That Thing

Missional High School Event

That Thing is a summer conference for high school students to come together in pursuit of Christ, overwhelming themselves and their communities. This is not spring break with a little bit of Christ sprinkled in and it’s not bible boot camp either. This is preparation & sending.

That Thing finds the place in the middle. It engages students into a deep pursuit of the heartbeat of our Creator as they pursue reconciliation, justice, and discipleship through small groups, corporate worship, and personal devotion encounters. Fun activities like camp wide games, the waterfront, and crate climbing, help to foster community and play. Through activities like paintball and the giant swing, students engage character discussions on honesty, integrity, and encouragement. Through it all though, is a central focus on the message and hope of Christ being lived out through each person at camp, so that they can learn how to live it out beyond camp.

Download the That Thing 2018 Promo from Impact 2818.

That Thing 2018 Dates

• Session 1: June 17-22
• Session 2: June 24-29
• Session 3: July 1-6
• Session 4: July 8-13

Sunday Schedule

• 5-6p - Group Lodge Check In
• 6-7p - Individual Ticket Check In
• 6:30p - Group Lodge Leader Meeting
• 8:15p - Doors Open
• 8:30p - Evening Worship
• 10:30p - In Cabin Curfew

Daily Schedule

•  7:30a - Experiential Morning Worship
•  8:00a - Breakfast
•  9:30a - Worship
•  11:00a - Small Groups or Team Building
•  12:00p - Lunch
•  1:00p - Learning Labs
•  1:45p - Cabin Challenges
•  2:30p - Free Block
•  5:30p - Dinner
•  7:00p - Learning Labs
•  7:45p - Mixer Activities
•  8:30p - Worship
•  10:30p - In Cabin Curfew
•  10:30p - Small Group Evening Devotions

New for 2018

Schedule Adjustments

The schedule has a few minor time tweaks to better serve your time frames and group's needs. If you ever find there's too much going on, remember...this event is yours to customize and pull your kids back and together for whatever may be needed.

Upgraded Lodges Reopening

We're bringing two smaller lodges back online this year with some nice perks. Jubilee and Parkview will be available in 2018 with air conditioning, new beds, new windows/doors, new wall coverings and more! These lodges will house up to 18 students and are perfect to serve smaller groups.

2018 Theme - Connect

Discover the heart and passion of this year's theme from the director of That Thing, Stacy Hartman.

Waterfront Lodge 3 Update

Buck Lodge, which will sleep 60 people, will not yet be will begin in the spring of 2018 and will be available for That Thing 2019.

New Smaller Cabin Options

We've had more requests for smaller cabin options, we've got answers. Jubilee and Parkview will be two options, but after that, there is now a Half Lodge Option where you can book just 1/2 of the student beds in a cabin.

New Registration Day Timelines

Registration now opens in shifts. If you want to book multiple lodges, that opens on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. If you are booking a single lodge, that opens two days later on Thursday, November 9, 2017. If you want a half lodge, that opens the next Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Group Tickets

Bring all the students from your local faith community and share a lodge with just the individuals you want to be in it. As their leader, you can completely customize the experience to exactly what your students and leaders need. [group ticket info]

Individual Tickets

For students who are coming from churches that aren't booking an entire lodge or who want a camp experience where everyone is new to each other, individual tickets are available. [individual ticket info]

Interested in volunteering as a counselor? [volunteer info]

You Might Need...

About the Program - [here]

Payment Information - [here]

That Thing FAQ's - [here]

2018 Leader Book - [here]

2018 Speakers & Bands

Week 1 - Ricky Ortiz

Pastor Ricky Ortiz lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan along with his wife, Krista, and daughter, Gia. He's the founding and lead pastor of Meta Church [], a brand new church plant in the heart of New York City. He's passionate about communicating God's Word with relevance and authenticity so people can connect with who God is and the purpose He has for their lives.


Week 2 - Ashlee Eiland

Ashlee Eiland has been on staff with Willow Creek Community Church since 2011. After graduating from the University of Southern California, she began her professional career with Nestlé USA before feeling called to vocational ministry – while volunteering at a high school camp! In her current role, Ashlee loves inviting people closer to the truth of the Gospel, wherever they may be on their journey with Jesus Christ. She also loves getting to equip and develop Christ-followers as they lean into and activate their spiritual gifts – so much so that she decided to go back to school to get her Masters in Organizational Leadership from Judson University. In her spare time, Ashlee loves reading, writing, yoga, and trying out new restaurants. She and her husband, Delwin, are crazy about their Yorkie-poo (Jasper) their two kids (Brooklyn & Myles), and consider family time the best part of any day.

Week 3 - Russell St .Bernard

Born in Brooklyn, New York to a single mother and loving family, Russell knew he wanted something different in his life. He moved to Maryland to attend Morgan State University, where he, before knowing Christ, was a well-known party promoter. Now his mission and vision is to promote Jesus to everyone he meets. He now serves as Director of Ministry Operations and Outreach for Reid Temple AME Church in Maryland. One of the ministries he created and provides leadership for is the Eleven 22 Youth Ministry, where students Learn their faith, Live their faith, and Lead with their faith. Russell is the proud husband of Erica St.Bernard and the proud father of Karis Olivia St.Bernard. 


Week 4 - Carly Bartlett

Carly Bartlett is a wife, mom, pastor, and pumpkin spice latte addict from the great Northwest. She currently serves as one of two Lead Pastors at Encounter Church ( in the Boise, Idaho area. Carly loves to preach, lead worship, and study the Word of God. She is currently pursuing her MDiv. at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Carly has a desire to see all people embrace their God-given identities and become strong, courageous followers of Christ! She loves to travel (especially to Disneyland), watch Gilmore Girls, laugh until she cries, and spend time with her precious family. Carly is married to Mike and they have a sweet, silly daughter who loves to sing and dance to the Moana soundtrack... constantly.

Band For That Thing 2018

PIECES is a husband and wife team led by Glenn and Noel Campagna, worship leaders and songwriters, writers and speakers, who are passionate about declaring the faithfulness of God they’ve experienced and creating an atmosphere for others to encounter Jesus. Their heart is to be a part of equipping and raising a generation of leaders who walk away changed and empowered to lead others to experience the unmatched presence of God.

Event Location

Located at Epworth Forest Conference Center in North Webster, Indiana along the shore of Lake Webster.

How Far Is It?:

  • Indianapolis, IN– 160 miles, 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • South Bend, IN– 55 miles, 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Ft. Wayne, IN– 45 miles, 55 minutes
  • Lafayette, IN– 115 miles, 2 hours, 35 minutes
  • Muncie, IN– 120 miles, 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Chicago, IL– 135 miles, 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • Cincinnati, OH– 225 miles, 4 hours
  • Lansing, MI– 145 miles, 2 hours, 30 minutes

That Thing Leaders:

Registration process is online; the line starts at 9:00a each of the dates below. Fill out a brief form that you complete with your name and contact info which forms the line for reserving the lodge you hope to have in the summer of 2018.

On Tuesday, November 7, 2016, at 9:00am (EST) multiple lodge bookings will open for lodge reservations at

On Thursday, November 9, 2016, at 9:00am (EST) single lodge bookings will open for lodge reservations at

On Tuesday, November 14, 2016, at 9:00am (EST) multiple lodge bookings will open for lodge reservations at