winter

The Winter Retreat is a high-energy weekend event in January for teens and leaders of Calvary Student Ministries (7th-12th Grades).  The Winter Retreat takes place at NorthBay Adventure Camp in North East, Maryland. It runs from a Friday evening (Jan. 18) through Sunday afternoon (Jan. 20) and is the highlight of the ministry year for students, leaders, and staff. It is a weekend of fun, games, preaching and lots of food!

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Friday, January 18 - Sunday, January 20, 2019

Wednesday, January 16 - WR Kick-off Night!
6:00pm - Check-In (until 6:45pm)
               (Students can pick-up their WR Shirt if all payments and health forms have been turned in)
6:45pm - WR Kick-off and Student Group Discussions

Here are the details for when we depart and return for our WR19 Weekend:

Friday, January 18
5:30pm - Check-In at Calvary Church (CSM Cafe)
6:30pm - Buses leave Calvary Church for NorthBay Adventure Camp (North East, MD)

Sunday, January 20
2:00pm - Students and Leaders arrive back at Calvary Church (CSM Cafe)
2:30pm - Winter Retreat 2019 Celebration Service (CSM Auditorium)

Who is the Speaker?

This year we are excited to welcome JIM THOMPSON as our Winter Retreat 2019 speaker. Jim is currently serving as the teaching and equipping pastor at Fellowship Greenville Church in Greenville, South Carolina. Jim is a preacher’s kid, a family man, a Bible nerd, a music lover, a University of South Carolina Gamecock fan, a porch sitter, and doesn’t like long walks on the beach! You can find Jim wearing his black pocket t-shirt and recording all of his family adventures on his Instagram. Jim is married to Sara and they have two wonderful kids, James and Anna.

Registration 

Registration for all students is $180.00 (before January 1, 2019)You don't have to pay the entire amount at the time that you register! You can also make multiple payments towards the Winter Retreat before the weekend of the event. There is a $25.00 deposit required for each student at the time that they register. Any registration sign-ups AFTER January 1, 2019 will have an increased cost of $200. All Payment Balances and Forms are due by January 18, 2019.

In order to attend the CSM Winter Retreat, we will need the following required forms: a Medical Release Form (if you did not submit one during Fusion), Secondary Medications Form (required if your student is bringing medicine), and NorthBay Health Form (required for all Students, Leaders & Volunteers).

These forms will be available for you to download during your online registration, or you can contact Jen Gregory or Tammy McDaniel for a hard copy of any of these forms.

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What should i pack?

Here are a few packing guidelines: bring winter indoor and outdoor clothes, toiletries, towel and washcloth, pillow and sleeping bag. Do not pack liquids or glass bottles in your luggage. All items should fit into one luggage piece and a sleeping bag, and should be clearly marked with the student's name on them. Calvary Church is not responsible for the loss or theft of personal items. Please bring your luggage with you on Friday night. We are traveling by coach bus, so all luggage will be loaded below the bus.

 

Frequently asked questions

Q. What is included in registration?

A. Registration for the Winter Retreat includes: transportation to/from the retreat, lodging for the entire weekend, meals, a Winter Retreat student booklet and a Winter Retreat 2019 shirt.

Q. How do you get there?

A. Transportation is included! Students arrive for Check-In on Friday, January 18th by 5:30pm and we leave from Calvary Church around 6:30pm. Students will ride together with their Student Group on a coach bus, with their luggage loaded on the bottom of the bus. We will return to Calvary Church on Sunday, January 20 around 2:00pm for our Post-Retreat Celebration with all of Calvary Church!

Q. Where does everyone stay?

A. Students and leaders are housed in duplex cabins that are carpeted and heated, with about 12 bunks in each side of the cabin, including a pillow and blanket for each bunk. Some groups that are larger than 12 students and leaders will receive extra mattresses for the floor. There is a bathroom with 2 showers, 3 toilets and 2 sinks in each side. You will need to bring bedding, towels, toiletries, etc. Each Student Group is assigned to their own cabin.

Q. Will the students get any sleep?

A. It's our goal that all students will be alert each day to hear the main speaker! Lights out is typically around midnight, so it is up to the leaders to make sure that their group is getting some much needed rest each night.

Q. Is there any free time?

A. Yes! Saturday afternoon is considered "Free Time" and there are lots of activities for students to enjoy! There is an indoor climbing wall, outdoor climbing wall, flag football, zip line, giant swing, pool & table games in the cafe, soccer and basketball in the gym, and a great outdoor ropes course.

Q. Should we send any money?

A. Spending money is optional. There is a snack shop in Frog Spit Cafe that will be open during Free Time where students can purchase ice cream, soft drinks, and snacks.