Typical Daily Schedule:
8:30–9:15 a.m. – Breakfast
9:15–9:30 a.m. – Fellowship time for all guests
9:45 p.m.–12:00 p.m. – Common ground
12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m. – Lunch
1:15 p.m.–5:00p.m. – Family free time—a little R&R for everyone
5:30 p.m. – Dinner and planned nightly activities
11:00 p.m. – Lights out and quiet time
There are four morning sessions scheduled during the week that the parents who have children living with cancer get together with a facilitator to discuss the issues they face in dealing with their child with cancer. There will be a camp theme for each day which will assist the families in their journey with cancer. During this meeting time for parents all the children will be involved in age appropriate groups and/or small groups with volunteers.
Flip Flop Groups:
Gull Lake Ministries has many options that SSFC is able to provide during this structured time. All of the children are placed into age appropriate groups with volunteer leaders that meet all together for singing and then divide into their respective groups. The kids discuss the same theme that the parents are discussing in their group time (Common Ground). Kids meet in their groups, participate in various activities, play games and make crafts.
As part of making this a special week each night will have a different theme. There will be a sports theme night, a special Italian dinner, a carnival night for the kids and some other special surprises that are sure to be the highlights of the week.
The volunteer moms will assist in pampering the retreat mothers one afternoon with hand and neck massages in a calm relaxing environment. We will have licensed beauticians to help make this a very special time for the retreat moms.
Dad’s Day Out:
This time could include golf or skeet shooting and is for retreat dads and volunteer dads/men 18 and older. The activity for the week depends on the availability of the golf course or shooting range. It’s a great opportunity to connect with other dads who understand the cancer journey.
This is a time each night after the days activities have concluded when all the volunteers for the week meet to review the day and the go over the schedule for the following day. It is a time of worship and fellowship with those you are serving with and a time to focus on the memories that are being made at camp.