Fall Weekend 2017

by Luke on September 18, 2017

Get ready for the best weekend of your life!!

We’ll be joining YL groups from around the state for a weekend camp at Young Life’s Clearwater Cove in Lampe, MO. Depart: Friday, November 17th at 5:00pm (from Columbia Mall). Arrival back home: Sunday, November 19th at 4:00pm. Travel will be on school buses chartered by Student Transportation of America.


It’s YL camp packed into a weekend! Your 48 hour adventure will include: amazing food, Young Life clubs with 240 people, ropes course, turf athletic field, game room, snack shop, unforgettable views of Table Rock Lake, and time with friends and YL leaders!

SPOTS ARE LIMITED! We only have room to take 80 students between the 3 Columbia high schools. It is a first come, first serve basis so get your payment in asap to reserve your spot.

Your $175 covers: bus ride, 4 meals at camp, 2 nights stay, and all the programmed activities at camp. Please bring cash for dinner on the way there Friday night and lunch on the way home on Sunday.

Questions? Talk to your Young Life Leader or call Luke Neal, Young Life Area Director, at (573) 424-0457. You can also email the Young Life office at younglifecolumbia@gmail.com.

A note to parents: There will be at least one Young Life leader for every five high school students and leaders will remain with kids at all times including at night in the housing lodges. All of our leaders have had a background check and completed extensive training


Fill out the registration form below AND the Young Life Consent Form. Turn the consent form in with $175 to reserve your spot. Make checks payable to Young Life. Or you can make an online payment using a debit or credit card.


Pig Roast

by Luke on August 14, 2017

This event is FREE of charge and open to the whole family!  We will enjoy some delicious food from the comfort of the air conditioned barn and hear from local Young Life leaders and students.  We will also discuss opportunities for you to partner with us to reach more kids.  We will have exclusive use of the Fun Barn for kids, which includes: 50 foot barn slide, corn pit, rope swings, and a play area for the little ones.

RSVP: leahelizabethjex@gmail.com


SharpTop Cove Day 4/5 Video

by Luke on July 28, 2017


SharpTop Cove Day 3 Video

by Luke on July 27, 2017


SharpTop Cove Day 2 Video

by Luke on July 27, 2017


SharpTop Cove Day 1 Video

by Luke on July 25, 2017


Thank You to our Golf Sponsors!

by Luke on April 27, 2017

A huge thank you goes out to these local businesses for helping us to raise over $10,000 at our 3rd annual golf tournament on Monday, April 24th at Columbia Country Club.

Kim Schwartz & Associates

Aflac – Gary Fitch

Dr. Ramsey Shouman, DDS

Engineering Surveys and Services

The Insurance Group

Labrunerie Financial

Logboat Brewing Company

The Law Firm of Haden & Haden

Missouri Orthopaedic Institute

Storage Mart

Sundvold Financial

The Crossing

Veterans United Home Loans

Weichert Realtors – Jay Wilson

Willett and Patton Dentistry

Women’s Wellness Center


Young Life Mizzou Update

by Luke on April 20, 2017

You may have already heard, but we have launched Young Life College at Mizzou! It has been fun to see how God is already impacting college students in our first few months. Click HERE for the full update.

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Shakespeare’s Pizza fundraiser

by Luke on March 24, 2017

If you are headed to SharpTop Cove this summer and need to raise some funds or just looking for some delicious, local pizza listen up…

Young Life Columbia is teaming up with Shakespeare’s Pizza and selling frozen pizzas.  They are available in nine varieties: pepperoni, sausage (Italian style pork), veggie, double cheese, four cheese, Hawaiian, spinach and artichoke, Pizza Lover’s Passion (supreme), and Panda’s Pepper (pepperoni, pepperjack cheese, green peppers, and banana peppers). If you have never tried one, they taste very much like a Shakespeare’s pizza in the restaurant.  For each pizza you sell, you will get $6 towards your trip to SharpTop Cove.  So, for example, if you sell 20 pizzas, you would get $120.

Here’s how you can make some money for your trip to SharpTop Cove:

1. Pick up an order form at Club or download one HERE.

2. Sell pizzas! Pizzas are $12 each and $6 of that goes directly to your trip to SharpTop Cove.  Please collect money when you take the order.  Forms and money are due back on April 5th.  Checks made out to Young Life.

3. Deliver pizzas.  You will need to show up in person on Sunday, April 30th between 1:00 and 1:30pm  to Shakespeare’s SOUTH (Peach Tree location)  to pick up your pizzas.  They should be delivered or put into a freezer immediately.



“Jumpstarting” Young Life in Boonville

by Luke on March 21, 2017

On February 28th, a group of adults in Boonville teamed up with Young Life staff and leaders from around the state to participate in a Young Life Jumpstart Day. Throughout the day, the Jumpstart Team met with over 50 adults in the community who have an interest in bringing Young Life to their community. The day ended with a Club meeting where 58 Boonville HS students showed up for the first ever Boonville YL Club!

The vision to start Young Life in Boonville began last summer when a group of high school students from Boonville HS attended Young Life camp at Timber Wolf Lake. They were invited to go by two of their teachers, Paul Moore and Kacie Richter, who were both involved with Young Life when they were in high school and both went on to be Young Life leaders while they were in college. Despite not having an official Young Life program at their school, 10 students took their teachers up on the offer and had the best week of their lives!

These students came back from camp persistently asking (demanding!) that we launch a Young Life program at their school. When you take a group of fired up high school students, combine them with teachers who want to make a difference in the lives of students, and throw in some parents and other concerned adults, you have a recipe for a successful start to Young Life in a community.

We are excited to see how God might use Young Life to change lives in Boonville.  If you know anyone in the Boonville area that might have an interest in Young Life, we still need to fill out our Leader Team and our Committee before we can officially launch Young Life. We have a meeting coming up on April 5th for anyone interested in joining the fun! Email Luke at younglifecolumbia@gmail.com for more info.