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!

Liberty Worship Collective
John Tibbs music
RVR House Band

2019 SPEAKERS*

Speaker Rich Brown

Rich Brown

Weekend #1  |  March January 11th-13th

Middle & 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 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 Keith Oglesby

Keith Oglesby

Weekend #4  |  February 1st-3rd

High Schoolers

Keith is a professor in the Department of Christian Leadership and Church Ministries at Liberty University. He has had the opportunity to teach and speak to thousands of all over the country. Prior to that he worked in Christian camping for nearly 20 years, and as a Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer he’s even gotten to work with several Olympic athletes! Keith has been married to the love of his life, Carrie, since May of 1993, and has four amazing children: Emily (20), Christopher (19), Joshua (19), and David (14).

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 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

Isaiah Long

Weekend #7  |  February 22nd-24th

High Schoolers

Isaiah was raised in a Christian home as the second of six children. He attended Waynesburg College, Morgan State University, Howard University, and holds a BA in Telecommunications and a Master’s of Divinity. He also has a long background in sports, which he uses as a means to connect to others. He’s been in ministry since 2007 and is currently the pastor of Baptized Believer’s Church located in NE Washington, DC. His passion is “Connecting People, Connecting to God." Isaiah is married to Kamali and has three sons. Together they enjoy watching movies and eating sunflower seeds.

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.