Spring Retreat

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THE CREW's Spring Retreat (Apr. 22-24, 2022) 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, to 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 Spring Retreat is your chance. It is worth every minute. This retreat is open to ALL high school teens. 

What: A weekend retreat; during the weekend we will hear talks, have discussions, pray, have mass and confession, relax, play sports, spend time outdoors, dance, play, eat snacks, 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: April. 22-24. We get away for a whole weekend, from 5:15 p.m. on Friday to approximately 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Few teens want to see this retreat come to an end. 

Transportation: School bus

Contact: Elliut Fonseca at efonseca@hnoj.org or 763-745-3195

Cost: $150 by March 17, $165 from March 17-April. 14

Due: April 14

Parents and Teens:

Friday Evening: Dinner will NOT be provided on Friday evening, so teens should have had something to eat before they arrive at HNOJ at 5 p.m. or pack a dinner for the bus ride. They will be provided regular breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and then breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Mass: We will be having Mass on the weekend for the teens. T

Packing List:

There is 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 2 1/2-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 – Never know what the weather will do up north.
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Bedding and Pillow (sleeping bag recommended)
  • SNACK or BEVERAGE to share with the group (i.e., individual chips, apples, oranges, bananas, cookies, popcorn, carbonated waters, juice etc.)

Other recommendations: Bible, Journal, Any sort of prayer guide
Things You Won't Need (a.k.a. Don't Bring): Cell Phones, ear buds, any gaming device, spaghetti string tops, crop tops, high cut shorts, offensive shirts. If you have a question about something feel free to ask, but chances are you would be better off just not bringing it. 


Friday, April 22:

  • Meet at HNOJ at: 4:45 p.m. (No dinner provided, please eat beforehand or pack a boxed lunch)
  • Leave HNOJ at 5:15 p.m.
  • Arrive at Big Sandy at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 24

  • Return to HNOJ between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.

Emergency Contact Information:

Elliut Fonseca: efonseca@hnoj.org or 763-745-3195 (Service is limited at the house at times, so please leave a message and I will call you as soon as I can).