Dates : 2019 dates and application information coming soon.

The high school youth camp is specifically for students who desire to chase after the heart of Jesus and discover His delight over them.  Get ready for a week full of creativity, friendship, worship, teaching and a whole lot of fun!  This weekend is a time for us to unpack what it means to be children of a loving God and discover the joy of being relentlessly loved by Him!  

Worship will be led by Joel Case, Molly Skaggs, Chris Miller, Rosemary Skaggs and Phyllis Unkefer of the Cageless Birds. Guest speakers include JD Gravitt, Justina Stevens and Jessie Miller also of the Cageless Birds.

What to Expect:

  • encountering the love of God

  • experiencing God's love and leadership through intentional time with our staff

  • learning to hear and journal the voice of the Lord

  • building inspiring, God-centered friendships with other youth your age

  • enjoying outdoor games and activities

  • taking creative risks in a safe and encouraging environment

  • exercising and exploring our identity as sons and daughters made in the image of a Creator

  • celebration and encouragement

  • sharing home cooked meals around the table

  • discovering Jesus inside one another

  • engaging times of worship and adoration in the presence of the Lord

We have experienced firsthand how powerfully the Father can meet our hearts in a simple week.  Each day's schedule is full and intentionally designed for us to pursue Jesus' heart together.  These six days are carved out for you to fall deeper in love with Jesus, discover your true identity in Him and experience amazing friendships!  You will receive deeply from both His presence and from the joy of engaging new friendships during camp.

A Place for the Heart
4228 Beckerdite Rd. Sophia, NC 27350


The 18 Inch Journey High School Camp is held on our beautiful 52 acres called A Place for the Heart.  This land is great for coming away from the noise of the world and hearing the voice of the Father. This is where we host the 18 Inch Journey and where the Cageless Birds live and work year-round.

You will be staying in great cabins and bunkhouses that hold many amazing memories from the 18 Inch Journey schools.  The cabins each have a ground floor and a loft with a bathroom located inside the cabin. Each cabin sleeps eight. The bunkhouses each have two rooms that sleep five per room, and there is a short walk to the bathroom. All linens, with the exception of towels, will be provided in your cabin or bunkhouse.

Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from A Place for the Heart.

Our desire is to provide and facilitate the most safe and responsible transportation from the Greensboro airport.  We will provide one complimentary shuttle service run for pick-up at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) on Tuesday,  July 10 at 2:00pm, that will arrive at A Place for the Heart at 2:45pm.  We'll also provide one drop-off shuttle run on Sunday, July 15 that will depart at 2:00pm and arrive at the airport at 2:45pm.  Any students who schedule flights outside these windows will need to arrange their own transportation. 

If you need the complimentary shuttle service to the camp, please plan your incoming and outgoing flights to fit within this window and clearly communicate this on your camp application.

Application process:
It's our desire to get to know you a bit before your arrival with an application and short video.  We want you to immediately feel loved and seen and the application will help in this process.   

Upon being accepted you will receive an e-mail including the payment method, packing list for the week and parental release form.  YOU CANNOT TAKE PART IN THIS CAMP WITHOUT YOUR PARENTAL RELEASE FORM.

We are accepting the first 20 female and first 20 male applications for consideration.  
Applications will be available until we reach this limit.

We have 32 spots available for this camp.

Apply now

complete the APPLICATION AND SUBMIT online

You must be between 14 and 18 years old to apply

Applications have closed
for 2018

Cancellation by Registrant:
To reserve your spot for the High School Camp, we require a $75 non-refundable deposit within 10 days of your acceptance.  Full tuition and your parental release form are due by May 31. Your registration is not transferable to another event, date, or person.

Cancellation by the 18 Inch Journey High School Camp:
If the event is made impossible by any act of God, war, earthquake, fire, strike, sickness, accident, epidemic, act of government, its agencies or officers, or any other legitimate cause beyond our control, we will cancel the event and will gladly refund you in full.

You can reach us at 18inchretreat@gmail.com with any questions about the camp, in the subject write "Youth Camp".