Staff/Sponsor Application

Preteen Retreat 2017 Staff Application

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Application for Preteen Staff/Sponsors.

A spiritual deepening weekend for preteens and leaders all across the KC District.

$70 by Oct 15
$80 after Oct 15

Contact Charlene Pinney for more information at or 913-481-5823


FAQ for preteen parents/sponsors:

Q: Who should be considered a preteen?
A: It is common for 5th/6th grade students to be considered preteens however, some churches include 4th grade students. We leave this up to local leaders to decide.

Q: Where is the retreat center located?
A: Heit's Point Conference Center near Lincoln Missouri (a little more than 2 hours from the KC area).

Q: What does the $70 fee cover?
A: 2 nights lodging, 4 meals, t-shirt, use of indoor pool, recreational equipment for lake, leadership adventure course, coffee and lots of rest (that last one is a lie).

Q: Do sponsors need to pay the full registration fee?
A: Yes. The retreat functions with no subsidy therefore, each participant covers their cost. That being said, we encourage local churches to consider covering the cost for their sponsors. Check with your Children’s Pastor, Local Children’s Leader or other Pastors for the policy at your church.

Q: Can our church send students if we do not send sponsors?
A: Any church planning to send students should also plan to send sponsors. For example: if you bring girls, a female counselor should accompany. If you bring boys, a male counselor should accompany.

Q: Why preteen retreat?
A: Preteen retreat is planned during the early fall as new students are transitioning into the preteen group. Going away as a group, for a whole weekend creates great space for kids to get aquatinted. This time also affords an opportunity for Children's Pastors and Children's Leaders to play, worship, run, sing, discover and wonder with students from their local church.

Q: Who leads the retreat?
A: This is a multi-church effort. Children's Pastors and Leaders from various churches help plan, organize and execute the retreat. Some bring the word during chapel services, some manage registration and administration details, some plan games and activities. We all work together to offer a great retreat for churches of all sizes.

Q: What is my role if I come as a sponsor?
A: As staff we are signing on to “hang” with kids. We will not only supervise for their safety but also seek to nurture relationships. If kids are at the lake, a couple of us need to be at the lake; if kids want to hike, put on your hiking shoes. Plan to listen, interact, laugh, pray, cry, sing and simply “be” with kids.

Q: Do we travel to the conference center as a group?
A: While we do not organize transportation to the event, it may be possible to coordinate with another church. You can check with the registrar to learn what other churches are participating.

Q: How do my kids and I register?
A: Following Labor Day weekend, go to:, find events, find preteen retreat, find application for students and/or sponsors. We will take it from there.

Q: Anything else I should I do to prepare?
A: Pray, pray and pray. Posture yourself in such a way that God could move in and even surprise you. There is no telling what he wants to accomplish in our life together and/or in the lives of students.

Q: What time should we arrive?
A: Travelers are asked to eat dinner on the way then arrive in time for 7:30 pm registration.

Q: When will the retreat conclude?
A: After gathered worship Sunday morning, we will say farewell to new friends, load our vehicles and plan to return to our local churches in time to meet our household in the church parking lot.

We look forward to sharing this time with you and yours!


October 27th, 2017 7:30 PM   through   October 29th, 2017 10:00 AM
Heit's Point Lutheran Camp
28345 Heit's Point Avenue
Lincoln, MO 65338
United States

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Phone: 913-481-5823
Late Registration (after Oct 15) $ 80.00