2022 Winter Youth Retreat

Site: Suttle Lake Camp

Dates: 2/19/2022 - 2/21/2022

Age Level: Grades 6-12

Cost: Full Rate: $125 | (add-on Friday night w/ 2 meals for addt'l $58)

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Event Description:

Since capacity is greatly reduced for this event in 2022 (President's Weekend), alternative dates are available.  Camp staff will happily work with your group or a collective of regional groups to plan additional weekends.  Alternative dates include January 15-17 (MLK weekend), February 25-27, March 4-5, 2022, and more.  Please reach out to the camp directly to explore options if this is a better fit for you.

Youth groups are invited to come away to the mountains to enjoy a time to play and learn together. Your group will enjoy stronger relationships and shared memories, as well as connecting with other youth groups. 
Churches will come together for large group times for worship and recreation.  A shared message and scripture will aid individual church groups in spending small group times to go deeper with these reflections. Free time opportunities will offer time to create, play, enjoy being outside, and time to relax.  Think snow and look forward to the tubing hill, hikes by the lake, drinking hot chocolate together, and fun times.
Here's what some others have said about this retreat in the past:
"This was a great opportunity to make new friends, have fun, and to worship."
"It's a fun, bonding, spiritually deepening experience."
"The food was excellent! Facilities were great. Staff were helpful and friendly. Program structure for the weekend was well organized and planned."
"It's a great way to grow in faith and just have fun."

Important Details:

  • This retreat is a group event, please register as a youth group and plan to provide a gender specific chaperone for every 7 youth. GROUP REGISTRATION FORM 
  • Space is limited for this retreat to allow for distancing and other Covid-19 mitigations.  Cabin assignments, meal seating, and activities will be arranged by youth group to support these mitigations more fully.
  • Vaccination for COVID 19 is required for this event. Please contact the camp directly for more information or questions.
  • Masks will be required indoors in all gathering areas and outside when distancing is not possible.
  • Payment for the entire group is required at time of registration... but you can email form and mail a check within the week. If you have questions or cannot mail the check within one week, please contact the registrar for instructions: registrar@gocamping.org  or call (503) 802-9214.
  • Financial assistance is available upon request.  We don't want finances to keep any church group or individual home.
  •  A health form is required for every youth and adult participant.  Forms must be left at camp; if you need them for your travels, please make a copy before camp. 
  • Please plan to check in at camp between 11:30am and 1:30 pm on Saturday.  Please call the camp if you plan to arrive to camp before or after this time. Since arrival times will vary, you will be responsible for your own lunch before you arrive.  Lunch will not be served at camp on Saturday.  If you have not been to camp before, please use the directions provided on our web-page.  
  • The retreat will kick off on Saturday at 2 pm. 
  • The retreat will conclude Monday at 11 am following breakfast and a closing worship. 
  • We are asking youth and adults to "unplug" from electronics during the retreat and "plug" into a time with each other, God, and nature. Please help your group prepare for this by asking them to not pack cell phones, i-pods, etc. or leave them in the vehicle when they arrive. 
  • Winter in the mountains can mean many things.  Please use the provided packing list to be best prepared. 
  • Chaperones will be contacted before camp so that the camp better understands your groups needs.
  • Chaperones are provided with basic resources related to the retreat theme so that you will be able to lead small group times with your group.  
  • Volunteers to help with song leading, games, crafts, organizing free time options, worship, and more are appreciated!  Please call camp if there is an area in which you’d like to be involved.  
  • Chaperones are responsible for the supervision of their group.  During the retreat all adults are asked to help supervise large group activities and snow play.  An orientation for all adult leaders will be given Saturday afternoon so that we can work together in making this retreat fun and safe for everyone. 
  • Groups arriving on Friday should arrange for their arrival time directly with the camp.  Saturday's breakfast and a sack lunch will be provided.
  • This event fills up quickly and routinely has a wait list, so it is important that all roster changes be communicated in a timely fashion.  When a cancellation occurs, a substitution of the same gender is possible, but additions of campers or changes of gender may not be possible since these changes impact housing assignments.  
  • For registration information please contact our camp registrar, Holly Dollan:  503-802-9214 or registrar@gocamping.org
  • For program or camp related questions please contact Jane Petke, Suttle Lake Camp Director:  (541) 595-6663 or suttlelake@gocamping.org.
  • For road conditions call 511 or check http://www.tripcheck.com/

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