 6
4:45 pm – Breakout Session 2
7:15 pm – General Session 7


8:00 am – Dismiss after Breakfast

Pricing & Accommodations

Registration Fee$50$50$50
ChildrenAges 0-24 months$25

*There are a limited number of single occupancy rooms available.

Accommodations: Accommodations are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis after the completed registration form and registration fee are received in our office. If the requested accommodation is full, we will confirm the next type of housing available (see housing descriptions below) and put you on standby for your first choice. You will receive a confirmation receipt after your reservation has been processed. The registration fee is only refundable or transferable if we are notified of the cancellation 30 days before the program begins.

Lodge: Comfortable hotel-style room in a wing of the main camp building. One queen-size bed and two sets of bunk beds. Private bath. One couple, family, or multiple individuals per room. Accommodates up to six
people. All linens provided.

Inn: Pleasant hotel-style room in a three-story building next to the Lakeside Center and 150 yards from the main Lodge. Most rooms are furnished with a queen-size bed and one set of bunk beds. Private bath. One couple, family, or multiple individuals per room. Accommodates up to four people. All linens provided.

Duplex: Private double-unit cabin, three flights of stairs from the main Lodge. Queen-size bed and four sets of bunk beds. Private bath. One couple, family, or multiple individuals per cabin. Accommodates up to ten people. Please bring bedding, pillows, and towels.

Child Care: Children ages 0-24 months may attend this conference with their parents. They must be within this age range at the time of camp. Child care will be provided during the General Sessions and Workshops only (children may not attend these). Capacity is very limited; cost per child is $25. Please complete the requested information on the registration form.  

Reward: For each first-time Youth Workers’ adult or married couple you bring as your guest, you can receive a $60 deduction from your balance due at check-in. Please let us know the name(s) in advance. You can save up to the total cost of your Youth Workers’ Conference price.