Carolinas Broyhill Youth Development Retreat

Since 1988

Who is Eligible?

The Carolinas Broyhill Youth Development Retreat (CBYDR) is a personal development retreat for GIRLS in DSS, foster care, or residential children’s homes in North or South Carolina.

Young women must be 13-19 years old, and their applying social worker must verify that they meet our other Eligibility Requirements.  Each summer, CBYDR is a life-changing experience for girls who are beginning to develop an interest in their personal development and goals for the future.


Photos on this page are not actual CBYDR delegates to protect privacy.

The CBYDR Experience

CBYDR Testimonials

“All of the youth that have attended CBYDR have asked to attend in the future. All have spoken of the skill and knowledge gained while attending CBYDR. Most importantly, all youth have spoken to me about the respect they were treated with and the self-esteem gained through this experience. They have made many new friends as well.

Staff members treated the youth with a firm yet loving and caring demeanor. That quality is of extreme importance for youth in foster care. Thank you.”

- Social Worker, Rutherford County Department of Social Services

“The few days that I got spend at CBYDR were the best days of my summer yet. It was a great experience. The information that I learned was very interesting and enjoyable. I learned how to control my anger, about trust and truth, how to focus and be motivated and good character. I also was taught about procrastination and teamwork. CBYDR helped me to become more mature, learn more about others, and work together."

- CBDYR Delegate

“For the past several years, we have sent many of our teens to this conference and have been amazed at the difference in our youth when they return. Exposure to such a program just reinforces the importance of their learning the skills necessary to live self-sufficiently. There are no other programs in the area that provide our youth with this type of experience.”

- Program Director, Nazareth Children’s Home

“I came to this camp and I was shy, and I didn’t want to talk to anyone. But I realized how nice the counselors were and I became more outgoing and stepped out my comfort zone. I really had fun during this camp.”

- 2018 CBDYR Delegate

“I usually don’t like to go to summer camps. This one I will cherish forever. I loved it so much. I want to come back. I really don’t want to leave this place. I love it. It is life-changing.”

- 2018 CBDYR Delegate

Where is the Retreat?

CBYDR is held annually on a college or university campus.  Check the Apply Now page for this year's date and location.

What does the registration fee include?

Find the cost of this year's conference on the Apply Now page*.  When you register a delegate for CBYDR, she will receive:

  • The CBYDR handbook with exclusive content to use at the conference and then take home with personal notes and discoveries from the week.
  • Three nights' lodging and 8 meals.
  • Four days packed with friendships, personal growth, and excitement.

*The generosity of the Broyhill Family Foundation, as well as other donors, is responsible for keeping CBYDR so affordable.

At CBYDR, there are many opportunities for delegates to meet other girls from all over North and South Carolina … girls who have had similar life experiences.  They will have the chance to hear others' stories and share their own.

Girls will be challenged to learn, develop, and practice goal setting and relationship skills that they can apply for the rest of their lives.  What we teach at CBYDR is serious and challenging.  The way we teach it appeals to teen girls and puts it on a level they can understand and use.

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