January 13-15, 2017 @ Saratoga City Center & Saratoga Hilton

Since 1988, Capital District Youth for Christ has hosted youth conferences in Saratoga Springs, NY.  With the help of hundreds of volunteers and staff, the EXCEL High School Conference is held each January and the BREAK OUT Middle School Conference each March.  Attendance from 3 states and many denominations brings over 1,000 students and leaders each year.

EXCEL and BREAK OUT are fast paced, exhilarating weekends featuring inspiring Christian speakers, worship, musical guests, drama, and comedy from all over the country. Leaders and students enjoy spiritually charged general session, worship and seminars that address tough issues facing today’s teens. Year after year, these conferences have become “mountaintop” life-changing experiences for many students, youth groups and their leaders.

Greater Things

John 14:12 - Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

Do you want more, better, greater?  Do you ever wonder if you can become more, better, greater?   This weekend we will be looking into God’s Word and discovering what Jesus meant when He said we would be doing greater things.  How does that even happen?  Many times we get locked into our current way of thinking or how we see ourselves.  What kind of breakthroughs are you looking for?  Let’s chase after the Greater Things Jesus has to offer us and do through us this weekend.

Artists and Speakers

Jeffrey Dean

Jeffrey Dean is an ordained pastor, communicator and author. He is the founder of Jeffrey Dean Ministries, whose mission is to equip people to know and grow in Christ. A 22-year veteran of teen and family ministry, Jeffrey has risen to become an authority on teens and teen culture.

With his innate ability to zero in on today’s youth culture, Jeffrey connects with teens by speaking their language, understanding their dilemmas, and resonating deep within their hearts on the issues that matter most.

One Voice Anthem

One Voice Anthem is a Christian band from Albany, NY.  After years of serving as worship leaders for thousands of believers at their churches, three friends discussed the desire to lead Christians everywhere in worship by writing original music and putting their own passion, gratitude, and praise into song. Following the example of great worshipers past and present, the members of One Voice Anthem seek to bring a thoughtful and powerful message through each song they write, with Scripture being the core inspiration and the freeing truth in every line.

How to Register

Reserving hotel/motel rooms for your conference weekend is completely in your hands. We have secured special pricing at The Saratoga Hilton. There are also other hotels and bed & breakfast facilities available. Visit the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau at discoversaratoga.org and click on “Saratoga Lodging.” Be sure you have a hotel reservation form in hand when reserving rooms. Each hotel/motel expects to receive this form from you in order to confirm your reservations.

General Info

The group leader should fill out the top portion of the registration form and make copies for all of the individuals in your group.

Fill out the registration form for each person attending the conference, including yourself. All students and adult chaperones/leaders must fill out a registration form.  Please note the price and deadlines for the conference.

All individuals under 18 must be registered with a group.

Please include a daytime phone number where the primary group leader can be reached.

Do not mail registrations the week prior to the conference.


All registration is CLOSED until Friday, 1/13/17, at 6:00pm at the Saratoga Hilton, High Rock. There are still spots left if you need to register at the door. Please bring any additions or changes to registration on 1/13/17.

  • You can download the REGISTRATION FORM here to fill out and bring with you to Registration on Friday, 1/13/17.

Your Registration Includes:

Conference notebooks for each delegate, and admission to all main sessions, workshops and to all late night options.


The Saratoga Hilton Hotel is our Headquarters Hotel. You’ll need to download the Hotel Reservation Form from our website, fill it out and then fax it in to the hotel.  We recommend that you then CALL the hotel about 10 minutes later to be sure they received the fax and can confirm your reservations.

Rooms at the Saratoga Hilton Hotel are $110/night.

You can find other lodging listed at the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau’s website: www.discoversaratoga.org or call them at 518-584-1531.

Refund Policy

  • Excel 2017 will be held as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.  Due to obligations YFC must fulfill in advance, your registration fees are non-refundable. Registrations may be transferred to another member in the same group for the same conference.