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Big 10 Questions

Want to know a little more about the venue at the event you’re looking at? Scroll down the event page and click “Check out the Campus.” Select “Campus Living” to get the answers to the top 10 FAQ’s for each campus.

Team Colors/Mascots

MIX staff will assign your group one of four team colors/mascots prior to the event (yellow, green, blue, or red) and will let you know your team color in an email approximately 21 days prior to the start of your event. Team Color competition is a BIG part of the Outer Realm and groups typically go all out representing their color (think bandanas, full outfits in team color, flags, mascot costumes, etc.). Wearing your team color is NOT required but it’s a great way to get all your students involved in the fun!


The HUB is the Customer Service center for MIX typically located near the MIX Store. At the HUB, you will find signups for tournaments, replacements for things like lanyards and student books, maps, and general information about the event. Lost and Found is also located at The HUB.

The MIX Store

This doubles as the bookstore and information center for all things pertaining to MIX. Merchandise including apparel, books, CDs, and such are available for purchase at the MIX Store. Daily hours of operation are posted at each MIX event location.

The MIX App

The MIX app is available on every smartphone platform. The app contains information about MIX and CIY, the weekly schedule, and other pages just for fun! This app will guide your group through their week at MIX.

Group Time

Twice a day, everyone will be dismissed to Group Time. This is an opportunity for your youth group to come together for Bible study and discussion related to the daily theme. This is also a great way to develop meaningful relationships within your group and just enjoy being together. Each youth group will be assigned a location where they will meet. You should be prepared to lead and/or direct your students during this time.

Decision Time

At the conclusion of some Evening Sessions, an invitation is offered for students to respond and make a public decision about where they are in their relationship with Christ. Common decisions include accepting Jesus Christ as Savior, repenting of sin, asking for prayer, and determining to pursue ministry as a career.


Once during the week, MIX asks everyone to skip-a-meal (if MIX is on a college campus). This money is used to help fund Christ In Youth’s International Conferences in places such as India, Ghana, Costa Rica, Philippines, Myanmar, and others. Suggested restaurants for groups to dine at may be found on the MIX website.

Extended Recreation

This is an opportunity for your group to enjoy an extended afternoon of free time. This will take place after Skip-A-Meal on Day 4. Groups are free to leave campus and check out sites in the area, participate in a service project of your own initiative, or the many activities available on campus. If your group chooses to leave campus, any students staying behind must have an adult leader present.


Material for Group Time is provided in the CIY CONVOS app before MIX begins. Small groups are extremely important at MIX. The MIX team works all year developing lessons and material that will equip you to lead your small group with excellence and confidence through the CONVOS app. You can download CONVOS for free on the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

Adult Leaders Meeting

Each day of MIX, the director will hold an Adult Leaders Meeting. It’s an opportunity for leaders to prepare for the day and learn about CIY. Though all of your Adult Leaders are welcome to attend the Adult Leader Meeting, it’s ok if you need to have a few stay with your students! Be sure to send at least 1 leader to the meeting to gather information to share with the rest of your group.

The Outer Realm

The Outer Realm is a place where massive group games are played with a range of students – from 200 to 1,200 at a time. We believe middle school students absolutely have to play. We want to provide the time and space to do that. Plus, playing in the Outer Realm helps a student connect to their fellow students and adult leaders and create amazing memories together. Our prayer is that an experience on the field can lead to better conversations in their group time.

Kingdom Workers

A Kingdom worker is a Christian who uses whatever sphere of influence he or she has to proclaim the message of Jesus. Kingdom workers include school teachers, moms, high school basketball players, bass guitarists, doctors, and a countless list of others. Their ministry may look different, but they have each surrendered to Jesus, and are committed to using their gifts, abilities, and relationships to advance His Kingdom.