The Western States Youth Gathering (WSYG) and Western States Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (WYLE) is back! Coming to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA from July 4-9, 2023, the Western States Youth Gathering is open to high school aged youth in Regions 1-4 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

WSYG and WYLE will gather around the theme, “Revive, Reunite, Rejoice”, grounded in Acts 2:1 “When the day [of WSYG] came, they were all together in one place.”

The Western States Multicultural Youth Leadership Pre-Event (WYLE) will be held July 4-6, 2023.

The Western States Youth Gathering (WSYG) will be held July 6-9, 2023.

With nearly 35 years of history, WSYG is a multi-day youth gathering that gives high schoolers the opportunity to explore their faith, gather as a community through creative team-building activities and workshops, and enjoy endless summer fun all under the Southern California sunshine. In 2017, the WSYG planning team hosted the first ever Western States Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (WYLE). WYLE is a pre-gathering intended for students of color and/or youth groups that makes up at least 80% persons of color, taking place the few days leading up to WSYG. This year’s event will feature an outdoor festival-style main stage, interactive and service learning opportunities, team-building activities with our lutheran outdoor ministries, creative worship elements, and exciting nightlife events.

Interested in learning more about WSYG or WYLE? Check out our YouTube channel to watch main stage sessions from years past, or connect with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

You can also stay connected by joining our email list here.

The 2023 Western States Youth Gathering Guidebook App is now LIVE

This app holds vital information for all participants attending WSYG and WYLE

All adult chaperones, youth participants, and volunteers are strongly encouraged to download the app

To download, go to your App Store and download the "Guidebook" app

Open the Guidebook App and search "Western States Youth Gathering"

Select "Download Guide"

The Guidebook App will be updated throughout the event and be your primary source of on-site information