Register for Fall Retreat 2016
Join us for a fabulous weekend away where you will connect with God and other students from your campus and around Chicago. Our meetings will include hearing from great speakers, worshipping God through music and getting to hear about how God is working on college campuses in Chicago and all over the world. Throughout the retreat you’ll be able to compete in various competitions like our video contest, ultimate frisbee tournament, and lip sync battle which will determine which campus will be the fall retreat grand champion! You don’t want to miss this!
Dates – Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 23
Location – Conference Point Center, Williams Bay Wisconsin
Price – The cost of the retreat is $90, but there is a $10 discount for freshmen as well as a $20 early registration discount if you register and pay your $30 deposit by Noon on Monday, October 10th.
Please note that deposits are not refundable or transferable. Anything you pay above $30 can be refunded if you do not attend the retreat.
Also, students attending with groups that are not official Cru chapters (i.e a Christian fellowship that is not Cru, but attends our retreat as an event for their group) are not eligible for the freshmen discount or the early registration discount. Please use the ‘other’ link above to register.
Speaker – Derrick Puckett will be joining us for three of our main sessions. Derrick is Lead Pastor at Renewal Church of Chicago, which just celebrated it’s second year anniversary. Derrick was involved in Cru as a student at Indiana University and then on staff with Cru in Indianapolis before going to MidAmerica Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis TN. Derrick and his wife Kaley live on Chicago’s west side and have three beautiful daughters: Ramiyah, Elyana, and Isabelle.
Arrival and Departure – Registration will be from 5:30 PM to 7:45 PM. Please eat dinner before you arrive at the camp. The retreat will be over by 12:00 PM on Sunday.
Transportation – Conference point center is about 90 miles northwest of Chicago. Those driving should plan on a 2.5 to 3 hour drive during heavy Friday traffic. For those without access to a car or ride to the retreat you can take the metra and our staff will pick you up to bring you to the retreat. The camp is about 20 minutes north of the Harvard Stop on the Union Pacific Northwest Line. You can ride the train leaving Ogilvie station downtown at 3:45, 5:16, or 5:33 to the Harvard stop (final stop on the line) and our staff will be there to give you a ride to the camp. There is an additional $5 charge to ride the shuttle. This is to offset some of the cost of the shuttle and is good for both there and back (no discounts for one way riders). You can indicate on your registration if you plan to ride the Metra and sign up for a shuttle here. Those riding the metra to the retreat will either be given a ride back to the city in a car or be dropped back off at the Harvard Metra Stop to take the train leaving at 12:30 PM on Sunday.
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.
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 $10 per meeting, $25 per night. If you are not attending the entire retreat the early registration discount is $10 and freshmen discount is 5. Your base cost must exceed $40 for discounts to apply.
2) What should I bring to the retreat?
You should bring a sleeping (or equivalent bedding), a pillow,casual 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.