The Ridgecrest Summer Youth Program is geared towards high school students looking to grow in their walks with the Lord through an intentional community, discipleship, and service. It offers an opportunity to learn what it means to serve with a glad heart while having a lot of fun! Each week will be filled with activities on and off campus, high energy chapel services, themed bible lessons and much more.

Our mission is cultivating experiences, nurturing relationships and impacting lives for God's glory.

Our purpose is to provide knowledge, and abilities to empower youth with the skills to be successful at Ridgecrest and in life.

Our desire is to equip future generations with the experience to serve others the way Christ serves us.

So that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10

Do you want to be part of an amazing program geared toward older teens for 3 or more weeks this summer? Can you answer yes to the questions below?


-Do you have an authentic, growing relationship with Jesus?

-Will you live in intentional community with other believers?

-Do you desire to serve others with excellence and grace?

-Can you be flexible and teachable mentally, physically, and emotionally?

-Are you willing to take time away from the normal routine of life to focus on your walk with the Lord and others?




For more information, please contact Christine at or 828-669-3589.



Q & A


How old do I need to be?

This program is for 15, 16, and 17 year olds.


How long is the program?

There are 3 sessions, each lasting for 3 weeks. You may come for 1, 2, or 3 sessions. Session dates are as follows:

June 9-30

June 30-July 21

July 21-August 11


Who will supervise the program?

We have college age Christian counselors that will live, play, and serve alongside you daily. They love Jesus and are looking forward to getting to know you and invest in you over the summer.


Where will I live?

The rooms are set up with 5 sets of bunk beds and 2 bathrooms.


Are meals provided?

Yes, 3 meals each day are provided plus there will be surprise snacks throughout the week.


What's the cost?

The cost of the program is $300 for a 3-week session. This money goes back into the program to pay for trips, entertainment, and basic needs to increase the quality of the time and training while at Ridgecrest. No refunds for cancellations.


Why should I be a part of this program?

It is an opportunity to be away from home for a while and get hands-on experience in ministry. You will live in intentional community with other believers. You will be stretched in your walks with the Lord, and it will help you learn life skills you can take with you wherever you go. We also desire you will want to transition to our college age Summer Staff Team once you are 18.


What types of things will I do when I am not serving?

Each week there will be on campus activities which might include:

  • Disc Golf
  • Obstacle Course
  • Laser Tag
  • Zip Lining
  • Climbing Wall
  • Mini Golf
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Corn Hole
  • Bonfires

There will also be 1 off-campus activity each week which might include:

  • River Tubing
  • Lake James
  • Waterfall Hikes
  • Overnight Campout
  • Fun Depot
  • Sliding Rock
  • Mount Evans
  • Chimney Rock


What will the bible study time look like?

These will be led by your counselors and the study will be based on the theme for the session that you choose to be a part of.


How many people will be part of the program?

Our goal is to have 20 youth (10 guys and 10 girls) in each session.


What is chapel?

It consists of powerful worship and solid teaching from God's Word.


Where will we relax and hang out?

There is a community space near your housing that will be used as a fellowship area for all in the program.

Can my parents or family come visit?

It is best for family to only come when dropping you off or picking you up. Once the program starts, there won't be a lot of free time to spend with family if they are here. We offer discounted rates on housing and meals for your family members.


How large is Ridgecrest?

We are on 1,300 acres, have over 650 lodging rooms, and host over 65,000 guests every year.