That Thing

Missional High School Event

That Thing is a summer conference for high school students to come together in pursuit of Christ overwhelming themselves and their communities. This is not spring break with a little bit of Christ sprinkled in but it’s not bible boot camp either.

That Thing finds the place in the middle. It engages students into a deep pursuit of the heartbeat of our Creator as they pursue reconciliation, justice, and discipleship through small groups, corporate worship, and personal devotion encounters. Fun activities like camp wide games, the waterfront, and crate climbing, help to foster community and play. Through activities like paintball and the giant swing, students engage character discussions on honesty, integrity, and encouragement. Through it all though, is a central focus on the message and hope of Christ being lived out through each person at camp, so that they can learn how to live it out beyond camp.

This year at That Thing, we are focusing our message in on the foundation of following Christ. Through worship and unpacking times, we’ll be focusing on the core value of discipleship and the anchor points that will help us to be a light in the darkness, to fight for justice, and to stand firm through the storms of life. We hope that every student brings their doubts, their frustrations, their joys, and their victories to the cross this summer and finds their anchor in covenant with Christ.

Daily Schedule

•  7:00a - Experiential Morning Worship Encounter
•  8:00a - Breakfast
•  9:00a - Worship
•  10:45a - Small Groups or Team Building
•  12:00p - Lunch
•  1:00p - Learning Labs
•  2:00p - Cabin Challenges
•  2:30p - Free Block
•  5:30p - Dinner
•  6:30p - Learning Lab
•  7:30p - Mixers/Late Night
•  8:30p - Worship
•  10:30p - Curfew/Small Group Evening Devotions

That Thing 2017 Dates

• Session 1: June 18-23
• Session 2: June 25-30
• Session 3: July 2-7
• Session 4: July 9-14

New for 2017

Schedule Adjustments

You'll see a few changes in our schedule as we add value to the time you have with your students' undivided attention. Our main goal is to provide opportunities for your students to encounter Christ and to grow in their relationship with Him so they can live more fully like Him in the every day. These changes will help focus times, limit brain drain, and maximize the experience and interactions. (And don't forget, this is conference style and you can customize the schedule and your experience to fit the goals of your group...)

First you'll see a return of an Experiential Morning Worship Encounter time at 7am, Monday through Thursday. This will be an intentional start to the day for students to encounter Christ and God's Word in tangible and creative ways.

Additionally, we're setting aside specific time for small groups and team building activities after morning worship. This space can be used to debrief from session, do devotions as a group, break into small groups, and participate in group-bonding activities. Leaders, you can decide whether you'd like to do this as a lodge or if you'd prefer to have your students mixed in with other students from other lodges.

We'll have two different times for Learning Labs this year, one right after lunch and one after dinner. Whether it's about dating, how to study the Bible, friends who are self-harming, evangelism, or honoring non-believing parents...these discussion times will help students wrestle with scripture in a safe space while learning how to apply it to their daily lives.

After many requests from students and leaders, we'll have MIXERS each night before evening worship in 2017! This space will provide more opportunities for students to meet people outside their lodge.

New Auditorium

We are excited that construction is happening. Our previous auditorium has been removed from the grounds and construction is underway for our new Discipleship Center which will add tremendous value to the experience and help to remove many physical distractions that have been a struggle in previous years.

Waterfront Lodge 3

Fundraising has been completed on Buck Lodge and it will soon become a reality. Construction is set to begin sometime in 2017 but it will not be available for use at summer camp until the summer of 2018. This new Waterfront Lodge is similar to Duecker and Fenstermacher lodges in style but will sleep 60 people!

Two Story Lodges Offline

As we transition many facilities around site, the old two story lodges, which set at the edge of the property near the neighborhood, have been taken offline and are not available to rent this year. This does impact the number of beds we will have on site this year. We appologize for any inconvenience this causes but it is definitely a good thing to retire these facilities which were past their prime and our standards.

Lodge Sharing

Many leaders want to know how they can share a lodge with another church but don't have the connections or network in place to make that happen for the dates they desire to be at camp. We can help you out with that. Let us know today that you are interested so we can help groups find each other and coordinate all the necessary details (this isn't a commitment and you don't have to wait until registration opens).

Speakers and Band

Contracts are still in process for the keynote speakers and those leading worship; that information will become available once it is completed.

Group Tickets

Bring all the students from your local faith community and share a lodge with just the individuals you want to be in it. As their leader, you can completely customize the experience to exactly what your students and leaders need. [group ticket info]

Individual Tickets

For students who are coming from churches that aren't booking an entire lodge or who want a camp experience where everyone is new to each other, individual tickets are available. [individual ticket info]

Interested in volunteering as a counselor? [volunteer info]

You Might Need...

About the Program - [here]

Payment Information - [here]

That Thing FAQ's - [here]

Event Location

Located at Epworth Forest Conference Center in North Webster, Indiana along the shore of Lake Webster.

How Far Is It?:

  • Indianapolis, IN– 160 miles, 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • South Bend, IN– 55 miles, 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Ft. Wayne, IN– 45 miles, 55 minutes
  • Lafayette, IN– 115 miles, 2 hours, 35 minutes
  • Muncie, IN– 120 miles, 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Chicago, IL– 135 miles, 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • Cincinnati, OH– 225 miles, 4 hours
  • Lansing, MI– 145 miles, 2 hours, 30 minutes

That Thing Leaders:

Customizable promo mailing and info packs will be available early this winter here. You can request copies to be mailed to you that will run through your printer and files that you can download to customize and print/email. Additionally, photos, videos, and social media graphics will be available soon.

Registration Opens Tues. 11/8 @ 9a:

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at 9:00am (eastern time) registration will open for lodge reservations at Be online and ready to go as there is a brief form that you complete with your name and contact info which forms the line for reserving the lodge you hope to have in the summer of 2017.