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 2018:

  1. January 5-7  |  Middle & High School
  2. January 12-14  |  Middle School Only
  3. January 19-21  |  Middle & High School
  4. January 26-28  |  High School Only
  5. February 2-4  |  Middle School Only
  6. February 9-11  |  Middle & High School
  7. February 16-18  |  High School Only
  8. February 23-25  |  Middle School Only
  9. March 2-4  |  Middle & High School
  10. March 9-11  |  Middle & High School
Call 443-712-1010 for Availability >>
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Cost is $150 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!

the Remedy Worship
Ashes Remain
RVR House Band


Speaker Justin Ulrich

Justin Ulrich

Weekend #1  |  March January 5th-7th

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 John Zeigenfuse

John Zeigenfuse

Weekend #2  |  January 12th-14th

Middle Schoolers

John is a Maryland native and has worked in Christian ministry for nearly 20 years. He and his wife Jolene have five active kids and are very involved in the local sports community...that and he's a HUGE Ravens fan. John is an ordained minister and currently serves as River Valley Ranch's Director of Programming. He has a tremendous heart for youth culture and engaging kids with the life changing truths of God's word.

Speaker TBA

Speaker TBA

Weekend #3  |  January 19th-21st

Middle & High Schoolers

Speaker bio coming soon!

Speaker Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Weekend #4  |  January 26th-28th

High Schoolers

Rich was born into a godly ministry home, gave his life to Christ as a young man, and graduated from college with a degree in youth ministries. He and his wife Janet have three adult children (Rich III, Jenna, and Ryan) and have served together in churches in the Midwest and the Seattle area. In 2003, Rich transitioned from serving as Pastor of Student Ministries to an Associate Professor position at Liberty University, where he mentors, equips, and teaches the next generation of youth ministry leaders. He has developed a number of youth ministry courses and co-authored “Student Ministry Essentials” (Moody Press). Rich is passionate about coffee, baseball, landscaping, and anything historical, but most of all, he loves to teach God’s Word and encourage the church to fulfill the Great Commission.

Speaker George Hopkins

George Hopkins

Weekend #5  |  February 2nd-4th

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 Luke Casagrande

Luke Casagrande

Weekend #6  |  February 9th-11th

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 Rob Stansberry

Rob Stansberry

Weekend #7  |  February 16th-18th

High Schoolers

Rob has served in several youth and preaching positions and has a deep commitment and adoration of the local Church and discipleship. He attended seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and pastored Lake Shore Baptist Church in Chicago for 5 years, before finishing his Masters at Shepherds Theological Seminary in North Carolina. Now a Theology & Rhetoric teacher at Cary Christian School, where he serves as Dean of House, Rob lives with his wife and 3 kids and has an active blog at

Speaker Nate Garrett

Nate Garrett

Weekend #8  |  February 23rd-25th

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

Speaker Thurman Williams

Thurman Williams

Weekend #9  |  March 2nd-4th

Middle & High Schoolers

Thurman is the Associate Pastor of Grace and Peace Fellowship (PCA) in St. Louis, MO. Prior to that he was the Pastor of New Song Community Church (PCA), in the Sandtown community of inner-city Baltimore for 13 years and was on staff with YoungLife for 4 years. He holds a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) from Chesapeake Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministry degree from Covenant Theological Seminary. Thurman has been married to his lovely wife, Evie, for 19 years and they have been blessed with four beautiful children: Charvez, Shaquana, Joshua, and Caleb. Thurman serves as a member of the PCA's Mission to North America Committee and the Missouri Presbytery’s Reconciliation and Kingdom Justice Committee. Fun fact? He wrote his doctoral dissertation on, "Christ-Centered Preaching in Hip Hop Culture."

Speaker TBA

Speaker TBA

Weekend #10  |  March 9th-11th

Middle & High Schoolers

Speaker bio coming soon!

*Bands and Speakers subject to change.