10 Best Christian Winter Retreats

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In this blog post, I will discuss 10 best Christian winter retreats as well as their locations, pricing details, timings and the activities included for different age groups of snowbirds.

1. God In The Grind

God in the grind will be held in Monadnock Christain Ministries situated in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA.

There are three different ways to register your group for this retreat.  You can register your group in any of the following ways;

  1. through a phone call, 
  2. through email registration and
  3. website registration.

The price per person is around $170. Each student will receive a 30-day devotional to take home to continue the journey beyond the weekend.

To get an idea of how the event will look like (info from 2020): On the third weekend of January, Bruce O’Neil will be preaching, and on the fourth weekend of January, Roy Baldwin will be preaching. On the 1st March, Daryl Reininger will be preaching.

On the second Sunday of March, Josh Wyatt will be preaching, and on the 3rd Sunday of March, Steven Lucas will be preaching. The activities include archery tag, paintball, mini-golf, swimming pool, friendship bracelets, and snow tubing.

Remark: All dates, prices, and timetables are indicative and can change. Please check with God in the grind for the exact dates, price, and timetable.

2. Beartooth Christain Camp (BCC)

Beartooth Christian Camp is situated in Fishtail, Montana. For the women’s retreat, it costs $125 per person including dinner for an additional $8 per person. Girls between the ages of 15 and 18 can also attend accompanied by a parent or a guardian.

Check-in on a Friday evening is between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. Check out on a Sunday morning is at 9:00 a.m. There is special accommodation available for nursing mothers and their babies.

The price for the men’s retreat is also $125 per person. The recent theme is “sighting in”. Boys between the ages of 15 and 18 can also attend accompanied by a legal guardian or a parent.

Check-in on a Friday evening is at 7:00 p.m. and check out is on a Sunday morning is at 8:00 a.m.

Remark: All dates, prices, and timetables are indicative and can change. Please check with Beartooth Christain Camp for the exact dates, price, and timetable.

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3. Oakridge Christain Camp and Retreat center

This center is situated in Anadarko, Oklahoma. It costs $120 per person. The cost of hiring a private room is $90 per person for dinner, overnight stay, and breakfast.

The cost of having a private room for students is $40 per person for dinner, overnight stay, and breakfast. The cost of dinner and Chapel services is $25 only. Students from 6th grade and up are allowed to attend.

For the Goliath tower, there are three packages;

  1. exclusive Tower access,
  2. half-day Tower access and
  3. hourly thrill.

Exclusive Tower access is recommended for a maximum group of 60 people for 3 hours and the pricing is $1500 per session. Half-day Tower access costs $35 per person and $28 per person for students, it is recommended for groups with less than 43 people.

There are 10 different hourly thrills with pricings between $100 to $150 per thrill per hour.

  • Cargo net:  6 to 7 people are allowed per hour
  • Cargo tube: 5 to 6 people are allowed per hour
  • Climbing walls: 9 to 10 people are allowed per hour
  • An hour on the tower: 6 people are allowed per hour
  • Haul swing: 9 to 10 people are allowed per hour
  • Incline log: 7 to 8 people are allowed per hour
  • Goliath tower: 5 to 10 people are allowed per hour
  • Triple zip line: 6 to 7 people are allowed per hour
  • Pamper pole: 5 to 6 people are allowed per hour
  • Team wall: 15 to 20 people are allowed per hour

You will get $10 off for multiple children from the same family. Long term volunteers and summer staff enjoy a 50% discount.

If you are an individual visitor or a family of fewer than 5 people then you can easily register online through the website. There are 18 basic activities included in your winter retreat which include:  Air Hockey, basketball shoot,  ping-pong, horseshoes, campfire, a giant maze, giant chess, carpet Bowling, 9 square in the air, gaga ball,  table games, pool games, tether balls, baggo toss, hiking, frisbee golf, volleyball, and foosball.

There are 9 supervised activities including archery, workmanship, giant maze, hot tub and swimming pool games, low element confidence course,  power bouncer, Climbing wall,  human foosball, and water slides. For a climbing wall, you will need to rent an auto belay system and a harness which will cost you $750 per person for two hours and $100 per additional hour. For a power bouncer, you will need to rent a harness which will cost you $500 per person for 2 hours and $100 per additional hour.

For paintball, your group will need 20 guns, paintballs, uniforms and masks which will cost you $1000 per person for 2 hours and $200 per additional hour. For Laser tag, your group will rent a trained operator, 20 guns and 6 obstacles which will cost you $600 per person for 2 hours and $100 per additional hour. For Arrow Tag, your group will have to rent 16 bows and 68 arrows which will cost you $600 per person for 2 hours and $100 per additional hour.

For moon bounce, you will hire a trained operator which will cost you $150 per person for 2 hours and $50 per additional hour. For Gaga balls, you will rent balls which will cost you $250 per person for 2 hours and $50 per additional hour. For 9 square in the air, you will hire balls which will cost you $200 per person for 2 hours and $50 per additional hour.

The main Chapel has a seating capacity for 400 people at a time. The dining hall has the seating capacity for 300 people at a time. The outside patio has a seating capacity of 50 people at a time.

West camp dining hall and kitchen, has a seating capacity of 125 people at a time and the West camp chapel has a seating capacity of 200 people at a time.

Remark: All dates, prices, and timetables are indicative and can change. Please check with Oakridge Christain Camp and Retreat center for the exact dates, price, and timetable.

4. Ignite Christian Youth Retreat

Ignite Youth Group Retreat is held in River Valley Ranch which is situated in  Manchester, Maryland. It will be held from 20th to 22nd March and 27th to 29th March 2020. It is really famous for its horses, epic group games, paintball, Ninja Barn, and 1500’ triple zipline.

You can download the spring registration package from the official website of River Valley Ranch. The rate of 2-night stay and 5 meals is $130 per person for a group of 25 to 49 people. For a group of 50 to 74 people, the price is $125 per person.

For a group of 75 to 99 people the rate is $120 per person. For a group of 100 to 149 people the rate is $115 per person. For a group of 150 to 199 people the rate is $110 per person.

For a group of more than 200 people, the rate is $105 per person for the stay of two nights and five meals.

On a Friday evening you must arrive and check-in at 7:00 p.m, at 8:15 p.m. orientation is held, at 8:30 p.m. student and leader meeting is held. The first meeting is held at 9:15 p.m, at 10:30 p.m. you can enjoy some free time.  At 11:3 p.m. a curfew is held and at 12:00 a.m. lights are blown out.

At 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, a leader's meeting is held. Breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. The first workshop commences at 9:00 a.m. and the second workshop is held at 10:30 a.m.

Lunch is served at 12:00 p.m. You can enjoy different activities from 1 p.m. till 6:00 p.m.  At 6:00 p.m. dinner is served.

The amazing race is held at 7:00 p.m. The second meeting is held at 9 p.m. Campfires are lit at 10:00 p.m.

You will get some free time at 10:45 p.m. At 11:30 p.m. a curfew is held and at 12:00 a.m. lights are blown out.

At 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, a leader's meeting is held. Breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. the third meeting is held at 9:00 a.m.

Pick up and clean up starts by 10:30 a.m. and groups depart at 11:00 a.m.

Remark: All dates, prices, and timetables are indicative and can change. Please check with Ignite Christian Youth Retreat for the exact dates, price, and timetable.

5. Christian winter camps and retreats

It is held in Rock N Water situated in Coloma, California. The price of two days ’ snowshoeing for a group of 10 to 30 people including 2 nights camp stay and six meals is equal to $216 per person. The rate of one day of rock climbing and one day of class III river rafting with two nights of camping and five meals is equal to $75 per person for a group of more than six people.

For a group of 10 to 30 people, two days of snowshoeing and one day of rock climbing with 3 nights camp stay and 8 meals is equal to $325 per person.

Remark: All dates, prices, and timetables are indicative and can change. Please check with Christian winter camps and retreats for the exact dates, price, and timetable.

6. Christian youth ministry winter retreat and camps

It is held at Berea which is located both in New Hampshire and Maine. The pricing is $120  per person with a 2-night stay and five meals. You will get 10% off this price if you are a first-time visitor and also if you visit the camp in midweek (only in New Hampshire).

In the new Hampshire camp, you will get $5 off per person if you book your visit between November and May. You will get $5 off per person if you book your retreat between September and May in the Maine center. Kids under the age of 3 will get free entry.

There are many Hillside bunk rooms available which cost $300 per couple and $95 for each additional person. For women's retreat onsite you will have to pay $185 and offsite you have to pay $85 only. Women’s retreat will be held from 11th to 13th September, 18th to 20th September, 25th to 27th September 2020

Remark: All dates, prices, and timetables are indicative and can change. Please check with Christian youth ministry winter retreat and camps for the exact dates, price, and timetable.

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7. Taconic Retreat center

It is located in Milan, New York. There are different places for lodging in the center. To spend one night in Dolan or a log cabin, you will have to pay $56, for 2 nights $86 and for 3 Nights $116 per person.

To spend one night in a Miller house or a Kingston you will have to pay $78, for a two-night stay you will have to pay $108, and for 3 nights you will have to pay $138 per person. To spend one night in a DS Cottage or a lake house you will have to pay $120, to spend two nights you will have to pay $150 and for 3 nights you will have to pay $180 per person.

The cost of breakfast for one person is $9, for lunch is $13 and for dinner is $15.

Remark: All dates, prices, and timetables are indicative and can change. Please check with Taconic Retreat center for the exact dates, price, and timetable.

8. Maranatha camp

It is situated in Maxwell, Nebraska. It will begin on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 4:00 PM and end on Monday, February 17, 2020, at 2:00 PM. It will offer you different activities like a climbing wall, spa, roller skating, campfire, wagon ride, bounce houses, zip line, snowsports, archery tag, and rock wall.

The pricing of this retreat is $100 per person and all the meals are included within the cost. A sweetshop soiree will cost you $125 for 3 hours party time per person. The cost of the swim and play package is $100 per person for 3 hours.

The price of the Adventure Quest party is $200 per person for 3 hours.

Remark: All dates, prices, and timetables are indicative and can change. Please check with Maranatha camp for the exact dates, price, and timetable.

9. Sandy Cove Ministries

It is situated in North East, Maryland.

At the sandy cove, you can enjoy different activities like zipline, rock wall climbing, swimming and cargo net. To climb the 30 feet high cargo net under the supervision of two trained staff members, a group of 15 people will have to pay $160 per head and under the supervision of 3 trained staff members, a group of 25 people will have to pay $250 per head. Participants in the activity of climbing the cargo net must be at least 8 years of age and above.

The cost of the archery tag is $100 per person per hour, groups with people between 4 and 72 are allowed to participate. To enjoy the zip line for 2 hours, a group of more than 20 people will have to pay $240 per head under the supervision of 3 trained staff members. Under the supervision of 4 trained staff members, a group of more than 30 people will have to pay $320 per head for 2 hours.

To enjoy it for 2 hours a group of more than 40 people will have to pay for $400 per person under the supervision of 5 trained staff members. To climb the 30 feet high rock wall for 2 hours, a group of more than 15 people will have to pay $160 per head under the supervision of 2 trained staff members. It will cost you $240 per head for a group of more than 25 people under the supervision of 3 staff members.

Remark: All dates, prices, and timetables are indicative and can change. Please check with Sandy Cove Ministries for the exact dates, price, and timetable.

10. Grace Adventures Christian camps and retreats in Michigan

It is situated in Silver Lake. The dates for the women's retreat are 25th to 27th September, 2nd to 4th October, 9th to 11th October, 16th to 18th October 2020. The rate of a commuter is $104 per person.

For your accommodation on the campsite, you will have to pay $134 per person, 12 to 16 people will live in one room. For your accommodation, at Sierra Sands Hotel you will have to pay $164 per person, the room will be assigned to a couple and you will have to pay $60 per additional person. For your accommodation at Dunes Waterfront Hotel you will have to pay $174 per person, the rooms will be assigned to couples and you will have to pay $60 per additional person.

You can enjoy a massage for $10 per person for 10 minutes. There are many activities like horse riding, a zip line, and boat rides.

The dates for the men's retreats are 20th to 22nd March and 27th to 29th March 2020. For your accommodation on commuter, you will have to pay $89 per person. For on-campsite accommodation, you will have to pay $121 per person.

For your accommodation at a hotel, you will have to pay $149 per person. The activities for the men include archery tag, laser tag, rifle range, pistol range, trapshooting range, and horse riding.

Remark: All dates, prices, and timetables are indicative and can change. Please check with Grace Adventures Christian camps and retreats in Michigan for the exact dates, price, and timetable.

Conclusion

In order to conclude this blog post, I would like to say that during the snowbird season along with your amusements, activities, and enjoyments, it is really important to refresh your faith in God by attending Christian winter retreats. At different ministries, there are many expert preachers who will share with you some teachings from the Gospel and other holy books.  It can be a really relaxing experience. Don't forget to check with them what the exact price, dates, and timetable is.