The Student Experience


Alive gathers hundreds of middle and high school students together for three days of teaching, music & worship, community building, late night campfires, and so much more.


Reggie Dabbs and Preston Centuolo will challenge students to KNOW IT. LIVE IT. SHARE IT. Throughout the three days, students will be taught on knowing who God is, living a life that reflects Him, and sharing the love of Jesus with others.

Music & Worship

What better way to encounter Jesus than through song & worship? Throughout the week students will hear NEEDTOBREATHE, Elevation Worship, Switchfoot, MercyMe, for KING & COUNTRY, Crowder, Matt Maher, Andy Mineo, Jordan Feliz, Social Club Misfits, RED, and many others.


At Alive, leaders will have dedicated free time to connect with their students and other church families to encourage relationship and community building. This time with students to process questions or share moments of growth is formative in their walk with Jesus and their understanding of Christ-centered community.

Laugh Together

Each night, bring your group to the Comedy Club and enjoy some comedic relief with Tim Hawkins, John Crist and 321 Improv. We’ll have our Late Night Café open with drinks and snacks and students can get some late night laughs.


What fun is a summer at Alive without the Youth Olympics? Join other churches in a competition of volleyball, obstacle course, and more in our annual competition.


Alive is the perfect place for students to unplug from social media, focus in on the experience, and encounter Jesus without any distractions.

Leading the Way

Student Seminars

Each day at Alive, Reggie Dabbs and Preston Centuolo will challenge students to KNOW IT. LIVE IT. SHARE IT. Throughout the weekend, students will be taught on knowing who God is, living a life that reflects Him, and sharing the love of Jesus with others. These student seminars will take place at our Woods Stage each morning and afternoon. They are optional and exist simply to give your students the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Jesus, His word, and in Christ-centered community.

If you are planning to attend these seminars with your students, let us know.

Youth Olympics

Join the ultimate competition and community building experience for students at Alive! Build community and create lifelong memories while competing against other churches in volleyball, Bible challenges, and more. Oh, and the winners get Front of Stage Passes for Sunday night at Alive and other festival swag!

The Youth Olympics are free to join, students must be in middle school or high school, and there must be at least 10 people in your group to participate. Events will take place all three days of the festival. Signups are available below.

Daily Schedule

8:30 am
Breakfast and devotions
10:00 am
Worship and speaker
11:15 am
Morning Student Seminar
12:00 pm
Free time: lunch, swim, Youth Olympics, concerts
3:15 pm
Afternoon Student Seminar
5:00 pm
Dinner at the Food Court, Main Stage concerts & speakers
10:30 pm
Comedy Club, late night campfires
1:00 am
Lights out


Alive takes place at Atwood Lake Park, a beautiful, 300+ acre campground located about 30 minutes south of Canton, OH. Atwood is surrounded by a gorgeous 1,500-acre lake with a sandy beach and swimming, boating, paved roads, lit walkways and more. From scenic tent camping (included free with a Full Event Ticket) to luxurious RV sites, we’ve got your group covered with some of the most scenic campsites in the state of Ohio. Not outdoorsy? No problem. We have a ton of hotels nearby for your group to utilize.


Full Event Tickets: Get the full experience by joining us and camping for the whole weekend! Day tickets are also available.

Group Rate Tickets: If you’re bringing 10 or more students, you’ll receive our Group Rate pricing which takes $5 off per Full Event (or single day) Ticket.

Payment Plan: Conveniently spread out your group’s order into 3-4 payments between now and the festival. Let us know if this is something you’re interested in.

We know organizing and bringing a group can be challenging. If you have any questions at all, please get in touch! Tayler, our Student Ministries Director, would love to chat with you and help answer any questions you have.

Student Leader Signup

We’d love your help! If you are bringing a group of students, please let us know below if your group is planning to participate in the Student Seminars or the Youth Olympics. This information will help us greatly and make your Alive experience even better! If you have any questions about the student experience at Alive, please get in touch.

“Alive has been such a great summer event to bring my youth group to because they have a blast, they grow in their faith, and they’re exposed to some awesome Christian music. That is why we come back year after year.”

Jim D.
Youth Pastor

“Alive is one of my favorite times of the year. We bring a group from southern Indiana, which is about a five hour drive just to get there and we would not miss it. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this experience with your church group.”

Sarah C.
Youth Pastor

“Alive is consistently the one spiritual high point for the teens in our youth group. It provides unforgettable experiences that bring us closer in our relationship with God and each other. I highly recommend Alive to other youth leaders.”

Stacey S.
Youth Pastor