10 Questions To Ask A Youth Retreat Center

Youth Retreat Center

Q: I'm planning a youth retreat for the first time and am looking at a few different retreat centers. There doesn't seem to be much difference between them, so do you have any ideas for how to narrow them down? A: I'm assuming you've already taken into account the overall cost, on-site activities and the location of the center, as those will tend to be three of the main … [Read more...]

Should We Use The Same Youth Retreat Center Again?

Youth retreat center

Q: I was unhappy about something the last time we used a youth retreat center. I'm not sure if we should go back to the same place or find somewhere new - what do you suggest? A: Depending on the situation, I certainly can't suggest you return to a retreat center you felt uncomfortable with, but with good communication you may not need to end the professional relationship … [Read more...]

How Much Should I Charge For A Youth Retreat?

Youth retreat cost

Q: How much should I charge for a youth retreat? Quite a lot of the young people I work with are from low-income families, so I don't want to set the price too high. I want to be sensitive to how much their parents can afford, but don't know the best way to address the issue with them. Can you help? A: Money is always a tricky subject, especially for activities that cost … [Read more...]

How To Calculate A Youth Retreat Budget

Youth retreat budget

Q. I don't know how to calculate a youth retreat budget - can you help? A. Sure! There are a number of different expenses you'll need to take into account when planning a youth retreat. Below is a list of some areas you'll need to price out - they may not all apply to your retreat, so leave off any of these factors where you won't incur any expense. Youth Retreat … [Read more...]

Youth Retreat Themes – Hunger

How To Plan A Youth Retreat

Coming up with youth retreat themes can be one of the hardest parts of planning a youth retreat. Over the coming months, we'll be giving some youth retreat theme ideas for you to use. On Thursdays, we give free youth work session plan ideas. As the name suggests though, these ideas are based on shorter youth work sessions, so aren't always suitable as themes for youth … [Read more...]

Youth Group Retreats – When To Hold Them

How To Plan A Youth Retreat

OK, so you've decided that you want to plan a youth group retreat - the next question is when to plan it for. Where possible, we think you should start planning 9-12 months before youth group retreats. You can find out the reasons why in our book - How To Plan A Youth Retreat. However, we know this isn't always realistic. Here are five factors that will influence what … [Read more...]

Get How To Plan A Youth Retreat for half price!

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EDIT - OFFER HAS NOW ENDED   That's right - for one week only, you can get the PDF ebook version of How To Plan A Youth Retreat for just $4.99. That's an absolute bargain, as the paperback version retails for $17.99 and the Kindle and Nook versions are $9.99. Why would I want to get How To Plan A Youth Retreat? It has everything you need to know in order to plan a … [Read more...]

How To Have An Efficient Youth Retreat Check-In

You might struggle to turn this into a Trifecta Table

In an ideal world, the registration process for youth retreats goes really smoothly. Young people are signed up for the retreat months before the event. Parents return registration forms and deposits in a timely manner. And the check-in process on the day of the youth retreat goes without a hitch. Like I said, that's an ideal world and as I'm sure you've experienced, it's … [Read more...]

Are You Planning A Youth Retreat?

Are You Planning A Youth Retreat?

Are you planning a youth retreat? Do you need youth retreat ideas? Or maybe you're short on youth retreat theme ideas? We're pleased to announce that we've published a resource to help anyone who's planning a youth retreat. The book is called How To Plan A Youth Retreat and covers everything you need to know when planning a youth retreat: Why run a youth … [Read more...]

5 Things To Consider When Planning A Youth Retreat Schedule

How should you weigh up how much time should be free in your youth retreat schedule?

The Youth Ministry Garage blog recently asked "How much free time should be given on a youth retreat?", so I thought I'd give my take on it here. And my answer is.......it depends. I know, super helpful. It really does depend though on different variables, so below is a list of some things to consider when planning the free time in your youth retreat schedule. (n.b. By … [Read more...]