YOUTH MATTERS: Waterdown Youth Centre is a place for young people to grow

Opinion Mar 30, 2016 by Aidan Skinner Flamborough Review

It all started almost four years ago when my mother told me about a youth group that met in a little house on the corner of Parkside Drive and Centre Road.

I gave the group a try and to this day, there has never been a time when I have not felt welcome there.

My experiences with Youth Unlimited have varied greatly over the years, ranging from weekly youth group meetings and discussions, to off site events, camps and – my personal favourite – the annual March Break trip to Polk City, Florida.

This past March Break marks my fourth and final consecutive trip.

YFC/Youth Unlimited’s annual trip to Florida, called Southbound, is a fantastic way to grow spiritually in faith, meet new friends, and have fun. Christian speaker Mike Gordan has tagged along and taught the group many lessons in faith and theology during evening sessions. The leaders are all excellent people who encourage the students to take their faith to the next level, whatever level that may be.

The students, who are from Youth Unlimited branches all across southern Ontario, come from all different levels of faith or no faith.

We spend time at amusement parks, water parks, shopping malls and the waterfront on the camp property.

By the end of the trip, even though everyone is different, we all become part of a big, new family.

I personally recommend this trip to any youth. I met one of my best friends on this trip in my first year. I am considering coming back as a leader after finishing my university degree.

Looking back on the days when I first came to Youth Unlimited in the little old house and then comparing it to the fantastic youth centre built in its place, I can see how much I’ve developed in my faith alongside the construction. I now lead a youth group at the same Youth Centre with two of my friends.

I will always value the impact that Youth Unlimited had on my life.

YOUTH MATTERS: Waterdown Youth Centre is a place for young people to grow

Opinion Mar 30, 2016 by Aidan Skinner Flamborough Review

It all started almost four years ago when my mother told me about a youth group that met in a little house on the corner of Parkside Drive and Centre Road.

I gave the group a try and to this day, there has never been a time when I have not felt welcome there.

My experiences with Youth Unlimited have varied greatly over the years, ranging from weekly youth group meetings and discussions, to off site events, camps and – my personal favourite – the annual March Break trip to Polk City, Florida.

This past March Break marks my fourth and final consecutive trip.

YFC/Youth Unlimited’s annual trip to Florida, called Southbound, is a fantastic way to grow spiritually in faith, meet new friends, and have fun. Christian speaker Mike Gordan has tagged along and taught the group many lessons in faith and theology during evening sessions. The leaders are all excellent people who encourage the students to take their faith to the next level, whatever level that may be.

The students, who are from Youth Unlimited branches all across southern Ontario, come from all different levels of faith or no faith.

We spend time at amusement parks, water parks, shopping malls and the waterfront on the camp property.

By the end of the trip, even though everyone is different, we all become part of a big, new family.

I personally recommend this trip to any youth. I met one of my best friends on this trip in my first year. I am considering coming back as a leader after finishing my university degree.

Looking back on the days when I first came to Youth Unlimited in the little old house and then comparing it to the fantastic youth centre built in its place, I can see how much I’ve developed in my faith alongside the construction. I now lead a youth group at the same Youth Centre with two of my friends.

I will always value the impact that Youth Unlimited had on my life.

YOUTH MATTERS: Waterdown Youth Centre is a place for young people to grow

Opinion Mar 30, 2016 by Aidan Skinner Flamborough Review

It all started almost four years ago when my mother told me about a youth group that met in a little house on the corner of Parkside Drive and Centre Road.

I gave the group a try and to this day, there has never been a time when I have not felt welcome there.

My experiences with Youth Unlimited have varied greatly over the years, ranging from weekly youth group meetings and discussions, to off site events, camps and – my personal favourite – the annual March Break trip to Polk City, Florida.

This past March Break marks my fourth and final consecutive trip.

YFC/Youth Unlimited’s annual trip to Florida, called Southbound, is a fantastic way to grow spiritually in faith, meet new friends, and have fun. Christian speaker Mike Gordan has tagged along and taught the group many lessons in faith and theology during evening sessions. The leaders are all excellent people who encourage the students to take their faith to the next level, whatever level that may be.

The students, who are from Youth Unlimited branches all across southern Ontario, come from all different levels of faith or no faith.

We spend time at amusement parks, water parks, shopping malls and the waterfront on the camp property.

By the end of the trip, even though everyone is different, we all become part of a big, new family.

I personally recommend this trip to any youth. I met one of my best friends on this trip in my first year. I am considering coming back as a leader after finishing my university degree.

Looking back on the days when I first came to Youth Unlimited in the little old house and then comparing it to the fantastic youth centre built in its place, I can see how much I’ve developed in my faith alongside the construction. I now lead a youth group at the same Youth Centre with two of my friends.

I will always value the impact that Youth Unlimited had on my life.