Christian Youth In Action®

CYIA exists to develop leaders by challenging students to grow in their relationship with Jesus, and to train and equip them to share the Gospel with children in their communities.  

What is it?

CYIA is a missions opportunity for students ages 12-20, who desire to be equipped to share the Gospel with children. Every student who attends CYIA makes a commitment to teach four 5-Day Clubs throughout the summer. This program has had an impact in the lives of hundreds of students who have grown in their relationship with Jesus, been given the training and had opportunities to reach children with the Gospel.

What to expect at camp


Discipleship is the main priority at CYIA. We have nightly cabin devotions led by staff, as well as a time set aside in the morning for personal devotions. Younger and older students are paired up to be prayer partners the entire week of camp. Staff spend time all week coaching, interacting with students and encouraging them to pursue Christ! 


Classes at camp challenge students spiritually and teach proven methods on how to share the Gospel with children. Instructors are past students who have had experience working with kids in a variety of settings. Most of our instructors have had extensive training within CEF.
Classes include:
  • What is the Gospel?
  • Sharing the Gospel with Kids
  • Teaching a Bible Lesson
  • Story Telling Techniques
  • Building Relationships through Games


Coaching is another form of discipleship available at CYIA.  Staff, who have been through CYIA themselves, work with students to develop their skills and gifts as they teach. Coaches have a group of 2-4 students that they meet with during study time and work alongside them to help students mature their teaching skills.


Friendships developed at CYIA last a lifetime! God works through the experiences at camp to bring students together. Students come to camp as strangers but leave with a bond that far outlasts the 6 days of training.

Fun Activities

Fun activities are a highlight at CYIA. Students thoroughly enjoy a break from studying during afternoon breaks and large group games in the evening. Water kickball, nine square, water slides and more! Our team of staff work  hard to bring fun games to camp. The last night of camp, everyone comes together for a huge for a themed game. We end the night with a bonfire, sharing testimonies and worshiping together.

Camp ends with a special commissioning service to which parents and friends are encouraged to attend.

Commissioning service for CYIA 2020:
June 13, 2020 at 4:00 pm

The Application Process

2) Read the  Statement of Faith

3) Read the Child Protection Policy and listen
by calling 866-878-4182 

5) Read through the 2020 Handbook

6) Mail or give online your $50 deposit

7) Sign the financial policy(Paid summer missionaries only)

8) Complete the online background check (If over 18)

Before camp we have two evenings where students can come to our office and pick up their curriculum bags for CYIA 2020.  First years are required to schedule an informational meetings one of these nights to ensure that they are prepared for CYIA. Call today to schedule your meeting! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is CYIA?

CYIA East is held at beautiful Camp Moses Merrill,
 located 50 miles west of Omaha.

How much does it cost?

The cost to attend CYIA is $250. This includes a summer missions kit and a T-shirt. A discount of $25 is provided for each additional teen from the same family. A preregistration fee of $50 must be mailed in with the application and the full application fee may be sent with the application if desired. A late fee of $30 is required for anyone registering after May 2nd.

Can I get financial help??

CEF's policy is “Ask God and tell His people,” and we encourage teens to do the same. Those 14 and older who are willing to send out support letters and meet other guidelines may be able to receive a salary for the clubs they teach. Some churches are also willing to pick up part of the camp expense since it is for teacher training.

Who leads camp?

Esther Beasley, CEF staff, directs the camp, assisted by Pastor Ryan Folken, and by a number of other Godly young adults who have come through the CYIA program.  Adult cooks and local pastors also serve at camp.

need more information?

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about CYIA. We will be glad to visit with you. We are always looking for opportunities to share CYIA with churches and youth groups. Contact Esther Beasley by phone or email.

A  note from our Director

Thank you for your interest in CYIA 2020. We believe God is in the process
of raising up a generation of students who are passionate about reaching
kids with the Gospel. When I first attended CYIA, as a student almost
 14 years ago, I never dreamed that God would use it to impact students in such a big way. I am excited that you are interested in attending. I know it can be a lot of information so please fill free to reach out to me directly
 if you have any questions. Our team is praying God gives
 you wisdom as you make this decision.
                                                    -Esther Beasley, CYIA Director