Refuge is the first event of the ACCYM year and is generally held at the beginning of November. It’s held at Shepherd of the Ozarks, a beautiful and rustic retreat center located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The event is for 6th-9th graders and is a great opportunity for youth to be introduced to the connection of ACCYM events. During the weekend, youth will participate in worship several times that provides an engaging and revitalizing worship experience.

On Saturday, the youth will be able to enjoy being away from the busyness of life at home and school by enjoying a
variety of activities including hiking, the Cliffhanger swing, the ropes course, horseback riding, the petting zoo, basketball, volleyball, disc golf, and more. Some activities are free while others will have an additional fee. Youth will also break into groups by grade level to get to know one another better, play games and reflect on what the speaker has shared in worship.

Shepherd of the Ozarks has a variety of cabins with beds for 6 to 80. Each cabin will hold one gender and will have youth from the same church staying together. The adults will stay in the cabins with youth, but will have beds reserved so as to not share beds with youth or need to sleep in a bunk bed. All sheets and towels are provided by the retreat center. Shepherd of the Ozarks has limited cell coverage but does have wifi available in some areas. It’s a great way to disconnect from the hussle and bussle of life and reconnect with God, your friends and yourself.

What Do We Need To Know?

Each church sending youth to Refuge must also send adult chaperones in an
appropriate ratio to the number of youth attending. Every youth and adult
must register and upload a medical release/liability form. Each church
must upload a background check verification form stating that all adults
attending Refuge have had background checks and child maltreatment checks


A detailed event schedule and packing list will be emailed to registered
participants the week before the event begins. The event will begin with
registration from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday night and conclude at 11:00
a.m. on Sunday. The first meal served will be breakfast on Saturday
morning and the last meal will be breakfast on Sunday.

Upload your event forms here.

Upload your event forms here.

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