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All MKs between the ages of 18 & 23 are invited to join us in Winter Park, Colorado for our annual Thanksgiving Retreat. it’s going to be a great time getting away with other mks to grow and reconnect.

Countdown to retreat


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11/23/2021: We are asking all staff and students to wear masks when travelling on buses.

11/22/2021: Beaver Sports, our equipment provider, is requiring masks be worn in their store. Please be prepared with your mask from your flight.

11/9/2021: We are adding COVID guidelines to try and keep Thanksgiving Retreat safe and COVID free! You can learn more about those by clicking HERE

covid updates

We are requiring all MKs and Staff/Work Crew attending retreat to test negative 72 hours before departing for retreat even if you’re fully vaccinated. Please send confirmation of your negative test to the MK Office in the following format: 

Last name, First Name, Date of Test, Time of Test, Negative Confirmation

We are also requiring masks that cover your nose and mouth for all of our services in Avalanche.


(as of 11/2/2021)

Masks are recommended but no longer required indoors for vaccinated individuals

Masks and 6 foot distancing are recommended but no longer required outdoors

About the location

Crooked Creek Ranch

Young Life’s Crooked Creek Ranch is a 1,000-acre lodge and conference center just outside of Winter Park CO.  It is a beautiful facility with mountain views and clean comfortable accommodations.


The annual MK Thanksgiving Retreat is an event for stateside based, college-age Assemblies of God World Missions MKs. Thanksgiving is the first family-oriented holiday of the academic year. When parents are on the field, many MKs can’t afford to go home or be with family during the holiday. The MK Thanksgiving Retreat provides an environment where MKs can come together for a few days to build relationships, find support for cultural adjustments, and spend time together in worship.

All Assemblies of God MKs (active or non-active) that are:
    1) Living stateside,
    2) A High School Graduate, and
    3) Between the ages of 18 and 23 by the first day of the retreat.

If you are 23 years old and were eligible to attend in 2020, you are also welcome to attend retreat this year

If this is your first year to attend Thanksgiving Retreat and your parents are active foreign missionaries, there will be no cost to you.

If you have attended in previous years, your family will be responsible only for airfare. Airfare is a (00) expense as funds are available. If your parents’ (00) is not healthy enough, the MK program will still cover the cost of airfare.

If your parents are no longer active missionaries, you are still invited to attend. The only cost to you will be airfare to Denver.

All lodging, meals, and activities* are included in the retreat. The MK office does not pay for or reimburse the cost of luggage. You will be responsible for paying for your luggage. You will also need to bring your own spending money for snacks, shopping, etc.


*Skiing and snowboarding are considered major activities. The MK program will cover the cost of these activities for two of the three days of retreat.

Registration Opens August 1, 2021

Fill out the online pre-registration form in FULL and submit it by October 1, 2021.

Registrations received after October 1st, will incur a late charge of $25, per week, based on the date the registration is received, plus any difference in airfare due to late registration. The late fee will be payable in cash (ONLY) at check-in and will be a personal expense.

For airfare and logistical reasons, we are unable to accept any registrations after October 26, 2021. 

Click here to register

Our Guest Speaker

Josh Wellborn

After pursuing a career in broadcasting, Josh Wellborn  became a youth pastor in 2001 and has served in Brussels, Belgium; Seattle, Washington; and Michigan. In January 2018, Josh was appointed National Director of Assemblies of God Youth Ministries. He, and his wife Jennifer, live in Ozark, Missouri with their four children – Isaac, Symon, Liza, and Stella.

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