February 2017 Educational Training and Christian Rallies

The Great Smoky Mountains area has long been a popular location for convention and conference planners booking their events. Not only is there a wide variety of Convention Centers and meeting spaces available, but because the natural beauty and great selection of things to do can’t be beat, even for winter conferences. If you’re looking to visit the Smokies in 2017 and tend to your spiritual growth or education while you’re here, the entire year is filled to the brim with opportunity.

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BSA Venturer, Explorer, Sea Scout Weekend

February 10-12, 2017 Educational Retreat

BSA Winterfest – Gatlinburg Convention Center
BSA Winterfest annual conference hosts over 2,000 co-ed youth ages 14-21 Venturers, Sea Scouts, and Explorers. This year’s “Turn It Up a Notch” promises to be the most exciting event its 43 year history. Hosted by Boy Scouts of America, this competitive-event and leadership training includes a full weekend full of events, skills training, fellowship and evening entertainment.  Read about the 2016 Event!

Church of Christ Winterfest – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Winterfest is a religious weekend retreat attended primarily by Church of Christ 6th-12th grade teens. On average this event hosts 6,500 youth and mentors. The conference uses real life stories, drama, music and scripture to teach and encourage teenagers in their walk with God, geared towards discipleship. Retreat includes worship, uplifting praise and Christian music concerts.

Encounter 2017 – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Encounter is a highly upbeat winter retreat featuring nationally known speakers and worship experiences designed to deepen middle and high school student’s walk with Christ. Although hosted by The United Methodist Church, all church denominations are invited to attend. Over the course of three days, the convention includes music, worship and vendor show.

Encounter 2017 Christian Conference

February 17-19, 2017
Christian Rally

TN Ambulance Service Assn. 2017 Mid-Winter Conference – Park Vista Hotel
Emergency Medical Services personnel gather in Gatlinburg for a 3-day Leadership Conference designed to educate and provide networking opportunities for the purpose of improving leadership skills. Continuing Education Units are being offered through attendance at training sessions.

Faith for the Family Couples Retreat – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Temple Baptist Church hosts couples from across the country during this 11th annual gathering at the Gatlinburg Convention Center Mills Auditorium. The retreat includes speakers and panel discussion centered upon strengthening marriages through Christ. Retreat begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Saturday at noon, although couples can register for two days or three.

Challenge Youth Conference – Pigeon Forge Convention Center
“Challenge to be Sold Out for Jesus!” retreat. The vision of CYC is to continue creating a positive program which empowers teenagers through sound teaching and leadership challenges to encourage them to live their lives for Christ. The 3-day retreat does just that – strenghtening young people in their spiritual growth – through a series of devotional periods of singing, praying and keynote speakers.


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