High School Retreat Packing List and Travel Info
We're so glad you can come to come to the high school retreat this year! It's going to be a great weekend.
This page has travel info details about the weekend and a packing list. If you have any questions after reading all of this info please let us know.
Info about our travel plans:
Meet to depart: We will be meeting on Friday, December 9 at 6:45pm. We will
leave shortly after this. When you arrive at the church building, you can put
your stuff in the trailer and then come inside the building to check in. When
you check in we will have a phone box for all cell phones.
What about supper? Make sure you eat before you come. We will not be
stopping for supper.
Where are we going once we get in the bus? The retreat is at Pineywoods
Encampment in Woodlake, Texas. Woodlake is not too far* from Trinity, which is not too far* from Huntsville, which is really not too far* from College Station.
(*not to far is in the previous sentence is considered as something between 10 and 55 miles. Oh, and the exact mileage from our church building to the camp is 96.8 miles.)
Transportation: We'll be taking our larger youth bus.
Return: We will return on Sunday, December 11th, at around 12:30pm. We will not be eating lunch before we return. We will update via email once we are on the road and know a good estimate of our exact time.
Keeping up with us: We will send an email to all parents once we arrive at the camp. We will also send an email to all parents, if we are running early or late returning on Sunday morning. Technically, we will not be running. We'll actually be riding. Running early or late is just a figure of speech. Kind of like "you're in a pickle." No one is actually in a pickle. And it would be funny if they were. But they would probably stink for a while because pickle juice is really stinky. Okay, enough about figures of speech. Now back to the point of this paragraph which is to talk about keeping up with our group.
(We will not be updating our twitter feed like we have done in the past...instead, we'll be using email to communicate.) We will use the email address on the sign-up form when students signed up for the retreat. (If you received the email we sent on 12/5 with info about the packing list and details, then you are on the list.) If you want to make sure we have your correct email address, feel free to call/text/email Monty anytime.)
Registration Payment: If you have not already made the $65 registration payment, you can put it in the youth box anytime or bring it Friday night when we depart for the retreat.
-Bible...a real one...we will not be using our phones at this retreat
-Clothes for Saturday and Sunday
-Jacket or other warm clothes (we will be outside some)
-Clothes to sleep in / pajamas
-Bedding for a twin bed or sleeping bag
-Towel and maybe a washcloth
-Toiletries (hair stuff, teeth stuff, etc.)
-Shower shoes or flip flops for shower (optional)
The trip to Pineywoods will be about 2 hours. If you want to bring cards games books homework or other things to do on the way you are welcome to do so.
Things Not to Bring:
Electronics such as: video gaming devices, iPads, laptops, etc.
Earbuds or anything that goes in or around your ear and plays music
2nd cell phone to use after you put a cell phone in the phone box
Anything intended to be used to play a joke on someone
Anything you know you shouldn’t have
Weapons or knives of any kind
Anything with the word ketchup in or on it
Cereal made between 1904 and 1923
Spare bicycle parts
A Note about phones:
This is a non-cell phone trip. As always, we are not trying to keep anyone from their digital best friend or keep you from being able to communicate with your parents. Instead, we are trying to take a break from the distractions that phones so often bring. You can either leave your phone at home or turn it in to the phone box when we leave. If you need it to talk to parents at any time, you are welcome to do so. We will be glad to get your phone out of the box for you so you can use it. Just ask. If your parents need to contact you during the weekend, it would be best for them to call or text Monty or Heather. Or they can call the camp at 936-642-1723. And again, we'll let you use our phones or get your phone out of the phone box, if you need to talk to them.
If you have any questions about anything, let us know.
Again, so glad you can join us at the High School Retreat this year.
Get ready for a great weekend!