Fall Retreat Youth Schedule

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Check-in and Registration

You are welcome to check-in Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm in the lobby area of the McKeever Lodge. Or you can check-in Thursday morning before classes begin.

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Opening Keynote

11:00 am - 11:50 am

Games and Snacks

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm


12:00 pm - 12:50 pm


12:00 pm - 12:50 pm


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch Break

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Youth Activities

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dinner Break

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Evening Activity

9:00 am - 9:50 am Falconer Room

I Can do All Things Through Christ which Strengthens Me (Thomas Blackwell)

Life's experiences provide all the opportunities for growth to become what the Lord has in store for us. Everything always works out for our good.

Thomas Blackwell
10:00 am - 10:50 am Games (Grassy Area behind the Lodge), Team-Building (Cardinal Deck), Dancing (Ballroom B)

Games, Team-Building, and Dancing Oh my!

Along with traditional LDSHE games, we'll be participating in Team-building activities and dance instruction. Check your "Game Group" to know your rotation schedule.

11:00 am - 11:50 am Ballroom D

Appalachian Ethnobotany: Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants (Ryan Huish)

Have you ever wondered about what wild plants you can eat or use as medicine? How do you know you’re identifying the right plants? Come learn how plants have been traditionally used in the region and how you can actually identify and use them too! They’re more than just an emergency supply for food or medicine—incorporate them into your everyday meals and improve your health. We will discuss details of proper plant identification and will meet some of these plants on a hike together.

Ryan Huish
11:00 am - 11:50 am Cardinal Room

Enriching Family Life with Writing (Stephanie Morgan)

Come and be inspired to use writing as a tool to bring the family together in the pursuits that build our character and enrich our earthly experiences. The best way to ensure your children learn to love writing is to make writing fun and relevant to their lives. In this workshop we are going to brainstorm fun ways you can add writing to your family homeschool as family projects everyone can contribute to. These projects will be meaningful to your kids at all ages and leave behind a legacy that will be meaningful to your family story forever.

Stephanie Morgan
11:00 am - 11:50 am Ballroom C

Swords and Spokes: Likening Scriptures to Everyday Life (Spencer Marsden)

We read the scriptures and find wonderful people like Ammon, Captain Moroni, Esther, Joseph Smith, and Paul, to name a few. But how often are you wielding a sword in protection of a flock of sheep, putting your life at risk by addressing your husband, or leading a battalion of youth into war? If you have ever wondered how the scriptures could possibly relate to your mike dropping life, this class is for you! Join us as we learn how to relate ancient and modern scripture to modern day life as an amazing youth of God living in the 21st century. You won’t regret it! (unless you have an aversion to swords…)

Spencer Marsden
11:00 am - 11:50 am Falconer Room

The Power Struggle: Are You Shoulder to Shoulder or Face to Face? (Sonja Brooksby)

Exploring the power struggle between parents and children is an important topic that resonates with many families. In the journey of parenthood, understanding how to navigate this dynamic and foster cooperation is key. We will delve into the challenges both parties face, the reasons behind the power struggle, and how communication and empathy play crucial roles in resolving conflicts. By discussing real-life examples and strategies for effective communication, families can learn to build stronger relationships and create a more harmonious home environment where parents and children work together to achieve mutual understanding and growth.

Sonja Brooksby
11:50 am - 1:10 pm

Lunch Break

1:10 pm - 2:00 pm Games (Gazebo Field), Team-Building (Pavilion by Gazebo Field), Dancing (Amphitheatre)

Games, Team-Building, and Dancing Oh my!

Along with traditional LDSHE games, we'll be participating in Team-building activities and dance instruction. Check your "Game Group" to know your rotation schedule.

1:10 pm - 2:00 pm Pavilion by Amphitheatre

Introduction to Whittling (Andrew Housley)

Learn how to unleash the creative potential of the random pieces of wood that you find in your life! This course will cover how to safely start whittling and carving today. Contents include knives, the basic cuts, safety, and project design. *Requires pre-resgistration

Andrew Housley
2:20 pm - 3:10 pm Amphitheatre

Closing Keynote: So, You Want to Be an Influencer? (Sonja Brooksby)

Do you dream of becoming a voice to the people, someone who can create fun and inspiring content for the world to enjoy? Do you love the idea of being able to change the course of someone's life for the better? Perhaps we can answer the call to action given in 1844 “Shall we not go on in so great a cause?” If you are willing, you can and will become an Influencer in the world. How can you make that happen? What are the characteristics, motivation or goals of an influencer? What is an Influencer today, yesterday and anciently? Let’s explore these questions together, and “Go forward not backward. Courage, and on, on to the Victory!”

Sonja Brooksby
3:10 pm - 4:10 pm Gazebo Field

Afternoon Activities

Join us for lawn games, scavenger hunts, hikes, and other fun. The hike starts at 3:30 from the pavilion near the field and scavenger hunt starts at 3:30 at the Nature Center. We'll be running optional loosely organized games and activities until 4:00 PM. Parents, be sure to accompany your youth and children to these activities.

4:10 pm - 7:00 pm

Free Time and Dinner Break

Take advantage of the park's available activities. Or spend the afternoon with your friends and family doing whatever it is you like to do.

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Amphitheatre

No-Talent Talent Show and Stargazing

Come share your un-incredible skills and abilities followed by music and stargazing as we wrap up the Fall Retreat.