Get ready to celebrate Christmas at your home-away-from-home with your other friends from Reach Out! You don’t have to wait until summer to see your counselors and friends again. We’ll give you a little bit of summer camp in the winter. During worship and Bible study we’ll talk about what the birth of Christ means for us today, eat lots of holiday treats, and enjoy some of your favorite Cedarkirk activities in cooler weather.
PLEASE NOTE: Unlike our normal week-long summer camp Reach Out programs, this camp will not be a medically staffed program and will not have a health care professional on site 24 hours a day. Therefore, we require that participants for this program be able to demonstrate ability in basic hygiene and self care: be able to walk 1/2 mile, walk up and down a flight of stairs, be continent, and maintain hygiene and personal needs on their own. Our camp nurse will dispense all camper medication, as usual.
**This event normally runs Friday through Sunday, but Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year. We will be providing a Christmas Dinner for all campers and their families immediately after pick-up on Saturday evening. We hope you join us and our staff for great food and even greater fellowship!
Ages: This retreat is open to all Reach Out campers (ages 18+) who meet the above listed criteria.
Groups: Reach Out campers will be housed in Pine Lodge (our usual lodging for Reach Out during summer).
Supervision: Counselors and volunteers from previous summers will shepherd our campers through the weekend as they build relationships, explore their faith and the Christmas story, and take part in camp activities with a holiday twist. (All staff have been through extensive training and undergone a Level II background screening through DCF and FDLE, as well as certification in First Aid and CPR. For more information on our supervision policies, click here.)
Campers will take part in many Cedarkirk activity favorites. We do not do any water activities during the Christmas Retreat due to the likelihood of cold temperatures.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE
Check-In: All campers should arrive and sign in between 5:00-6:00pm on Friday, December 22nd. (Dinner will be served to all campers at 7:00p.)
Pick-Up: All campers will picked up and signed out at 4:30pm on Saturday the 23rd w/ family dinner to follow immediately.
Christmas Dinner: We will serve dinner to campers and their families immediately following pick-up on Saturday. Your camper’s registration includes dinner for them and two guests, though you can reserve seats for others (like additional siblings) during the registration process.
$125 per camper | includes lodging, meals (Friday dinner through Saturday lunch), snacks, Christmas Retreat program and Saturday Christmas dinner for camper and two family members
WHAT TO BRING
Campers should pack comfortable weather-appropriate clothes they don’t mind getting a little dirty as well as toiletries, linens or a sleeping bag, and any medications they regularly take. Print the Christmas Retreat Packing List here.
Registration will open Friday, September 1st, 2023
If you need a tutorial on how to register, click THIS LINK to view or print step-by-step instructions.