Youth 2023

Every four years, United Methodist youth from across the country gather for four days of discipleship, fun, and fellowship!

Youth 2023 is filled with interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and fellowship time. Adult leaders who bring youth to our event can expect inspiration, support, and chances to authentically experience what it means to be part of the Methodist and Wesleyan family.

When: July 25-28, 2023

Where: Daytona Beach, Florida

Download our flyer to share with your youth!

Hebrews 12:1-2 mentions a “great cloud of witnesses” – people who have gone before us in faith to create opportunities for faith that we have now. It also mentions Jesus as a pioneer and a perfecter, who boldly showed a way to lay aside distractions, so that we could discover how to endure and grow as disciples, walking in the ways that lead to life!

So the theme for YOUTH 2023: BOLD: Being Ourselves. Living Different.

To be ourselves, we need to know more about ourselves. We’ll discover who we are as members of God’s family and why God loves us unconditionally. We’ll find out more about how we are called to live differently because of the example that Jesus set for us. We’ll invite the spirit to our worship and fellowship, making new friends and connections during our time together.

  • This trip is for church groups. If you are a student who needs a group to join, please contact the WVUMC Youth Coordinators, Jake Henley or Lauren Shanholtzer so they can connect you with a group that is going.

Registration: The cost is $425. *This year the cost of admittance includes the cost of lunch and dinner on the 26th and 27th!

Lodging: Hotel accommodations must be booked separately. There is a block of rooms for the Youth 2023 group at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanside resort.  The event room rate of $145/night. For more information about lodging, visit

Transportation: To assist with travel the West Virginia Conference is renting a charter bus to take our group to Daytona! The cost for the charter bus is $75 per person. Pick-up locations are set for Bridgeport, Charleston, and Beckley.

You do need to register to ride the bus - click this link to register your youth for the bus!

To learn more about the event, visit, which is being updated weekly until the event! You can also follow the following social media accounts to stay up-to-date.

Average cost for each attendee will run approximately $760 - this includes the $425 registration fee, the $111 hotel fee (sharing a room with three other people), plus the $75 for the bus trip and $150 for travel meals and breakfast. Each group will have a slightly different cost for attending, depending on group size.

For information about the WVUMC bus trip or scholarships, please contact Shea James.

Check out the WVUMC Youth who went to Kansas City in 2019!