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The Best Week of the Year!

The Wave connects students to Jesus and each other. That’s why we call it the best week of the year!
It’s a week where 6th-12th grade students go to America’s Largest Indoor Water Park, Wilderness Resort, and experience 4 days and 3 nights with their people. It’s a place everyone belongs.
Each day is filled with time to worship together, with messages that connect with teens right where they are at, time at the water slides, at the wave pool and please don’t forget that lazy river! No minute is wasted.
Whether you are a Squad Leader, a program team member or a student we know Jesus has something special in store for this week and you! 


anders Hagstrom


What are 3 things that take up most of your time during the day?

– Right now it is playing with my kids, doing homework (this will finally be done in APRIL!), and cleaning the house.

– Some more fun answers of things I enjoy doing: Reading, skateboarding, playing guitar.

Favorite snack?

– Arizona Green Tea

– Cashews or chocolate covered almonds

What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer?

BE OUTSIDE! I love to spend as much time outside as I can whether it be skateboarding, going for a walk, or even doing yard-work.

What are you pumped about for the Wave?

– I am super excited for the opportunity to learn how to be more like Jesus, and to see how the Holy Spirit speaks to everyone that is going to go!!

– Of course, the water park is cool too!

Gonzo Santillan


What are 3 things that take up most of your time during the day?

My job, My family and sports mostly tennis and snowboarding in the winter (not necessarily in that order).

Favorite snack?

My wife’s oatmeal cookies.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer?

I love to play tennis outdoors and go to the beach for sure! Last year during covid we started camping! So, I am excited for more of that with my fam!

What are you pumped about for the Wave?

I am super excited to get to hang out and share with young people in an awesome place like a resort with a Waterpark! And then talk about how awesome Jesus is! Does it get any better than that?


Where is the Wave?

The Wave is at Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells (511 E Adams St, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965).

Happens to be America’s Largest Indoor Water Park…and there is lots to do outside too!

When is the Wave?

Monday, July 19 – Thursday, July 22, 2021.

What is a day at the Wave like?

Students start the day spending time with Jesus, learning about Him from the Bible and talking to Him in prayer. Students can do this outside or in the room, as long as everyone sticks together.

Next, we’ll kick off the mornings with a combination of sessions, community groups, and fun! Sessions are a lot like a Level Ground night but better. Then, they head into small groups in the session to hash out what they just experienced. Leading them to Community Groups, where Squads meet up with a few other Squads and use their FUN PASS. Doing some group activities around Wilderness, and by midday, everyone is getting hungry.

Lunch is different every day, but it’s always delicious. After eating, students have free time to relax on the water parks, indoor or outdoor, lounge at the pool, take a nap— whatever the entire room can agree to.

Each night, we come together for dinner and an evening session. We sing, we learn, and we pray. Then, it’s back to the room for small group time. And maybe a little sleep. Maybe.

Can I bring my cell phone to the Wave?

If your student part of the agreement to attend the Wave is to leave your cell at home. This allows you to enjoy a distracted free week and enjoy the people around you. Parents will have their student’s Squad Leader cell and our emergency contact. We promise, this only makes the week 100 times better.

If I graduated in the spring 2021, can I go to the Wave 2021?

Yes! Students who graduated high school in May can attend the Wave as seniors.

If I start middle school in the fall of 2021 can I attend the Wave 2021?

Not yet. To come to the Wave 2021, students must have completed sixth grade.

How much does it cost for a student?

Early Bird (April 11–24): $250 with a $100 deposit.

Regular (April 25–June 7): $275 with a $100 deposit.

What if I can't afford it?

One reason we don’t ask for all ticket price at registration is to make it easier for families to send their students to the Wave by spreading the cost over several months. 

Interested in a Scholarship?

Financial assistance applications will be available on April 18. If you think you’ll need a scholarship to send your student to the Wave, you’ll need to fill this out ASAP. The deadline is April 30 but the sooner you sign up the better.

Fill out the Scholarship Form here.

What if my plans change? Can I get my deposit back?

No. After signing up for the Wave, your money is non-refundable and non-transferable.

What if I do if there is an emergency while my teen is at the Wave?

There will be an emergency phone line for you to call and get in contact with your student. You will find out more about this at the parent meeting.

What COVID preventions will there be at the Wave?

If we were doing the Wave this spring we would have teens do the following:

  • Wear their mask in the group sessions 
  • Wear a mask anytime they are inside a building that isn’t their own villa. 
  • Create space for social distancing
  • Take daily tempt checks 
  • Parents will fill out a COVID screening for their teen before leaving for the Wave. 

*We will be updating this answer as CDC recommendations may shift leading up to the Wave.


What is the role of a Squad Leader?

Squad leaders care for students by leading small group times, ensuring students’ safety, being on time, and making sure students have the best week of their lives.

How do I volunteer to be a Squad Leader?


This form lets us know you are interested in serving at the Wave. The Level Ground team will be in touch about your next steps.

How much does it cost for a volunteer?

Volunteer tickets are $75 and is due by June 7.


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