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Christmas Retreat 2023

Get ready to celebrate Christmas at your home-away-from-home! You don’t have to wait until summer to see your counselors and friends or do all of your favorite summer camp activities. The Christmas Retreat brings you a little bit of summer camp in the winter. (We can’t promise you snow, but it will be cooler than it is in the summer – and you might even need a jacket!) We’ll talk about what the birth of Christ means for us today, eat lots of holiday treats, and enjoy the company of friends, new and old, in this beautiful place.

**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 campers currently in 1st-12th grades.
Groups: Campers will be housed in small units with other campers of similar age and supervised by a counselor. Two of those units (two counselors together with the campers in their room/cabin) make up a family group for the weekend.
Supervision: Counselors 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 most of Cedarkirk’s activities (e.g. zip line, climbing wall, archery, games, Bible study, gaga ball, worship, campfire, line dance). We usually do not do any water activities during the Christmas Retreat due to the likelihood of cold temperatures, though we may look for shark’s teeth in the river if the air is warm enough.

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
*Sibling Discount: our registration software will automatically provide a $25 discount per sibling when you register

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

After clicking the button above, log in and choose the “Cedarkirk Programs 2023” option under the “Start a New Application” header to sign up for the Christmas Retreat.

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Contact Info

1920 Streetman Drive, Lithia, FL 33547

Phone: 813.685.4224

Fax: 813.689.9170

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