Bear River Young Life celebrates 20 years |

Bear River Young Life celebrates 20 years

Noelle Leavitt Riley
Last summer, Bear River Young Life visited Castaway Club in northwest Minnesota.
Courtesy Photo

When an organization looks back at its accomplishments over the years, often times boastful statistics are uncovered.

That’s what Bear River Young LifeBear River Young Life found in researching its 20-year history in Moffat County and Hayden. found in researching its 20-year history in Moffat County and Hayden.

Bear River Young Life found in researching its 20-year history in Moffat County and Hayden.

Since the organization was launched in 1994, there was a two-year hiatus, middle school and high school students traveled a total of 47,000 miles to camps over the years. And since Young Life emerged in Moffat County, more than 4,500 youth have been involved.

At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, Bear River Young Life will celebrate such accomplishments by offering the community a free hot dog buffet with desserts. The youth organized the event and attendees will be able to make various types of hot dogs, including “Chicago-style” coneys.

“The goal is to celebrate the past but talk about the present and dream about the future,” said Bear River Young Life Area Director David Pressgrove, who has been with the organization since 2002.

Young Life is a national organization that “introduces adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith,” states Young Life’s website.

When the organization was formed in Craig, former resident Sam Wood helped it evolve into a viable program for the area’s youth. He named it Moffat County Young Life. It became Bear River Young Life when they extended its offerings to Hayden.

“I’ve been involved in Young Life since my junior year of high school,” Wood said. “It was a fantastic outfit for me when I was in high school. It was just what I needed.”

Wood ran the organization from 1998 to 2000 before Scott Smith took over. Smith ran the program from 2000 to 2003, and Pressgrove took the reigns after he left.

Both Smith and Wood will be in Craig to celebrate Bear River Young Life’s milestones.

This year is the 75th anniversary of Young Life, so Pressgrove thought it was appropriate to host the celebration in 2016.

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