Winter Retreat Letter to Leaders

by Toni Colarullo on February 02, 2023

Dear Leaders,  

 It’s happening! Little did we know that 3 years ago would be our final in-person winter retreat for a while and now here we are! We are so excited and hope you and your students are too. Here’s the details you’ll need for the winter retreat, which is just a short 8 days away! 

Check in Process

Packing List 

The packing list is attached see link below. There isn’t really a camp store, but there will be a kind of “café” where all are welcome to buy coffee-based beverages and other assorted snacks. There will be plenty of free snacks and plain black coffee and hot chocolate, so this is not required.  

We’re told there’s about 2ft of snow there, and there may be rain/snow when we go, so plan accordingly.  

Packing List

Leader Notes & Free Activity Schedule

Special Notes

Winter Retreat Merch! 

Miss out on the free crewneck? Prefer a different color? Want to get one from someone else? Click the link below to buy something for yourself. 


Parent Huddle 

There will be a parent huddle at 2pm on Sunday with Pastors Rachel Keeler and Tim Ghali. They’ll talk through what your kids have learned and talked about throughout the weekend. We’ll have a slideshow of pictures from the weekend, and we’ll provide some next steps for their parents and their kids as they continue the conversation at home.  

 We don’t want to let the lessons, the experience, the relationships, and the self-discovery of the weekend retreat end on Sunday. This is a great opportunity to nurture spiritual conversation at home, partner with God in what He’s done in the life of your child(ren) during the retreat and meet other parents who are parenting teenagers as well. There is power in community.  

 Refreshments provided.   


In your leader guide, there will be a QR code that will link you to a SmugMug where you can upload photos. Please do this throughout the weekend and on the bus-ride home. Parents will have this link so they can be checking it and we’ll also try and throw a slideshow together to send back home for the Parent Huddle on Sunday.  

Smug Mug Link

 Discipleship Tool 

Just like adults continuing to grow and learn and discover who they are, what their gifts are, and why any of it matters, the same is especially true of our teenagers. We’ll be encouraging students to take the …tool to learn more about who they are, how they’re wired, and what God might be up to in and through them. You can find the link at  

Discipleship Tool

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