About the YES Retreat

The YES Retreat is a three day, two night Christian high school retreat sponsored by Kairos North America. It is tailored to high school youth and guests of Sword of the Spirit affiliated communities. If you have not been invited but are interested in coming, please contact us.



5:00 pm  Registration Opens

5.30 pm  Dinner Available

7:30 pm  Opening Session

11:30 pm  Lights Out



7:45 am  Breakfast

9:00 am  Split Sessions

10:30 am  Convocation

11:00 am  Breakout 1

11:45 am  Lunch

1:00 pm  Breakout 2

1:45 pm  Small Groups

2:15 pm  Rec Time

5:00 pm  Lord's Day

5:30 pm  Dinner

7:00 pm  Evening Session

10:30 pm  Entertainment

11:30 pm  Lights Out


8:30 am  Church Services

9:45 am  Brunch

10:45 am  Closing Session

1:00 pm  End



Michindoh Conference Center
4545 E Bacon Rd., Hillsdale, MI 49242

If you are flying in for the weekend, Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is approximately two hour drive from Michindoh. You will need to arrange your own transportation to and from the airport. For more information about transportation, please contact your Youth Group Leader.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring?

  • Bible and notebook
  • Clothes for recreation on Saturday afternoon
  • Clothes for the Lord's Day Celebration and for Sunday service
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Clothes to suit the weather (The average temperature in Michigan in late March is between 30-50°F, but it can be much colder)

What about cell phones and other valuables?
Young people are advised not to bring cell phones and any other valuable items to the YES Retreat. Kairos would encourage parents to use the cell phone of a youth group leader or other staff member to contact young people during the retreat if necessary. Kairos and Michindoh accept no responsibility for items that are lost or damaged during the retreat.

Where will we sleep?
You will be sharing dorms or cabins at Michindoh Conference Center along with other YES Retreat participants and staff. Please bring your own bedding. You can rent bedding from Michindoh but there is a charge and a limited supply. Please let us know if you would like to do this so we can inform Michindoh in advance how much bedding we require. 

How do I pay for the YES Retreat?
To pay for the YES Retreat, you can pay online at the button on the Youth Registration or Staff Registration pages. Or, you may make a check out to "The Sword of the Spirit" and indicate whom the payment is for in the check's memo line. Please send the check to the following address:

Kairos North America
Attn: YES Retreat
1417 1/2 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912

What if I am paying as part of a group?
The best way to pay as part of a group would be to have one check made out to "The Sword of the Spirit" and sent to the address above. Please include a list of the people being paid for, if they are registered as a staff or student, and if they would like a t-shirt. 

What if somebody else is paying on my behalf?
If paying by check, please have the person sponsoring you indicate whom the payment is for in the check's memo line. 

Where can I get more information?
Get in touch with us using our contact form.