Avalanche Middle School Youth Retreat

Avalanche: January  2025

Avalanche is designed for youth groups with  an opportunity for youth leaders to connect with their students without having to worry about all the details of programming a retreat. Each day, students and leaders have opportunities to worship and play together, go sledding, play games, hang out in the Seagull Cafe, and rock climb. Over the course of the weekend, we will have three sessions with worship and a message. For those arriving Friday, there will be an additional worship time on Friday evening. We offer Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday only so you can choose which works best for your group.

Check in for Friday arrivals begins at 7:30pm. Check in for Saturday morning arrivals begins at 9am. Retreat ends Sunday morning at 11:30am.



  • Register by sending in your pre-registration form and deposit for each student.
  • Designed for students in 5th-8th grade church youth groups.
  • Early check in on Friday night begins at 7:30pm at the GENEVA Center dining room.
  • Check in Saturday morning is 9-10am in the GENEVA Center dining room.
  • Retreat ends at 11:30am on Sunday morning.
  • Shores and Pines side available for lodging. The completed bridge over Lakeshore Drive makes it super easy to get kids back and forth from one side of camp to the other!


  • Saturday night only:$TBD/student, $TBD/leader
  • Friday night option for an additional $TBD student ($TBD total), no additional cost for leaders

Note to Leaders:

  • Please send a $30 non-refundable deposit for each student you wish to hold a spot for, along with the pre-registration form. A link to the form is below.
  • GENEVA requires a ratio of 1 leader for every 10 students of the same gender and you must have a leader for both male and female students.
  • The only additional cost for the retreat is if students wish to bring spending money for snacks and beverages at the store, most of which cost a  couple of dollars.

Cancellation Policy:

  • All refunds are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations must be received at least 14 days before camp begins in order to receive a refund.
  • If cancellations are received less than 14 days before camp begins, refunds will only be given for medical reasons or a family emergency.




Questions: Call 616.399.3150 or email us.

Typical schedule (weather dependent)


7:30pm Check in time

8:30pm Leaders meeting

9pm Large group gathering

9:45pm Free time

11:59pm Lights out


8:30am Breakfast

9am Check in for Saturday groups

10:15am Session 1

12pm Lunch

1:15pm Free time

5:30pm Dinner

7pm Session 2

9pm Free time

11pm Lights out


8:30am Breakfast

10:30 Session 3

11:30 Head for home