YTH Parent Newsletter JULY 2021


What a month! From graduations to Revival Nights, June felt like a breath of fresh air. This month we are sending students on a Global Team to El Salvador and close to 550 students & leaders to YTH Camp!! It is going to be a month full of excitement and JOY! We can't wait!


SUMMER IS HERE! There is nothing like hanging with friends, enjoying the weather, and listening to your FAVORITE songs. Our series for the month of July is called, “Summer Soundtrack”. In this series we will be taking popular songs and the messages they communicate and find correlations to the TRUTH found in God’s Word. Summer time in YTH is a time when we grow closer to one another and go deeper in our relationship with Jesus!

Please remember that Wednesday July 21st we will not have YTH (as all of our Youth Pastors will be at camp).

YTH CAMP | JULY 19-23rd

Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, MN

Camp is finally upon us! We can’t wait for your student to experience all that God has in store for them during their time at Lake Geneva. We are expecting great things! Below is everything you need to know to be prepared for the morning of July 19th:


SHAKOPEE, MINNETRISTA & CROSSTOWN STUDENTS: Please arrive at our Shakopee campus at 7am sharp. The bus is scheduled to leave at 7:30am. Address: 1350 Crossings Blvd, Shakopee 55379 These students will arrive back at the campus on Friday July 23rd at around 2:00p. **Please note that this is an estimated time.

APPLE VALLEY, FARIBAULT, EAGAN, WOODBURY & CITY STUDENTS: Please arrive at the APPLE VALLEY campus at 7am sharp. The buses are scheduled to leave at 7:30am. Address: 14898 Energy Way, Apple Valley 55124 These students will arrive back at the campus on Friday July 23rd at around 2:15pm. **Please note this is an estimated time.


Please have luggage clearly marked with your student’s name. Also to ensure that all luggage stays together, put all blankets, pillows and sleeping bags in a plastic garbage bag with the student’s name written on the outside. We encourage students to pack lightly as the buses and trailers will be full. Luggage can be left outside by the bus trailers upon arrival.


All medication should have been previously noted on the on-line registration form. ALL MEDICATIONS MUST BE IN A PLASTIC ZIPLOC BAG WITH THE STUDENT’S NAME WRITTEN CLEARLY ON IT. We cannot put loose medication into the bins. Also, the medication CANNOT stay with your student, you must check it in upon arrival so that it can be placed in the medication bin. The bins will go directly to the nurse at camp who already has a record of which students require what medications – that is based only on the information given upon on-line registration. If your student is on a medication that was not communicated to us, please check it in upon arrival at the campus.


  • When your student arrives at the appropriate campus, they need to go straight to the check-in counter to check-in as arrived and...
  • Check-in medications
  • Find out their rooming assignment
  • Luggage can be put outside by the bus trailers


Cell phones are NOT permitted at camp. It is a value of Lake Geneva as well as River Valley YTH to have students disconnect from all outside voices and influences so that they can more easily hear God’s voice. We encourage your student to leave their phone at home, however if you’d like them to have it for the bus rides please note that we will be taking their phones as they get off the bus and keeping them in the camp office for the duration of the week. They will get them back when they board the buses on Friday.


Color teams are not released to us by the District until a couple days before camp. If it’s your first time at camp, each student is assigned a color team that they are encouraged to represent all week. Their color team will compete in Rec games each day. A parent email and social media posts will be going out as soon as we know color teams! Because River Valley YTH does not choose your student's color team, please refrain from emailing us regarding colors.


Find the packing list by clicking the info letter button below!


We had an amazing time at District Fine Arts and our Youth team is so proud of every single student that stepped out and showcased the gifts that God has put inside of them! To briefly recap, we had 96 students participate and of that 96, 80 of them received an invitation to compete in Orlando Florida! Of that 80 students, 51 are going to Florida! We can't wait to see how God moves in and through them at Nationals!


Every penny raised at YTH is sent to missionaries around the world so they can bring the light of the Gospel to the darkest places on earth. Our partnering organization, Speed the Light, turns our generosity into tangible resources that our missionaries need to accomplish the work they are called to. We consider it an honor & privilege to GIVE BIG as a YTH family so our missionaries can reach those we can't.

You can give to Speed the Light anytime by texting YTHKB to 94000. Thank you for helping us reach our goal and the lost through your generosity!




JULY 19th- 23rd | YTH CAMP

JULY 21st | NO YTH



We utilize multiple platforms to stay connected with you & your students! Check out our Youtube Channel for unique YTH content & our Instagram page for weekly updates & ministry recaps! You can also Text rvcyth to 94000 to receive periodic text updates from our Central YTH department!

Your Campus YTH Pastors

Apple Valley Campus | Anthony Cox & Lulu Murphy

anthony.cox@rivervalley.org | Instagram @anthonydavidcox

lulu.murphy@rivervalley.org | Instagram @lulumurphy

Crosstown Campus | Tyler Geraghty

tyler.geraghty@rivervalley.org | Instagram @tylergeraghty

Eagan Campus | Neil Turner

neil.turner@rivervalley.org | Instagram @coolioturner

Faribault Campus | Josiah Bachtle & Isaac Coats

josiah.bachtle@rivervalley.org | Instagram @josiahbachtle

isaac.coats@rivervalley.org | Instagram @icoats04

Minnetrista Campus | Andrew Snead

andrew.snead@rivervalley.org | Instagram @drewsnead

Shakopee Campus | Gabi O'Rourke

gabi.orourke@rivervalley.org | Instagram @gabrourke

Woodbury Campus | Matt Nylin

matt.nylin@rivervalley.org | Instagram @matthewnylin