The CREW's Fall Retreat is for teenagers who are looking for a weekend to get away, have fun and make friends and memories that will last a lifetime. After a weekend of deep conversations, serious fun and prayer that goes deeper, God is closer and faith makes sense.
Why go on retreat? We go on retreat to step back and retreat from the stresses of everyday life. A weekend retreat at Big Sandy Camp in McGregor, MN is exactly that, an opportunity to take a break, relax, think, talk and pray about who we are, why we are here, and what our faith has to do with it all. Rarely do we take the time we need to get away from it all. THE CREW's Fall Retreat is your chance. It is worth every minute. This retreat is open to all high school teens.
The weekend is run by HNOJ staff and volunteers. We do all the planning, give all the talks and lead the small groups. This retreat fosters excitement amongst our teens, creating a desire to return to HNOJ and be involved in the growth of our parish. In addition, we are fortunate to have Elliut Fonseca lead us in music throughout the weekend.
What: A weekend retreat; during the weekend we will hear talks, have discussions, pray, relax, play sports, spend time outdoors, dance, play, talk, and grow closer to others and God.
Where: Big Sandy Camp, which is nestled alongside Big Sandy Lake near McGregor, MN. This is an ideal location to get away and experience God in the outdoors. Resort-like facilities make for a comfortable weekend. Nothing compares to coming down for breakfast and putting one's feet up next to a roaring fire. It's like going to a cabin with 70+ friends all at once.
Who: 9th -12th grade teens.
When: Nov. 12-14. We get away for a whole weekend, from 5 p.m. on Friday to approximately 12:30 p.m.. on Sunday. Few teens want to see this retreat come to an end.
Contact: Caitlin Westerhaus at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $150 by Oct. 22, $165 from Oct. 22-Nov. 5
Due: Nov. 5
Registration: Register online HERE.
Parents and Teens:
What You Need to Know about Fall Retreat
Friday Evening: Dinner will not be provided on Friday evening, so teens should pack a dinner to eat on the bus! We will provide them with breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.
Mass: We will have Mass for our teens over the weekend. This way, they will be able to return home, work on homework and prepare for their week. However, they are more than welcome to attend 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at HNOJ too.
We have limited room for bags, so please pack just enough clothes for the weekend and leave all extra "stuff" at home. If your bag is too big, you will have to sit with it on your lap for the 3-hour bus ride.
- Comfortable Clothes – We will spend time both outside and inside, unless the conditions are extreme, so come prepared for both.
- Warm Outdoor Clothes – You never know what the weather has in store up north.
- Bedding and Pillow (sleeping bag recommended)
- Snack to share with the group (i.e., a large bag of chips, brownies, homemade cookies, etc.)
- Other recommendations: Bible, Journal, any sort of prayer guide
Things You Won't Need (a.k.a. Don't Bring): MP3 player (iPod, etc.), watches, cell phones, pagers, radios, CD players, gaming device (i.e. Game Boy), TV’s, spaghetti string tops, clothes that show midriffs, low-cut pants, high-cut shorts, offensive shirts. If you have a question about something, feel free to ask. However, chances are you would be better off not bringing it. We ask that you don't bring a watch because we want you to participate not anticipate!
Friday, Nov. 12
- Meet at HNOJ at 4 p.m. (No dinner provided, please pack dinner)
- Leave HNOJ at 4:30 p.m.
- Arrive at Big Sandy Camp at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 14:
- Retreat ends at HNOJ at 12:30 p.m.
Emergency Contact Information:
- Caitlin Westerhaus: 218.546.3513 (Service is limited at the house at times, so please leave a message and I will call you as soon as I can.)
- Big Sandy Camp: 218-426-3389
- Riverwood Health Care, 200 Bunker Hill Dr., Aitkin, MN 56431