Teen Retreat 2019

Dates: Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29, 2019

Location: Camp Collins

Cost: $190

Register Here (Beaverton): https://app.iclasspro.com/parentportal/villagehome/camps?camptype=5

Register Here (Salem):

Get ready to challenge yourself and be challenged! Village Home TEENS will enjoy a few days of adventure in nature at Camp Collins along the Sandy River. At this retreat, we will play, stretch our limits on the challenge ropes course, and grow our comfort zones with one another.  Group activities with some free time will be planned from breakfast until lights out, which will be around 11 p.m. each night. On Saturday, we’ll spend the day on the Challenge Ropes Course with the leader in ropes course facilitation in the northwest, Synergo.  Through low and HIGH ropes challenges, participants will be encouraged to reach their personal potential as well as their capacity for working together.  We’ll be staying in cabins that have bunks with mattresses, electricity, heat, and hot showers are available. Come ready to challenge yourself through a series of activities meant to help us stretch our wings! 

When do we arrive?  Friday, September 27 at 4pm

When do we depart? Sunday, September 29 at 11:00 am

Where is the retreat?

3001 SE Oxbow Pkwy, Gresham, OR 97080  Directions to Camp Collins (Google Map).

Parents are responsible for transportation to/from. Allow extra time for Friday afternoon traffic.

Who can attend? Village Home Learners, age 13 – 18 (must be 13 by September 1, 2019 to attend).

What does it cost? $190 per person, all-inclusive.

Waivers: Waivers will be emailed to families to complete online via DocuSign. Teens cannot participate without waivers.

Categories: Events.


– What is involved in this retreat? 

The Village Home Teen Retreat experience holds a primary goal of connection, both with each other and with ourselves. It’s meant to provide a concentrated time and space for TEENS to gather, mingle, renew, and reflect as we set personal and interpersonal goals for the year ahead. While what it specifically looks like may shift year to year, the primary desired outcome for the teen retreat is to establish, develop, and/or maintain a growth mindset (https://mindsetonline.com/whatisit/about/) regarding our learning and our relationships heading into a new learning year together at Village Home.

– What can I expect from a typical day? 

A typical day is usually divided into a series of activities, meals, breaks, free time, and lights out. Some activities will be facilitated by our ropes course professionals (Synergo), while others will be facilitated by VH Instructors. While we encourage participation in all of the activities available during the retreat, we believe strongly in challenge by choice and therefore it is up to each participant and the goals they set for themselves to determine the outcome of the experience during the weekend. Starting with Icebreaker games and gradually moving into areas of deeper interpersonal risk taking, many of the activities are aimed at identifying spaces in our lives where perhaps we could shift, challenge, and grow, recognizing that this process looks different for everyone.

  • Why should I attend this retreat? 

This retreat is for TEENS who are up for an adventure inside and out. Perhaps you’re new to Village Home this year. Maybe you’ve been taking classes at Village a long time and are looking to widen your circle of friends. Could be you’ve always wanted to try a ropes challenge course. Whatever the reason or goal, this retreat is for TEENS who are willing to actively engage with their peers in a fun, exciting, and comfort zone stretching environment. 

–     What are the “rules” or guidelines while attending the retreat? 

YMCA Camp Collins has their own set of rules regarding use of the space that they communicate to us directly upon arrival. The VH guidelines are as follows: 

  • Outside of cabins during breaks and free time 
  • Stay within defined areas of camp
  • Stay in pairs and/or small groups 
  • Tell facilitators/chaperones where you’re planning to go if not in eyesight (do not go off by yourself even in a pair)
  • Remember that your choices affect others 
  • Be a decent human being

–     What’s a sample schedule for our time together? 


  • 4:00 – 4:30 = Arrive at camp, grab a bunk, put things away 
  • 4:30 – 5:30 = Icebreakers and Games 
  • 5:30 = Dinner 
  • 6:30 – 7:30 = Free Time (Outdoor Games, socialize, 
  • 7:30 – 10:00 = Evening Activity Session (comfort zone & teamwork challenges) 
  • 10:00 – 11:00 = Cabin Circles, Get ready for bed
  • 11:00 = Lights Out 


  • 8:00 a.m. = Breakfast 
  • 8:30 – 9:00 = Free Time (Get ready to head out for the morning) 
  • 9:00 – 12:00 = Morning Ropes Course w/Synergo 
  • 12:00 = Lunch 
  • 1:00 – 4:00 = Afternoon Ropes Course w/Synergo 
  • 4:00 – 4:30 = Group Debrief of Day 
  • 4:30 – 5:30 = Free Time 
  • 5:30 = Dinner 
  • 6:30 – 7:30 = Evening Activity Session (Personal & Group Goal Setting) 
  • 7:30 – 10:00 = Games & The Cube 
  • 10:00 – 11:00 = Cabin Circles, Get ready for bed 
  • 11:00 = Lights Out 


  • 8:00 a.m. = Breakfast 
  • 8:30 – 9:00 = Free Time 
  • 9:00 – 10:00 = Pack Up, Clean Cabins, Get things ready to go 
  • 10:00 – 11:00 = Final Activity Session w/Group 
  • 11:00 a.m. = Pick Up