Youth Congress and Rallies

The term youth congress is applied to a large-scale gathering of young people for two or more days. When national or international congresses are held, the programs are more elaborate. Youth rallies might be described as one-day congresses. In these the program is simpler and the participants fewer than in congresses. The first Seventh-day Adventist youth congress on record was held at Chemnitz, Germany, July 17–22, 1928, for which 1,837 delegates and many visitors (a total of 3,000) came from Germany, Britain, Scandinavia, Poland, the Baltic States, Hungary, Romania, Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium, and Holland. The first youth congress for the entire North American Division was held in San Francisco, California, in September 1947, and was attended by more than 12,000 young people. ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.