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 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.

May 29 - June4, 2022

Information about CYIA 2022 will be released at a later date. Applications open January 1, 2022!

Where is CYIA?

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

How much does it cost?

The cost to attend CYIA is $275. 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 registration fee of $50 is due at the time of application.

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.

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?
  • 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.