Ground Zero Retreat

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Get ready for the best weekend of the year—the Ground Zero Retreat!

As Christians, we’re in an EPIC battle! Did you know that?! Every day we face a spiritual enemy who is trying to steal, kill, and destroy our joy and purpose in life. And as middle school students we’re not going to lay down and take it! It’s GAME ON!

This year at our Middle School Retreat (grades 6-8), we’ll learn about the battles we face, talk about how to train for it, where we get our power and victory, and how we can find protection for everyday when we go back to school and home. Plus, we’ll have a ton of fun all weekend long!

There will be high-energy chapel sessions, hilarious games, excellent food, and tons of free time to try a high ropes course, play some ping pong, do some rock climbing, or just hang with your friends. Don’t miss GZ Retreat 2019!



Retreat Dates

The retreat dates span two weekends this year and will be hosted at two different camps because of the large number of students attending. The same content and events will take place each weekend and at each camp. If you can't make the weekend your campus is scheduled to go, you are welcome to join the other weekend.

 

March 29-31

Weekend #1

Anoka / Blaine / Wayzata
Trout Lake Camp

REGISTER

White Bear Lake / Woodbury
Camp Shamineau

REGISTER

April 5-7

Weekend #2

Lino Lakes / Spring Lake Park
Trout Lake Camp

REGISTER

Registration Deadlines

Registration closes at 11:59 pm on Monday, March 25 for Weekend #1, and 11:59 pm on Monday, April 1 for Weekend #2. 

Trip Cost

Each trip costs $150 per student, which covers transportation and retreat expenses, including meals and GZ T-shirt. Refunds are only available until registration closes.


Transportation

Select Your Campus:
+ Anoka

Drop-Off: 4:30 pm on Friday, March 29
Students will be bused from the Anoka campus to Trout Lake Camp in Pine River, Minn. Pizza and water will be provided when students arrive. 

Pick-Up: 3:45 pm on Sunday, March 31
Students will arrive back at the Anoka campus around 3:45 pm. Be sure to check the Facebook page on Sunday afternoon for a more exact arrival time.

+ Blaine

Drop-Off: 4:15 pm on Friday, March 29
Students will be bused from the Blaine campus to Trout Lake Camp in Pine River, Minn. Pizza and water will be provided when students arrive at the campus. 

Pick-Up: 4 pm on Sunday, March 31
Students will arrive back at the Blaine campus around 4 pm. Be sure to check the Facebook page on Sunday afternoon for a more exact arrival time.

+ Lino Lakes

Drop-Off: 3:45 pm on Friday, April 5
Students will be bused from the Lino Lakes campus to Trout Lake Camp in Pine River, Minn. Pizza and water will be provided when students arrive at the campus.

Pick-Up: 4:30 pm on Sunday, April 7
Students will arrive back at the Lino Lakes campus around 4:30 pm. Be sure to check the Facebook page on Sunday afternoon for a more exact arrival time.

+ Spring Lake Park

Drop-Off: 4:15 pm on Friday, April 5
Students will be bused from the Spring Lake Park campus to Trout Lake Camp in Pine River, Minn. Pizza and water will be provided when students arrive.

Pick-Up: 4 pm on Sunday, April 7
Students will arrive back at the Spring Lake Park campus around 4 pm. Be sure to check the Facebook page on Sunday afternoon for a more exact arrival time.

+ Wayzata

*Wayzata students and volunteers will attend with the Anoka campus. Pick-up and drop-off will be at the Eagle Brook Church - Anoka campus.

Drop-Off: 4:30 pm on Friday, March 29
Students will be bused from the Anoka campus to Trout Lake Camp in Pine River, Minn. Pizza and water will be provided when students arrive.

Pick-Up: 3:45 pm on Sunday, March 31
Students will arrive back at the Anoka campus around 3:45 pm. Be sure to check the Facebook page on Sunday afternoon for a more exact arrival time.

+ White Bear Lake

Drop-Off: 4:15 pm on Friday, March 29
Students will be bused from the White Bear Lake campus to Camp Shamineau in Motley, Minn. Pizza and water will be provided when students arrive. 

Pick-Up: 4 pm on Sunday, March 31
Students will arrive back at the White Bear Lake campus around 4 pm. Be sure to check the Facebook page on Sunday afternoon for a more exact arrival time.

+ Woodbury

Drop-Off: 4 pm on Friday, March 29
Students will be bused from the Woodbury campus to Camp Shamineau in Motley, Minn. Pizza and water will be provided when students arrive. 

Pick-Up: 4:15 pm on Sunday, March 31
Students will arrive back at the Woodbury campus around 4:15 pm. Be sure to check the Facebook page on Sunday afternoon for a more exact arrival time.

What to Bring

What to Bring:
  • Your Bible & pens
  • A flashlight
  • Layers of indoor clothes
  • Warm outdoor clothes
  • Tennis shoes
  • A sleeping bag and pillow
  • A towel and toiletries
  • Flip flops or shower shoes
  • Extra cash for snacks
  • A reusable water bottle
What NOT to Bring:
  • Personal electronics (computers, iPads, gaming devices, etc.)
  • iPods are allowed but may only be used on the bus and in cabins at night.
  • Cell phones are allowed, but not recommended and should only be used for emergencies. We will be asking students to leave their phones in their cabins during the day. Eagle Brook is not responsible for lost cell phones.
  • Drugs and weapons
  • IMPORTANT: Any items being used inappropriately will be collected and returned to you at the end of the retreat.

 

Volunteer Registration

It takes an army of volunteers to pull off a middle school retreat. If you're currently a Ground Zero Small Group Leader or Guest Services team member, we need your help! Please fill out the appropriate registration for your campus.

Anoka / Blaine / Wayzata Retreat
White Bear Lake / Woodbury Retreat
Lino Lakes / Spring Lake Park

Additional Retreat FAQs

As a parent, you might be asking, "What will my child be doing at the GZ Retreat?!" Whatever your question might be, we hope the tools and links below will help you out.


At both Trout Lake Camp and at Camp Shamineau, the cabins are rustic, warm, and cozy. They consist of a large open room with sets of bunk beds. A few cabins have adjoining bathrooms, but most of them just have bathrooms nearby. Feel free to bring your favorite pillow, a stuffed animal, and some snacks to make your cabin extra comfortable!

 

On your registration form, you have the opportunity to list a friend or two that you would like to have in your cabin. You can also request a specific adult leader. We do our absolute best to make sure those requests are met. Otherwise, your cabin will have other same-sex students, most likely in your grade. Most cabins have 10-12 students and leaders, but a few have up to 20. These cabin groups are great opportunities to create strong friendships!


Most bathrooms are in separate buildings nearby the cabins. There are individual showers with curtains, bathroom stalls, urinals for the boys, and sinks for everyone to share. We suggest bringing a towel, shower shoes, and maybe even a smaller bag to carry your clothes into the shower room.


We always have a nurse along with us at camp. When you arrive for drop-off on Friday, simply check in with the nurse if you have any medications. She can keep them for you and remind you when to take them throughout the weekend. If you are injured or need medical attention at any point throughout the weekend, our nurse will take care of you!


Our chaperones are our regular Ground Zero volunteers. 95% of them are small group leaders, and a few are Team Leads or Directors (those who oversee the small group leaders). All the volunteers are background checked and go through weekly training throughout the school year, with one special training specifically for the retreat.


At both Trout Lake Camp and Camp Shamineau the food is excellent and middle-school friendly. You’ll see meals like pancakes, French toast and bacon, macaroni and cheese, sandwiches, chicken fingers and fries, or a pasta bar. If you have dietary restrictions, both camps are great at accommodating for those. Just let us know on your registration form what your dietary needs are and we’ll communicate that to the camp staff. There will be a separate station for you to pick up your food.


If you feel homesick at some point during the weekend, we will encourage you to share how you are feeling with your cabin leader. Together, you can make a plan to stay busy, talk it through, or even call home just to touch base. We encourage students to stick it out all weekend, though. It always gets easier as the weekend goes on!


If we have an emergency up at camp (which is extremely rare), we will contact the parent or guardian listed on the registration form. If there is an emergency at home, please call the church office and follow the prompts to get to our on-call staff person at camp. The phone number is 651.429.9227.