Conferences & Retreats

Mountain Madness

Middle School Conference

February 15-17, 2019

YMCA of the Rockies

Estes Park

Every year 1100+ Junior High students (6-8th grade) gather at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park to encounter God through a “mountain-top” experience.  Each year we bring in a speaker/entertainer to host the weekend – this year we will be joined by Chris Padgett.  The high energy speakers, dynamic worship, fellowship and adoration help ignite a passion for Jesus in the young people which encourages them to live their faith in everyday life.

Registration is now closed.

Please contact our office if you have any questions.



Mountain Madness is a popular conference that does sell out. In an effort to have as many parishes attend the conference as possible, we are going to have a one week window for all groups to submit their group registration request. Starting at 9am on Monday, October 1st, you may submit online the total number of attendees for your group. This total number must include: youth, group leader, adult chaperones, priests and religious.

Registration window will close at 5pm on Thursday, October 4th. We will review all submitted group registration requests and will notify you by email on Monday, October 8th with the total number of spots assigned to your group. There is a possibility that some groups will not get the total requested number. We thank you for your understanding as we try to accommodate as many parish groups as we can.


Meeting Room Request
Fee: $75
Deadline: January 10 (or until sold out)

A limited number of meeting rooms are available during the weekend of Mountain Madness. Each meeting room is $75. Please note that large groups (over 30 people) may need more than one meeting room. We will do our best to accommodate all groups, but we cannot guarantee you a meeting room nor can we ensure that your meeting room will be in the lodge where your group is housed. One submission per group, please

Request a Meeting Room

Theme: In His Footsteps

Main Scripture Verse:

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.”

Mt. 16:24


Christ has called each of us by name.  He is constantly inviting us into a life with Him.  What does it take to answer that call?  How do we live a Christian life in the real world?  Christ gives us very specific rules for discipleship – we must desire to come after Him, deny ourselves and then take up our cross.  Christ has given us a model of how we live, but we do not walk the road alone.  He walks with us step by step, calling us to follow Him, wherever he may lead.

Keynote Speakers: Chris Padgett


Chris Padgett has been doing ministry for over 20 years. He is an author, musician, teacher, and motivational speaker. Padgett has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 25 years and has nine children. He has also appeared on television and radio and has been a regular speaker and entertainer at Steubenville youth conferences.

Poster and Flyer

11×17 Mountain Madness Poster 2019

8.5 x 11 Mountain Madness Flyer 2019

If you want an editable interest flyer, please email Kim Perez with your request.

Conference Check-In

Check-in will be held from 4pm – 6pm on Friday evening.  The Conference will begin at 7pm on Friday and end on Sunday morning following lunch.


B.A.S.I.C. Team

Is there a place at Mountain Madness for high school youth?

Yes, and it is serving on the B.A.S.I.C. Team (Brothers And Sisters In Christ). This team of high school youth will serve not only during the weekend but in the months leading up to it. Applications are accepted in August.

Contact Kim Perez for further information at 303-715-3178

Conference Details

Who: 6th – 8th Grade Students

Cost: $145 per person, includes $45 non-refundable deposit
This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable, due at the time of registration.

Includes: Conference Materials, Lodging with 5 Meals, T-Shirt

Location: YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park

When: February 15-17, 2019

Registration Info

Registration Timeline 2019

Mountain Madness Conference Info Package

The Conference Info Package includes information on the following:

• Chaperones
• Sample Packing List
• Housing
• Overnight Anxiety

YMCA and dietary restrictions: The YMCA is able to accommodate some dietary restrictions, but not all. Listed above the entrees in the cafeteria are primary ingredients in each dish. If you or your youth have dietary restrictions that are severe or complex, please advise youth (and their parents) to pack some “safe” food to have during the weekend.