In a world full of competing, often destructive voices, find a moment of peace and reflection. This retreat helps youth to sort through the noise to listen to the inner voice of the Spirit. Activities can include: "Advertising and the end of the world" video clip and discussion, other videos, blindfolded treasure hunt, trust walk, brainstorm on media idols vs. good role models, "make your own" positive ad or adbusting, levels of happiness, quiet meditation.
What is God's vision for the world we created? How can we who are from a rich country relate to the poor among us and around the world? Brainstorm about the impact that people, especially youth, can make in our world. We can use: video clips depicting a meeting between rich and poor youth, deck of cards social hierarchy game on who counts for Jesus, small group brainstorm on "Modern day Jesus", prayer as the basis for social action. Social Justice lunch to emphasize unfairness of inequality and the need to reach out to those in need. Further emphasizes that often poverty is unavoidable and God challenges us to be Christ for others.
A great opportunity to get away from it all and develop the potential for Christian leadership in each student. Discover servant-leadership following Christ's example through prayer, discussion and activities. Your day can include: icebreakers to get people moving and creative, blindfolded trust walk, "modern day Jesus" discussion and skits, social justice games, look at challenges facing Catholic youth, outdoor fun. Helps youth answer the questions: Where does the Cross of Jesus Christ lead me? What does true leadership look like and how can I live it?
Add to the above a powerful evening prayer time. Other options which may be added are: discussion of "modern day Jesus", bonfire, video clips, closing liturgy of the word, more outdoor games. A good chance for teacher-student and peer bonding in the context of an encounter with Jesus Christ.
Prepare for the journey of becoming a young adult Catholic through prayer, fun activities, and outdoor experiences. This retreat offers a personal, spiritual experience to help young people make Confirmation a meaningful sacrament in their lives. Depending on your group's needs, activities can include: interactive icebreaker, open discussion of the Confirmation faith decision, Gift of the Holy Spirit skits, prayer barometer, blindfolded trust walk, focus on the Crucifixion (in the woods), affirmation of the image of God in each other, meditative prayer. (and lots of FUN!!!)
Fun days with a relaxed focus on God's creation and seeing God's presence in his earthly gifts. Games may include Scripture Treasure Hunt, Scavenger Hunt, Survivor/Extinction (What sets us apart from the other creatures of the earth?), Timed Skills Relays, Campfires, Storytelling.