Fireplaces, snacks, walks on the beach, shooting hoops, Saturday snoozes, worship singing, goofy group games, Karaoke, conversation, puzzles, and intergenerational UNO
These are just some of the elements that get us excited about our fall retreat each November.
Check the Events page for the exact date, but it's nearly always the weekend just before Thanksgiving.
Arrive anytime on Friday afternoon, but you will not be able to check into your cabin until 3 to 4 pm. Most arrive in the early evening. Don't be too late for the buffet dinner, which ends around 6:30.
Our retreat is held at Twin Rocks Friends Camp: 120 acres of beach, woods, meadows, a mountain, and a lake on Highway 101 about 30 minutes north of Tillamook.
As an owner church of Twin Rocks, this camp has a special place in our hearts.
Check out their page for driving directions and other details.
Immediately after pulling in, you will see a small kiosk at the side of the road. Usually there will be a staff member there to greet and direct you.
Once you've talked to them, follow the road to the right, pass the Welcome Center on your left, and park in the large lot just to the south.
Leave your stuff in the car and take a short walk north to the Dining Hall. (That was the first large building you saw when you pulled in, off to your left.)
Assuming it's not yet dinner time, you'll find City's Edge in the attached Friendship Center, upstairs on the west end of the dining hall. Beth or a delegate will get you the weekend's schedule with your housing assignment.
Bring lots of layers, good outdoor shoes, bedding (sleeping bag or blankets plus a pillow), and towels. The cabins at Twin Rocks are comfortable - real mattresses! - and private per family. You will have your own bathroom. (This really matters to some of us!) But you will have to walk between buildings, probably in the rain!
Friday dinner, all meals Saturday, and Sunday Breakfast, are provided. If you have special dietary needs, let Beth know when you sign up so she can communicate them to the camp. They're pretty good about vegetarian, gluten, and dairy free accomodations. Also feel free to bring snacks to share.
Definitely bring a favorite game or puzzle to share. Many of us bring crafts to work on, or even a musical instrument.
Expect several short teaching and discussion sessions, plenty of music, and some goofy get-to-know you activities. Usually we have a loud "80's" dance and/or karaoke party on Saturday evening. But there will also be plenty of unprogrammed time for playing games, exploring the camp and beach (assuming you don't mind the weather!), antiquing in town, grabbing coffee, shooting some hoops, or just hanging out and getting to know each-other.
Kids will have their own activities during all of the programmed adult stuff. If you are a parent or teen you may be asked to help out with at least one 30 minute shift.
2019 costs are $120 for adults, and $60 for children age 8 and under.
We understand that's a lot, and don't want finances to stand in the way of anyone coming to retreat. If money is your primary obstacle, please chat with Beth as soon as possible. There's every chance she can find you some help.