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6 Reasons for Teens to Unplug & Leave Social Media at Home

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These are the basic facts of being a teenager at this point in history. Today, on average children spend 5 to 6 hours a day staring at screens and they are often on two screens at once. Studies have shown that excessive screen time can lead to obesity, sleep disorders, and  aggression. Few know that…

Team Building Activities for Youth Groups

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The middle school and teen years can be…well, challenging at best. Realistically, when we think back to our own adolescence, there’s likely a cringe-worthy moment or two. Perhaps the worst part about being a teen is that they don’t quite realize that “this, too, shall pass”. Ultimately, it’s up to the adults in a teen’s life to…

Ideas for Youth Retreats at Refreshing Mountain

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    If you’ve ever planned an excursion for a group of young people, you know how important it is to schedule enough fun events to keep them interested for the duration of the retreat. A trip to the 80-acre Refreshing Mountain retreat and outdoor adventure facilities not only takes most of the planning out…

Team Building Activities for Your Next Youth Retreat

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Kids today face a different, perhaps more challenging, landscape to grow up in. Technology has changed our culture (for better and worse); social pressures have taken on a life of their own, affecting younger and younger children. It’s no wonder parents and youth leaders can get a little frustrated searching for new ways to help teens become responsible, caring grownups….

11 Things to Consider Before Selecting a Location for Your Next Youth Retreat

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Planning a youth retreat is a lot of work, but it’s very rewarding for youth groups and youth leaders. These types of retreats create memories children will remember for a lifetime as they form strong bonds with one another around their shared experiences. Because there is so much involved in holding a youth retreat, we…

Camp Plays Vital Role in Faith Development

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Spending time away at camp is a unique opportunity to experience life in a new way.  Faith based camps provide the space and time to reflect, learn new things, evaluate, and process.  Most importantly, camp is a time to grow closer to God. Those of us in the camping industry come face to face with…

Blog Contest Entry

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Chrissy Brodish submitted an entry for our Blog Contest.   If you want to  enter our largest prize contest ever, go to Summer Blog Contest. Below is his blog which can also be found at Brodish Blog. “Be Still” “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. God has been using this verse a…

Stress Free Packing

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Retreat Packing List Packing for a retreat can be the most stressful part of a getaway.  You don’t want to forget anything but you also don’t want to over pack either.  Below is a list to help you start to get organized.  Add your own specific items depending on weather, special activities and events, and…

Building a Team for Success

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Corporate team building activities are a great way to get the team out of the office for a day to let them regroup and come back feeling stronger as a team. The morale of a team is one of the most important aspects of productivity and quality of work. If your team already works together…

How Camp Shapes Lives

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Times of Refreshment I can’t think of a better place than camp to spend time looking at your life–repenting where there is need, turning to God, and feeling that sweet release of your sins being wiped out!  Camp is the perfect place to step back and have a “time of refreshing” that comes from the…