The first wave of Generation Z exists today in youth who are in middle school. Many of the children in this generation simply don’t have a grasp on who Jesus is and why he is relevant in their everday lives. Charge is an event that attempts to bridge this gap by providing a powerful faith community where participants in grades 6-8 can grow in faith, engage in service, and develop leadership skills; all while enjoying the amenities of Great Wolf Lodge. Participants at Charge are equipped and empowered to learn, lead, laugh, and love as an expression of their faith in Jesus. It is our hope that participants depart energized to transform the world in the name of Christ!

In addition to the familiar flow of worship, small groups, congregational time, skillshops, and recreation options we’ve honed at the Great Lakes Gathering, we’ll also host an outdoor campfire camp style!

Registration Costs

Charge utilizes a split fee registration process. Groups will pay a per person participant fee to Living Water Ministries when they register and then independently book their hotel rooms with Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City directly. Living Water Ministries will not be assigning housing and each group is responsible for securing housing by booking directly with The Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City by contacting them directly at (231) 941-3600. LWM will be happy to connect groups looking to collaborate with other groups to maximize their housing.

Registration Tips

For adult leaders registering groups of youth, you’ll need to collect the following details for each participant before you begin entering information into our registration system.

  • First name
  • Last name
  • DOB
  • Gender
  • Grade
  • Address (Street, City, State, Zip)
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail


Worship is at the center of how we build community during the Charge. Each worship experience is uniquely crafted to provide leadership opportunities for participants, tie into our theme and create space where we grow together in faith. Rev. Branden Hunt is our speaker that will weave a common narrative connected to our curriculum through each worship as well.


The entire community of Charge will engage in service projects on Saturday afternoon.  Many of the service project sites are at assisted living facilities working with residents.  Some of our service projects are also on-site at Great Wolf Lodge doing things like painting boards to board up vacant homes in Detroit, and making fleece blankets and hats for people suffering from homelessness.  It is our belief that faith lived in love for and with our neighbors is a way in which God can be powerfully revealed.

Water Park

Lodging at Great Wolf Lodge comes with access to the water park.  For participants that may need to stay in overflow housing at a hotel property arranged by Living Water Ministries, water park passes are also made available.  Water park access is available from the time of check-in on Friday until the end of business for Great Wolf Lodge on Sunday.  Groups are invited to stay as long as they like in the water park after our event concludes.  During the event, an intentional block of time will also be allocated for enjoyment of the water park by all Charge participants.

Packing Basics

Bibles (a must), pen or pencil, forms, clothes, toiletries, swim suits, coolers (for food), food or money for eating out, games for congregational time, clothing appropriate for a potentially messy service project, and a willingness to grow in faith and have fun!