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Covecrest is more than a retreat center and summer camp. Covecrest is a community of Catholics committed to transforming teens, transforming parishes, and transforming culture. Will you join us?
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The Steubenville Youth Conferences, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, are a series of conferences across North America that help teens encounter the love of Christ every summer. Life Teen hosts six Steubenville Youth Conferences with the hopes of strengthening and inspiring teens and youth groups in their collective journeys to Christ.
Life Teen’s Catholic Youth Ministry Convention has become America’s premier event for everyone involved in parish youth ministry. Why? Maybe it’s because we are different. We believe in practical, comprehensive youth ministry training. But we don’t think that’s enough. That’s why we incorporate elements of a spiritual retreat into the training convention. Because youth ministry isn’t about what you know, it’s Who you know.
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Life Teen strengthens our teens' Catholic identity, while rooting them firmly in Christ and in His Church.
At the heart of the Life Teen Leadership Conference is a generation of teens rising up and taking their faith seriously. They no longer want a “feel good” faith of watered-down Scripture; they crave depth, substance and relationship. These teens are changing their parishes, their schools, and their families. Because we see this movement happening, our response is the Life Teen Leadership Conference.
We’ve crafted a unique take on leadership training. We believe in empowering this new generation with practical leadership skills, but not without first teaching them how be a disciple. We recognize that young leaders are only as strong as the community that surrounds them. That’s why we give youth ministers and priests ample time to be with their youth group.
Invest in the future of the Church, invite your top juniors and seniors to a life-changing week at Benedictine College.
LTLC is held on the beautiful campus of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.
Plan your itinerary to fly into/out of the Kansas City Airport (MCI). The college is approximately 45 minutes from the airport. Life Teen does not provide transportation from the airport to the college. Parishes are responsible for arranging their own transportation. If you are looking for a shuttle service from the airport, we recommend Super Shuttle.
At arrival, enter through the main entrance and park near the John Paul II Student Center. There is a Student Center loop for bus drop off. Check-in will take place in the Student Center. Further instructions on housing, schedules, and parking will be given at check-in. Click here for an interactive map of campus.
Check-in is on Monday, June 22, from 11:00am-2:00pm, with the first session beginning at 2:30pm. It is approximately a 45 minute drive from the airport to Benedictine College. Lunch is not included on Monday. Please plan your flight times accordingly. If, due to flight options, you need to arrive a night early, please indicate that when you register. The fee for early arrivals is $65/person and includes Sunday night accommodations as well as breakfast & lunch on Monday. Check-in for early arrivals will be Sunday, June 21, from 7:00-10:00pm. LTLC ends on Friday, June 26, at 11:30am and does not include lunch on Friday.
Check back soon for a full schedule.
Accommodations are provided for all groups on campus at Benedictine College. Males and females are housed separately. Therefore, if you are bringing male and female teens you MUST have a male and female chaperone. The required ratio of chaperones to youth is 1 chaperone for up to every 8 youth of that same gender. Priests are housed in their own private dorms with other priests. Basic bedding and towels are provided for everyone.
$100/person (applied to total cost)
Deadline for Payment of Deposit:
2 weeks after registering online
Deadline for Payment of Final Balance: May 1
The food served at the conference is cafeteria-style. If you or anyone in your group has a food allergy we need to be aware of, please let us know. There is a section on the participant liability form that allows you to share this information with us. In order for allergies to be accommodated by the college, that information must be submitted via the participant liability form no later than May 15. We always do our very best to accommodate your needs; however, it never hurts to bring some snacks just in case.
Kansas is warm during the summer. It’s hot during the day and pleasant at night and in the mornings. Dress to be casual and comfortable. The main room/ breakout rooms can get chilly so bring a sweater or sweatshirt. While the main room is very air conditioned, some dorm rooms are not.
We would love for you to concelebrate! We ask that you please bring your own vestments (alb & stole). And be sure to submit your Letter of Good Standing ahead of time.
Life Teen does not provide transportation for the conference. We do recommend Super Shuttle as a good option for getting from the airport to the college.
We do have a very limited amount of scholarships available for teens to attend LTLC. If you have a teen in great financial need, please download this scholarship application and submit it.
There is internet available by ethernet cord in each dorm room and wireless in the student center. There is not internet available in the main room.
Yes, the Life Teen Store will have lots of great product for you to purchase!
Yes, we will have a digital audio download of all keynote and most breakout talks for sale at the conference. The digital download will not contain music that is played at the conference. Group leaders can purchase the download on site. Cost is $60.
We will have very basic first aid (band aids, Tylenol, Tums, etc.) For any major needs, you will need to go to the local hospital. The group leader should bring first aid supplies as well.
Due to limited dorm space, we are not able to provide private rooms for chaperones. You will be roomed with a chaperone of the same gender from another group if you are the only chaperone of your gender attending from your parish
In order to make this experience the best one possible for your teens, we recommend a maximum of 16 teens, 8 of each gender. But you know your parish and your teens best, so we ultimately leave that decision up to you! Remember, for up to every 8 male teens, you must have at least 1 male chaperone and for up to every 8 female teens, you must have at least 1 female chaperone. The minimum group size required is at least 3 people, made up of 1 chaperone with 2 teens (all of the same gender).
Yes, you can. But you are responsible for making those arrangements with another group leader attending the conference. That group leader must be willing to chaperone those teens and take full responsibility for them during the overnight portions of the event. They also must still maintain the 1 to 8 gender specific ratio with your teens included in the teen count in order for it to be ok. Once you have made those arrangements, you and the other group leader both need to email Mary Zitelli at email@example.com letting him know the details of the arrangements so that we can be sure to house your teens near the chaperones from the other group. All of this must be done prior to May 15th.
After May 15, you can only make substitutions of the same gender and age category (chaperone or youth) due to housing arrangements. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Mary Zitelli (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Yes, you have two options to get your teen registered for the conference. You can form and register a small group comprised of yourself, your teen, and some of his or her friends. In that case you would be the group leader. We require a minimum group size of 3 and all groups must comply with the chaperone requirements. The other option is to find out if there is a parish in your area attending the conference and then you can contact the youth minister at that parish to see if they’d be willing to take your teen as a part of their group. Contact Mary Zitelli (email@example.com) to see if any groups from your area are registered.
Sarah Houde, Director of Events
firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-809-3902 ext. 201
Miranda Baniewicz, Assistant to the Director of Events
email@example.com, 800-809-3902 ext. 226
Mary Zitelli, Events Registration Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-809-3902 ext. 231