Top 3 Reasons Your Teen Should Attend IDFY’s Youth Summit June 13-16

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Top 3 Reasons Your Teen Should Attend IDFY’s Youth Summit June 13-16

Top 3 Reasons Your Teen Should Attend IDFY’s Youth Summit June 13-16

The ultimate summer experience for your teen? Blend the outdoors, new friendships, motivation to pursue goals and a healthy lifestyle, and tons of fun.

It’s the Idaho Drug Free Youth’s (IDFY) annual Youth Summit. At this four-day conference, your teen will stay at Camp Lutherhaven on Lake Coeur d’Alene and enjoy a student-driven program that allows them to have a blast while learning what they can achieve when they stay alcohol- and drug-free.

Here are the top three reasons, in no particular order, your teen should attend. These are courtesy of Sadie T., 17, a junior at Lakeland High School in Rathdrum.

  1. Ziplining, “insane” ropes and obstacle course, rock climbing, swimming, hanging out on the beach. Camp Lutherhaven is nestled right on Lake Coeur d’Alene, so teens will spend plenty of time outside having a blast.
    Teens boating in Lake Coeur d'Alene at Youth Summit
  2. Connections teens make with their peers. Upon arrival, campers are assigned a small “family group”—kids they’ll hang out with during much of the summit. “To me, this is the most important part,” says Sadie. “You end up getting really close to your group. If you go there feeling at all isolated, you come home with a new sense of what friendships can be.”
  3. The approach. “This isn’t like other drug-free programs for teens,” explains Sadie. “They don’t use the scare factor. Instead, they say, ‘These are the consequences…’ and “We want you to live THIS kind of life, not this kind.’ You leave with a great knowledge about tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, but it’s student-based. It’s not just adults telling you what’s right and wrong. Kids talk about it.”

Idaho teens laugh at IDFY Youth Summit

Small-group discussions allow students to talk comfortably about their experiences, choices, and their goals and passions. Throughout the event, fun team-building exercises help teens build close relationships they’ll likely maintain for years, according to Sadie. She’s attended several Summits already, and always looks forward to reconnecting with friends she’s made in the past. Some students love the Summit experience so much that they return as chaperones once they graduate from high school.

This year’s motivational speakers include Gabe Murfitt, whose courage in the face of a physical challenge has inspired thousands of students; Dr. Victor DeNoble, the first whistleblower to testify before Congress about tobacco; and Idaho native Stu Cabe, who helps students define and create their school’s culture.


The Summit is June 13-16, 2017, in Coeur d’Alene. It’s open to students entering 8th-12th grades.

Register before May 20 to receive a discount. Some scholarships are available. Bus transportation to Coeur d’Alene is provided for a small cost.

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