Weekender Fall Conference 2023


Leave your campus behind for a weekend and come away with us to an awesome annual conference—expect to retreat from the busyness of college life, build new friendships, and deepen your personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Join 300+ college students and Navigators staff from across the Upper Midwest in engaging workshops, large group teaching and worship, personal prayer and reflection, and fun at the waterpark! This is a weekend getaway you won’t regret! For more information, please visit www.navsweekender.org.

To see who all has registered for this retreat, please visit this Roster. 

Bring your clothes, toiletries, swimsuit, jacket, water bottle, pen, Bible, journal, and your best Halloween costume (please keep it appropriate)!

Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells

Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI is one of the four locations of the Kalahari Resort & Conventions, which are home to America's largest indoor waterparks (included in your stay). In addition to their waterparks, they also house luxury spas, family entertainment centers, restaurants, and convention centers, all under one roof. For more information, please visit https://www.kalahariresorts.com/wisconsin/.

Location Information

  • Kalahari Resort & Conventions
  • 1305 Kalahari Dr, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 53965 US


Ben Nugent

Ben met Christ late in high school and met The Navigators his first day on campus at Illinois State University, where he graduated with a degree in History Education. He met his wife Melissa at a Navigator Summer Training Program in 1996, they have now been married for 25 years. Their son Sam was 15 when he went to be with the Lord in the Spring of 2023. Their daughter, Vivian is 13.

Ben and Melissa served with the Collegiate Navigators at Colorado State University, the University of Florida, and Kansas City, MO for nearly two decades. He was the Director for Navigators 20s for 2 years and now serves as the U.S. Collegiate Director.

His passions include developing laborers for God’s harvest, teaching the Word of God, Summer Training Programs, and discipling younger men to become leaders. He enjoys playing golf, skiing, and eating anything that is “Chicago Style.”

Registration Information

Prices include shared room (2 beds each) with 4 people max (generally with other students from your campus) and meals. All prices will increase by $20 after September 25th, 2023.  Additional scholarships and discounts may be available from your campus. Talk to your NavStaff campus director for details.

  • The first 80 students to register who haven't attended the Weekender before will receive a $100 discount (price will increase to $230 after that). Price includes a shared bed/room (max 4 people) and meals. Price will increase to $250 after September 25, 2023.

  • Price includes a shared bed/room (max 4 people) and meals. Price will increase to $250 after September 25, 2023.

  • If your spouse and/or children are attending, please select Family Rate below. Price includes shared hotel room and meals for one person.

  • Price includes whole hotel room (2 adults, 1-2 kids) and one meal package for registering adult. If your spouse is attending, please click "Add Another Registrant" near the bottom of the page. Meals for kids attending will need to be added separately.

Dietary Restrictions

Please keep in mind that not all dietary requests can be guaranteed, but we will try our best to accommodate your needs and work with Kalahari Resort. 

Travel Plans

Seminars (please choose one)*

  • Clint Rivas - What is Truth

    Clint Rivas - What is Truth

    Like Pontius Pilate, many in our modern culture are asking "What is Truth? Does objective truth even exist?" This apologetics workshop will explore how we can give biblical answers to these questions and other challenges to the Christian worldview.
    Clint is a Marine Corps vet who has been involved with the Navigators in multiple ministries: Navs Military on base at Camp Lejeune, World Missions in Senegal, Africa, and now Navs Collegiate at Northwestern University- St Paul. He currently leads the "Tough Questions Bible Study" on campus, as well as the Tabletop Gaming Club. His passions include theology, philosophy, apologetics, and weapons training. He lives with his wife, son, and soon-to-arrive baby daughter in Crystal, MN. Clint has never heard an objection to Christianity that doesn't have a satisfying answer, so come check out the workshop if you want to ask him a question he's never heard before!

  • Trevor & Cassie Long - Walking as Jesus Walked

    Trevor & Cassie Long - Walking as Jesus Walked

    1 John 2:6 says: “whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” In his humanity Jesus modeled the life that God intended for each of us to live. To walk like Jesus means we are to emulate the pattern of living that Jesus modeled for us. In this seminar we’ll take a quick look together at 6 foundational priorities upon which Jesus built His life and ministry. And we’ll discuss practical ways that we can begin to emulate these priorities in our day-to-day life on campus.
    Trevor serves as the regional director of the Upper Midwest collegiate Navigators and Cassie serves alongside him in staff care and development. For the last 20 years, they have given their lives to raising up generations of disciplemakers, first in Europe and then here in Minnesota. They live in the Twin Cities and have 4 awesome kids spanning 5 to 13 years of age.

  • Brian Van Zante - Evangelism: Starting with Who You Know

    Brian Van Zante - Evangelism: Starting with Who You Know

    These days it feels like the most difficult form of evangelism is sharing Christ with the people we regularly see. Yet Acts says that God has placed each person in specific times and places SO THAT He won't be far from anyone. One of the ways this is true is believers being in close proximity to non-believers. So how does a Christian go about having the vision, tools, faith, and courage to evangelistically move towards roommates, classmates, friends, & family? Join Brian to hear some ideas!
    Brian Van Zante is a husband of 27 years and a proud father of three young married adults. An associate campus director at UW-Madison since 2018, he’s served on college campuses with The Navigators in three states and Japan since 1995. Investing in students one-to-one and communicating the Gospel are his passions. Sprint triathlons, slalom water skiing, and snowboarding are some of his favorite ways to live and disciple among lost friends.

  • Nick Peterson - Sexual Health and Wholeness: Is Sex Gross, Guilt, God, or Good?

    Nick Peterson - Sexual Health and Wholeness: Is Sex Gross, Guilt, God, or Good?

    Sexuality is one of most significant sources of pain, confusion, shame, and guilt in our culture and the church today. But wouldn’t it be great if we could get some clarity from the One who created sex? This seminar will seek to answer three key questions: 1) What does the Bible have to say about sex as God’s good design and gift? 2) What are the lies the culture teaches about sex and how should we respond to them? 3) What are some practical ways to walk in sexual health and wholeness?

    Nick - Nick is a UWEC alum and has served as the campus director at SDSU and UWEC, where he and his family now live. He can always be found thinking, playing board games, reading or listening to books, and helping college students grow in Lord.

  • Jeff Wiegel - Reevaluating Your Relationship with Streaming Media

    Jeff Wiegel - Reevaluating Your Relationship with Streaming Media

    It's hard these days not to have the sense that our personal relationship with streaming media is disproportionately supersized compared to everything else. What might it look like for the 21st century Christian to thoughtfully use streaming media as a tool, instead of passively allowing it to be our lord and master? Jeff will have some very practical steps and experiments to use less streaming media and replace that time with more purpose and presence.
    Jeff is a UW-Madison alum and has served on EDGE Corps at MSU-Mankato, as the campus director at UWEC, and the staff trainer at UW-Madison, where he and his family live. He enjoys all things outdoors (hiking, biking, playing sports, gardening, adventuring), and a good book or board game.

Liability & Media Release Forms

Please sign your legal first and last name below.


The Navigators, a Colorado nonprofit religious corporation, sponsors and hosts events, programs, and other activities (the “Activities”) to encourage spiritual growth, personal development and group fellowship. Participation in the Activities is a privilege. In consideration for the privilege of participating in the Activities, the undersigned Adult Participant hereby accepts and agrees to all provisions of this Agreement:

1. Activities: The Navigators sponsors and hosts a wide range of Activities on its properties and through its ministry programs. These Activities may include, but are not limited to, classes, meetings, conferences, retreats, training, study groups, volunteer service, concerts and other performances, field trips and travel, meals, lodging, and recreational and outdoor activities, such as camping, team sports, games, horseback riding, swimming and other water sports, hiking/walking, ropes courses, rappelling, rock climbing, winter sports including sledding and tobogganing, and other athletic, recreational or leisure activities requiring physical exertion, as well as transportation in support of such activities. All such activities in which the undersigned Adult Participant engages, including all events, programs and other activities on the property of The Navigators, and all activities sponsored, led, or organized by The Navigators or any of its ministry representatives off Navigators property, whether authorized and subject to supervision by The Navigators or not, are considered “Activities” within the meaning of this Agreement.

2. Assumption of Risk: Although not desiring to discourage participation, The Navigators intends to make each Adult Participant aware that participation in the Activities may expose the Adult Participant to certain risks, including, by way of example, risks arising from accidents and physical injury due to facility or landscape design or conditions; exposure to adverse weather conditions and wildlife, fire, landslides, disease, high altitude, errors in supervision, and defects in facilities, food preparation, equipment, roadways, and trails; and lack of immediate availability of medical care and emergency assistance. Each undersigned Adult Participant agrees that participation in the Activities, and related transportation, involves risk of an accident and serious personal injury and illness, paralysis and permanent disability, and even possibly death, of the Adult Participant. Each Adult Participant understands that the Activities include certain inherent risks. Inherent risks are those that cannot be eliminated without destroying unique characteristics of the Activities. By signing below, each Adult Participant expressly assumes all risks of participating in the Activities, whether such participation is authorized or permitted by The Navigators or not, or is supervised or unsupervised by The Navigators, and whether those risks are inherent or otherwise, now known or unknown, or are predictable or unpredictable.

3. Release of Liability and Indemnification of Claims: In view of the risks described herein and in consideration for the privilege granted to the Adult Participant to participate in the Activities, the undersigned Adult Participant, for such Adult Participant and for such Adult Participant’s heirs, family and estate, executors, administrators, assigns, and personal representatives, hereby releases and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless The Navigators, and its related organizations, and The Navigators’ and its related organizations’ directors, officers, employees, volunteers, contractors, agents, representatives and successors and assigns (the “Released Parties”) of and from, and does discharge and waive, any and all claims, demands, losses, damages, and liabilities made or that can be made against or incurred by The Navigators and the other Released Parties or any of them with respect to any and all property damage, economic loss, medical and other expense, disability, personal injury whether physical or mental in nature, and/or death, whether caused by negligence or otherwise, arising from the Adult Participant’s participation in the Activities, including all claims of the Adult Participant for injury and/or loss. This Release and Indemnification of Claims is intended to have only the scope and effect permitted by applicable law.

4. Consent to Medical Care: In the event that the Adult Participant is injured or becomes ill, and is unable to give consent to medical treatment, the Adult Participant hereby authorizes The Navigators, including its employees, volunteers, agents and representatives, to obtain or consent to, on the Adult Participant’s behalf, medical care and treatment (including, by way of example, first-responders medical treatment; medical transportation; X-Ray examinations; anesthetic, dental, medical or diagnosis and treatment; and hospital care) deemed necessary or advisable by The Navigators. The Adult Participant agrees to fully pay all costs of medical transportation and medical or dental care and treatment incurred on his/her behalf by The Navigators.

5. Miscellaneous: In the event that any provision of this Agreement is determined to be invalid for any reason, such invalidity shall not affect the validity of any of the other provisions, which other provisions shall remain in full force and effect.

6. Governing Law: This Agreement is governed by and construed under the laws of Colorado, without reference to its conflict of laws provisions. This document is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted under such law. Any dispute or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement or claim of breach hereof shall be brought exclusively in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado.

7. Dispute Resolution: The Parties agree to attempt to resolve any claim or dispute arising out of or related to the Agreement through good faith negotiations taking into consideration Biblical principles of reconciliation and fair dealing. Therefore, the parties agree that any claim or dispute arising from or related to this agreement shall be settled by biblically-based mediation and, if necessary, legally binding arbitration in accordance with the Rules of Procedure for Christian Conciliation of the Institute for Christian Conciliation. Judgment upon an arbitration decision shall be entered in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado. The parties understand that these methods shall be the sole remedy for any controversy or claim arising out of this agreement and expressly waive their right to file a lawsuit in any civil court against one another for such disputes, except to enforce an arbitration decision.

By signing below, the undersigned Adult Participant signifies his or her complete and unreserved agreement with all contents of this Agreement, including but not limited to the Release of Liability and Indemnification of Claims and Consent to Medical Care, and further agrees that such Adult Participant has carefully read this Agreement in its entirety, understands it, and signs it voluntarily, on the Adult Participant’s behalf, and on behalf of each of the Adult Participant’s heirs, family and estate, executors, administrators, assigns and personal representatives. The undersigned Adult Participant attests that he or she is eighteen (18) years of age or older and is fully competent legally and otherwise to enter into this Agreement.

Indicate below if you agree or decline the media release. Please sign your legal first and last name in either case.

IF I INDICATE, “I AGREE” BELOW, I hereby irrevocably give The Navigators the right and unrestricted permission to edit at its sole discretion, copyright and/or publish, reproduce or otherwise use my name, image, likeness, voice, biographical information, and digital recordings made by me, or of me, for any purpose whatsoever, without compensation, including without limitation to publicize and/or promote The Navigators’ ministry worldwide in photographs, printed literature, video recordings, sound recordings, websites, social media, digital, and any other medium that now exits or may exist in the future. I waive any right to receive notification or approval rights of the finished product; and I acknowledge that The Navigators owns the finished product and all rights to it.

I hereby agree to release, defend, and hold harmless The Navigators and its agents or employees, including any firm publishing and/or distributing the finished product in whole or in part, whether on paper, via electronic media, or on Web sites, from any claim, damages, or liability arising from or related to the use of audio, photographs/video, including but not limited to any misuse, distortion, blurring, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form, either intentionally or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in taking, processing, reduction, or production of the finished product, its publication, or distribution.

I acknowledge and agree that I will not receive any compensation for the distribution of my appearance or performance through The Navigators. I understand that there is no time limit on the validity of this Release, nor is there any geographic limitation on the permission granted.

I am 18 years of age or older and have read this release before signing below, fully understanding the contents, meaning, and impact of this release. I understand that I am free to address any specific questions regarding this release by submitting those questions in writing prior to signing, and I agree that my failure to do so will be interpreted as a free and knowledgeable acceptance of the terms of this release.

Refund & Cancelation Policy

If you cancel by October 1, 2023, you will receive a full refund. No refunds will be given on or after October 2, 2023, unless the cancelation is due to a major medical issue. These fees help offset the expenses already incurred in anticipation of your attendance. Refunds will be made using the same payment method used for registration.

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