Who Winter Retreat for?

WINTER RETREAT IS FOR ALL STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN GRADES 7 – 12. (PLEASE DO NOT BRING CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT PART OF YOUR YOUTH MINISTRY OR INFANTS.)

Where is Winter Retreat?

ALL THREE WEEKENDS OF WINTER RETREAT ARE HELD AT THE BONGIORNO CONFERENCE CENTER
430 UNION HALL RD, CARLISLE, PA.

When is Winter Retreat?

THERE ARE THREE WINTER RETREATS AVAILABLE SO YOU CAN PICK THE WEEKEND THAT FITS BEST INTO YOUR CHURCH’S SCHEDULE, OR  CHOOSE BY WHICH COMMUNICATOR YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM.  BE SURE TO INDICATE YOUR PREFERENCE ON THE ENCLOSED PREREGISTRATION FORM!
THE DATES ARE:
Weekend 1: JANUARY 11-13
Weekend 2: JANUARY 18-20
Weekend 3: JANUARY 25-27

How much does Winter Retreat cost?

$124 PER PERSON (GROUP REGISTRATION) $224 PER PERSON (INDIVIDUAL). COST INCLUDES: ACCOMMODATIONS (2 NIGHTS), FOOD (FIVE MEALS), AND RETREAT EVENTS. $74 (GROUP)/ $124 (INDIVIDUAL) PER PERSON IS DUE WITH THE PREREGISTRATION FORM AND IS NON-REFUNDABLE.  THE BALANCE OF $50 (GROUP)/ $100 (INDIVIDUAL) PER PERSON IS DUE AT THE RETREAT.
  • Weekend 1

  • Jan11-13/mo
    • Communicator: Chancellor Dix
    • Worship: Pneuma

  • Weekend 2

  • Jan18-20/mo
    • Communicator: Jayme Montera
    • Worship: Chosen

  • Weekend 3

  • Jan25-27/mo
    • Communicator: Jason Alvarado
    • Worship: Pneuma

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Chancellor Dix

Weekend 1
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Jayme Montera

Weekend 2
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Jason Alvarado

Weekend 3

GROUP LEADER INSTRUCTIONS

PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY.  TO REGISTER YOUR GROUP, COMPLETE THE GROUP ROSTER AND MAIL WITH A DEPOSIT, ALL COMPLETED PARENTAL RELEASE FORMS, AND CHAPERONE CLEARANCES TO WINTER RETREAT, 4651 WESTPORT DRIVE, MECHANICSBURG PA 17055. SPACE FOR EACH WEEKEND IS LIMITED AND WILL BE FILLED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. WINTER RETREAT WEEKENDS CAN AND DO SELL OUT, SO REGISTER EARLY!

TOTAL COST

$124 PER PERSON (GROUP REGISTRATION) $224 PER PERSON (INDIVIDUAL). COST INCLUDES: ACCOMMODATIONS (2 NIGHTS), FOOD (FIVE MEALS), AND RETREAT EVENTS. $74 (GROUP)/ $124 (INDIVIDUAL) PER PERSON IS DUE WITH THE PREREGISTRATION FORM AND IS NON-REFUNDABLE.  THE BALANCE OF $50 (GROUP)/ $100 (INDIVIDUAL) PER PERSON IS DUE AT THE RETREAT.

WHAT TO BRING

BIBLE AND NOTEBOOK, BEDDING, TOWELS, PERSONAL ITEMS, AND WARM CLOTHING. DRESS WILL BE CASUAL THE ENTIRE WEEKEND.  BE PREPARED FOR COLD WEATHER!

WHAT NOT TO BRING

ELECTRONICS (IPOD, IPAD, HAND HELD GAMES, ETC.) SKATEBOARDS, FIREARMS, FIREWORKS, CANDLES, TOBACCO, NARCOTICS, ALCOHOL, ETC. STUDENTS ARE PROHIBITED FROM BRINGING CELL PHONES. 

ARRIVAL TIME

6:00 P.M. FRIDAY.  REGISTRATION IS FROM 6:00-7:15 P.M. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.

DEPARTURE TIME

SUNDAY AT 12:30 P.M. FOLLOWING LUNCH.

FREE TIME

SATURDAY AFTERNOON WILL BE OPEN FOR A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES, BOTH STRUCTURED AND UNSTRUCTURED.  AVAILABLE ON THE CONFERENCE CENTER GROUNDS ARE:  BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, FOOTBALL, AND A VARIETY OF OTHER INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

PRE-REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

ALL GROUPS MUST PREREGISTER FOR THE RETREAT. PLEASE FILL OUT AND RETURN THE ENCLOSED “GROUP PREREGISTRATION FORM” AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE (WEEKS 2 AND 3 USUALLY SELL OUT). PREREGISTRATIONS WILL BE HANDLED ON A FIRSTCOME/FIRSTSERVED BASIS.  ALL FORMS MUST BE COMPLETE AND MUST INDICATE WHICH WEEKEND YOUR GROUP DESIRES TO ATTEND.  BE SURE TO ENCLOSE A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IN THE AMOUNT OF $72 (GROUP)/ $122 (INDIVIDUAL) PER PERSON, MADE PAYABLE TO THE PENNDEL DISTRICT.

CONFIRMATION

YOU WILL RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION VIA EMAIL FOLLOWING THE PROCESSING OF YOUR ONLINE OR MAILED IN REGISTRATION.

DEADLINES

ALTHOUGH THERE IS NO SPECIFIC DEADLINE, IT IS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE TO PREREGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS WE ANTICIPATE ALL RETREATS TO SELL OUT.  PREREGISTRATION WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL OUR MAXIMUM NUMBER IS FILLED FOR EACH WEEKEND. FEEL FREE TO CALL THE YOUTH MINISTRIES OFFICE AT 717.795.5921 TO CHECK ON AVAILABILITY FOR THE WEEKEND OF YOUR CHOICE.

CHAPERONES

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH GROUP REGISTERING TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE CHAPERONES FOR THEIR TEENS.  EACH GROUP MUST REGISTER ONE MALE CHAPERONE, AT LEAST 20 YRS. OLD, FOR EVERY 1-10 MEN THEY REGISTER, AND ONE FEMALE CHAPERONE AT LEAST 20 YRS. OLD, FOR EVERY 1-10 WOMEN THEY REGISTER. AT LEAST ONE MALE AND ONE FEMALE CHAPERONE MUST ACCOMPANY EACH GROUP, REGARDLESS OF GROUP SIZE.  PREREGISTRATIONS RECEIVED WITHOUT THE ADEQUATE NUMBER OF CHAPERONES WILL BE CHARGED THE INDIVIDUAL RATE.  IT IS OUR DESIRE TO HOUSE CHURCH GROUPS TOGETHER WHEN ATTENDING RETREATS.  DUE TO THE CONFIGURATION OF THE HOUSING UNITS, AT TIMES IT IS NECESSARY TO HOUSE CHURCHES IN MULTIPLE ROOMS AND BUILDINGS AND WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DO SO.

CLEARANCES 

IN COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE BILL 435, OUR OFFICE WILL NOW REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING THREE ITEMS FOR EVERY CHAPERONE WHO WILL ATTEND WITH YOUR GROUP. THESE REPORTS MAY TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS TO RECEIVE, SO PLEASE RECRUIT YOUR CHAPERONES AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. PLEASE SUBMIT COPIES OF THESE COMPLETED CLEARANCES WITH YOUR REGISTRATION PACKET:
1. PA STATE POLICE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK
2. PA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE
3. FBI CRIMINAL HISTORY & FINGERPRINTING OR A SIGNED AFFIDAVIT AFFIRMING CHAPERONE IS NOT DISQUALIFIED FROM SERVICE
(VISIT HTTP://KEEPKIDSSAFE.PA.GOV TO DETERMINE WHICH CHAPERONES NEED THE FBI REPORTING.)
CHAPERONES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO STAY ON CAMPUS WITHOUT THESE CLEARANCES ON FILE. IF YOU NEED HELP OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW CLEARANCE LAW PLEASE CONTACT US!
CHAPERONES

MEDICAL RELEASE

ALL CHAPERONES SENT BY CHURCHES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STUDENTS UNDER THEIR CARE.  THEREFORE, IT IS SUGGESTED THAT COPIES BE MADE OF THE MEDICAL RELEASE FORM WE HAVE PROVIDED AND BE FILLED OUT AND SIGNED BY EACH STUDENT’S PARENT. MAKE COPIES OF THESE FORMS AND LEAVE A SET AT YOUR CHURCH AND BRING A SET WITH YOU TO KEEP IN YOUR POSSESSION DURING THE EVENT.  THE ORIGINALS MUST BE MAILED TO PDYM WITH YOUR CHURCH REGISTRATION. YOUR ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL THESE FORMS ARE RECEIVED.

EXTRA MONEY

THOSE ATTENDING THE RETREAT MAY WANT TO BRING EXTRA MONEY FOR OFFERINGS, LATE NIGHT SNACK BAR, BOOKSTORE, ETC.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT JESSICA AT THE DISTRICT MINISTRIES CENTER BETWEEN 8:15AM AND 4:00PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT 717.795.5921 OR EMAIL JESSICA@PENNDEL.ORG.