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High School Retreat 2016

2016 High School Retreat
February 26-28
Pocono Plateau

2016 HIGH School Retreat Registration Form and Information.  Every year, we take our High Schoolers to the the Poconos for the weekend. For more detailed information, download the registration form for the High School retreat.

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New this year! You can pay for the retreat online.  Visit our online registration page to pay for the retreat!

What to bring:

  • Bible, pen or pencil
  • Warm, comfortable clothes (really, it will be COLD!)
  • A watch
  • Pajamas
  • Sleeping Bag and Pillow
  • Toiletry stuff, towel, etc.
  • Gym clothes
  • Games, if you want (to play during free time)
  • Any Snacks that you may want

What NOT to bring:

  • electronic devices (cell phones, video games, iPods, laptops, tablets, etc.)
  • drugs, alcohol, tobacco, fireworks (DUH!)
  • Shaving cream (We expect to see hairy faces and legs!!), balloons, and anything else that would tempt you to prank someone.
  • A BAD attitude

Important Rules:

  • Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and body
  • Treat others the way you would treat yourself
  • Relax, be flexible…No Grumbling or complaining
  • Smile Alot
  • Be nice to Dave!

Details:

Cost … $155 for the entire three-day weekend, which includes lodging for two nights at the Pocono Plateau; transportation; all five of your meals at the camp; and great worship and fun. The $155, non-refundable registration is due to Dave’s mailbox, located in the office, by January 31, 2016. Registration forms must be included with deposit. There is a $25 late fee for registrations received after this date. You may opt to pay in installments, as long as the full amount is received by January 31st.

NEW THIS YEAR! You can pay online!

(Confidential, need-based, full or partial financial scholarships are available—contact Pastor Dave for more information.)

Frequently Asked Questions:

WHY DO WE HAVE RETREATS? WHAT DO WE DO ON RETREATS?

Retreats are all about growing in our faith. For some, that is taking the first steps in faith and for others, going much deeper. We offer retreats for students to take whatever next step is necessary for their faith. In addition to growing closer with God, retreats open up opportunities for students and leaders to grow closer together through a fun and comfortable environment.

WHO IS THIS RETREAT FOR?

The high school retreat is open to ALL students in 9th-12th grade. NO prior attendance or membership to HOPE is required. We greatly encourage students to invite and bring their friends on a retreat with us!

WHERE ARE WE GOING?

We are going to Pocono Plateau in Cresco, PA. We have been there numerous times before and are excited about returning. The facility is great! You can find out more on their website: PoconoPlateau.org.

WILL WE BE FED?

Yes! Of course! However, you should arrive having eaten dinner already on Friday! The camp will cook three meals for us on Saturday and two on Sunday. You will not go hungry. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let Pastor Dave know so we can work with you to accommodate.

WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD TO GO?

There are times when the financial burden is too great. For those times, we have occasional financial scholarships. If you are on the other end financially and you would happy to support a student who couldn’t afford to attend otherwise, please contact Pastor Dave.

WHO IS THE SPEAKER THIS WEEKEND?

We are so excited to announce that Heather Mandala will be our guest speaker this week. She is dynamic and engaging and will connect with and challenge students on a deeper level.

WHAT SHOULD WE BRING? WHY NO CELL PHONES?

There is a packing list in this booklet. Keep in mind that it will be cold. Dress warm! Other important items include bedding, towels and toiletries. We do not allow cell phones on any of our trips and retreats. This has been our policy for 8 or so years now. We believe it to be vital in the weekend for social reasons as well as safety reasons. If you would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Dave.

WE CAN PAY ONLINE THIS YEAR? YES!

Keep in mind, we incur a 2.5% fee when you use credit cards. If you are able, please pay through your bank rather than through a credit card. You can still do that through our online registration option.

Tentative Schedule:

Friday

  • 5:30pm … Meet at the Church (eat dinner before you arrive)
  • 6:00pm … Leave from Church
  • 8:30pm … Arrive at Pocono Plateau, unload, unpack, and get settled in
  • 9:30pm … Evening Session, Snack, Activity
  • 12:00pm … Lights Out

Saturday

  • 7:30am … Get Out of Bed!
  • 8:00am … Breakfast
  • 9:00am … QT – Quality Time with God
  • 10:00am … Morning Session
  • 11:30am … Free time
  • 12:30pm … Lunch
  • 1:00pm … Free time, Use the facilities for some FUN!
  • 5:30pm … Dinner
  • 7:30pm … Evening Session, Snack, Activity, Group Game Bonfire, S’mores, and General Group time!
  • 12:00pm … Lights Out

Sunday

  • 7:30am … Get Out of Bed!
  • 8:00am … Breakfast
  • 9:00am … QT – Quality Time with God
  • 10:00am … Morning Session
  • 11:30am … Pack-up
  • 12:30pm … Lunch
  • 1:00pm … Leave for Home
  • 3:30pm … Arrive back at Church

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Questions??? Contact Pastor Dave.

Filed Under: High School, Youth, Youth Retreats