Summer Plans 2019

We have some amazing trips and opportunities coming up for Summer 2019!
This is your invitation to serve, learn, grow and give.
Each summer we take students on a variety of trips, retreats, and mission opportunities. As dates for these have not yet been released, this page serves to show some of the opportunities we hope to engage students with in the coming year. If you have any questions, would like to make any suggestions about additional opportunities for youth, or would like to get involved as a volunteer please email Anna and Joe at to set up a lunch meeting. We can’t wait to hear from you

For Incoming 7th and 8th Graders: Camp Hidden Lake, GA

We are so excited to announce that this summer (2019), we are partnering with St. Michael the Archangel (Leawood) to take a group of incoming 7th and 8th graders to Camp Hidden Lakein Dahlonega, GA!
About: Camp Hidden Lake is owned and run by Life Teen, a national Catholic Youth Ministry organization that has been leading teens closer to Christ since 1985. With high ropes courses, a swimming and canoeing lake, rock wall, a full-size basketball gym equipped with A/C, volleyball courts, Ga-Ga pits, fields for soccer and frisbee, an art barn with pool and ping-pong tables, and so much more, Hidden Lake has everything to make sure our week of Camp is packed with fun! Mass, Reconciliation, group and individual prayer will foster and grow the joy and wonder of being Catholic.
What: EDGE Camp Hidden Lake
Who: Incoming 7th and 8th graders (Fall 2019) – 20 spots available
When: July 7-13, 2019
Where: Camp Hidden Lake (830 Hidden Lake Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533)
Cost: $525 (This includes transportation to and from Camp Hidden Lake from SMA, lodging and all meals for the five-day camp, and the priceless experience of spending a week falling in love with Jesus). A non-refundable deposit of $125 is required to secure your spot at registration. (The remaining balance of $525 will be split into three $175 payments due in January, February, and March.)

Prayer and Action 2019 Registration

Ascension registration for Prayer and Action opens on Feb 11th on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 15 spots (male/female split) for students (and 3-4 chaperones) per week. There will be a waiting list for others.

To register for one of our Prayer and Action mission trip weeks this summer, please fill out the following form.  An email will follow a few days later with payment information and more detailed information.

Cost is $260/person. Chaperones attend at no charge.
Option 1: June 23-28
Option 2: July 7-12
Option 3: July 14-19

If you have any questions feel free to call 913-681-7683 or email us at



Kairos Retreat for Jrs and Srs in HS (registration opening soon)

$120  (Scholarships available)

K-27   August 2-4

Kairos Retreats have been around for decades and have been a strong part of the spirituality growth of young people in this diocese.  Although Kairos was originally intended for a different audience over 50 years ago, not much has been done to being it to students with their challenges today.  Ascension Youth Ministry has developed a modified version that has borrowed some of the wisdom of Luke 18 retreats, as well as Life Teen and current trends to make this retreat affordable and designed to have lasting impact.

Kairos has 4 different segments: doubt, cry, trust, and live.  The first is identifying what we have doubt in, and what questions most bother us with God and His plan for us and this world.  Secondly, we find ways to express those doubts and learn from each other as we do.  Next, we walk through what it means to trust in God and the Holy Spirit as it is our guide in this world.  Finally,  we discern how all of this that has been learned should be lived out and find ways to keep each other accountable to that.  Kairos always builds a strong bond with each other but our prayer and hope is that it also connects them to their parish family as well.

This retreat requires many who are willing to give of their time and talent to make it work.  It requires students and adults to facilitate, parish homes to bunk in overnight, loving adults to help prepare and serve food, as well as number of other spiritual and support capacities.  If you are interested please register as well or email us with any questions.

If you have any questions feel free to call 913-681-7683 or email us at

World Youth Day  (18+ by May 2020)

Lisbon, Portugal