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Upward Challenge — Black Mountain, NC

July 22 - July 26

No Charge

Upward Challenge is a weeklong summer camp that encourages high school students to go deeper in their Christian faith walk. Based in the mountains of western North Carolina, students are given the opportunity to get away from the busy distractions of everyday life and come to the Community of the Cross.

The Community of the Cross is a teaching center of PRMI on 24 acres that is set apart for encounters with Jesus. We hope that those who come will walk away having had an encounter with Jesus Christ that deepens their faith as they walk back into their everyday life after camp.

During camp, we will intentionally have teachings and discussions that give students the tools they need to live out their faith. This includes personal solo times, worshiping together, listening to the Holy Spirit, and practicing discernment together.

We will look to answer some questions like these: What does hearing the voice of God look like for me, and how do I discern if it is God? What does it mean to be a Christian in our world today? Who is the Holy Spirit? What does it look like to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and walk in step with him in your day-to-day life?

Upward Challenge is a week filled with laughter and making new friends, being pushed to try new things and wrestling with hard questions, having fun exploring trails, and relaxing in the afternoon quiet hour.


July 22-26, 2024

Check in for camp starts at 1:00pm on Monday the 22nd, with the first session starting at 2:30pm. Camp runs through the afternoon on Friday the 26th with a pick up time of 2:30pm.

What does the week look like?

During the week, you will participate in interactive teaching sessions, small group discussions, personal solo times, powerful times of worship, group games, and times of wonderful fellowship and service.


Community of the Cross in Black Mountain, NC (optional camping experience).

In the past, UC has strictly been a camping experience; this year we are mixing it up, and there will be some indoor options for those that do not prefer sleeping in tents. On the registration form, please let us know your choice of where you prefer to sleep during the week.


Those going into high school through graduated seniors are welcome!

**If you have already graduated and would like to volunteer to be a leader, contact Victoria at victoria@prmi.org

Cost: $0

Yes, that’s right, we don’t require you to pay a dime to be part of this amazing event! Instead, we invite you to make a donation towards costs as we take up an offering at the event (eg: about $400 would be the cost per student, but the exact amount is up to you). Go pray about it!


Presbyterian-Reformed Ministries International

PRMI is a non-profit organization, and all of the Upward Challenge leadership are volunteers.


There are a couple of release forms that need to be signed by parents or guardians before camp starts. You will receive these in a welcome packet but they include, Medical and Emergency contact form, Social media permission form and an optional Prayer Ministry Permission Form


July 22
July 26
No Charge
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Victoria Geurink
(828) 669-7373
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Community of the Cross
3227 North Fork Left Fork
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Minor Registration

2 Going
28 remaining

Adult Registration

2 Going
18 remaining

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