What You Need to Know for the Retreat


Retreat ready!

Getting yourself or your son/daughter ready for retreat along with everything else in life can be a crazy ordeal. So, we’ve done our best to put all of the most critical information you will need leading up to the retreat all in one place. If you have more questions please contact our High School Pastor Darrell Chambers at Darrell.Chambers@cc-ea.org.

Retreat Facility


We are going to our favorite winter retreat facility Salvation Army’s Pine Summit Christian Camp in Big Bear, CA. It one of the most beautiful facilities, with a great chapel, cozy cabins, and plenty of things to do.

Contact information: 700 Wren Dr, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 / (909) 878-0140

Important times

1/23: Luggage Drop Off*: Wednesday 9:00am - 9:00pm (No gym accesses is allowed during service because Awana’s will be taking place, however 30 minutes before and after service it is accessible.)

1/24: Luggage Drop Off*: Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm

1/25: Check in: 12:30pm (eat lunch before arrival)

1/27 Estimated return time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm (Students will be asked to contact parents when an hour away from returning)

*Luggage drop off in the church gymnasium (note: luggage will not be accepted on the day of the retreat, because our truck will head up the mountain early to setup)

Required paperwork

Save time and print out your paper work and fill it out before check in. This will save you time on the day of the retreat. Both waivers will be required at check-in. Just in case, we will also have printed copies available at check-in.

Packing suggestions

  • Sleeping bag & pillow

  • Bible, pen & notepad

  • Spending money ($20-$30)

  • Beanie, gloves & snow boots (For snow play)

  • Warm clothes

  • Gym shoes (basketball court available)

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste

  • Towel/soap/shampoo/deodorant

  • Water bottle

  • Lip Balm

  • Toiletries

Getting ready | Seek Week

In the five days prior to the retreat we are taking time to prepare our hearts by seeking the Lord. Our confidence and trust is not in our retreat schedule, the mountains, or anything we can do, but it is fully on the Spirit of God. Therefore, we will put our prayer where our faith is, and seek the Lord in a particular way leading up to the retreat. We are fasting and most of us will do the Daniel fast which consists of fruits, vegetables, dairy, liquids and nuts only, and others will be fasting from social media or phone use. In the end, it’s about removing something significant from our lives, that we may seek God in a significant way.