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!
Christian youth retreats are said to be some of the most significant events in a teen’s life. When teens are taken out of their typical environment and put into a different one, the atmosphere is conducive to reflection, decision-making, and significant personal growth. Unfortunately, not all Christian youths can afford to go to retreats. However, with a bit of creativity and a little elbow grease, a teen can find a way to earn his way to camp.
Many Christian youth retreats take place over a weekend. This article, however, will focus on the week-long Christian youth retreats. These are the ones that teens find “too expensive.” The first thing to do is determine the actual cost to the camper. Remember to keep in mind incidentals, like meals and fuel costs. Once you have the bottom line, check the calendar to see how many weeks there are till the payment due date. Divide the total due by the number of weeks, and calculate how much cash must be earned or raised each week. This makes saving for Christian youth retreats seem more possible. The old adage says you eat an elephant one bite at a time.