I have been a youth leader for over 5 years now, and have enjoyed going on a few retreats. Our church has a lot of new youth leaders and Rob & I are the old farts of the group (literally, Rob’s the oldest). We wanted to be able to allow the kids to get to know us and have some time to get to know them. A weekend retreat was a great way to do it. We have about 35-40 kids (they did not all come to the retreat), but it was a great blessing to spend time with the 16 that did come!
The food was so delicious, each leader gave their testimony on different days, we had morning devotions, we had a nerf gun war (so fun), went on a hike, played games, worshiped God, and lacked sleep. It was honestly the best youth retreat I’ve been on (including the ones I went to as a kid too. . .so I’ve been to a lot of them as student and leader). People cried and prayed for one another, we were able to unite a lot, and it was a beautiful experience. The leaders were able to grow more as a group too.