Retreat Nuts and Bolts: What you really need to know


What to Expect:

Retreats begin PROMPTLY at 6:45 pm on Friday and conclude at 4:30 pm on Saturday. The cost is $140.00 per person which includes program expenses, lodging, breakfast, lunch and snacks. Leaders should be sure their groups arrive on time and are ready to go!!!  Please note that the Conference tries not to raise fees while our facilities have imposed lodging and meal increases.

Dinner is NOT included on Friday evening.

Sample Confirmation Retreat Agenda (Subject to change w/o notice.)

Adult Leaders and CORI Policies:

All groups must have at least two adult leaders (1 for every five youth of the same gender) who will provide supervision and participate along with the confirmands throughout the event. Adult leaders will be expected to help facilitate some of the activities as instructed by the Confirmation Leadership Team. Leaders must reflect the gender balance of the group, i.e. an all male group should have two male leaders and groups with both male and female youth should have one male and one female leader. Groups with 11-15 young people need a third leader. Groups of one gender with less than 5 participants still need two adult leaders.

To insure safety and a quality program, groups of young people without two leaders will not be able to participate in the event. Please do not ask to amend this rule, this is for your protection as well as the safety of the youth!

Conference guidelines and Massachusetts law stipulate that we are required to obtain a Criminal Offense Record Investigation (CORI) report for all adult volunteers who will be supervising and/or driving youth. to MACUCC sponsored programs and events.  ALL adults will be CORI'd by the MACUCC which is a certified agency of the Department of Criminal Justice Information Systems.  This is just one of the ways that we are working to ensure that both adults and youth will be safe at Mass. Conference events.  Adults who reside in another state MUST provide a background check from their home state as well as a CORI which only provides criminal information for Massachusetts. 

What to bring on retreats:

Sleeping bag or linens
Pillow 
Casual clothes and proper footwear
Sleepwear
Toiletries
Towels
Flashlight
Snacks (some are provided-NO NUTS PLEASE)


Directions to Retreat Centers:

Directions to Craigville Retreat Center

Craigville Village Map

Directions to Prindle Pond Conference Center, Charlton  (PONDSIDE)

Prindle Pond Conference Center Map

  

 

Required Forms 

1.  Required Forms and Instructions for Retreat Leaders:

 

 

2. Medical/Consent Forms-MACUCC for youth.

Everyone under the age of 18 must complete the medical-photo consent-release forms. Click your retreat date for the correct form; complete, sign and bring with you to the retreat. (Forms are shredded after the conclusion of the retreat.)

Confirmation Retreat Dates:

Nov. 8-9, 2019
Jan. 24-25, 2020
Feb. 28-29, 2020
Mar. 6-7, 2020
Mar. 20-21, 2020


Youth Retreat Medical Form:

 

3. Vehicle Information (Craigville only)

Please click here, complete and bring to retreat office after checking in.