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One retreat in three regions.




Speculator, New York



Hidden Acres Christian Center

Dayton, Iowa



Look Up Lodge

Travelers Rest, South Carolina

A Note from CMML's Executive Director 

CMML is committed to the advancement of the Gospel globally. As reflected in our 100th-anniversary vision, this is partially accomplished by rekindling, equipping, and inspiring this generation of believers in local assemblies to be a part of Christ’s mission: the building of His church. 

One of our means is the 26 Below Retreats, our youth-focused ministry. Last year, we were forced to cancel our 26 Below Retreats due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the US. This year, we had been planning, in the will of the Lord, to resume all three events: Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast. A few weeks ago, we decided to postpone Northeast 26 Below due to the rising COVID-19 numbers.

Now, we have made another difficult decision: CMML will not hold our in-person 26 Below events in any region this year due to the current, national COVID-19 situation and its impact on our office’s operations.

We realize this news is disappointing for the young people who planned to attend. We would not wish for this way forward, but may we all continue to align our thoughts and plans with the Lord’s—even when it means facing difficult changes in our lives.

However, we hope to host our first virtual 26 Below sometime this spring (date to be announced). It will provide an opportunity for local youth groups to gather individually (following any necessary COVID-19 precautions based on their regions) and, with materials that CMML will provide, participate in activities similar to those that make up our 26 Below Retreats. We trust this virtual event will be an exciting, fun, and challenging event for youth groups around the US. We will announce additional information in the coming weeks.

Please pray for us as we move forward and explore the possibilities for the future.

Serving the Savior,

John Peasland
Executive Director, CMML

What is 26 Below?

26 Below is a winter youth retreat for young people in high school, college, or in a career up to approximately age 26. Prepare to be challenged in your walk with the Lord through powerful messages from God’s Word, interactive breakout sessions, and special opportunities to hear from missionaries serving all over the world. Prepare to have lots of fun too!

About 26 Below
Retreat Activities

- Messages from God’s Word

- Breakout sessions

- Group singing

- Winter activities

- Indoor gymnasiums

- Team games

- Prayer gatherings

Age Range

- If you are under 18 years of age you may only attend as part of a youth group or with an adult leader over the age of 22. 

- You must be 14 years old and in High School.

- If you are over 26 years old we still welcome.

- If you are over 30 years of age we suggest you attend as a chaperone.

Cost Includes

- Lodging

- Meals

- Meetings

- Snacks

- Camp activities

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Get a glimpse into our original 26 Below Retreat at Camp-of-the-Woods in Speculator, New York.

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Learn what happens at our largest 26 Below retreat held at Hidden Acres Christian Center in Dayton, Iowa.

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Check out our newest 26 Below Retreat location at Look Up Lodge in Travelers Rest, South Carolina!

Got Questions?

Please call our conference phone line: 732-515-8742. You can also email Craig Fritchey at [email protected].