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9 Themes for Your Upcoming Youth Retreat

Are you looking for a fresh theme for the youth retreat you are hosting this year? Here are some great themes to look at and use! God and the Royal Inheritance (Ephesians 1 and 2) Did you know you are a child of God? What does that really mean? God constantly reminds us that we…

Top 6 Tips for Planning a Retreat

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Are you planning a retreat, but don’t know where to start? Here are some great tips from our staff to set your retreat planning up for success! 1. Know who you’re bringing Is it a youth retreat? A women’s retreat? It’s important to know your audience—who you are setting the retreat up for. If you…

5 Adventurous Activities to Include in Your Retreat

How can you bring adventure to your retreat this year? At Refreshing Mountain, we love to answer  the call of the wild with many of our activities found at Refreshing Mountain. Whether you are here just for the day with your group, or you are here for a weekend, we have some great activities in…

25+ Great Themes for a Great Retreat

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A thoughtful and well-developed retreat theme can be a great inspiration in helping people connect to what they have learned at your retreat. This connection strengthens the effect of the retreat and can create long-term spiritual growth and continued practice. Whether you are planning a spiritual Men’s Retreat, Women’s Retreat, or Youth Retreat with your church, a Family…

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…

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…