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Teen Conference 2017

Redeeming the Imagination: Whimsy

Have you ever read a great story?  Heard a great story?  Each young person has a story to tell.  Teens this year will hear, share, and explore how to “Live a Great Story!”


We are delighted to continue the CMI Teen Conference, now in its third year.  The Teen Conference is for ages 13 to 17 as well as 18 year olds who are still going to be in high school for the 2017-18 academic year.  If a teen is 18 years old but has graduated from high school, they are encouraged to attend the General Conference.  Students will participate in a number of activities that will continue to build on the foundations of spiritual, moral and academic training of a CM education, forming/understanding Knowledge of God, Knowledge of Man, and Knowledge of the Universe.

The agenda includes: an exciting opening plenary/activity exclusive to the Teen Conference, ballroom dancing, a Poetic hike, Teen Plenary with Dick Keyes from L’Abri, a physics workshop, an economics financial fair, and a personalized handicraft. 

Click here for a tentative schedule.

Students are also invited to participate in the CM Fair and Center Stage @ Hughes (talent show). A new addition to the CM Fair is the opportunity for teens to bring along 1-3 books to display at the Fair for our Teen Reader’s Recommendation section.

Since this is a conference specially designed for teens only, children who are younger or older will not be allowed to “tag along.” The Teen Conference can only accommodate 50 teens and once these spaces are filled, any remaining teens will need to register as Child (Under 18) and accompany their parents/legal guardian to the general conference sessions. Teens must have at least one parent/legal guardian attending the entire general conference. For insurance purposes, teens cannot attend with persons other than their own parents/legal guardian.  Learn more about this year's teen conference below.



Cheryl Nichols

Teen Conference Co-Director


Cheryl along with her husband Chris raise their four children in Lexington, KY. She was introduced to Charlotte Mason’s methods five years ago.  After attending her first CMI conference in N.C., she completely fell in love with the life giving educational methods and implemented them into her home. She started attending Overstone School, a Charlotte Mason cooperative school for a few years. This year she became the lower forms school director. Her passions include spending time with her family, coffee, travel, camping, reading, painting and all things music. 


Contact information:  If you have questions regarding the Teen Conference please email Cheryl Nichols at ccnichols22@hotmail.com  or Christina Pittman at pittman@eroam.net .


Christina Pittman 

Teen Conference Co-Director


Christina & Jamie Pittman are blessed with four children, two girls & two boys. The Pittmans have been home educating since 2012.  They have a passion for missions, a heart for teens, and a desire to pursue a living education for their children & themselves.  They enjoy rock climbing, endurance running, and Nerf gun wars as a family.  Christina (teen co-director) attended Seattle Pacific University pursuing a degree in Social Anthropology, however, finished her college career at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago completing Foundations of Biblical Hermeneutics in pursuant of career global missions.  She currently teaches Language Arts for High School students at a CM School.  Jamie (teen chaperon), attended Moody Bible Institute graduating with a BA in International Ministries in pursuant of career global missions. They are excited (& perhaps a little crazy) to spend the week with 50 teens at the CMI Teen Conference!


General Policies
  • We do allow teens to have cell phones during the TC in the event that you need to contact your parent(s) or vice-versa. While you are with the TC, we ask that you limit your cell phone use to contacting your parent(s) or to taking pictures of the workshop activities. The workshop presenters have been working for months to prepare for your arrival, and we want to respect their work in every way by affording them our complete attention. During your free time, when you are not with the TC, you can use your cell phone as much as your parent allows.
  • The TC schedule that you’ll receive upon check-in tells you when you are under the supervision of the TC and when you are under your parents’ supervision. While you are with the TC, you may not under any circumstances leave the TC to explore or even go to the restroom without informing a TC chaperone. We respect that you are young adults, but given that there are 50 of you and that your parents trust us to know where you are, we need to know if and when you may need to step away from a workshop for any reason.

Be in the Know: Important Information

  • Upon arrival teens MUST sign a CMI waiver in order to participate in Teen Conference.
  • Meals (new this year): If teens do NOT purchase a meal ticket they are NOT permitted to eat in the cafeteria per Asbury University regulations. In the past even teens who brought their meals were permitted to eat with teens who purchased a meal ticket, however, this is NOT the case this year. If you want to eat with your peers we recommend purchasing a meal ticket? We will also look into having a designated area outside the cafeteria for those teens who DO NOT purchase a meal ticket.
  • Age Requirement: Teens MUST be 13 years old by the last day of the conference, 6/17/17, no exceptions.
  • In order for a teen to attend the CMI Teen Conference a parent/legal guardian MUST be in attendance at the general conference.


What to bring?

Required Items

  • outdoor clothes and tennis or closed-toe shoes for the Hike. No flip flops allowed on the trail.
  • nature journaling supplies
  • notebook and pen/pencil
  • any medication that you may need in the event of an allergic or asthma attack (you must notify CMI chaperones of this medication)

Optional Items

  • umbrella
  • light weight jacket
  • insect repellent
  • sunscreen
  • camera
  • cell phone
  • small backpack or bag to transport nature journal and other supplies
  • cards or other games
  • 1-3 books for Teen Book Recommendation
  • Instrument (we hope to have some Jam Sessions!)
  • CM Fair Display items *see CM Fair Information

Ballroom Dancing

After Breakfast on Thursday morning teens will meet at 8:45am for an incredible ice breaker session.  Lance and Jesseca Halverson will conduct us in the art of Ballroom dancing.  PLEASE remember to wear comfortable shoes, no flip flops or open toe shoes (you do not want your toes stepped on).

Poetic Hike

You will have the opportunity to explore beautiful KY trails. You will have time prior to the hike to rest, eat lunch, & change into appropriate hiking clothes. Again no flip flops allowed on the trail.


CM Fair

The CM Fair is a great opportunity to display your craftsmanship.  Ideas include, but are not limited to: Book of Centuries, Nature Journals, Photography, Nature Collections, Art/Sketches, Art Media, Handicrafts.  The conference attendees are always delighted to browse the work of students.  Please consider bringing something to share with us.

New to the CM Fair: Book Reviews &  Recommendations  Teens will have the opportunity to bring 1-3 of their favorite books to display for recommendation. Each book will have a place/tent card indicating age range for reader & genre/category.  Book reviews/narrations can optionally be included in display.

Parents please make sure your teen’s book recommendations are appropriate for conference goers. If you have a questionable book, please contact a teen director for approval.


Center Stage at Hughes

Formerly known as Night at Makenna, the teen talent show. This night is always a wonderful addition to the conference for performers and attendees alike. If you have a talent you would like to showcase, we encourage you to participate!  Past years have included poetry, dancing, singing, musicianship (instruments), stand-up, and acting.

Due to limited space in Hughes Auditorium dancing is confined to a restricted area.  See stage in photo below.



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