The Teen Program includes all individuals aged 13+ in high school or the equivalent grade, and above.
We value the addition that a lively teen group brings to the bible school community and do our best to make the week as meaningful, uplifting, and enjoyable as possible for each and every teen. If you have ideas about ways to improve the teen experience, please let us know via the Contact page.
Ways we build a strong young adult community:
- Teen dormitories. Teens have the option of staying in the boys or girls dormitories. There is one dormitory for each gender. The dorms provide a place for conversation across all individuals and all ages, which helps to build new friendships and strengthen existing ones.
- Central hangout spot (“The Barn”). The Barn is the main area set aside for teens to relax, play games or cards, chat, and snack.
- Optional organized activities. Whether it be a game of Avalon, group trip to the pool for Sharks and Minnows, a volleyball game, or a rapid-fire game of Nerts, there’s always something fun to do.
- Nightly Devotions. Each evening at 9pm, the teens gather at the Barn to play group games and then share devotional thoughts. We encourage teens to feel confident in preparing a brief devotional to share with the group, whether baptized or not, if they have a subject or topic that they have thoughts on. Occasionally, adults are asked to provide a devotion
- Serving. The Menucha facility serves meals “family-style” in tables of 6-8 with a designated “server” for each table. The server’s responsibility is to bring the prepared food from the kitchen, offer drinks, and bus the tables after mealtime. The server crew is made up of 16 or so teens and creates a spirit of camaraderie.
- Berry picking. The berry picking excursion has become very popular! Oregon is known for it’s gorgeous blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries and we make a trip out to our favorite berry farm to harvest the bounty for enjoyment all week.
- Friday Night. It’s tradition to spend the last night of bible school having fun as a group, usually with a Scavenger Hunt or other structured game.
- Fostering trust, honesty, and mutual respect. The teen leaders and returning teens have done their best to create an environment that allows for open communication, trust, and respect. We honor all walks of life and stages of spirituality and do all we can to provide a safe and welcoming space for questions, thoughts, and feelings to be shared without fear of judgement or embarrassment.
“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
And so encourage one another and help one another,
just as you are now doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11