Conferences & Retreats

Mountain Madness

Middle school conference

February 14-16, 2020

YMCA of the Rockies

Estes Park

Every year 1100+ Junior High students (6-8 th 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 Popple. 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.




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 Tuesday, 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 11:59 pm on Friday, October 4th. We will review all submitted group registration requests and will notify you by email on Tuesday, 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 9th (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 Image

Main Scripture Verse :

By the grace of God I am what I am.

1 Corinthians 15:10

Theme :

You have been created by God in His image. In all of creation, He has created you to be who you are! God loves you more than you could ever know. He has loved you to death and back. 


Keynote Speakers: Popple

Popple is the two-man Catholic, acoustic, rock ministry of Dan Harms and Kyle Heimann. They formed their ministry at Purdue University in 2005 and have since brought their humor, high-energy music, and speaking ministry to 43 states, 4 countries, and 2 Canadian provinces. Kyle lives in Indiana, is married, and has three sons; Dan and his wife live in Virginia and have five children.

Poster and Flyer

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 BASIC 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 Tyler Eberle for further information at 303-715-2499 or via email at

Conference Details

Who:  6 th  – 8 th  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 14-16, 2020

Registration Info

Registration Timeline 2020

Group Leader Liability Instructions

Participant Liability Instructions

Mountain Madness Conference Info Package 2020

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.