It only happens once a year.
Come be a part of this year's high school retreat weekend.
We invite you to join us for this retreat as we hang out, have fun, grow in faith, spend time in God's word, worship, eat, learn, spend time with friends (old or new) and play. Come deepen your relationship with Jesus. Come grow your friendship with other students. It's going to be a great weekend.
Here are the details:
When: November 3-5
Where: Lake Tomahawk
Sign-up Deadline: Wed, Oct 25
Sign-Up Form: Click Here
If you're looking for more info about the retreat, well, here you go:
Dates & Times: November 3-5. We’ll meet at 7:00pm on 11/3 and return around 12:30pm on 12/5. Eat supper before you come. We will not eat lunch before we return.
Cost: $65. This covers all of your food, lodging, transportation, supplies, three gummy worms, 1/2 package of fun dip, autographed picture of Johnny Manziel (they're really cheap now), an altoid can, an old shoelace, and a huge amount of awesome.
DO NOT miss this trip for financial reasons. There are scholarships available if needed. Talk to Monty or Heather for more info.
Where are we going?
We are going to a camp called Lake Tomahawk. The lake is not actually in the shape of a tomahawk. It's more of an oval. There's probably a good reason they call it Lake Tomahawk instead of Lake Oval, but we don't know the reason. Regardless, it's about an hour and 45 minutes from our church building. It's a great camp.
How we getting there? Our bus.
What are we going to do?
Retreat things. You know, like games, activities, time to hang out, Bible study, talking with friends, getting to know people better, enjoying a weekend away, worship, eating, and spending some time outdoors. We'll have a theme of some kind which will guide our Bible study and worship times.
Here are some additional questions you might (or might not) be thinking:
What if I have a schedule conflict?
Just invite everyone who is a part of the thing you have planned to join us. For example: if you have a game or practice, just invite your whole team. The the possibility of playing the game or practicing won't exist because they'll all be at the retreat. You probably have lots of practices or games anyway, but there is just one retreat like this during this entire school year. And if it's a team sport, and you bring your whole team, we can have a practice and Monty will coach. See, before he was a youth minister, he was a math teacher, and before he was a math teacher, he was a model. And before he was a model, he was a coach. He knows most sports pretty well. Of course, he knows water-skiing best. But there is not a boat ramp on Lake Oval (also called Tomahawk) to launch a boat, so we'll just hook a rope up behind a church van. It'll all be fine. Oh and for those who are safety-conscious and are now worried, don't be. We would never do anything to put any student in danger...so the possibility of land-skiing is probably out. We'll just go sky-diving instead. We'll bring a bunch of helium and some balloons and you can go up a few thousand feet and then let go of the balloons. It will be great.
Can I bring a phone or a battery powered life jacket? Nope. By definition a retreat means to get away from routines and distractions for a few days. Because of this we're asking students to leave electronics at home - this includes phones, music devices, earbuds, video gaming devices, electronic tablets, etc. Oh and don't bring a battery powered life jacket either. Who even has one of those? That would be stupid. Batteries do not float. Neither do battery operated life jackets. So see this conversation is completely pointless and we're going to end it right now.
Can I bring friends? Of course
Can I bring cell phones? We will check phones in and put them in a phone box when we leave. You can have your phone to call parents anytime you need to, or you are more than welcome to use our phones to call parents. (And parents can call you anytime by calling our phones.) But we will not have phones out during the weekend to do all the social medias and games and such. I know, you're thinking: "why can't we just ask everyone to keep their phone put away during the retreat, then everything will be fine?" Well, that does sound like a really good idea. But if Sunday morning and Wednesday night youth class are any indication, phones will be out all of the time, even when our teachers ask for them to be put up. So, we'll just try the phone box method and try to help all of us be emotionally and mentally present during the entire weekend.
Will Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift still be dating by the time of the retreat? No way to know
How do I sign up? Click the link below. It will take you to the sign-up page in CCB.
If I sign up for the retreat but I miss the bus, can I fly my personal airplane to the retreat? No, sorry unless you have a plane that can land on the water, we are sad to say you cannot fly a plane to the retreat. There are no runways in the area, however, let's talk about why you have a plane and you have never told us. Don't you think it would be cool for a youth group to have access to an airplane? We could take turns flying it around and going to really cool places and doing really cool things. And you've been keeping this info all to yourself? Shame on you.
If I sign up but can't go, what do I do? Let us know as soon as possible (money you pay in for the retreat is non refundable after October 25.) If you no-show or back out within a few days of the retreat it costs the church the full amount for your retreat spot (which is around $115 total) so please let us know as soon as possible if you end up not being able to go.
What happens after I sign up? Well first you can sit back and relax because you've signed up for an amazing weekend. Then you can get a little more excited each day because the retreat is coming. When you submit your sign-up form, you'll receive a link to a medical release for the camp. It can be turned in to the youth box at any time. As the retreat draws near (that's a fancy way of saying a few days before the retreat) will send you an email with a packing list and final details.
We need some Parent Sponsors: Click here to help: Parent Help Sign-Up Page
What do I do if I still have questions? Talk to Monty or Heather. Texting and email will work too
It's going to be a great weekend we hope you can join us!
Pics from previous retreats...