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 2020:

  1. January 10-12  |  Middle School Only  *FULL*
  2. January 17-19  |  Middle & High School
  3. January 24-26  |  Middle & High School
  4. Jan 31-Feb 2  |  Middle & High School
  5. February 7-9  |  Middle School Only
  6. February 14-16  |  High School Only
  7. February 21-23  |  Middle & High School
  8. Feb 28-March 1  |  Middle School Only
  9. March 6-8  |  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!

Liberty Worship Collective
John Tibbs music
RVR House Band

2020 SPEAKERS*

Speaker Nate Garrett

Nate Garrett

Weekend #1  |  January 10th-12th

Middle & High 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 #2  |  January 17th-19th

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 Jason George

Jason George

Weekend #3  |  January 24th-26th

Middle & High Schoolers

Jason grew up in Southern Maryland and graduated from Liberty University in 1997. He served as a youth pastor for 15 years in MD, NJ, and MO. In 2010, he founded Narrow Trail Ministries and now travels the country sharing Godís life-changing truth in churches, camps, retreats, & outreach events. He operates a small home improvement business and is pursuing his master's degree at Covenant Theological Seminary. He's been married to his beautiful wife for over 20 years and they have 3 children: Autumn, Noah, & Gabrielle. He considers his role as a husband & father to be his first and foremost ministry/adventure. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, blogging, mountain biking, hiking, hunting, canoeing, sushi, and Starbucks!

Speaker Luke Casagrande

Luke Casagrande

Weekend #4  |  Jan 31st-Feb 2nd

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 Nate Garrett

Nate Garrett

Weekend #5  |  February 7th-9th

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 Justin Ulrich

Justin Ulrich

Weekend #6  |  February 14th-16th

High Schoolers

Justin served the church in youth ministry for well over a decade, and 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 is the founding pastor of Terraforma Church in Brambleton, VA., 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 Isaiah Long

Tyler Restrick

Weekend #7  |  February 21st-23rd

Middle & High Schoolers

Tyler was born and raised in Bel Air, Maryland. After graduating from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA, Tyler came back to Bel Air and has been the Student Pastor at Freedom Church, a multi-site church based in Bel Air, MD since 2013. He never envisioned that he would be in Student Ministry, but once he got involved, he fell in love. He loves to share about Jesus in a way that is real and relatable. Tyler works for the US Army as a Contracting Specialist and is also the Varsity Tennis Coach at Bel Air High School. He is married to his beautiful wife Rachael, and has two kids: Brady (5) and Olivia (3)

Speaker Thurman Williams

Thurman Williams

Weekend #8  |  Feb 28th-March 1st

Middle 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 20 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 Luke Casagrande

Luke Casagrande

Weekend #9  |  March 6th-8th

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.


*Bands and Speakers subject to change.