Men's Retreat FAQ
For more information contact Gary Plooster. If you’re on Facebook, like the Men’s Retreat 2013 page to stay up-to-date on all camp happenings.
Q: What is Men’s Retreat 2013?
A: A weekend away from your everyday routine, filled with fun, friendship and spiritual growth. There’s outdoor recreational activities (hiking, biking, swimming), opportunities to spend time with friends, meet new friends, share stories and experience what God has in store for you.
Q. Where is Men’s Retreat exactly?
A: We travel to Payson, Arizona (about 2 hours from Foothills), staying at the Ponderosa Campground, located in the Tonto National Forest, just below the Mogollon Rim. A limited number of accommodations (first come, first served) are available at Camp Tontozona.
Q: How much does it cost to attend Men’s Retreat?
A: The cost is $25.00 for Ponderosa and $35.00 for Camp Tontozona, and includes the cost for camping or a bed at Tontozona, 5 meals (Friday supper through Sunday breakfast), our Stepping Up materials and a t-shirt.
Special Early Registration is March 24-April 7 and costs are:
$15.00 for Ponderosa and $25.00 for Tontozona, and includes all of the above.
Remember, space is limited at Camp Tontozona, so sign up early.
Register online by clicking the registration button above or register at the kiosk in the foyer or fellowship hall following worship on March 24-April 21. Cash, Check, or Credit Card accepted.
Q: Who is the speaker and worship leader for Men’s Retreat?
A: This year we are doing Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood – a DVD-driven Men’s Retreat produced by Family Life. There will be four sessions over the weekend with several different speakers, as well as time for individual reflection, and small group connections. Our own Brian Millhollon will lead worship for us again this year!
Q: When does Men’s Retreat start? How do I get there?
A: Men’s Retreat starts Friday evening with dinner at the Ponderosa Campground at 6:00 p.m. and will be served until 7:30. You are responsible for getting yourself to the retreat. Most guys will carpool with friends. If you’re a first timer, let us know and we’ll help connect you with someone. Exact driving directions to Ponderosa Campground are available here. Exact driving directions to Camp Tontozona are available here. You can also find both via the Men’s Retreat Facebook Event page. No one will be left behind. You can arrive at camp as early as 3:00 p.m. to set up. Please try to arrive by 7 p.m.
Q: What do I need to bring to Men’s Retreat 2013?
· A Great Attitude
· Air mattress
· Sleeping bag/pillow
· Toiletries – sunscreen/chapstick are good ideas
· Layers of clothing (include a warm jacket, hat and gloves. Consult weather.com for your own comfort’s sake.)
· A Camp chair
· Towel if you are staying at Camp Tontazona, and plan to shower
· You might bring different shoes for camp and hiking or biking
· A camelback or other water-carrying device if you plan to hike
· Bible, pencil/pens, journal
· Swimsuit – a group of guys might go swimming
· Reading material
· Rec Equipment: Bike; fishing gear/license; skate board; Disc Golf Discs; football, Frisbee; cards; board games; etc.
Q: Do I need to bring my own food or water? Can I get stuff there?
A: The meals will have generous portions, but you might want to bring snack food for in-between meals.
There are grocery stores in Payson where you can grab some snacks or your own bottled water on your way to Men’s Retreat (you will not have time to go during the retreat). Drinking water is provided, but feel free to bring your own bottled water or Gatorade if you like. Coffee is on early each morning.
Q: What happens during Saturday’s free time?
A: It’s your time; so, based on your interest, consider some of these choices…
· Join a group of guys for a hike (2 different levels of hike will be available)
· Play Disc golf in Payson
· Hit a trail on your mountain bike with others
· Get in a strong spin on your road bike with others
· Or just hang out at camp enjoying the conversation and coffee. Watch the Men’s Retreat Facebook page for free-time events.
Q: I have paid for Men’s Retreat but can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?
A: Yes. Please e-mail Shanna Gallo or call her at 480-759-2118, extension 206.