How can you encourage your young one to deepen his or her relationship with God in a more fun way? By signing your young one up to a youth winter retreat at Hope Valley Camp including snow tubing at Swain Ski resort in western NY. Unlike other youth retreat and camping activities which are often held during summer time, youth winter retreats give our youngsters a time to slow down, pause for a moment and reflect on their lives’ choices. As winter time marks the end of the year and the start of another one, it gives people, both old and new, a chance to look back on what they have done. It’s a perfect for reflection, to ponder upon the life lessons learned from the months that have passed by and what they could do to help oneself make better choices moving forward.
Winter-time too, is the best time for the youth to enjoy being youths. Kids enjoy snowball fights, making snow angels, or building snowmen with friends and family, and what great time for kids to enjoy the season than in a youth winter retreat at Hope Valley Camp including snow tubing at Swain Ski resort in western NY.
In addition, the tranquil surrounding scenery of snow-capped mountains, star-filled skies and everything in a blanket of thick snow can be conducive for some serious reflection.
So while a ski resort may be the last thing on anyone’s mind to plan a church or group retreat, it may, in fact be, the best place to hold one.
So what can youths attending a youth winter retreat expect? Here are a few activities youths can look forward to:
Fun in the snow. This includes snow tubing, which involves sliding down a bunny hill on a rubber tube (similar to the ones used in water tubing) and even skiing.
Bonfires. What fun way to share stories, good laugh and insights with your fellow youth campers than around bonfires, enjoying a cup of hot cocoa and some s’mores? Activities around the bonfire gives everyone a chance to get to know each other, form bonds that will last after the retreat period and also allow attendees a chance for self-discovery.
Crafts. Unleash one’s inner artist by engaging in creating crafts from recycled materials. Winter retreats can give attendees a perfect opportunity to start (and finish) an artistic project by yourself or with a group, or discover a new talent.
Games and races. Be it small group games or group scavenger hunts, games and races are guaranteed to bring out the inner leader in everyone, and promote teamwork and camaraderie, skills which can be of great use for these young attendees.
With activities like these, no one can say that a youth winter retreat at Hope Valley Camp including snow tubing at Swain Ski Resort in western NY is boring and unnecessary.