Winter Camps

Catalyst Winter Camps offers three great weekends for high school and middle school youth groups. Engaging bands, challenging speakers, and caring staff help youth leaders connect with their students as they connect with God.

  • Middle School Winter Camp #1 (6th-8th Grade) | February 2-4, 2018
  • Middle School Winter Camp #2 (6th-8th Grade) | February 9-11, 2018
  • High School Winter Camp (9th-12th Grade) | February 23-25, 2018

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(Opens Oct 1 for Winter Camps.)

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(Come for free. Bring a group!)

Featured Guest Speakers

Middle School Winter Camp #1 (6th-8th Grade) | February 2-4, 2018

Guest Speaker: Oliver Hersey is a husband, father, speaker, and teacher who currently resides in the Chicago area.

He is passionate about communicating biblical truths in a clear, dynamic and captivating way for students of all ages. Oliver teaches Bible to undergraduate students at North Park University in Chicago.

In his spare time, he enjoys traveling to the Middle East and Egypt, walking with his family, and playing all kinds of sports.

Middle School Winter Camp #2 (6th-8th Grade) | February 9-11, 2018

Guest Speaker: Brandon Early is a husband, dad, and youth pastor from West Des Moines, IA.

He is a dynamic communicator, teaching the Bible through story and humor. Brandon and his wife, Keri, have been married 17 years and have three incredible boys.

Four of his favorite things are Jesus, his wife, Chicago Style Pizza, and fighting off his three boys with sweet ninja moves.

High School Winter Camp (9th-12th Grade) | February 23-25, 2018

Guest Speakers: Craig and Molly Sanborn make a rare and dynamic speaking duo from Minnesota.

The Sanborns have a combined 40 years of experience in youth ministry and speaking. They use the Bible, humor and personal stories (sometimes embarrassing) to help students grow in their faith and convictions.

Craig is a high school youth pastor and loves slurpees, disc golf, and super-heroes. His claim to fame is being married to Molly, the Cheese Ball Chick. Molly is finishing up grad school for Marriage and Family Therapy but spends most of her time chasing their two pre-schoolers. Learn more about Craig and Molly and see some fun videos at craigandmolly.com​.

Featured Guest Bands

Both weekends of Middle School Winter Camp will feature student ministry teams from Olivet Nazarene University. Not only are they great musicians, but these students desire to minister to the Lord while ministering to students.

High School Winter Camp will feature a local praise and worship team that will encourage real and active praise and worship.

 

Winter Camp Activities

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    tubing

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    climbing wall

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    football

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    rocket wars

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    laser combat

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    black hole slide

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    broomball

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    dodgeball

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    rec room

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    human curling

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    9-square-in-the-air

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    crafts

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    gorilla ball

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    kandy kabin

Student Rate
$135 per student. Includes all activities and sessions, comfortable lodging, great food, a t-shirt.

Leader Rate
Youth leaders get to come free of charge – only if the group reservation deposit is received by November 17, 2017. One youth leader can come free of charge for every seven students. The first male and first female leaders can come free, regardless of group size. (Additional leaders beyond ratio are charged $135.) Leaders must have either graduated from high school or be over 20-years-old. Groups must have a minimum leader to student ratio of 1 to 10. A ratio of 1 to 7 is recommended. Leader rate includes all activities and sessions, comfortable lodging, great food, a t-shirt.

Group Reservations
To make reservations for your groups, submit the group reservation form and a non-refundable deposit of $35 per attendee required. If you submit your group reservation by November 17, 2017, your group is eligible for the free leader discount.

Catalyst Winter Camps are designed for youth groups who provide adequate chaperones, we are not able to accept individual campers.

Submit Forms and Final Payment
Registration forms and final payments are due three weeks in advance of weekend attending.

  • Middle School Winter Camp #1 – Forms and final payment due on or before January 12, 2018
  • Middle School Winter Camp #2 – Forms and final payment due on or before January 19, 2018
  • High School Winter Camp – Forms and final payment due on or before February 2, 2018

Contact us if you have additional registrations less than three weeks in advance.

It is also our desire that no one misses an opportunity to meet with God at camp due to financial reasons. Full or partial scholarships are available through our scholarship program. Parents or youth leaders can complete a scholarship application on behalf of a student in need.
Friday
7:00-8:00 PM Check-in (Central Time)
8:00 PM Leaders Meeting
9:00 PM Session
10:30 PM Small Groups

Saturday
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM Session
11:00 AM Small Groups
11:30 AM TAG (Time Alone with God)
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00-5:00 PM Free Time Activities
5:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM Session
8:30 PM Small Groups
9:00 PM Snack and Activities

Sunday
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM Session
11:00 AM Small Groups
11:30 AM TAG (Time Alone with God)
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Departure

Catalyst Winter Camps offers three great weekends for high school and middle school youth groups. Engaging bands, challenging speakers, and caring staff help youth leaders connect with their students as they connect with God.
Arrival
Groups should plan to arrive and check-in at the Office between 7-8 p.m. CT on Friday evening.

Departure
The program ends after lunch on Sunday. Groups usually depart between 1-1:30 p.m. CT after eating and packing up.

What to Bring to Winter Camp

  • Bible
  • Modest, season-appropriate clothes (long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, pajamas)
  • Winter gear (gloves/mittens, winter coat, hat, boots)
  • Extra shoes and socks
  • Flashlight
  • Toiletries: toothbrush and paste, deodorant, shampoo and soaps, etc.
  • Money for the camp store*
  • Extra bedding if you have a favorite pillow or blankie (Catalyst Camps is pleased to offer bedding and towels. No need to pack your pillow, sleeping bag, or bath towels.)
  • Regular or emergency use prescription medications (e.g. inhalers, EpiPen®, solid or liquid meds) (All medications, including over-the-counter, should be in possession of a leader throughout the weekend.)

*The camp store is open at designated times for campers to purchase candy, pop or a souvenir. Prices for items range from $0.50 for food items to $35 for merchandise. For winter camp, students keep their money in their possession. We encourage students to bring $10-$50 for the camp store and to leave other valuables at home.

What NOT to bring to Winter Camp
To avoid damage to valuable items and to help limit distractions while focusing on the purpose your retreat, Catalyst Camps asks that campers leave the following items at home:

  • iPods/iPads, laptops, cell phones**, video games, or similar electronics
  • Clothing with questionable slogans or products
  • Non-prescription drugs, tobacco, alcohol, fireworks, weapons (knives, guns, tasers, lighters or any other items that may cause harm)

**Part of what makes camp unique is the ability to limit distractions. Therefore, we ask that campers leave their cell phones, music playing devices and other electronics at home. We understand that many people use their devices as their Bible, but for this event, please encourage your camper to bring his or her paper version of the Bible. This is not a punishment but an opportunity to limit distractions and open up opportunities for quality conversations and time with God. Plus, expensive devices can get broken or lost at camp.

Catalyst Camps is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen items. Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list of what your camper shouldn’t bring to camp but some of the obvious things to avoid bringing to camp. Also, remember that Catalyst Camps reserves the right to confiscate any inappropriate items on this list, to be returned to a responsible adult to distribute to the camper upon arrival home.

Medical Conditions
We are used to working with campers who may have food allergies or other medical conditions (food intolerances, asthma, behavioral issues, diabetes, etc.). To best care for your child, please inform us on the registration form of any allergies or medical conditions so we can effectively prepare to provide great care for your child. If after reviewing your registration form we have further questions, our Program Director, Food Service Director or Camp Nurse may contact you prior to camp to ensure proper care will be provided.

Health Care
Since safety is a priority, 24-hour care by a trained LPN or RN will be available. In case of injury or emergency, the Camp Nurse will be available for basic care and to administer over-the-counter medications. However, the Camp Nurse will not administer prescription medications to campers. Youth leaders and parents should discuss each student’s health needs and plan how to oversee proper administration of prescription medications while at camp. All medications, including over-the-counter, should be kept by a leader.

If cancellation is made eight weeks prior to the event, the deposit is fully refundable.

If cancellation is made between eight weeks and the event date, the result will be forfeiture of deposit. However, the deposit may be transferred to another event or guest.

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Since the beginning of our ministry in 1915, we have recognized the need to provide men, women, couples, single parents, families, youth and other groups with a place away from the world where they can rest, recover and be spiritually renewed