Middle School Retreat


Friday, April 9
Registration @ Hidden Acres Christian Center in Dayton, IA – around 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 11
Check-Out & Departure – after lunch

Location: Hidden Acres Christian Center
Hidden Acres is a camp with all the recreation activities you can think of! They have wilderness to explore, 9 square, ball games, snack back, indoor pool, kayaking and more!

2021 Theme: Magnify

We have ideas of ourselves that are too simplified, too broad, and/or influenced by people and culture, and we need to take a closer look. Sometimes we have the same issue with our idea of God, and we need to take a closer look. The Bible tells us about times when Jesus gave humanity an up-close, magnified, encounter with God and showed God's character to be different than what we expected.

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2021 Talent


SPEAKER: Bradley Rees
Bradley Rees is the Student Ministry Worship Music Director at Orchard Hill Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Bradley has been a part of the Rocky House Band and Orchard Hill Collective at past events like Rocky Mountain High ('17) and Power Connection ('18, '19). Bradley has been a speaker at Orchard Hill's middle school and college-age ministries, and we're SO excited to learn and worship with him at Middle School Retreat 2021!


BAND: Northwestern Worship Band
The Northwestern Worship Band will be leading musical worship for the main sessions of Middle School Retreat. This is a group of Northwestern College students led by Josh Kuipers. They have been a part of Middle School Retreat for many years, and we're very excited to welcome them back!

Middle School Retreat is a fun weekend for middle school students and their adult leaders!  Middle School Retreat is held at Hidden Acres Christian Center in Dayton, IA (about a half hour south of Fort Dodge).

Synod Youth Ministries partners with Northwestern College students to plan an awesome weekend of worship, large group sessions, youth group time and of course recreation and games!


Middle School Retreat registration opened January 4 and is now closed (February 25, 2021)

YOUTH PASTORS: For students to register for the events, you will need to TURN ON the event registration form. See the Youth Leader Account page to learn more about this.


Suggested Items for ALL Participants

  • casual clothes
  • jacket/sweatshirt
  • Outdoor shoes
  • personal toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc)
  • water bottle
  • Bible & pen
  • towel
  • pillow
  • sleeping bag
  • bathing suit
  • flashlight (it gets dark at the camp at night)
  • spending money (for the snack bar)
  • Towels and Linens
  • All cabins will be dorm style. You need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel!