Teen Retreat 2017: April 29th-30th at Camp Adventure in North Webster, IN.
At Camp Good Grief in 2009, the Camp Directors watched how our teens interacted so well together in all age groups. Although the teens were very much part of the whole group; it was clear they enjoyed their time together as true peers. So beginning in April of 2010, we offered the first Teen Retreat! This Teen Retreat allows up to 25 teens ages 14 to 19 to enjoy an overnight retreat together, to work on their grief and to enjoy time designed just for them.
The Teen Retreat was hosted at Camp Adventure in North Webster, Indiana. The teens arrived on Saturday morning and after a celebration with their family at 10:00 am on Sunday, they headed for home. This overnight retreat provides a setting that is safe and comfortable for the teens as they learn how to adjust in their lives as a result of the death of a loved one. This experience can provide a decreased sense of isolation and the feeling that they are the only person in the world that is experiencing these thoughts and emotions. We have found that the teens return from the retreat with stronger and/or improved skills and resources necessary to identify and express their emotions in positive ways, allowing them both respect and dignity in their personal grief journeys.
The Teen Retreat was specifically designed to help these teens explore and express their feelings associated with the death of a loved one. In addition to enjoying in typical camp activities like a zip line, rock wall, fishing, and a bonfire, the teens also participated in activities like creating their group’s talking stick and candle making.
What they had to say about the retreat:
- “It was great to see people overcome their fears.”
- “I really enjoyed being with the people and making friends, we bonded.”
- “This kind of stuff lets me know I’m not alone and I don’t always have to be strong for everyone else.”
- “I loved the zip line, rock wall and the Labyrinth.”
- “It was amazing!”
For more information about our next Teen Retreat, please contact Cindy Maldonado-Schaefer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 423-2466.
A Little Bit About Camp Adventure…
About Camp Adventure: The Outdoor Ministries of Impact 2818 is the product of over 90 years of history. It consists of seven unique camp sites, one of which is Camp Adventure. There is a Wilderness Camp area and several cabin clusters. Camp Adventure also has a high and low ropes course and a swimming pool. Meals are prepared and served in Lookout Lodge. For more information about Camp Adventure, please visit www.impact2818.com.
2017 Teen Retreat registration is now closed. Please contact Cindy@erinshouse.org with any questions.