First Lutheran Church of Brainerd, MN

Summer Stretch

A summer program for youth entering grades 6-9




Summer Stretch is a weekly program in the months of June and July especially for Confirmation age students that focuses on service in and around our Brainerd Lakes area. 

We gather together on Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a fun day of challenging and rewarding experiences. We'll spend the morning helping with projects at various locations and agencies in the Brainerd Lakes Area, have lunch together, a short shudy on the summer's theme, then spend the afternoon sharing in fun activities like mini golf, movie, games, bowling, and swimming. It's a great way to meet people, have fun and do something important during your summer.

2018 Dates of Service: June 7, June 14, June 21, July 11*, July 19

* July 11 we'll attend a Twins game. Watch you email for more information.

Where: We will always meet at First Lutheran Church to begin and end the day.

Cost: $70-Includes all activities, tickets and ice cream - youth are responsible for bringing their own sack lunches each day.

If you need assistance paying for Summer Stretch, 50/50 scholarships are available. Please talk to Melissa before May 21st if you need a scholarship.


To Sign up: Complete either the paper registration form or the online registration form. A copy of the front and back of youth's insurance card and payment must be turned into the church office by May 21.









Click on the Valleyfair logo to print the registration form for Valleyfair only.

If attending Summer Stretch and paid $70, the Valleyfair fee was included.  If not attending Summer Stretch the cost is $35 per person. Includes coach bus transportation with bathroom and DVD player, admission to Valleyfair, Soak City, and unlimited drink refill wristband.
 To guarantee a spot on the bus, return payment and form below to Melissa Richards before July 6th. The bus capacity for youth is 50.
 We load the bus at 6:45 am on Thursday, July 19th in front of FLC. We will spend a long day at the park and return back to Brainerd by 9 pm.
 Students are encouraged to pack snacks to offset the cost of food at the park. Admission includes entry to the water park, so don’t forget your swimsuit and towel. 
 You will meet several times during the day to check in with your parent leader. We will meet at the bus at 1 pm for food or other items, and all students/leaders are expected to be there. Wear a watch and set your alarm!!
 Do not bring anything you can’t afford to lose such as phones, cameras, tablets, etc. Also, make sure to bring sunscreen and a set of dry clothes to wear home. 
 I need 5 parent leaders to hang out with students. Parent leaders are FREE!! Need more information?  Please contact Melissa at 828-9552 or
 Yes, friends can come with. Please limit invited friends to one per youth. Friend will need to fill out the form and return payment before July 6th.

Summer Stretch Schedule

8:30 Gathering and Intro at First Lutheran Church in Youth Room

9:00 Depart for Service Sites

9:15 Work at Service Sites

12:00 Leave for lunch and head to a park or afternoonsite if lunch taables are available

12:15 Lunch

12:30 Reflection Time

1:00 Afternoon activity

3:45 Back at FLC Group Closing time, prayer and ice cream

4:00 Parents pick up at First Lutheran Church and go home!


Please bring the following items with you each day: 

Sack Lunch and snacks

A water bottle with your name on it

Tennis shoes

The Health Release Form (leaders will carry these forms with them)

Sunglasses or a hat


A rain coat

Hand towel

Bug spray

Please make sure you wear serve appropriate clothing each week.

NO short shorts, NO skirts, NO flip flops