Fall Retreat FAQ
When and where is the retreat?
The retreat is the first weekend after classes start, and lasts from about 3:15 on Friday when we leave campus until about 1 pm on Saturday when we return. The CM retreat takes place at Camp Paron, about an hour from campus. Here is their website. We'll distribute maps and get directions to those who register.
How can I get from OBU to Camp Paron?
We will meet at the Lower SPEC parking lot (on the way down to the football stadium, just before the Ouachita main entrance) at 3:15 on Friday to carpool. If you have a car and are willing to drive a few folks, bring it! If you need a ride, we will be able to find one for you at this time.
Is there a deadline to register?
Please register by August 17th. Spots may be available after that date, but are not guaranteed.
What happens at the retreat?
We will have timers of large group worship and three breakout sessions- you’ll get to choose which sessions you attend! There is also time set aside for personal devotions and a game time for everyone to hang out on Friday night. The retreat is the best way to learn about different ways to connect with CM and to meet our ministry leaders.
What is housing like? Can I choose my roommate?
The normal registration fee covers a bunk bed in a cabin with air conditioning and bathrooms! You’ll need to bring your own linens. For an additional $15 per person, we have a limited number of spots in the camp Paron hotel. These will be 2 people to a room with their own bathroom and towels/bedding provided. If available, you can select this housing option when you register online. On the registration form you may request a friend to be in the same cabin as you. We will do our best to honor requests!
What if I need to come late?
If for some reason you need to arrive late on Friday, please communicate that to us so we know when to expect you! Dinner on Friday night will be at 5:45 so if you are planning to eat with us, please arrive by then.
Which brings us to...
What is the food going to be like?
We will be eating dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday provided by Camp Paron. It will be tasty. If you have a food allergy or dietary restriction, please make sure to let us know- we will be providing alternative meals to those who need them!
What should I bring and wear?
Dress casually and comfortably- August in Arkansas usually means shorts and a T-shirt! A non-exhaustive packing list is…
Bedding (twin size sheets and blanket or a sleeping bag), pillow
Bible, pen, journal
Your favorite board or card games for Friday evening game night!
How are you handling COVID at this event?
We will follow the guidelines put forth by Camp Paron and the OBU HMAT (Health Monitoring and Action Team). Masks will be optional. The best way to prevent the spread of COVID is to get vaccinated. You can get more information about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines online from reputable sources such as the CDC.
Can I still get a T-shirt?
Yes! T-shirts are available for $5. The first 50 to sign up will get one for free!
Still have questions?
Contact us here!