Riverside Yoco Retreat
Friday, December 11 (overnight option for Dec. 10)
We are pumped to welcome young adults and college-aged students to our first ever YoCo Retreat at Riverside! We are inviting any college students or young adults to come worship, hear from a couple of speakers, eat great food, and hear from God on Friday, December 11, with the option of staying overnight on Thursday, December 10.
Who is this for?
This is perfect for college students who need a day to connect with God, past summer staff, college-aged young adults who are working, or young adults recently out of college who are itching for some rest during a busy time. We are also hoping to have a lot of our college freshmen who didn't get to have their last high school week at Riverside this past summer. That's part of the reason we invited Danny Housholder (2018 & 2019 high school week speaker) and Julie Van Hove (scheduled 2020 high school week speaker) to speak at the retreat. We want the class of 2020 to have another camp experience at Riverside. Regardless of where you find yourself currently, we believe God has something for you!
What will the schedule be like?
For those who are coming for just Friday, check-in and a light breakfast will be served from 9:00 am until 9:45 am. We will then worship, hear from Julie Van Hove (see below), have lunch, hang out, play, eat dinner, worship some more, and hear from Danny Housholder (see below) before heading out. For those who would like to stay overnight on Thursday, December 10, we will be having dinner at 6:45 pm, with check-in at 6:30 pm.
Meet Our Speakers
Julie Van Hove - Julie loves Riverside! Her life was deeply impacted by camp, and she has been connected with Riverside for the last couple of decades in various capacities. Julie lives in Story City with her hubs of 20 years & their three kiddos. She works at Harvest Vineyard Church and is the Co-Founder of Defined Ministries. She has a passion for people to know and walk in their identity in Christ. Julie was supposed to be our high school week speaker in 2020, and we look forward to having her speak at our YoCo Retreat and high school week in 2021!
Danny Housholder - Danny lives to share the love of Jesus with a smile and high energy. Lead pastor at Lutheran Church of Hope – Ames, Danny gets to serve children, youth, college students and adults every day. Danny oversees Kairos, a college ministry at Iowa State that continues to expand, including Iowa City and Des Moines. Danny and his wife Abby live in Ames, and together they enjoy living life to the full. Danny loves camping ministry, and he was the high school week speaker at Riverside in 2018 & 2019. We are pumped to have Danny back at Riverside!
Julie and Danny are both incredible people who know how to listen to God and share the love of Jesus with others. You will absolutely LOVE getting to listen to these two servants of God, as they encourage us during this retreat.
Julie Van Hove and Family
How do I sign up?
You can fill out this form to sign up!
How much does it cost?
For those coming for Friday only, the cost is $10.
For those staying overnight on Thursday, the cost is $15.
Yep, you read that right! The cost of the entire day, including three delicious meals is just $10, and if you want to stay overnight on Thursday and have supper then it's only $15.
How do I pay?
You may pay ahead of time by mailing in a check or calling over the phone to pay by card. Otherwise, we will accept cash, check, or card when you arrive at Riverside for the retreat!
Safety protocols in light of COVID-19
We hope the following information on what we will be doing at Riverside in light of COVID-19 will help you make a decision that is best for you as to whether or not you would like to attend the YoCo Retreat, and we hope that this will allow people of all comfort levels to attend this retreat.
Limiting Capacity - We will be limiting the amount of participants that can come to the retreat, in order to have plenty of space to social distance during worship and at meal times.
Masks - We require that everyone wear a mask whenever you are indoors or within 6 feet of others outdoors. The only time you will not wear a mask would be while eating.
Social Distancing - We will have tables for meals that allow for plenty of room between you and others who are not already in your bubble of contacts. We will also have chairs set up in the chapel with 6 feet of space between different groups of chairs.
Health Screen - We will do a brief health screening for everyone upon arrival at Riverside. We ask that you stay home if you have been sick, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 within two weeks of you arriving at Riverside.
Meals - We expect everyone to wash their hands before meal times, and we will not be having a self-serving buffet. If you do not want to eat close by to any others, we will have tables available with six feet of distance between you and anyone else who would be eating with you.
Overnight Lodging - If you wish to stay overnight on Thursday, Dec. 10, then we will have you in a cabin with others. We will do our best to put you in a cabin with other people from your school or area. You can also let us know on the sign-up form if you have any roommate requests. If you don't feel comfortable staying overnight, then you can come for Friday only!
If you have any questions about the retreat, COVID precautions, or anything else as it pertains to the YoCo Retreat, please contact Lute Olson at or 515-733-5271.