Much has been written in recent years about the modern spirit of consumerism, busyness, and the absence of healthy margins in the lives of many Americans. Our lives are so programmed, and consequently, so full, that time for reflection, soulful rest, and relaxation is difficult to find. Because of this, many individuals and families are turning to Christian retreat centers for getaways that include healthy outdoor fun but also times of soul-refreshing solitude.
If you search for definitions for the word retreat, you will find that it commonly means a place of refuge or seclusion. Wow. Just reading the words, “a place of refuge or seclusion” can make you long to get away!
And if you are a parent, you probably have noticed that unstructured free-time that allows kids to simply be kids is also something of the past. Now, if your children want to play sports or spend time with other kids, you have to check the offerings, sign up, pay your fees, and have your kids watched by paid staff almost every hour of their week. Relaxed, open days of simple time spent together can be tough to get, and even when you want it, parks and other natural places can be crowded and far from relaxing.
But, if you do some searching, you can find Christian retreat centers that offer a variety of camps where there are available programs but also time intentionally built into each day for campers to find rest and solitude. Because of this, many adults and youth connect with friends each year at a Christian retreat center and consider it one of the most special weeks of their year.
Another great advantage to Christian retreat centers is the cost. Some summer camps are getting too expensive for a lot of families, but many retreat centers have a portion of their operating budgets underwritten by associations or donors, keeping camper fees relatively inexpensive. So, if you looking for a great place to host a wonderful retreat, or you would love to send your kids to a summer camp that will be both great fun and great for their hearts, Christian retreat centers are a wonderful option.