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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 13-20, 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.

may 28-june 3 2023

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All students applying must read the
2023 CYIA Handbook.

Online payment portal.
Before applying every applicant must:
(1) Agree with the CEF Statement Of Faith
(2) Listen to the Child Protection Policy
by calling 1-866-878-4182
(3) Pay the $50 application deposit

Turn in at or before camp:
(4) Camp payment $250 (after deposit)
(5) Medical Release
(6) Worker’s Compliance Agreement 

Where is CYIA?

CYIA East is held at the beautiful Twin Lakes Bible Camp
 in Manson, Iowa. We work with teens & parents to set up carpools for those who need them.

How much does it cost?

The cost to attend CYIA is $300. This includes a summer missions kit, summer T-shirt, housing/food during the CYIA training.

A discount of $25 is provided for each additional teen from the same family. A registration fee of $50 is due at the time of application. 

Can I get financial help??

Scholarship are available, but students are encouraged to work with the CEF office staff to send out fundraising letters.  Those 14 and older 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 CYIA State Director, 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! 


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.


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.

F U N  A C T I V I T E S

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.