Energizers Fall Retreat



Energizers Middle School Youth Ministry Fall Retreat




Retreat Overview:

Youth from Energizers Middle School Youth Ministry at Holy Apostles Catholic Church gather together for the weekend in the mountains of Idaho to encounter their faith in an authentic way! Through prayer, games, community-building, sacraments, worship, discussion and more, youth receive the chance to grow in both friendship with each other, and relationship with Christ.


Date and Schedule:

October 11th - 13th, 2019.

Retreat Departure and Arrival Schedule:

  • October 11th:
    • Meet at Holy Apostles Catholic Church at 5:30PM on Friday, October 11th. (Please eat dinner before arriving for the retreat)
    • Depart Holy Apostles at 6:00PM
    • Arrive at Camp Cascade in Donnelly at 8:00PM
  • October 12th:
    • Fall Retreat Continues
    • Mass at 5:00PM at Camp Cascade with Fr. John
  • October 13th:
    •  Depart Camp Cascade at 10:30AM
    • Arrive back at Holy Apostles Catholic Church at 12:30PM. Parents pick up youth.



 Camp Cascade in Donnelly, ID. Address: 1719 W. Roseberry Rd. Donnelly, ID, 83615.

Visit the Camp Cascade website by clicking here




Retreat participants will be staying in cabins at the camp. Each cabin has 13 bunk beds with mattresses, but bedding is not provided; please bring your own! Youth will be separated by gender and will sleep on opposite sides of the camp. The shower house at Camp Cascade has numerous private shower stalls. Showers will be available in the morning and at night. Remember, it's going to be cold at night, and possibly during the day so make sure to bring warm clothes, a jacket, and close-toed shoes (see packing list below). 



Retreat participants will be transported in vehicles of adult chaperones. Parents can drive up their own youth if they would like, or arrange carpools with other families. If a participant needs to arrive late or depart early from the retreat, it will be up to the parent to make transportation arrangements. Transportation arrangements are subject to change based on availability, so if you are willing to assist with carpooling please contact Alex Street at [email protected] (Carpool Drivers must be at least 21 years old).



 $120 per registrant. Registration fee includes all meals, snacks, lodging, supplies for activities, tee shirt, and more. Financial aid and scholarships are available upon request. Payment plans are also available. Please contact Alex Street at [email protected]


Packing List:

It's going to be cold at night, and possibly during the day, so warm clothes are a must! It's also possible that it may rain (or even snow) while we are at the retreat, so please pack a warm, waterproof jacket in case of wet weather. Here's a packing list that should help you out:

  •  What to bring with you on the retreat:
    • Pillow
    • Sleeping Bag and/or blankets
    • Flashlight or headlamp
    • Towel
    • Toiletries
    • Enough clothing for two full days
    • Sweatpants and sweatshirt and/or warm pajamas
    • A warm jacket (it will be cold in the evening and at night)
    • Rain jacket (in case of rain/snow)
    • Close-Toed, comfortable walking/athletic shoes
    • Bible
    • Water Bottle
    • A positive attitude!
  • What NOT to bring to the retreat:
    • A bad attitude
    • Video game devices
    • Weapons of any kind (including swiss army knives/multi-tools)
    • Valuable items that could get lost or damaged (tablets, smart phones, smart watches, ipods, etc.)

A note about phones: Phones are permitted on the retreat, but we ask that they don't leave the cabin and are not used during the retreat. It is recommended that youth just leave their phone at home, but if they do decide to bring their phone it must stay in the cabin and not cause distractions during the retreat. 


How can parents get involved?

First, pray for the youth attending and participating in this retreat! Second, parents are invited to come attend the retreat as chaperones if they are willing. Parents can also assist with driving to and from the Camp. Contact Alex Street if you are willing to drive youth one way or the other to/from Donnelly.


Registration Deadline:

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at 11:59PM. Any registrations received after that deadline will not be guaranteed a spot at the retreat.





 Questions? Contact Alex Street, Director of Middle School Ministry, at [email protected] or Grace Swanke, Middle School Youth Ministry Assistant, at [email protected]