Previously we’ve looked at reasons to run a youth retreat and why it’s a good idea to decide on your youth retreat theme and aim as early as possible. If you’re the person in charge of planning a youth retreat, the next step should be to make a list of everything that you’ll need to organize.
If you’ve run a youth retreat before, you’ll probably have a fairly good idea of what’s involved. If this is your first time being in charge of the organizing though, it can seem a little daunting. Either way, making a list of everything you need to arrange will help focus you on what needs to be done.
So what do you need to take into account? Below is a list of many common areas that’ll need arranging. Not all of these will necessarily apply to your youth retreat, plus you may have some extra things of your own, but it’s a good starting point.
- Decide why you’re running a youth retreat
- Choose a theme, an aim or both
- Calculate a youth retreat budget
- Research retreat centers
- Book a retreat center
- Organize the retreat schedule
- Recruit volunteers
- Arrange guest speakers
- Book off-site activities
- Promote the youth retreat amongst youth, parents, the community, etc
- Register young people for the retreat
- Collect money for the retreat
- Pay for retreat center, resources, transportation, activities, etc
- Do a risk assessment
- Obtain permission slips
- Produce feedback forms for after the youth retreat
**We’ve now published a book to help anyone planning a youth retreat. Find out more about How To Plan A Youth Retreat here**
Question: Are there any other areas you can think of that should be included in the above list for planning a youth retreat? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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