Christian rock and hip hop concerts are being put on for the 1,300 youth taking part in the Youth Quake festivities at Briercrest Collegiate in Caronport.
Youth from all over Saskatchewan will flock to Caronport next weekend.
“Youth Quake is Saskatchewan’s largest annual youth conference,” said AJ Crocker, director of Youth Quake. “We throw down a pretty wild February party out there.”
The event for Grades 9 to 12 students, which has been taking place for more than 50 years, features a weekend of speakers, music and activities. Briercrest will host more than 1,300 guests from the Prairies and other parts of Canada, including Ontario and Vancouver, Crocker said.
“We got a couple groups coming up from Minot and North Dakota, but primarily a lot of Saskatchewan, a lot of Alberta, a lot of Manitoba and that number joins our campus of 800 or so and makes for over 2,000 people getting together for a pretty wild party in the middle of the tundra here in the winter in the field of Caronport,” he said.
Youth Quake 2014 will begin on Feb. 14 with registration from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. followed by supper and the kick-off from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will end on Feb. 16 at noon.
“It gives us 48 hours to put them through a pretty fun and potentially life-changing weekend,” said Crocker. “So the general experience ends up being categorized as a lot of great speakers, a lot of music. We have five concerts with bands coming in from Orlando and Atlanta and Nashville and all over the place.”
Guests include Britt Nicole, Mark Clark, Nine Lashes, The Rocket Summer, Kutless, Peterpot, Ascend the Hill, Awaken, Refined/Undignified, Faytene Grasseschi, Brett Ullman, Brody Jespersen, Jason Ballard, and Ben Woodman.
“We have our students leading worship and leading the music through our main sessions,” said Crocker. “In between the speakers and music, there are things like horseback riding. Dallas Valley Ranch Camp from Lumsden area, they bring their horses down and the kids get to go for trail rides all weekend long.”
A paintball company from Yorkton will come down as well to run paintball without the paint. There will also be an art competition with completed artwork to be displayed in the art room, three-on-three basketball competition in the gym and five-on-five street hockey.
“It’s too much stuff for one person to do, but we keep them busy the whole time,” said Crocker, adding the fun activities will be available in every option session.
New this year, he said, is an expanded range of seminars. Usually they have two external seminar presenters, but this year there are five.
“We’ve head from a few of our youth workers, our leaders that bring teenagers down that they love the fun, that we do that really well with the concerts and stuff, but if the students could have more teaching and more time to grow in terms of thinking about life, that would be great,” said Crocker.
He added the kickoff session typically involves a 40-minute comical play. However, this year will include videos and sketch comedy.
“Other than that, we’ve been in a template or a program that’s worked really well. So we’re just tweaking it here and there,” said Crocker. “It’s a pretty cool experience.”
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