Young Leaders Retreat


About the Young Leaders Retreat

The Young Leaders Retreat epitomizes what is at the core of our athletic mission statement. A mix of athletes and coaches spend a week tucked away in the valley of the Pioneer Mountains at Two Moose Camp diving into principles and theories on leadership and spiritual development. The seclusion provides a safe haven for student-athletes to harness their leadership abilities, develop a depth of faith and design a core covenant to bring back and implement amongst their teammates. With daily devotions, leadership breakout sessions and a backdrop only Glen, Montana can provide, this once in a lifetime get away is the apex of our calling as student-athletes and coaches to lead in the expansion of the Kingdom.


Student Testimonials

Holly Bricker
Jr. | Yale, Mich.

"I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go on this trip. Not only did I meet a lot of amazing people but I was challenged to grow in my faith as well. I'm so thankful for the leaders and the wisdom they shared and the times we were all able to laugh together and learn from one another throughout the week."

Conner Lengerich
Jr. | Monroe, Ind.

"I am so thankful that I was selected to take part in the retreat, and all of the life changing experiences it presented. I was mentally and spiritually challenged all week, while becoming more equipped to be a leader for Christ's Kingdom. The setting, staff and fellow student-athletes made this trip an incredible experience that I will never forget."

Morgan Labert
Jr. | Trenton, Mich.

"Montana was an incredible opportunity to be surrounded by the beauty God has blessed us with, including His breathtaking nature, His unique children and His meaningful word. We not only were able to grow in who we are in our sports, but we were also able to start to find our purpose beyond that on this planet. The friendships I have made on this trip not only made the trip one to remember, but I would hope we are able to continue that friendship into the school year to help the lessons of this trip live on and spread amongst our teams and the school."

Isaac Love
Sr. | Whitehall, Mich.

"Montana was a time to experience God in an awesome and very real way. It was so obvious from the start that each person on the trip was there for a reason, and I will cherish forever the relationships I made in Montana. Lastly, I was equipped so many tools and skills to use not only as a leader on the basketball team, but as a leader of my household in the future. What a life-changing experience!"

Monika Wynne
Jr. | Holland, Mich.

"Being in Montana with the group that I was with was an experience of a lifetime. I grew closer to God, admired the beauty of nature, learned how to grieve with one another while appreciating the impermanent life we all live, and I made relationships with people that I could see being life-long. God is good, and I'm exceedingly grateful for such an experience."

Kelsey Broekema
Jr. | Schoolcraft, Mich.

"Montana was one of the best, if not the best experiences of my life. I grew more in my relationship with God in one week than I have in the past couple years combined. I loved getting to know all the people that were there and I learned so much about leadership and how to incorporate it next year. I would give anything to go back again."

Abe Bonn
Sr. | Freeland, Mich.

"My Montana experience was one of the most rewarding and fulfilling weeks of my life. I learned so much about what it means to be a true leader, deepened my faith as a man of God, and how beautiful God's creation is. I've also forged wonderful relationships that I will take back to SAU and for the years to come."

Jake Sterling
Jr. | Saint Charles, Ill.

"The Montana trip was more than a 'mountain-top experience' for me. Being surrounded by amazing individuals with similar aspirations (all of which I now consider life-long friends) I felt comfortable with being challenged as a leader and as a follower of Christ for the entire trip. I took away some amazing lessons and wisdom from the coaches, and this trip served as a wakeup call for how I am living my daily life, and what habits I need to adjust in order to achieve my potential as a leader. Since the trip, I've adjusted some habits and have made tough decisions that have ultimately opened up more doors for me to lead and deepen my relationship with Christ."

Rebekah Kujat
Sr. | Flushing, Mich.

"Montana was a wonderful trip full of individual learning and growth as a group. I made friends in Montana that I know will last a lifetime and learned skills that I will bring back to my team but also use in everyday circumstances. I am so thankful that I got to spend the week growing closer to God as he was so present in Montana. I learned he really is everywhere, it's my job to seek him in all that I do. Thank you, thank you for this opportunity."

Christian Davis
Sr. | South Haven, Mich.

"Montana was a mountain-top experience that equipped us with tools and great relationships necessary for a productive life off the mountain and in the valley."

Faith Johnson
Jr. | Whitehouse, Ohio

"Montana was a heart changing trip. I've made great new friends, learned a lot about leadership and being a follower of Christ, and literally had a mountain-top experience. I'm so thankful to have been able to be a part of this experience."

Kevin Smith
Jr. | Battle Creek, Mich.

"I believe that this Montana trip wasn't just beneficial for me as a student-athlete, who is also a leader for my team, but I feel with the events that happened with this specific group, it has helped my relationship with Christ deepen and my love for people to grow more. I feel that this specific group that I was with came together to learn how to become better equipped to not only serve the athletes and students of SAU but for just connecting with others and loving on others. This trip has definitely opened my eyes more to see the beauty of God in all places, in his creation, in others and through our hard work and labor that we do to glorify him."