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Summit reflection video for Easter Sunday in Lent with Joel Stepanek.
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The Steubenville Youth Conferences, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, are a series of 24 conferences across North America that help teens encounter the love of Christ every summer. Each summer, Life Teen hosts several Steubenville Youth Conferences with the hopes of strengthening and inspiring teens and youth groups in their collective journeys to Christ.
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Benedictine College - Atchison, Kansas
We are offered a future full of hope. That future, however, will not simply arrive at our doorstep. We must co-labor with Christ as he speaks hope into this world.
A future of hope starts with the youth of today. They are tomorrow’s prophets and apostles, developers and doctors, teachers and preachers, athletes and artists, mystics and martyrs.
How they are shaped today will be how they shape tomorrow.
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 28, 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 27, from 7:00-10:00pm. LTLC ends on Friday, July 2, 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.
The following measures will be implemented regarding housing as part of our COVID-19 safety plans at this event:
As we prepare to host in-person events this summer, Life Teen is committed to keeping the health and safety of our event participants and staff a top priority. We are grateful for your patience, flexibility, and compliance as we ensure all safety protocols are being met.
Please find important information below regarding the COVID-19 policies along with some highlighted changes from prior years at LTLC that we will be implementing to prioritize the safety of all in attendance. These policies are subject to change based on the pandemic’s trajectory, the efficacy of the vaccine, and government guidelines in place at the actual time of the event. Further information and adjustments to policies will be communicated as new information becomes available. All groups will be expected to comply with the safety plans and any additional updates to the plan that are made between now and the event.
It is our hope that these plans and policies will help to ensure that we’re meeting your needs in this extraordinary time and give you more flexibility and peace of mind as you register your group for LTLC!
$100/person (applied to total cost)
Deadline for Payment of Deposit:
2 weeks after registering online
Deadline for Payment of Final Balance: May 15
All paperwork is due May 15, 2021. Paperwork information and downloads can be found below.
Mary Zitelli, Events Registration Coordinator
email@example.com, 800-809-3902 ext. 231
Sarah Houde, Director of Events
firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-809-3902 ext. 201
We are working with the venue to secure a larger meeting space for main sessions where we can accommodate social distancing without having to significantly reduce capacity. Because of this we expect capacity at this event will only be slightly reduced from prior years. However, we encourage you not to wait to register your group as things are subject to change and we may sell out more quickly than in prior years.
Yes, face masks must be worn inside all public areas of buildings, except when actively eating or drinking.
Groups will be socially distanced from all other groups throughout the conference whenever indoors (sessions, liturgies, meals, and housing). Participants within each group will not be socially distanced from each other. Outdoor mingling of groups during free time will be permitted if masks are worn. Each group will have an assigned seating block and dining space to ensure that social distancing is followed. Seating assignments will not rotate throughout the event.
Life Teen will not require negative test results from participants upon arrival, but group leaders are encouraged to collect negative test results from all members of their group prior to traveling to the event.
No. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, has tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of the start of the event, or has recently been exposed to COVID-19 should not attend the event. Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 but are showing no symptoms may attend the event only if they have either previously tested positive and recovered from COVID-19 within the last three months or have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the last three months.
We will have a designated space on site to quarantine any potentially ill person so that they are comfortable and cared for and to protect the health of all other guests. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during the event will be taken to this designated space and evaluated. This individual will be required to have a rapid COVID-19 test taken. If the result is positive, that individual along with the other members of their group will be required to depart the event. It will be the responsibility of the Group Leader to arrange transportation and departure of their group from the event. If the result is negative, first aid and event staff will work with the individual and Group Leader to determine the best course of action.
The expiration date on all existing credits from previously cancelled events has been extended to December 31, 2022. This means you can use your existing credit for any Life Teen event, camp, resource, or subscription until the end of 2022. As a reminder your credit is equivalent to the amount of money paid and is not specific to the event you were registered for or the number of spots you had registered for. If you are unsure whether or not you have remaining credit or the amount of your credit, please contact Mary Zitelli at email@example.com.
Deposit payments are non-refundable, but may be eligible to become credit. If your entire group is unable to attend the event, your deposit payment will become credit with Life Teen that can be used until the end of 2022. If individual members of your group are unable to attend the event, we are unable to offer a refund or credit. You are welcome to bring a substitute in place of the individual(s) who can no longer attend.
After final balance deadlines have passed, the same policies will apply to your final balance payment. The final balance payment deadline for this event is May 15th.
You are welcome to use existing credit to cover deposit or final balance payments. The above policies apply whether you use existing credit or pay new money for your registrations.
Please view the full details of our Summer 2021 Event Cancellation Policies.
If, due to unforeseen circumstances, Life Teen cancels the event, any deposits paid will become credit and any final balances paid will be eligible for a refund.
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).
As a part of our COVID-19 safety plan, the maximum group size allowed is 25 people (including chaperones).
In prior years, we have allowed chaperones to be responsible for teens from other groups in order to meet the gender-specific chaperone requirements. This year, due to our COVID-19 safety plans and the social distancing requirements, this will not be permitted. Each registered group must meet the gender-specific chaperone requirements within their own group.
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).
Due to limited dorm space, we are not usually able to provide private rooms for chaperones. However, this year as a part of our COVID-19 safety plans groups will not be assigned to share rooms or suites with other groups.
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.
Life Teen does not provide transportation for the conference. A list of transportation options at the kansas City airport can be found here: https://www.flykci.com/getting-to-from/ground-transportation/shuttle-services/
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.
Youth participants must be rising juniors, rising seniors, or just graduated seniors. All chaperones must be 21 years of age or older. All participants must be registered as part of a group with a group leader taking responsibility for adhering to the payment, cancellation, paperwork, and event policies.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.