Retreat 101 (part 5)

Snowbound 2008 Group Shot

We just wrapped up our winter retreat this past weekend, and I thought I would share some tips and helps with you should you be looking at running your own retreat. Sure, most of these will seem like common sense, but sometimes when we neglect to state the obvious, we wind up forgetting the obvious.

When leading a retreat for your Student Ministry…

Ban Personal Electronics – The two major factors of most every retreat are building community and getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. Anything that requires headphones will automatically cut a person off from the group, and cell phones, PDA’s, etc. being present are not getting people away from life’s bustle. Do not allow students to bring anything that falls under this category, or you will be fighting an uphill battle the entire trip.

We let our teens know 2 months in advance that all personal electronics would be banned. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth about it for two months. But during the retreat and after? I personally (and most other leaders and students) heard nothing negative about this rule. It allowed our group to grow closer together and to focus solely on the weekend.