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Camp Kern

5291 Ohio 350

Oregonia, OH 45054

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CSM Fall Retreat

October 25th – 27th, 2019

Camp Kern (YMCA Camp) in Oregonia, OH

Total Cost For Retreat:

Early Bird - $155 (Sept. 15th – 21st),

Regular - $180 (Sept. 22nd – Oct. 5th),

Late - $205 (Oct. 6th - 16th)

Adult chaperones – Free or can donate a portion to help cover cost.

Cost Includes: All meals, housing in Yurt Village (12 people per Yurt), fun, 3 services, 3 adventure activities, group games, & a T-Shirt. Cutoff Date for T-Shirt is Oct. 6th…may not receive t-shirt after that.

How many people can go: Goal is at least 30 people but hope for more…cannot exceed 72 people.

Adult Sponsors: (each adult will be staying in the Yurts and driving students to and from camp)

Where are we staying?

We are staying locally at the YMCA camp located just 15 Mins from the church at Camp Kern. Address is 5291 St. Rt. 350, Oregonia, OH 45054. It is a very large camp with a lot of activities for us to do. They have sand volleyball, basketball, gaga ball, lakes and ponds, open fields, places to hike, horses, 9 Hole Frisbee golf course, zip lines, Paintball, climbing stuff, plus so much more. We will be staying in the Yurt village, which are round huts that are insulated with heat and AC. We are also renting out the Wilderness Pavilion, which is right next to the Yurt Village. We will have our services there and it is where you will shower and use the bathroom. It is going to be a great time together in the beautiful fall weather and scenery.

Fall Retreat Speaker:

The speaker for the weekend is Noah Doss. He is the youth pastor at New Freedom and is a great speaker. We have done many things with them already so most of you already know Noah and his youth group!

Fall Retreat Worship:

Will Ewing will be leading worship for our retreat. He is an Assistant Worship Pastor at Be Hope Nazarene: Fairborn. Will is very gifted musically and he will either be leading solo or with a band. He is also Ashley Copes boyfriend.

Fall Retreat Food:

Our meals will be provided by Camp Kern. One meal the night we get into camp for the first time will be like a pizza party welcome to camp night all the rest will be provided by the camp. Two Breakfasts, Two Lunches, and One Dinner.

The Camp Kern Adventure Challenge, Low Ropes/Obstacle Course, and Night Hike:

We will be doing what is known and camp Kern as the Adventure challenge. It’s like The Amazing Race but at their camp. Each person will be placed on a team and they will run around the camp performing different goals, puzzles, climbing challenges, etc. First team to accomplish them all will win. This should take our group about 3/4 hours to complete. We also will do obstacle course/low ropes, and a night hike!

Fall Fabulous Five:

First 5 people to register for camp by paying online, and have all the forms filled out will receive: First dibs on seats to and from camp, First dibs on who rides to and from camp with them, first dibs on Yurt, First dibs on Bunk Mate, First in line for food all weekend long, First dibs on the extra events at camp before anyone else does, and a Fall Fab Five Hoodie!

Fall Retreat Schedule

October 25th – 27th, 2019

Friday Oct. 25th

6pm – Arrive at Church, Pack up and get ready to leave for FR. (Everyone meet in lobby of church)

6:30pm – Leave for Retreat

6:45pm – Arrive at Camp Kern, Get settled into Yurts/Free time until Dinner

7:30pm – Pizza Dinner Dance Party

8:30pm – Prep for Night Hike

9pm – Night Hike

10pm – Free Time until Service

10:30pm – First Worship Service – Will Ewing/Noah Doss

12am – Yurt Time/Get ready for bed

12:30am – Lights Out

Saturday Oct. 26th

8am – Breakfast (provided by Camp Kern)

9:15am – Quiet Time with God

10am – Low Ropes/Obstacle Course

12pm – Lunch (provided by Camp Kern)

1pm – The Adventure Challenge

4pm – Clean up for dinner

5:30pm – Dinner (provided by Camp Kern)

6:30pm – Free Time

8pm – Second Worship Service – Will Ewing/Noah Doss

9:30pm – Late night Game

11:30pm – Yurt Time/Get ready for bed

12am – Lights Out and In Rooms

Sunday Feb. 5th

8am – Breakfast (provided by Camp Kern)

9:30am – Pack up/Clean Yurts/Clean Wilderness Lodge

10:30am – Third Worship Service – Will Ewing/Noah Doss

12pm – Lunch (provided by Camp Kern)

1pm – Load Cars to go home

1:30pm – Arrive at church

No Sunday Night Student Take Over due to Retreat and No Sunday School

Come be a part of Hootenanny Trunk Or Treat in the evening at the church!


What can I bring into the event?

  • Bible
  • Pen
  • Notebook/Journal
  • Warm, Comfortable, Modest Clothing (Pack light) ((Don’t bring 4 bags just for you!))
  • Flashlight
  • Towel for Showers
  • Personal Items (Shampoo, Soap, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Etc.)
  • Bedding for Bunk beds in Yurts
  • Your Favorite Board/Card Games/Group games!
  • Your allowed to bring snacks with you for you and your roommates to share…don’t bring the whole store!

What to leave at home!

  • Expensive anything!

(Things seem to break or get lost easier on retreats so don’t bring anything you can’t part with)

  • Electronics…Leave the game systems, mp3 players, etc. home!

(We want you to unplug as much as possible over the weekend. Please bring your cell phone just watch how much you use it over the weekend. It’s about building relationship with those at retreat not those at home!)

  • Anything that could be harmful or deadly to anyone attending retreat/or campground.

(The campground and our Student ministry have a strong policy against drugs/alcohol)

Camp Kern Camp Ground Important Info/Policies

  • You must wear your wristband the entire weekend.
  • You must sign a Camp Kern YMCA Waiver if you want to participate in any of the adventure activities.
  • Please keep hydrated, drink lots of water.
  • Nut free Facility…No nuts please
  • No drugs, alcohol, vaping, or smoking.
  • Camp Kern Quiet hours are 10pm – 7am, don’t move any furniture or beds, no vandalism.
  • Clean up after ourselves…lets leave the place better than when we found it or they will charge us for it.
  • Fires may be built in fire rings or fireplaces, bring own wood, or use downed/dead wood on the ground.
  • Do not go on anything that camp kern owns without permission (Ex: pool, lake pond, horse fields, ropes courses, etc.)
  • Do not bring: power tools, chain saws, flammable liquids, fireworks, guns, knives, arrows, silly string, sidewalk chalk, and pets.

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5291 Ohio 350

Oregonia, OH 45054

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