That Thing High School Event

That Thing is a conference-style camp for high school students to gather in pursuit of Christ. Through small groups, corporate worship, and personal devotions, That Thing encourages students to pursue reconciliation, justice, and discipleship with the Creator.

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Local Church Focused

Ministry Focus

Sample Schedule

That Thing FAQs

Event Tickets


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June 25-30|July 2-7

2023 Dates

Start your Group ticket reservation here →.

See (calendar event link) to register for Campus House (students attending without a group).

Local Church Focused

Group Attendance

For a group experience: Group Tickets allow you full ownership of the experience in a lodge.

The most common way to attend That Thing is for a local faith community (your church) to book a lodge. Bring adult chaperones from your church and fill the space with your students – building on current relationships and returning home with that existing faith community strengthens the body of a student ministry.

As their pastor you understand what is essential for that next big step in a student’s spiritual life. As such, we’ve built That Thing to be a customizable conference. We provide all the details you would need: worship bands, creative tangible encounters, fun activities, and curriculum options. You tailor it all for your group.

We call this a conference event instead of a camp because of the added freedom to group leaders. If a group plans to leave the site for a service project or wants an opportunity to go out to eat…there’s no need to ask permission.

The leaders in charge of each group are truly in charge.

Individuals – Campus House

We’ve created intentional space and opportunity for students who come from churches where leaders aren’t able to attend or there aren’t enough students to get group lodging.

That Thing’s Campus House Counselors plan time for students to get to know one another and create community to support, encourage, and challenge one another in Christ during the week.

Students in the Campus Houses get to experience everything That Thing has to offer. Meals and adult counselors are provided.

Campus House is the best option for students coming to That Thing individually. Their church leaders are invited and encouraged to come be counselors →.

Ministry Focus

That Thing is designed to reach people for Jesus Christ, but our ministry focus is on people who are already in the church – helping them discover a passion for faith beyond listening and into living in a way that impacts their families, friends, and community.

Learning Labs
4-year teaching cycle


The That Thing team provides your group with info about the curriculum that can be used both in and out of the worship sessions. You are free to use as much or as little of the materials as you like.

Learning Labs

Each day campers have an opportunity to attend a learning lab. They will engage in daily topics while immersing themselves in the Word and discussion with their peers.

4-year Teaching Cycle

Designed to cycle a four year teaching rotation, no matter where a student enters into the cycle during their freshman year, these are the 4 critical things we want them to focus on before they leave.

Love God

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10

Love Neighbor

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” 1 John 4:20

Live Justice

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:11-12

Live Loved

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.” 1 John 4:16-17

Sample Schedule

Sunday Schedule

3:00-4:00p – Check-in for Group A
4:00-5:00p – Check-in for Group B
5:30p – Opening Session
6:15p – Pizza Party (at Lodges)
7:30p – Cabin Group Time
8:30p – Evening Worship

Monday-Thursday Schedule

8:00a – Leader Gathering at the Lakeside
8:30a – Morning Watch
9:00a – Breakfast
9:45a – Cabin Beautiful
10:00-11:30a – Activities Rotation
11:45a-12:45p – Worship Session
1:00p – Lunch
2:00-3:30p – Activities Rotation
4:00-5:30p – Rotation
6:00p – Dinner
6:45p – Learning Labs
7:30p – Greatest Hour Games
8:30-10:00p – Evening Worship

Friday Schedule

8:00a – Leader Gathering at Lakeside
8:30a – Clean & Empty Lodges/Load Up
9:00a – Breakfast
10:00a – Closing Session of That Thing
11:00-11:30a – Checkout for Group A
11:30a-12:00p – Checkout for Group B

That Thing FAQ’s

Where is That Thing?

That Thing is a program at Epworth Forest Conference Center located in North Webster, Indiana along the shore of Lake Webster.


  • 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
What Are the Core Spiritual Beliefs?

Statement of Faith:

We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man and that salvation is available to all in and through Him.


Our Core Values:

  • The gospel of Jesus Christ is relevant, tangible and transformational
  • All people matter to God
  • Create spaces and environments where students learn to love God with all of their being
  • Inspire people to love their neighbor in all areas of their daily lifestyle
  • Empower and resource students to respond to injustice both locally and globally
  • Develop creative environments that foster long term emotional, physical and spiritual growth.
  • In all of our efforts, to nurture the local faith community (your church)
What Ages are Able to Attend That Thing?

Students must be between an incoming high school freshman and an outgoing high school graduate (grades 9-13).

Adult volunteers, counselors, and cooks must be at least 2 years removed from high school or employed by the church.

Is There a Dress Code and Dating Policy at Camp?

Camp is a place to focus on God. In an effort to reflect Christ, we ask that everyone dress and behave in a modest way. Please leave the following items at home: speedos, midriff shirts, skin-tight short shorts, low-cutting tops, strapless tops or dresses, revealing two-piece bathing suits, and any item depicting violence, drugs, or course language or imagery. If dating, dress, or behavior is impacting the experience of an individual or a group, the behavior will be addressed with the students’ leadership.

What Do the Campers Need to Bring?

Things to Bring…

A sleeping bag/bedding, pillow, modest & weather-appropriate clothing, water bottle, clothes for being outside at night (i.e., jeans and long-sleeve shirt), rain gear, tennis shoes, sandals, toiletries, towels (shower and beach), swimsuit, sunscreen, bug repellant, flashlight, money (for snacks, shirts, fundraisers, etc.)


Alcohol, Tobacco in any form, Drugs, Weapons, Fireworks, Pets

Why Should Adults Come to That Thing?

One of the core values That Thing operates on is nurturing an existing faith community. Your students will grow because of your leaderships’ investment in them. This is not a “send your kids” camp… it’s a “bring your group” space designed for pastors and youth workers to customize the experience around what they know is needed in their students’ spiritual development.

Are Children of Adults Allowed at That Thing?

Children of adult leaders using the Group Lodges are allowed at That Thing.
Adults participating in the Campus House may not have children with them in those lodges. However, so long as supervision ratios are maintained, those adults and children may rent a room in the on-site Freeland Hotel (fees apply).

How Many Adult Leaders are Required to Be at That Thing?

An adult to student ratio of 1:10 must be maintained. We always suggest having a minimum of 2 adults per gender.

Event Tickets (Groups)

Reserve Your Lodging and Tickets

2021 Dates: June 27-July 2 | July 4-9

Student tickets include both lodging and program activities.

Lodging Options

Epworth Forest Conference Center’s Lodges

For That Thing, lodges range in sizes from as few as 12 to as many as 54 student beds. Each lodge includes a kitchen for your group to prepare meals, bunk beds, common areas, and bathrooms/showers. Reserve your lodge using the minimum reservation and only pay for the number of students who attend That Thing. 4-6 non-student volunteer leaders & cooks can stay overnight in your lodge at no additional cost.

*$20 will automatically be taken off of any student tickets purchased above the reservation minimum!

Buck Lodge – $420.00 per student*; Sleeps up to 54 students and 6 adults; Reservation minimum 48

Duecker – $420.00 per student*; Sleeps up to 26 students and 4 adults; Reservation minimum 22

Fenstermacher – $420.00 per student*; Sleeps up to 24 students and 4 adults; Reservation minimum 21

Jubilee – $400.00 per student*; Sleeps up to 18 students and 4 adults; Reservation minimum 12

Parkview – $400.00 per student*; Sleeps up to 18 students and 4 adults; Reservation minimum 12

Cartwright – Campus Housing for Individual Tickets

Strawbridge – $390.00 per student*; Sleeps up to 33 students and 4 adults; Reservation minimum 29

Embury – $390.00 per student*; Sleeps up to 29 students and 4 adults; Reservation minimum 15

McKendree – $390.00 per student*; Sleeps up to 29 students and 4 adults; Reservation minimum 15

Whitefield – $390.00 per student*; Sleeps up to 29 students and 4 adults; Reservation minimum 15

Barbara Heck – $390.00 per student*; Sleeps up to 27 students and 4 adults; Reservation minimum 14

Dining Service (Optional)

Dinner - $9.25

All lodges include a kitchen and dining area. Dining service in the Dining Hall is available for your group if you would like the convenience of having meals prepared for you. Contact our Retreat Booking Team at Epworth at (574) 834-2212 at least 3 weeks before camp begins.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do the links to lodges show a different minimum?

When you follow the links to the lodges above, those show the Epworth facilities, rates, and minimums as used by retreats. For That Thing, we are making special exceptions to those minimums to provide greater access to churches by reducing those minimums.

Policies & Guidelines

Volunteer Leader Expectations:

Adult Leader representing both genders must accompany students at That Thing; we recommend a 20:2 ratio. A background check for all adults must be completed at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the event. (BGC link to the volunteer page anchored at get started)

Cancellation Terms:

Cancellations may be made at any time. 35% of the lodge minimum is non-refundable and will be retained by Impact 2818. Any balance above those amounts will be returned to the group who purchased the tickets and secured the lodging reservation.
The cancellation fee (35%) may not be rolled to any other camp registration, downgrading to a smaller lodge, dining hall, or retreat fees at this or any site.

Group Reservation Fee Schedule:

  • Initial Deposit (due at time of purchase) • 10% of booking minimum is due
  • April 5 • 50% of minimum booking balance is due
  • June 5 • 75% of minimum booking balance is due
  • August 31 • 100% of total bill, minus any redeemed scholarships (officially awarded by Impact 2818), is due