Eastern Idaho Offers Teen Retreat

Twenty-one high school, home school and church school teens, most of them from small communities in Eastern Idaho, gathered at Camp Tawakani on Aug. 7 for a weekend of fun, inspiration and fellowship. John Bryson, Idaho Conference youth coordinator, designed the event to help teens connect with one another. He was assisted by David and Kathy Iwasa, Gem State Adventist Academy deans, and three GSAA students, Kristi James, Dani Maxwell and Sammy Schnell. Funding was provided by Versacare, Inc.

On Friday evening, Anthony Thomsen, pastor, set the tone for the weekend with his talk, Experiencing God for Real. The GSAA group led the Sabbath morning activities: charades, ice breaker games and finding nuggets in nature that remind one of God.

Following lunch the games and singing continued indoors as rain prevented them from pursuing planned outdoor activities. One activity proving to be a favorite was finding a Bible verse and then telling why the verse is special.

The fun continued on Saturday night with a pie eating contest and a frozen T-shirt game. Shelby King, a sophomore who attends Salmon High School, says, "I made a lot of really neat friends! It was good to spend time with people who believe the same as I do."

Featured in: October 2009