Please make sure you complete the Retreat Registration Form, the GS Release Form and the Crowders Ridge Registration Form in order to successfully submit your registration.

WINTER RETREAT FAQs

When is the retreat?

February 4-6, 2022.

Who can attend?

All 6th-12th grade students are invited to join us.

 

What COVID precautions are being taken during Winter Retreat?

Good Shepherd is working closely with Crowders Ridge Camp to adhere to the current CDC guidelines to help mitigate COVID exposure. 

 

How much does it cost?

$169 per student.  $80 Deposit is required upon registration.  Price increases to $219 per student after January 1. All balances are due by January 29.

*The $80 deposit is refundable up to January 18, 2022 with written notification to Mathew Hargett.

**Financial scholarships are available upon request. 

 

What if I have multiple students?

Multi-student discounts are available for families with 3 or more students attending. The first two students should pay the full price and then the third (and subsequent) student registrations will only need to pay the $75 deposit.

 

What's included in the cost?

The retreat cost includes transportation, lodging, all meals (5), t-shirt, retreat book, and activities. 

 

Where is the retreat held?

The retreat is held at Crowders Ridge Camp & Retreat Center in Gastonia, NC. 

 

What are the accommodations like?

Students are housed in bunkhouses with a bathroom. There are separate shower houses near the bunkhouses. Linens are not provided. Students will be divided by gender and grade. Each room will have two adult leaders.

 

What is the food like?

Food service is provided by the retreat center and offers buffet style meals each day. They provide gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options and are willing to work with food allergies. 


What time is drop off and pick up?

Check-in begins 4:30 pm Friday February 4th.  We will leave Good Shepherd Church at 5:30 pm.  We will arrive back at Good Shepherd Church at ~1:00 pm Sunday February 6th.  

 

How are students being transported to the conference center?

We will be using charter buses to transport students and leaders to and from Crowders Ridge.

 

Do students need additional money for the weekend?

Yes. There is a cafe/snack shop on site where students can purchase snacks and drinks. We will also be selling Winter Retreat themed merchandise throughout the weekend. 


How are students grouped for the weekend?

All students meet together for worship and the main sessions.  Students will also participate in a small group of 8-10 other students and one adult leader for deeper discussion of the sessions. Small groups will be divided by grade and gender and will contain students from both campuses.

 

How many adult leaders are going?

We will have at least one adult leader for every 6 students.  All leaders are appropriately vetted and equipped to lead students.  

 

Are students allowed to bring friends?

Yes! We encourage students to invite their fellow middle or high school friends to join us on the retreat. Friends will need register by the deadline (January 26th).

 

What should students bring with them on the retreat?

All registered students will be emailed a packing list a couple of weeks before the retreat.

 

What is the cancellation policy?

If Winter Retreat is canceled due to COVID-19 by Good Shepherd or Crowders Ridge Camp or any unforseeable incident, all money will be returned.