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Junior High Fall Retreat

September 11 & 12 // Faith Church & Butler Springs Camp

Our annual Junior High Fall Retreat is coming up soon. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on how we think about events, and our retreat is affected by those changes. While we felt confident that most of our retreat activities could be accomplished safely, utilizing standard protocols, the one element we did not feel comfortable with is the sleeping arrangements at camp.

Since we cannot sleep with masks on, and there is little opportunity to socially distance in the cabins, we have decided to eliminate the sleepover aspect of our retreat this year. Instead, we will have a two-part retreat on Friday and Saturday, with students returning home to sleep Friday night. It’s a bit different, but I am confident that we can still have a great retreat.

Friday we will be at the church from 5:00-10:30pm. We will have dinner together, have a time of worship, teaching and small group discussion, and have different games and activities. We are very excited to welcome Scallywag Tag back into our building, for an on-site game of laser tag in the sanctuary. We have done this before, and it was very fun!

Saturday we will meet at the church at 8:00am, and head to Butler Springs Camp for the day. The day will include more teaching times and small group discussions, as well as other camp activities like the zip line, giant swing, pedal karts, volleyball, rope swing, bonfire and more. We will have lunch and dinner at the camp, returning to the church by 11:00pm Saturday evening. There will be no retreat activities Sunday, so we will have our normal Sunday school class as usual on September 13.

Since this is an unusual retreat with separate days, we know some students might be able to attend just one day. We have structured the registration and pricing to reflect the costs associated with the different days, with a slight savings for registering for both days. Since the content of the teaching time is connected, we would love to have all our students attend both days. But whatever works for your student is great, we are happy to have anyone who can attend either day.

Students will be expected to wear masks for the entirety of the retreat, except for our meal times. While we cannot guarantee 6 feet of separation at all times, we will do our best to spread students out during our teaching times and our activities. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Bryan or Pam in the church office. Please register no later than September 6 some can let the camp know how many to expect, and we can plan for our meals.