River of Hope Youth Center


The River of Hope Youth Center started with a donation and the dream of Marv Gulbranson. The building was obtained at no cost from Camp Ripley in northern Minnesota. It was no longer in use by Camp Ripley and the only requirement was that Hope Church would be responsible for the dismantling and moving of the building. Volunteers from Hope undertook this monumental task. The Session of Hope Church approved proceeding with the youth building in September 2003. After numerous volunteer hours by the church members and community, the youth center opened its doors in May 2007 with much celebration.

Criteria for Use

If you would like to use this facility, please fill out the River of Hope Youth Center activity request form and send it to the church at the address below.

Just because there is not something on the calendar for the date you may be looking at does not mean there might not be a request pending or a church event planned for that date. Please wait until you have heard back from the staff to start planning your event. Thank you!


Activities at the River of Hope Youth Center include:

  • Wednesday evening youth group

  • Vacation Bible School

  • Lock-ins

  • Special events for the youth

Equipment Available

Indoor games: video games, foosball, ping pong, pool and large assortment of board games

  • Large screen for movies

  • Popcorn machine

  • Outdoor games: sand volleyball, basketball, large yard for baseball or soccer

  • Patio with gas grill


Donations for maintaining the River of Hope Youth Center, programming and staff can be made and sent to:

River of Hope Youth Center
c/o Hope Presbyterian Church
7730 North Shore Drive
Spicer, MN 56288