A welcome sign greets the new arrivals at Mo Ranch.
A line of eager participants forms, ready for registration.
A memorable quote can be found on the back of this year's shirts.
A cool design and interesting quote are on the front of this year's shirts.
Two youth get ready for the first zipline of the day.
Many campers braved the Mo Pole leap.
Ainsley unhooks a camper from the line.
The next camper takes a ride on the zipline.
Field Instructor Kelly gives the guidelines for the ropes course.
These campers shared the zipline experience.
A successful jump from the Mo Pole.
Taking the leap!
For some of the campers, this was their first zipline ride.
Scaling the Mo Pole can be a challenge.
Doing chin-ups on the Mo Pole.
Getting ready to jump.
Going for the bar!
Just inches away from the bar.
Sometimes standing up can be the most difficult part.
Grabbing onto the rope for just a little more stability.
One youth braces himself for the jump.
Sometimes it's difficult to smile when you're standing a 25-ft tall pole.
Gathering together for the evening worship.
Walking to the Chapel on the Hill.
The band practices some pre-worship songs.
The Chapel on the Hill has a beautiful overlook that everyone can enjoy.
Getting everything together before the evening worship.
Some of the group leaders and a youth named David help illustrate the story of David and Goliath.
The drama team comes together to act out a skit for worship.
The music added to the worship celebration.
Many people could be seen showing their patriotism.
Some of the youth went to great heights to avoid getting hit.
Many of the youth got together to play Gaga Ball on Monday night.
A large crowd eventually gathered to both watch and play Gaga Ball.
Playing Gaga Ball meant using only your hands to tag other people's feet with the ball.
Even the adults wanted to get in on the games.
A game of ninja soon appeared and many stopped to join in.
Ping pong players also got together for a game or two.
A court was available for the youth to play basketball.
Some of the group leaders showed their patriotism through dress, face paint, and colored hair spray.
Many faces reminded everyone what day it was.
Part of the celebration involved passing out ice cream bars to everyone.
The group leaders teamed up to perform a Katy Perry energizer.
Some of the guys used a less conventional way of celebrating the 4th.
Although actual fireworks were banned, the youth watched a special version of "Fireworks" by Katy Perry in an energizer led by the group leaders.
The youth gathered by the waterfront for the Aquathon.
Music played and people danced before the games got under way.
Getting ready for the three legged race.
Working together to cross the finish line.
Two groups battle it out in the tug of war.
Dumping sponges during dodgeball.
The water version of 'Duck, duck, goose'.
Running to the middle to redunk the sponges.
In this game, losing team gets splashed with water.
Dodgeball: Aquathon style.
Some of the youth take careful aim during dodgeball.
Even the adults joined in on the fun.
Dodgeball by the riverfront.
Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge.
One game required the youth to move a piece of ice into a nearby bucket.
Youth line up for another game on the waterfront.
Moving quickly along.
Teamwork is an important part of the three legged race.
It takes careful steps to make it in the three legged race.
Despite the heat, everyone seemed to have a good time during the games.
Having fun during a game of dodgeball.
Playing water dodgeball.
Having fun during one of the water games.
Surprise attacks are a common occurance during the Aquathon.
Drip, drip, drop was another game played in the afternoon.
Sliding into safety during this game.
This game kept everyone on their toes.
After dumping the water, it was important to move quickly.
Getting water dumped on you wasn't always a bad thing during the hot afternoon.
This next person has to get ready to run!
The conference keynote speaker joins in the afternoon fun.
Water buckets were always flying during the Aquathon.
Things can get intense during a game of dodgeball.
Another surprise attack.
Lined up and ready to go.
Standing up to the other side.
Taking aim and jumping clear are the keys to victory.
There are always a lot of things happening at once during the dodgeball games.
These two campers get ready to throw their sponges at the other team.
Not everyone was ready for a surprise attack.
This team grabs the rope and buckles down.
Tug of war by the river.
In this game, the sponges were passed from the river to a bucket.
Another youth throws a sponge dodgeball during a game.
Jumping in the river.
Taking a big leap into the cool river.
Many people cooled off in the river after the Aquathon.
Cooling off in the river.
The group listens closely to the ropes course instruction.
Getting ready for the zipline.
Flying by on the zipline.
Just hanging out on the zipline.
Getting hooked up for the Big Gulp.
This group gets ready to run for the next person on the Big Gulp.
Up, up, and away on the Big Gulp.
Getting ready to ride the Big Gulp.
Running together to get the next person up and ready for the Big Gulp.
Swinging on the Big Gulp.
This group waits to make sure everything is ready for the next rider.
Having fun on the Big Gulp!
Keynote speaker Rob Mueller talks to the youth.
Rob Mueller speaks to youth.
Rob told the story behind his tattoo during one of his keynote.
Singing along during the gathering.
Music group leads the songs.
Weaving together the final project.
The service project this year involved turning plastic bags into mats.
The final product.
The first step involved flattening the bags.
The assembly line waits for their turn in the process.
JHJ service project
Tying together the plastic bags to make the "plarn".
Each of the churches brought some plastic bags to recycle into mats.
Weaving it all together.
All kinds of wildlife can be found at Mo Ranch.
Worship leader during the evening worship
Gathering together for worship
A beautiful evening by the river celebrating worship.
The youth wait for the next skit during the Wednesday evening dance.
Some of the small group leaders performed to Ke$ha during the dance.
Dancing during another Wednesday evening skit,
Some of the male group leaders danced to Beyonce's "All the Single Ladies".
Another routine performed during the Wednesday evening dance.
Having fun during the evening dance.
Dancing to one of the final energizers of the conference.
Listening closely to the keynote.