Mennonite Jr. High Retreat

October 11-12, 2019

Join Jr. High groups from area Mennonite churches for two days of worship and fun! Experience great games and camp activities, enjoy time with friends, and more! Carmen Miller of Harrisonburg Mennonite Church will be the speaker, and a group of high school youth will be leading worship times.

Lodging will be in rustic cabins. Cabin assignments will keep youth groups together (by gender), and two adults will be assigned to each cabin. Cabins are not climate-controlled, so pack for the weather.

Registration and payment for the retreat is to be done through your church group, not on an individual basis. Contact your youth leaders to find out what your church is doing.

2019 Schedule

4:30-5:30 — Arrive and settle in
5:30-6:30 — Supper & sponsor meeting
6:30-7:00 — ‘Weird’ ice breakers
7:00-8:00 — Worship session
8:00-9:00 — ‘Weird’ activities
9:00-10:00 — Night games
10:00-10:15 — Snack
10:30 — Head to cabins for lights out


7:00-8:00 — Free time, games for early risers
8:00-8:45 — Breakfast
9:00-10:00 — Worship session
10:15-11:45 — Games
12:00-1:00 — Lunch
1:00-1:30 — Wrap-up session
1:30-3:00 — ‘Choose your own adventure’ activity options
3:00 — Departure

2019 Menu
Friday evening: Hoagies, chips, veggies, applesauce, cookies

Saturday breakfast: Eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, fruit, biscuits with butter and jelly, cold cereal and milk

Saturday lunch: Hamburgers/bean burgers with fixings, french fries, Caesar salad, brownies

Note: For children with allergies or specific food needs, our kitchen staff will store and prepare any special food items you provide. All food provided by Highland will be peanut-free.

Packing list
Please bring:

  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • A change of clothes (appropriate for the weather)
  • Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Sneakers and socks
  • Warm clothes to sleep in (the cabins get chilly overnight)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Flashlight
  • Bible

Leaders from each church group are expected to:

  • Complete the registration form for your group (below) by September 15 to let us know your church is participating.
  • Send Highland a $20/person deposit and a group roster before October 1Your group’s numbers are considered final after October 1.
  • Collect completed information and consent forms from your youth.
  • Collect medical forms from your youth and look after any health needs during the retreat. (Here’s a sample form you can use if your church doesn’t have their own.)
  • Bring enough sponsors so that youth of each gender are well supervised. Feel free to collaborate with other church groups!
  • Pay the balance for your group at the time of the retreat (a total of $45 per person covers food, lodging, and activities).
Group Registration Form
Please include your best estimates of the number of people who will be in your group. A more specific roster can be sent to closer to the event.

    Estimated number of SPONSORS who will attend (required)

    Estimated number of YOUTH who will attend (required)

    Note any special circumstances you are aware of, such as severe food allergies or group members who will not be present for the whole retreat. (Please update these notes when you send in your final group roster.)

    Feel free to print this publicity flyer to distribute to your group.