Frequently Asked Questions

What is Blast?

Blast is a weekend winter conference for 8th 12th grade students, designed to lead them to experience Jesus and develop relationships with other students.

Students are led through four main worship sessions, including live music and age-specific teaching, small group discussion, and relationship building. Blast students are highly encouraged to spend quality time with other students, helping each other discover ways God is growing them to become all He has designed them to be.

Blast is more than just a fun weekend getaway; life changing experience that students will talk about for years to come!

Where is Blast?

Blast lodging will be at the Great Wolf Lodge and Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. The Great Wolf Lodge and Kalahari Resort are tremendous facilities with many activities indoor water park, indoor theme park, bowling alley, cinema and video arcade.

Wheatland Students will be staying in the Great Wolf Lodge and have full access to both resorts. Students stay in a 14-person hotel suite with other students of same gender and similar age. Two+ adult leaders stay with ten students, providing leadership, guidance and oversight. Adult leaders have a private room and bathroom not shared with students. Meals are prepared together in the fully equipped suite kitchen.

For more information regarding the Village Suite lodging at Kalahari, Visit

Timber Wolf Condo: http://www.greatwolf.com/dells/suites?gw_toggle=condo#/suites

What is the cost for Blast?

Blast registration is $235 per student, which covers all programming materials, lodging, meals, transportation, water park entry, and indoor theme park entry and dodge ball tournament.

All students may bring additional money for snacks and souvenirs and a conference t-shirt for $10. There are multiple restaurants and snack shops at the resort. We will also have a Conference store with various things for sale such as clothing, books, etc. An offering will be taken up at the final session.

How can I register for Blast?

Completely fill out and return the registration form along with a non-refundable deposit of $50 no later than Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

You may register for Blast 2014 in one of the following ways:

www.wheatlandsalem.org/register

www.wheatlandsalem.org/blast

Final payments will be due by Sunday, January 12.

When do students leave for/return from Blast?

Students will check in starting at 4:00 p.m. Friday January 17 in the hall outside of the CWC, with all vehicles leaving by 5:00 p.m.

Students will return to the Naperville campus Monday, January 20 at approximately 1:00 PM. 

What should students pack for Blast?

All events and activities are casual - t-shirts, jeans, shorts. Please no excessively short shorts or low cut tank tops. God created you and remembers what you look like toeveryoneelse. Anystudentwearinginappropriateclothingwillbeaskedtochangebeforeaneventor activity. Some of the activities and restaurants require shoes, so make sure you bring at least one pair to wear around the resort.

Swim suits need to be 1-piece for girls. If a 2-piece is worn, a t-shirt must be worn over top of the swim suit. Board shorts and normal-length swim trunks are best for guys. Swim wear is not allowed in the main session without a covering.

Students are responsible for personal items and toiletries (deodorant, comb, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc) Towels are provided for both the room and the water park. Bedding is provided in each room. Appropriate sleep ware is required as students will share beds. If you/your student have an issue with sharing a bed with another student, feel free to bring a sleeping bag.

Personal electronics such as cameras, phones, iPods are allowed, however WSC, Blast Winter Conference and Kalahari Resort is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. If these devices become a distraction from connecting with other students or experiencing the event, leaders reserve the right to confiscate items. All confiscated items will be returned to students at the conclusion of Blast.

All students and leaders should pack a Bible, notebook/journal and pen. These items may also be purchased from the Blast store during the event.

Nick Plassman
Director of Student Ministry 630.388.9609 nick_plassman@wheatlandsalem.org