(Note: For information on Women’s Retreat, please refer to the Friends Church denomination website.)
Join us at the Oregon Coast in September for a new and unique Men’s Retreat, where we’ll combine the comforts and quality of a top-notch weekend retreat with the rugged outdoorsy flair of an old fashioned camp-out with good friends.
It’s a Camp-Out…
You and other men from your church will enjoy your own “camp-out” space, where you gather around the campfire for morning breakfasts and late evening snacks. Bring your own guitars, lawn chairs, pop-up canopies, Frisbees, and gas grills, and enjoy a laid-back weekend schedule. (Most men won’t sleep in their camp-out area, opting instead for comfortable, cabin-style accommodations. For the more adventuresome, you are welcome to bring your own tent and sleep in your camp-out area.)
*Campfires subject to potential county-wide seasonal burn ban restrictions.
It’s a Retreat…
Worship: We will gather the entire camp together for worship four times during the weekend, interacting with retreat speakers who challenge us spiritually and send us back to our camp-out locations with opportunity to engage in meaningful small group campfire discussion.
Activities: The weekend will abound with great activities including a musical jam session, paddleboarding, friendly “water rocket” competitions, fly fish casting seminar, lake/beach games, playing gaga ball in Twin Rocks’ new gaga pit, and an interactive fly casting seminar.
Food: Great lunches and dinners will be served by Twin Rocks at the camp’s main dining room – including a Friday “seafood fest” and Saturday “steak night.”
Price: $155/person (sleeping in cabin) $95/person (bringing own tent)
TWO CAMP SPECIAL!
Men’s Retreat costs only $60/person if you also attend Family Camp (Labor Day weekend) or your wife attends Women’s Retreat.
Brad Lau is in his sixteenth year as vice president for student life at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, and has served in student life roles at a number of public and private universities (including George Fox) for almost 30 years. He is a past president of the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD) and past chair for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Senior Student Development Officers Commission.
Lau, a native of Colorado, earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies form Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. and a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University. He did his undergraduate work at Liberty University in Virginia, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Christian Thought as well as a master’s degree in religion from Liberty Theological Seminary.
Brad is an avid Denver Broncos football fan who loves playing tennis, reading, theology, and connecting with college students. He is married to Pam, and they have three daughters (Gabrielle, 15; Annalise, 17; and Michaela, 19). They live in Newberg, Oregon with their two dogs and a cat.
Men’s Retreat Schedule (subject to adjustments):
Friday, September 15, 2017
(PRE-RETREAT OPTIONAL EVENT FRIDAY MORNING: Charter Fishing Excursion. Extra fee applies. These individuals are welcome to sleep at Twin Rocks on Thursday evening.)
2:00-6:00pm: Camp-Out Areas Available for Set-Up (designated camp-out areas will be pre-assigned to each church group)
Twin Rocks provides fire ring, wood, and matches.
Your church should bring pop-up canopies, gas grill, lawn chairs, Frisbees, guitars, etc.
(A limited number of men may bring tents to sleep in. Most men will sleep in cabins.)
No one else coming from your church? No problem. We will set you up in a campfire area with several other great men.
4:00-7:00pm: Registration in Welcome Center (Cabins Available for Check-In)
5:30-6:45pm: “SeaFest” Buffet Dinner
7:30pm: Opening Session at Welcome Center
8:30pm: Camp-Fire Discussions & S’Mores
Saturday, September 16, 2017
8:00-10:15am: Breakfast & Hang-Out Time (in your camp-out area)
Twin Rocks will provide basic ready-to-cook breakfast ingredients (eggs, bacon, pancake mix, coffee grounds) for you to cook up and eat in your camp-out area.
10:30am: Morning Session at Victory Circle
Noon: Lunch in Dining Center
1:00pm: Afternoon Free Time & Optional Group Activities
- “Build-A-Boat” Competition
- Oregon Ducks vs Nebraska Cornhuskers football (on big screen starts at 12:30pm)
- Lakefront boating, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding
- Extreme Swing, archery, mini golf, games in Shelter gymnasium
5:30pm: Steak BBQ Supper
7:00pm: Evening Session
8:30pm: Conversations around the campfire
10:00pm: Late Night Event (Optional)
Sunday, September 17, 2017
8:00-10:15am: Breakfast & Hang-Out Time (in your camp-out area, similar to Saturday)
10:30am: Final Session
Noon: Campfire discussions
12:30pm: Make-Your-Own Sandwich Lunch Buffet
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Why A Men’s Retreat? The weekend is built around two key purposes:
- Enable men to establish strong relationships with other men from their own local church – hang out together, share together, pray together, worship together, have fun together – thereby strengthening the year-round meaningfulness of the local church.
- Enable men to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Where will my church’s “camp-out” area be? Each church will be assigned a camp-out area in Cammack Field or Macy Field. (In addition, 1-2 spots will be available in the Watseco Creek area if your church prefers a more secluded area a bit further from the main part of camp.)
- What if very few men are able to attend from my church? No problem. If you come alone or with a very small group, we’ll pair you with other great men for the weekend’s “camp-out” activities.
- What do we need to bring to outfit our church’s “camp-out” area? Please bring whatever would provide space for the men at your church to relax and hang out together. Suggestions: lawn chairs, pop-up canopy, portable table, roasting sticks, Frisbees, football, gas grill, cooler, breakfast supplies (see below), guitars, etc.
- Are sons invited? Men’s Retreat is targeted for adults, so participants need to be age 18 or older. (You might consider Camp Tilikum’s excellent Father-Son Retreats held each year in June.)
- Can I bring an RV? Twin Rocks has a few RV hookups, so you are welcome to bring your RV to Men’s Retreat. However, there won’t be room in your church’s “camp-out” area for RVs.
- Does my pastor pay to attend? Pastors attend Men’s Retreat for free! At least three paying attendees must accompany each free pastor. (“Pastor” is defined as anyone currently on your church’s pastoral team working half-time or more. Churches without male pastors may send a male lay leader in the pastor’s stead.)
- Any prohibitions? Alcohol, firearms and pets are not permitted. Thanks for your consideration.
- Who provides what for Saturday/Sunday breakfasts?
- Twin Rocks provides: basic ready-to-cook breakfast ingredients (eggs, bacon, pancake mix), paper products (eating utensils, paper plates/cups), coffee grounds, basic condiments (salt/pepper, sugar/creamer, butter/syrup), fruit salad, ice.
- Your church provides: gas grill, cooler, coffee percolator, cooking pans, cooking utensils (spatula, etc.), and any additional breakfast ingredients you desire (jalepenos? potatoes? hot sauces? mushrooms? other veggies? sausage? Oysters?)