Monday, January 27, 2014

Meet the Duggars at Big Sandy 2014

Alert Cadets at the 2010 conference
Every spring, the Duggars pile into their 15-bunk bus and head down to Big Sandy, Texas, for the annual ATI (Advanced Training Institute) homeschool conference. This year, the organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the Duggars want you to be there. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar attended their first ATI event (the Basic Seminar) thirty years ago, and they have been using the principles they learned to train and disciple their children ever since. 
Duggar kids sing "I've Been Redeemed"

Tuesday, April 22-Friday, 25, 2014
Duggars to attend the ATI Regional Conference
Jim Bob and Michelle will speak on "The Secret to Making God the Head of Your Home"
Click here for registration information

This conference is open to the public, although the cost is higher for non-ATI members.


  1. What if some of the older kids meet their future someone there! Like josh and Anna met there and it would be sweet to keep that tradition going!!

  2. Going there! fifth year in a row. We've been there once way back too, so it'll equal six times. ;)

  3. Are these conferences open to the public? If you registrator ahead a time are you welcome i dont home school, i just have one child! But i love the lord and am trying to do my best raising her the best i know how? Would this be a good conference for us to go to? I love the duggars and what the stand for they are very inspiring!

    1. You and your daughter are always welcome at any ATI or IBLP conference. There are children's classes and sessions available for her, and adult sessions for you. These conferences will continually bless you!

  4. I have watch 19 kids & counting on my Netflex account. Ienjoyed everyone of the shows. I think Jim Bob & Michelle have done an Awesome job raising their children. I am sure the older girls have helped raise the younger ones but that is all right. Jim Bob & Michelle have instilled alot of good values in their children. Jim Bob & Michelle keep up the good work.

  5. @Sugarcookie

    Hi Sugarcookie,

    Yes, these conferences are open to the public. The cost is higher for non-ATI members, but you are welcome to attend.

    Enjoy your weekend:)
    Lily and Ellie

  6. Last year was our first year attending and it was a WONDERFUL time. The families there are loving and supportive and the children are so respectful and fun. I never had to worry about worldly influences on my children and we were encouraged by some truly beautiful people who love the Lord. I cannot even put into words how great the seminars are!! There are separate ones for men and women and then ones for the whole family, and our family really grew spiritually from them. We wish we could attend this year again, but my baby is due April 21! :-) Hopefully next year though! We also really enjoyed meeting the Duggars at the cookout that they have every year for the whole camp. The ENTIRE week is a blessing and I would encourage everyone to go, whether your an ATI family or not. We tried ATI, but it just didn't work for us. We are still figuring out what will work the best for year will be a mixture of SOS (what we've been doing) and Abeka. We'll see how that goes! God Bless!

  7. what exactly is the cost to attend the conference. I couldn't find the cost anywhere.

  8. @Anonymous

    Hi Anonymous 7,

    General registration is $105 for ATI families and $185 for non-ATI families. In addition to that, the ALERT Cadet program is $70, and all other children's programs are $50.

    ~Lily and Ellie

  9. Is there a conference in the fall


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