Weekender Retreat Fall Conference 2021


The Weekender is an awesome annual retreat that produces great friendship, builds community, and most importantly stimulates spiritual growth in Jesus Christ! Get away from campus and spend the weekend at the Kalahari Resort in the Dells with 300+ college students and staff from all over the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Expect challenging messages, equipping workshops, encouraging fellowship, prayer and reflection, great food, 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


John Teten Southeast Divisional Director

John encountered God as a freshman at Colorado State University and his life and purpose changed forever. He has been married to his wife Melissa for 15 years after falling in love as students at CSU. They have three daughters, Lucille (8), Rosie (3) and June (1). After pioneering a Navigator ministry on two university campuses he now serves as the Southeast Divisional Director.

Registration Information

Prices include shared room (2 beds each) with max 4 people, generally with other students from your campus, and meals. All prices will increase by $25 after October 12th, 2021.  Additional scholarships and discounts may be available from your campus. Talk to your NavStaff campus director for details.

  • The first 100 freshmen registrants will receive a discounted price of $90. Price includes shared room (max 4 people) and meals. Price will increase to $115 after October 12, 2021 for the first 100 registrants, and then to $160.

  • Price includes shared room (max 4 people) and meals. Price will increase to $160 after October 12, 2021.

  • Price includes your own bed in a shared hotel room and meals. Price will increase to $225 after October 12, 2021.

  • Price includes whole hotel room (2 adults, 2-3 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.

  • Price includes shared hotel room and meals

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. 

Seminars (please choose one)*

  • Share Yourself: Learning to Stop Hiding and Just Talk to People About Jesus with Zack Ayen

    Share Yourself: Learning to Stop Hiding and Just Talk to People About Jesus with Zack Ayen

    For many us, sharing the good news about Jesus with others tends to feel more like a scary, awkward, uncomfortable event rather than a lifestyle. This seminar will explore what being an ambassador for Christ really looks like. We will explore how keeping Jesus at the center of our lives opens the door to evangelism in our interactions with the people around us. We don’t have to hide our identity as Christians. If we follow Jesus’ example we will find that we can be clear and confident about what we believe while also being kind, compassionate, and genuinely relational.

    Zack is the Campus director for The Navigators at the Michigan Technological University. Zack and his wife Kelli moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in 2020 to pioneer a new campus ministry for the Navigators. Zack got the itch for evangelism when he had the privilege of being a part of one of his friends coming to know Jesus his first year of EDGE Corps. He saw then how important it is to be a witness and an ambassador to the lost around him, and that it doesn’t have to be weird!

  • Union with Jesus: Growing into the Rich, Living Relationship God Has Promised You with Sawyer Caldwell

    Union with Jesus: Growing into the Rich, Living Relationship God Has Promised You with Sawyer Caldwell

    Jesus came to give us abundant life, and yet many of us find ourselves feeling harassed, helpless, heavy laden, anxious, lost, and hopeless. The doorway to the abundant life Jesus promised is to abide in Him. Jesus' teaching is simple and direct, but we often overcomplicate it, or we throw the word abide around to the point that it feels empty. As someone who has experienced at least as much blessedness as angst when reading and trying to live out this teaching, Sawyer will share some lessons he has learned about abiding, the doorway to a rich, living relationship with Jesus Christ.

    Sawyer has served with The Navigators for several years, first at UW-Madison, and now at his alma mater, SDSU. He is married to the woman of his dreams, Sarah, with whom he enjoys backpacking, eating at fun restaurants, and making disciples.

  • The Art of Biblical  Meditation: Revitalize Your Intake of God's Word with Cody Hanssen

    The Art of Biblical Meditation: Revitalize Your Intake of God's Word with Cody Hanssen

    Do you ever struggle with feeling the Bible is boring or irrelevant? Like your time in God's Word has become nothing more than a menial task, like working on an assembly line. You open your bible, read a few pages, cross it off your to-do list and then move on with your day, never giving a second thought to what you just read and its implications for your life? Maybe you wonder how anyone could truly say something like what Psalm 119:97 says: "Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day." You struggle to delight in God's Word. Or maybe you feel overfed and under exercised, like you’re constantly taking in information from God’s word, but you’re unable to connect what you're learning to your feelings and how you live your life. Or maybe you're just plain intimidated by the Bible and so you rarely read it at all. If any of that describes you, you’re not alone. And there's hope! Join us to discover how biblical meditation can revive your relationship with God.

    Cody is the Campus Director at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He got involved with The Navigators as a student at South Dakota State University, and has been on staff with The Navigators for 7 years. He and his wife Kelly met each other during their first year of EDGE together at UMD. One of his biggest passions is helping people to understand, go deep in, and delight in God's Word. He and Kelly have one daughter, Elli, who is nearly a year old and keeps them laughing and busy with her infectious personality, and her constant activity. Cody enjoys reading good books, and playing just about any competitive sport, especially basketball and ultimate frisbee.

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, 2021, you will be refunded all but $50 per person. No refunds will be given on or after October 2, 2021, 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.

  • Please DO NOT use your p-card


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