Youth gather together with friends
Many wait patiently in line during registration
Newcomers are greeted by the Youth Celebration Welcome sign
This year's t-shirt for Youth Celebration
Some youth and sponsors relax before moving into rooms
Participants were given all the supplies they would need for the week
Youth going through the swim check
Many youth gathered together during registration
Mo-Ranch greeted the new arrivals for this summer's Youth Celebration
Despite the heat, some youth took time to throw the football
Annalise Kean, from the Program Office, takes a second to pose for the camera
Annalise Kean talks with the new arrivals as they wait in line for registration
Some new arrivals wait to make sure they have everything they need
A "hand-made" banner bears this year's theme
Some of the youth enjoy the music
Quote about love by Leo Buscaglia
One group discusses how to make the rope into different shapes
Gathering in the Main Auditorium for the Big Hello
Memorable quote about love used in recent movie, originally part of a 1948 song.
Another love-related quote displayed in Main
Cards were used for some of the first icebreakers
Getting energized by the energizers
Listening closely to the see the movements for the next energizer
Running from the camel in Istanbul
Members of Music sing during the Big Hello
Mo-Ranch Vice President Gary Batty
Director Omi Ford
The youth watch a video connecting the ideas of being loved and being known
Shawn Coons - Keynote Speaker
Shawn Coons talks to the youth
Youth try to stay on the tarp while flipping it over
The groups had fun playing many team building games
Trying to catch multiple tennis balls was not as easy as it looked
Making a plan
Trying to balance all the hula hoops together
Making a plan for the next step
Catching the tennis balls
The games gave everyone a chance to get to know others
Playing catch can become a contact sport
There were some near misses
One game involved maintaining a small track
Contemplating how to get started
Some of the groups figured it out right away
Posing for the camera
A moment of prayer
Some of the catch games were trickier than others
Coordinating the group
Talking at the water cooler
Coordinating a single clap can be tricky
Trying to rotate the circle through jumps
Having fun with the tarp challenge
Group 13 takes a unique approach
Listening to new ideas from the group leader
Coordinating a jump
The tarp challenge can present different challenges
The final product of the hula hoop challenge
Things could get a little crowded with the tarp challenge
The game of "Wah" could also be seen taking place on the lawn
Some of the youth took advantage of the space and played Ninja
It took everyone working together to be successful
Another rope challenge
The afternoon gave groups a chance to bond and talk
Some of the activities took a lot of concentration
The games session had many different types of challenges
Unfortunately this was not done because of some much needed rain
Some quick glances at the camera during the whiffle ball challenge
Campers worked carefully and slowly
Coming together during the six-legged race
Having some fun during games
This race may not be quick, but it is still entertaining
The winning group knows how to communicate and coordinate smoothly
Taking a moment to rest in the shade
Even the smallest victories need to be celebrated
One of challenges required moving "eggs" into the basket
The youth had a lot of patience during the hulu hoop challenge
Shock and awe at the prospect of the upcoming challenge
Quick reflexes and teamwork bring success
Some of the sponsors welcome a break on the lawn
A youth takes on one of the high ropes challenges.
Mo-Ranch or Bust!
Careful footing was important for this high ropes challenge.
Gearing up for the big leap
Taking a moment to center his thoughts before jumping from the Mo Pole
Strapping in for safety before doing the high ropes course
Leaping for the bar at the MoPole
Hanging out by the high ropes course waiting for their turn
Staying cool in the shade while cheering on their friends
This youth has yet to realize he is the next participant in this "Duck, Duck, Goose" style game
Group 13 catches their group leader off guard
Not all the dumped buckets were related to game play
Music played and people danced out by the river during water games
This game pushed the youth to pass water-filled sponges and fill up a bucket
Having a bucket meant you were armed and dangerous
Water games was held on Wednesday as a great way to have fun and stay cool
One of the games was a variation of duck, duck, goose
Everyone got the chance to soak and be soaked on Wednesday afternoon
A stand-off between friends keeps everyone entertained
This youth barely makes it back safely to her spot
Rounding corners on the wet ground was tricky at times
An unexpected ambush greets this youth as he slides back to his spot
A bucket on the head is sure to slow anyone down
Getting a bucket of water on the head was a welcome surprise on this hot afternoon
Candles are set out in preperation for the worship
Throughout the week, everyone at the conference has been learning just what "Love is"
Youth were able to write down prayers and concerns during Wednesday evening worship
Youth light candles during the Wednesday worship
Candles were used during one reflection portion of the worsip
The youth were able to participate in a special "Healing, Wholeness, and Thanksgiving" Worship
Participants look on as one youth recieves a blessing
The people behind the scenes are an important part of the conference running smoothly
Some of the energizers require a little more concentration
These youth take their role as fishermen seriously
Some of the youth have a laugh during one of the energizers
The drama team used some very creative costumes during this particular scene
Everyone saw a unique presentation of the familiar Prodigal Son passage
The drama team have been an important part of this year's Youth Conference
Some Water Games observers, including Codirector Courtney Mullins and Director Omi Ford, pose for a picture
This three-legged race was a it trickier than the more common version
The youth gathered together on Wednesday for Water Games
Participants did a three legged race while trying to carry a cup of water back to their bucket
This pair was quite excited at how well they were managing
There is more than one way to pass a loaded sponge without your hands
Proper protection from the sun was a must during the afternoon heat
Not everyone was able to stop short of the river during this game
There were many different water relay games to be seen
Teamwork was an important aspect for the entire afternoon
The three-legged race brought together old friends and made new ones.
The games were not always as easy as they seemed, but everyone had fun regardless.
Many were surprised when they felt a bucket of water dumped on their heads.
These are a few of the many churches that made the drive to MoRanch for the Youth Conference
One shirt this week sported the phrase "Whatever love is...it's summer at Mo!"
Careful footing is an important part of this high ropes activity
Swinging from nearly 50 feet in the air on the Big Gulp.
Everyone teams up to help on the Big Gulp
Hooking up for safety before the Big Gulp.
The members of this group run with the rope for another member on the Big Gulp.
One of the youth had a great time going on the Big Gulp
The Big Gulp is one of the activities available at the ropes course.
Swinging from the Mo Pole.
One of the youth walks carefully across this high ropes activity.
Taking time to wave while tackling the high ropes course.
Everyone had to part ways during the "Big Goodbye".
Final energizers during the Big Goodbye.
Everyone was able to watch the senior video Friday morning.
The drama team worked hard to put on great performances throughout the conference.
The drama team did an encore show of a particular scene from Enchanted.