It was my senior year of high school. Our small youth group loaded up my Aunt’s SUV (she was also our youth leader) to start on the four-hour drive to Camp Luther for the Sub Zero Youth Retreat. A few of us had been to camp in the summer, and for everyone else this was their first Camp Luther experience ever! Along with trying to get some homework done, our ride was filled with lots of laughs and licorice. We arrived, got settled in, and sang some favorite camp songs during devotions, before plunging into our first winter activity: night tubing!
|Enjoying camp's tubing runs at night|
Saturday morning, we broke into small groups for Bible study and talked about who God is to us and who the Bible says he is. Later that morning everyone hit the ice for some broomball! It was Team Colby Cheese versus Team Cottage Cheese. Being new to the game of broomball, some of our group focused on staying upright as we slid our boots across the ice rink, while everyone else focused on scoring goals. I don’t remember which cheese won, but it was a blast regardless of the score!
|Snow shoeing through the forest|
After some ping pong and lunch, our small group strapped on snowshoes and headed out on a grand adventure! We left trails on the frozen lake (and some may have participated in a snowball fight…) before trekking into the woods. Lots of hot chocolate was in order during free time before more winter fun continued with a large group game of snow angleball.
|Getting creative with keeping my feet dry|
When we headed inside after a day of winter adventure, I realized my boots were not all that water-proof, and water had seeped all the way through them! I attempted to dry them out using the hand driers in the bathroom, but to no avail. I was determined not to miss another round of night tubing, however, so I wrapped my feet in plastic bags and back into the boots I went! (Clearly, I was an ingenious high schooler.)
When my friends and I get together, we still laugh at all the fun memories from this weekend in the Northwoods.
Each retreat weekend will include the same incredible activities, but is tailored for your group’s age. More information and registration forms are available online!
Big Chill (Middle School Youth) January 13-15 https://campluther.com/adultfamily/youth/jr.-high-big-chill
Deep Freeze (Middle and High School Youth) January 20-22 https://campluther.com/adultfamily/youth/jr.sr.-high-deep-freeze
Sub Zero (High School Youth) January 27-28 https://campluther.com/adultfamily/youth/sub-zero-retreats