HELLOOOOOO DEAR READERS! Kelsey here (Obviously)!!
And it is just 3 DAYS until many of us depart for the mountains for our parish’s annual fall retreat!!!! WOOT WOOT! Enclosed is the PACKING LIST and a few things to know before we are reunited on Friday!
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1. Bring Snacks! Lots of snacks!
Anyone who has ever attended a youth retreat knows one of the highlights is the endless supply of SNACKS. What many may not be aware of, is these snacks are provided by YOU!
There will be roughly 45 youth/leaders in the Lodge chowing down on all the goodies you bring, and it would be a REAL SHAME if we ran out Friday evening and were left SNACK-LESS all day Saturday!!! *Cue dramatic sobs*
So this week as you run to the store for that extra stick of deodorant, hows about you throw in an extra bag of candy, chips, fruit, and/or cookies in the cart?? It is literally impossible to bring too much. We never have leftovers. Send chocolate.
*If you have a FOOD ALLERGY, reply by tonight so I know to pick up some allergen friendly snacks when I run the final errands tomorrow.
2. DUCKY DERBY: Senior High in the water, Middle School on the rocks!
Another highlight of the weekend is the annual Ducky Derby! For those who have not seen this production, we dump several hundred plastic ducks in the creek, and the first ones over the waterfall wins. And CAYG has been the proud and long-time DUCKY DIVERS! (Aka we jump off the waterfall into the pool and collect the duckies.)
Only High Schoolers may be in the water (bring a swimsuit and water shoes!)
But we also need Middle Schoolers to stand on the rocks and catch the ducks we throw at them!!
And before any of you cruelly and gleefully ask: Yes, I AM planning on being in the water again. To be honest I’m not sure how many more I have left in me as I’m getting on in years. But I have at least one more.
3. Arrive anytime after 4pm!
Drop your stuff off in your room at the Lodge. After that you can help us set up, hang out, or have dinner!
Dinner is 5:30-6:45 in the Dining Hall
Program begins down at Shenandoah at 7pm.
4. No CAYG this weekend.
BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE MOUNTAINS, THERE IS NO CAYG THIS WEEKEND, SO DON’T SHOW UP AT ASCENSION.
5. Here is the packing list!!!
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Note: Because we’ll be in the mountains, weather may be finicky! Be sure to check Thursday evening/Friday morning the forecast before packing. When in doubt, LAYERS!
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With that dear reader, I look forward to seeing you this Friday!
Bring many snacks!
Like chocolate chip cookies. Asking for a friend.
Kelsey Nienna ❤