Beach Week is a week-long retreat to Myrtle Beach, SC for Middle School and High School students (going into 6th grade - 12 grade). We have beach days, volleyball tournaments, basketball, fishing, devotions, worship, and small groups. Beach Week is not only an insanely good time where you will make life long memories – it's a time set aside for God to change your life. We always have room for more to come along! Please read the following information to learn more about Beach Week. You can also watch the 2023 Beach Week video by clicking here.

Cost: $850.00 per Youth Student
Includes Bus Fees, 5 nights Housing and Food while traveling and on location at Garden City Chapel and Retreat Center, and Beach Week materials and supplies (Family of 2 students attending- $775 per person; Family of 3 or more students attending - $725 per person). A deposit of $100 per registration is required to make a reservation. Once registration is opened, you have the option of using cash, check, or card. Make checks payable to "New Beginnings." Food while traveling to Beach Week and returning home is also included in the cost of the trip.

Discount Opportunities (Optional):
1) Valentine Youth Fundraising Dinner (Saturday, February 10, 2024) - Arrive to NBLC by 4:30 PM.
Students can earn $150 off the cost of their Beach Week 2024 trip by serving at the Valentine Youth Fundraising Dinner. This is a church event where people pay for a nice meal and there is a live/silent auction on items donated to the church. Youth students serve dinner at this event and all proceeds are given for them to attend Beach Week. Registration for this event can be found under the CONNECT tab.

2) Church Work Day (Saturday, April 27, 2024) - At NBLC from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.
Students can earn $100 off the Cost of their Beach Week 2024 trip by serving at the Church Work Day. This is when youth students come and help with various tasks and projects around the church.

Additional Fundraising Opportunity (Optional):
Beach Week Dollar Drive
Students can ask for a Beach Week Dollar Drive form with various dollar amounts listed to fundraise their remaining balance to go to Beach Week. The form gives students the ability to ask people for the following dollar amounts: $15 (5 each), $25 (5 each), $30 (4 each), $40 (5 each), $50 (5 each), and $80 (1 only). The form adds up to $850, giving students the opportunity to fundraise money off the entire cost of their Beach Week trip.

2024 Beach Week Dates: Saturday, May 25th through Friday May 31st.

May 25th: We will meet on Saturday, May 25th to load up at New Beginnings Lakeside Church at 8:00 PM. We will drive through the night to Garden City Chapel and Retreat Center and arrive by 2:00 PM EST on Sunday, May 26th. We have chartered buses from Timi's Tours Chartered Bus Service out of Evansville, IN for travel to and from Garden City.

Daily Schedule (May 26th-May 30th):
  • Breakfast will be served at 8:30am followed by an Alone with God Devotional Time, a Group Worship Service, and Small Group Time.
  • Lunch is at 12:00 PM every day.
  • From 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, there is free time to stay on Campus, go to the Beach, or go on a potential day trip. Garden City Chapel and Retreat Center offers a large outdoor pool, Beach Volleyball Courts, Basketball Courts, and a Recreation Center with Snack Bar called the "Sea Shack."
  • Supper is served every day at 5:00 PM.
  • Starting at 6:00 PM, our group will have an evening activity (i.e. "Broadway at the Beach" Outdoor Shopping Center, Volleyball, etc.).
  • There is another Group Worship Service from 9:30-10:00 PM each night.
  • Everyone returns to the rooms on campus by 11:00 PM.
  • Lights out is every night at 11:30 PM.

Special Note: Thursday evening is our Consecration Service to close out the wonderful week.

May 31st: We will load up and depart from Garden City by 7:00 AM to return home. Estimated Time of Arrival should be 11:00 PM CST at New Beginnings Lakeside Church.

Spending Money: This depends on individual needs and desires. We will go on daily fishing and evening trips.  Evening trips will include everyone. Average spending money is $150 per person. Please also consider bringing extra money to donate to the Children's Home Fund so that Garden City Chapel & Retreat Center can host groups who would typically be unable to experience a week at the beach if not for your generous support.

Leadership and Safety: We will be taking adult leaders and college students to help throughout the week. Garden City Chapel and Retreat Center is a Christian Center dedicated to ministry of young people. The center offers night watch personnel and a Summer staff that is dedicated to helping our group stay safe and comfortable throughout the week. Each attendee must sign out when leaving the retreat campus and sign in at the place where they are spending time (Beach, Day Trip-Fishing). Everyone must stay in groups of 4 when moving outside the campus area and Middle School Students must be with an adult or college leader while off campus. Anyone not abiding by the boundaries and rules of the trip will be sent home. We will maintain the best interest for the group for personal safety and always reside on the side of caution.

Medical Forms/Paperwork: A more extensive list of rules, medical forms, and what to bring will be available at our mandatory 2024 Beach Week Meeting. This will be held at New Beginnings Lakeside Church on Sunday, May 19th at 12:30 PM for students, parents, and all those attending Beach Week 2024.

Emergency Contacts:

Garden City Chapel and Retreat: 316 Dogwood Drive North, Garden City Beach, SC 29576.

Pastor Doug Horner
NBLC Senior Pastor

Joel Horner
NBLC Middle School Ministry Director

Nathan Crowe
NBLC High School Ministry Director


Each week, the middle and high school students gather to have fun, eat some great food, play games, and learn from God's Word – the Bible. During the summer time, we open the lake to the middle and high school students every Sunday night for swimming!

The Lakeside Middle School Ministry meets every Sunday night from 4-5:30 PM at the church. The Lakeside High School Ministry meets every Sunday night from 6-7:30 PM at the church.

Contact Ministry Leaders

Joel Horner - Middle School Ministry Director

Nathan Crowe - High School Ministry Director