Winter Meltdown Youth Retreat

Winter Meltdown is an action-packed, spiritually challenging, all‑inclusive weekend adventure for your youth group!

Winter Youth Retreat

Finding the right winter retreat experience for your student ministry can be a challenge— one that is exciting, relevant, and engaging with its activities AND deeply impactful and spiritually challenging to today's teens. At RVR, we know the crucial gap youth leaders stand in and are thrilled to come along side of you in providing your middle and high school students with a weekend experience they won't forget!

Dates for 2019:

  1. January 11-13  |  Middle & High School
  2. January 18-20  |  Middle School Only
  3. January 25-27  |  Middle & High School
  4. February 1-3  |  High School Only
  5. February 8-10  |  Middle School Only
  6. February 15-17  |  Middle & High School
  7. February 22-24  |  High School Only
  8. March 1-3  |  Middle School Only
  9. March 8-10  |  Middle & High School

Cost is $160 Per Person Once you have called and registered, please complete the Youth Leader Registration Packet and send it to us with your deposit to confirm.


Winter Meltdown Activities & Things To Do

Choices abound for students when it comes to activities at Winter Meltdown. Saturday afternoon provides the opportunity to choose between several of RVR's exciting and best known activities: take a trail ride on horseback through our 500+ acres, color the snow (and your opponent) in an exciting game of paintball, race your friends down our 1500’ Triple zipline (the longest on the east coast), or try your hand at Archery Tag!. You can also jump in on a game of football, try stay on your feet playing broomball on our outdoor ice rink, or go Snow Tubing when the weather is just right!

There’s also tons to do inside. Play team sports like basketball or dodgeball in our gym, or challenge your friends to a game of ping-pong, fooseball, carpetball, or air hockey in our game room. More the chill type? No problem, hang out by the fire in the Wagon Wheel snack shop or browse the Tradin' Post camp store for some new swag.

All-Inclusive Retreat

Meals, lodging, activities, game room, worship band, speaker, and more— Winter Meltdown is your complete retreat! Learn more about our Retreat Facilities here.

Winter Meltdown is your time to challenge yourself, go crazy and have fun, or just relax around a fire and make new friends. Our goal is to provide a place free from the distractions of everyday life— a winter youth retreat where students and leaders can focus on God and build meaningful relationships with each other.

Looking for a Fall middle school retreat option? Check out RVR's IGNITE weekend >>

Every weekend features powerful music with a different band* that's excited to engage your students!

Wild Harbors
Liberty Worship Collective
RVR House Band
RiSE band, Clarks Summit University
John Tibbs music

2019 SPEAKERS*

Speaker Scott Murrill

Scott Murrill

Weekend #1  |  March January 11th-13th

Middle & High Schoolers

Scott Murrill was born in Texas, has traveled to most of the 50 states, but has lived in Maryland for the past 23 years. He has been working in youth ministry since 1986 and has also volunteered with young life and campus crusade. He currently works with a youth group in Timonium, assists a young adult ministry in Carroll County, and teaches an adult congregation in Montgomery County. He has a few degrees but more importantly he loves to surf and has a passion for the teachings of the love of God!

Speaker Nate Garrett

Nate Garrett

Weekend #2  |  January 18th-20th

Middle Schoolers

Nate Garrett is an evangelist with a passion for Making Disciples who Make Disciples who Make Disciples. Nate attended Liberty University where he majored in Biblical Studies and met the love of his life, Debbie. Nate was a youth pastor for 14 years before following a call to evangelism. As a full-time evangelist Nate travels with his family to share the Gospel and equip Christians for ministry and evangelism. He also teaches Apologetics at a Christian High School in NC. He uses humor, truth, and object lessons to communicate to teens and adults on their level. He is also an avid Star Wars fan and even named his children Luke and Leia. You can find out more about Nate, his beliefs, and his ministry at InsideNatesHead.com

Speaker Luke Casagrande

Luke Casagrande

Weekend #3  |  January 25th-27th

Middle & High Schoolers

Luke Casagrande has been working in full time pastoral ministry with students, families, and young adults since 2009. Before he heard the clear call of the Lord on his life Luke was involved in a lifestyle that was completely spiraling out of control. Since experiencing the Grace of God in and through his life Luke has given himself fully to the call of vocational ministry. His life experiences have given him the ability to connect with people in a very genuine and enthusiastic way making him an effective voice for Jesus Christ among this generation. He and his family live in Timonium Md, just North of Baltimore City, and he is the Student Ministries and Young Adults Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church, Timonium.

Speaker TBD

TBD

Weekend #4  |  February 1st-3rd

High Schoolers

Speaker bio coming soon...

Speaker George Hopkins

George Hopkins

Weekend #5  |  February 8th-10th

Middle Schoolers

George Hopkins was born and raised in Baltimore. He grew up in Cherry Hill, attending Poly High School and then Morgan State as a student-athlete. While playing football at Morgan State, George got involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and worked full-time with them for three years in Baltimore City after graduating. He then served as a pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium for six years before starting a church in Southwest Baltimore in 2014. He is now the Lead Pastor of Gallery Church SoWeBo and volunteers with various organizations that help build the city of Baltimore. George lives in Baltimore with his wife Stefanie and three children: Sofia, Shiloh, and Gabriel.

Speaker Justin Ulrich

Justin Ulrich

Weekend #6  |  February 15th-17th

Middle & High Schoolers

Justin has served the church as a youth pastor for over a decade, but he has been preaching since he was 14 years old. He loves creative storytelling, writing, and connecting teens to life in God’s Kingdom. Originally from Detroit, he earned a degree in Bible and Theology from North Central University and a Masters of Divinity from Regent University. He currently serves a growing youth ministry in the Dulles Area of Virginia, where he lives with his wife and 3 ridiculously cute children. Any chance he can, he retreats to the woods to hunt, shoot, camp, and hike.

Speaker Derek Idol

Derek Idol

Weekend #7  |  February 22nd-24th

High Schoolers

Speaker bio coming soon...

Speaker Nate Garrett

Nate Garrett

Weekend #8  |  March 1st-3rd

Middle Schoolers

Nate Garrett is an evangelist with a passion for Making Disciples who Make Disciples who Make Disciples. Nate attended Liberty University where he majored in Biblical Studies and met the love of his life, Debbie. Nate was a youth pastor for 14 years before following a call to evangelism. As a full-time evangelist Nate travels with his family to share the Gospel and equip Christians for ministry and evangelism. He also teaches Apologetics at a Christian High School in NC. He uses humor, truth, and object lessons to communicate to teens and adults on their level. He is also an avid Star Wars fan and even named his children Luke and Leia. You can find out more about Nate, his beliefs, and his ministry at InsideNatesHead.com

Speaker George Hopkins

George Hopkins

Weekend #9  |  March 8th-10th

Middle & High Schoolers

George Hopkins was born and raised in Baltimore. He grew up in Cherry Hill, attending Poly High School and then Morgan State as a student-athlete. While playing football at Morgan State, George got involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and worked full-time with them for three years in Baltimore City after graduating. He then served as a pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium for six years before starting a church in Southwest Baltimore in 2014. He is now the Lead Pastor of Gallery Church SoWeBo and volunteers with various organizations that help build the city of Baltimore. George lives in Baltimore with his wife Stefanie and three children: Sofia, Shiloh, and Gabriel.


*Bands and Speakers subject to change.