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For Middle and High School Youth


Be a part of Discover, Catawba's Youth Theology Institute, hosted on Catawba's Campus!

2022 Dates

High School: July 10-15
On Catawba's campus for students currently in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades 

Middle School: July 17-22 
Hosted at Black Lake Retreat Center for students currently in 6th, 7th, or 8th grades 


Keep on reading to learn more about Discover and some new elements to our program!


Discover CoreDiscover Resources

Discover is an overnight summer immersion experience for rising 7th graders through rising college freshmen, planned and facilitated by Catawba College Faculty, Staff and Students.

We emphasize: 

Christian Faith Development approached through community building, conversation, time in creation, scriptural exploration, and theological reflection. Theological Reflection activities help Discover participants put their life story, experiences, and questions into conversation with scripture and wisdom from their religious traditions. Vocational Discernment activities give participants a chance to think about their calling, explore their gifts and passions, and consider how they might spend their, “one wild and precious life.” (Mary Oliver)

if you would like to bring Discover staff to your church, please email


Discover Tracks 

In order to give our Discover participants a chance to connect even more with Catawba’s distinguished faculty during Discover, we have added practical theology tracks, which are a chance for students to explore their faith and calling through the lens of an academic discipline that interests them. When you sign up for Discover, please be sure to indicate your track preference!  

Sport Management 
 In today’s culture few things are more relevant than sport.  This reality has not been lost in the Christian community where an incredible emphasis on athletics and sport ministry has been found in local churches, institutions of education, and outreach ministries such as FCA.

The Sport Management DISCOVER track will provide students the opportunity to explore multiple facets of a billion dollar sport industry alongside an investigation of sport from a theological perspective.  At the conclusion of the week students will be able to articulate matters of faith and how it impacts their involvement in sport as a fan, athlete, and potential future leader in the sport industry.             

Worship Music 
Inspiring worship services come from understanding the elements of music making, planning and production. Regardless of your age, experience, or background - tools, skills and strategies will be shared and applied through live hands-on experiences. Catawba College Worship Arts graduates and faculty will make these concepts “come to life” in a fun and interactive setting.

Service and Ministry Leadership 
One of the best ways to learn and grow as a Christian leader is through hands on experiences. In the Bible, we see Jesus modeling and lifting up the idea that in order to lead you must first serve. 

In the Service and Ministry Leadership track we will explore a theological framework of servant-leadership, including how service is a crucial calling in our lives and how service can help us to engage and wrestle with the issues of our time in a tangible, personal way. How can we contribute, give back, and make a difference through serving God and others? How is God calling us beyond “service projects” to live a life of service and to make meaningful change in our communities? Equipped with theological learnings, students will be given opportunities to learn through hands-on experience by engaging with various local non-profits.

How Much Does It Cost to Attend?

There is a $75 registration fee to hold your spot, but the rest of the cost is covered by Catawba and generous funding from the Lilly Endowment.  Please use our use our alternative registration form if the fee would be a hardship for your family. Beyond the registration fee participants are only responsible for transportation to and from Catawba's Campus in Salisbury, NC.   

For more details, please see our brochure below and feel free to contact us.

Program Highlights

What is Catawba College's Youth Theology Institute, Discover, all about? Be a part of the story! 

Check out some highlights from Discover 2021 in this video.

 Apply to DISCOVER!

What is a Typical Day at Discover Like?

Find out below!

A Typical Day at Discover

What People Are Saying...

"My daughter had an amazing time this week! She came home confident, happy, amazed and appreciative of the week of DISCOVER. Thank you, thank you, THANK you for sharing your love with my little love!"
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"I loved this camp and I'm so glad I got to get close to my peers and counselors."

"(Discover) has shown me new ways to be faithful in everyday life. I absolutely loved it and am very excited about what I learned."

"This has been one of the most amazing weeks of my life. I am so thankful for this camp and how it has brought me closer to God."

"(Discover) has really made me think about my calling and how I should go about life. I think honestly I am called into ministry!"



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The DISCOVER program is headquartered on the Catawba College campus in Salisbury, N.C.

Shannon Axtell Martin '08, Director

Shannon Axtell Martin '08

(704) 637-4725

Catawba College 
2300 W Innes St 
Salisbury, NC  28144

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