It is with a heavy heart that I share that DAKYOUTH 2020 has been canceled.
Our Conference Council on Youth Ministry—CCYM leadership met to review our CCYM handbook, elect officers, and discuss upcoming events. Many felt it would be impossible to load up hundreds of youth from across the Dakotas for an event and maintain social distancing traveling by bus, van, or car.
In addition, while we may have the room at the venue in Abderdeen to provide adequate spacing for physical distancing, lodging would provide an added increase in cost for rooms and transportation for local churches. During this season of COVID-19, you can no longer plan lodging, with 4-5 people in one room.
These among others are the reasons why we have canceled DAKYOUTH 2020.
The youth, however, did decide to create some videos that can be utilized that week of DAKYOUTH to be shared via our website and Facebook page. Watch for more information to come concerning that.
Thank you all for your advocacy, partnership, and support of CCYM and our Dakotas Conference youth.
Jeff Lathrop, CCYM chair
See a video from CCYM announcing the cancellation here.