Youth Spring Retreat Info

ARRIVAL FRIDAY 4:30PM-5:00PM

Please arrive here beginning at 4:30pm (with dinner already eaten) and no later than 5:00pm. When you arrive we will need to go through a registration process in order to keep us organized. Upon arrival please come to the Connections Desk to check in.

 

PART OF THE CHECK IN PROCESS IS SUBMITTING THE MINI YO WE WAIVER

Please see the attached form, print it off, and submit it when you check in at the Connections desk.
This waiver must be signed by each parent/guardian.

Once each student is accounted for we will board the bus. Each student will be assigned a bus to travel on. Please do not load the luggage onto a bus until your student knows which one they will be travelling on.

TRANSPORTATION

We travel to and from camp via school bus. Our buses leave at 5:15pm on the Friday night, and return for 4:00pm on the Sunday.

 

WHAT TO BRING FOR THE WEEKEND

When joining us for this weekend here is a list of the items you need to pack in your ONE suitcase/bag.

  • Bible and something to write with
  • Bedding (pillow and sleeping bag/blankets, these may be packed separately if absolutely necessary)
  • Warm Clothes (sweaters, jeans, sweatpants, long-johns)
  • Modest shirts, tops, and shorts
  • Jacket (rain coat, rain boots) *optional
    Toiletries: shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant
  • Towel
  • Footwear (ex. running shoes, & sandals, slippers for use inside buildings, sturdy shoes/hiking books (*optional))
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (during this time of year it can be hit or miss with black flies and mosquitoes, best to be prepared)

 

WHAT NOT TO BRING

  • Things that will distract you (cell phones, iPad, iPods, etc.)
  • Valuables
  • Expensive Clothing, jewelry,  etc.
  • Anything that could hurt someone else
    We encourage students to stay unplugged and leave their cell phones behind. Please note: We will not take responsibility for any lost or stolen items.

 

SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS

Our sleeping accommodations are called “tabins” which are cabins with tarps for windows and doors. At times it can be cold in the evenings, so a sleeping bag and lots of warm layers can be very helpful.

Students are grouped together with their small groups and small group leader(s) stay with them in their assigned cabin.

 

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

We try to accommodate diets that are: vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-free. There are too many variables beyond our control for us to claim to have a peanut-free environment. But we do not knowingly serve peanut products from our food service or Tuck Shop. Campers, guests, and staff are requested to not bring peanut products onto the site (this includes care packages or mail items).

We DO use products that list “may contain traces of peanut products” in their list of ingredients. Our staff is instructed to remove peanut products if they learn that these products have been brought to Camp. The private residences of staff living year-round on the site are not required to be peanut-free.
Campers, guests, and staff who may have anaphylactic reactions should bring two epipens and carry them at all times.

 

MAIN SESSIONS

The goal of this retreat is to help students develop better daily disciplines with God in His word, in prayer and in worship. We do this through main teaching time, small group discussion and activities. Our hope and prayer is that students will come home more motivated and better equipped to meet with God regularly on their own.

 

SATURDAY ACTIVITIES

  • Our students will have the opportunity to participate in the various activities listed below:
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • High Ropes (SR High ONLY)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

 

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ARRIVAL & PICK-UP ON SUNDAY

We expect to return on Sunday on the bus for 4:00pm, please be at the church to pick up your students at that time.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY

You are eligible for a refund of the registration cost minus a $35 processing fee (per registration) if withdrawal from retreat/camp occurs within 14 calendar days from the scheduled start date of the retreat/camp. Any withdrawals after this date are not refundable for any reason (i.e illness, emergencies, change of plans).