As the last round of camp comes to a close and kids start heading back to school, it may seem like a stop to off-site ministry, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Why not let the adults have a little fun? Fall is the perfect time for a leadership retreat, specifically those youth leaders that worked so hard this summer to make camp so great. They can use this time to brainstorm and discuss camp; how it went and what to do to start planning for next year. This is an excellent opportunity for leaders to have fun, work together, and get things done.
To get these leaders really working together, add team building to your package. Most Christian Retreats Network properties can bring team building activities indoors if the weather isn’t cooperating. Our trained facilitators will tailor a program to fit your group, so that you get the best possible benefit.
Speaking of activities, we’ve also got all the classic fall recreation everyone loves, including bonfires and hayrides. Don’t forget to add a s’mores package, because what is a bonfire without s’mores? Or maybe you want to see the beauty of nature that only fall can bring, in which case, we have hiking trails through the colorful trees. Afterwards, come inside and warm up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Also, did you see those awesome new games the kids got to play at camp? Maybe your group would like to try some of those out or bring new ones they can try for next year. That way they can figure out the rules and possible issues, and make sure it is a good fit for the kids (and enjoy the games instead of just watching).
When it comes to discussing the successes and failures at camp, the best time is soon after it ends. It can be hard to remember all the details from something that happened a year ago. Use meeting times to discuss what went well, what went poorly, what to keep and what to change for next year. Plus, this prevents last minute scrambles, because a lot of the work can already be done. This can also be a great opportunity to invite people who may be considering helping with camp next year. They can ease their way in and make sure they can make the commitment before actually being put in charge of things.
So if your youth leaders are ready for a distraction-free, rejuvenating retreat, get booking this fall.