Jesus calls his disciples with two simple words, “Follow Me”, but for all of us there are many other voices calling for our allegiance. At Fall Retreat we’ll dig into what it means for you to follow Jesus Christ as a college student. You’ll get to hear from a great speaker, connect with some amazing friends, and worship an awesome God.
Dates – Friday, October 19th – Sunday, October 21.
Location – Army Lake Camp, East Troy, Wisconsin.
Price – The cost of the retreat is $80. However, there is a $15 discount for freshmen as well as a $10 early registration discount if you register and pay your $25 deposit (not refundable) by midnight on Friday, October 5th
Main Speaker – Mark Gauthier has served with Cru for more than 24 years, beginning as a staff member for Cru at Harvard University. In 1991, Gauthier’s burden for college students motivated him to extend his ministry to include students throughout the Boston metro area. In just five years, he led a team to establish a ministry presence on 27 Boston campuses.
In 1996, he was asked to join the national leadership team which provides direction and oversight for Cru on Campus. He soon moved into his current role as Executive Director of Cru.
Gauthier is a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Industrial Technology.
Mark and his wife Kristi live in Orlando, Fla., with their three children, Abby, Ben and Will.
Arrival and Departure – Check-in and registration will be from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M on Friday and you’ll be free to leave by noon on Sunday.
Transportation – The camp is about 40 miles from the Antioch stop on the North Central Metra Line. We will have vehicles pick people up from the 107, which leaves at 3:00 P.M. and the 113, which leaves at 5:00 P.M. Vehicles will also eiter return metra riders to a Metra station or drive them back to the City on Sunday after the retreat.
Drivers should note that the camp is around 100 miles outside of Chicago and should plan on about a three hour drive in Friday traffic. The drive back on Sunday should only take two hours. You can go here for driving directions.
Worship Band – Our band will once again be led by Andy Mckay, who will join us from Huntington Beach California where he works as an architect and leads worship for his church. Andy grew up 45 minutes south of Chicago and is always excited to return to the land of his youth. He has led worship at many CCC conferences and retreats including Indycc and the last four Chicago Metro Fall Retreats. Andy will be joined by Andrew Hively, Jonathan Boriss, Jimi McCammon, and Jason Harper.
Other Activities – Friday night there will be a bonfire complete with smores. Saturday afternoon there will be free time with lots of sports, games, and other fun activities offered. Saturday night there will be a dance party and other activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) If I can’t come to the entire retreat can I come to part of it? What is the cost if I do that?
Yes, you can come to part of the retreat. The broken down cost for the retreat is $5 per meeting, $20 per night, and $5 per meal. If you are not attending the entire retreat the freshmen discount is $10 and the early registration discount is $5. Your base cost must exceed $45 for discounts to apply.
2) What should I bring to the retreat?
You should bring a sleeping (or equivalent bedding), a pillow,causal clothing, a jacket, any toiletries you need, a towel, a notebook, a pen, a Bible, sports equipment, games, and homework (if you have to).
3) I have children, can they come to the retreat? Is childcare provided? At what cost?
We can look into this if there is need. If this is your situation please email Andy.
4) What is covered in my registration costs?
Your registration covers the entire program, two nights lodging at the camp, all three meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. It does not cover any travel costs (if you are riding with someone you should pitch in for gas). In the past most students who drove stopped for dinner on the way there and lunch on the way back.
5) I’d love to go on the retreat, but I just don’t have the money to go, is there anything that can be done?
We don’t want finances to be what keeps someone from coming on the retreat. There is a limited amount of scholarship money available so please talk to your staff person about your situation and it’s likely that we’ll be able to work something out. If you don’t know who your staff person is then email Andy.