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FAQs

What is the best way to register - online or mail-in?
We recommend church groups register online for the fastest, most reliable results.  Church leaders have an easier time keeping up with everyone registered if done all at once. Additions can be made at any time provided there is still space available. Changes must be done by our office, so please contact Suzanne Akins, Event Coordinator, for any changes to your group at suzanne@sgaumc.com.  Mail-in registrations are also acceptable and must be received in office prior to the deadline. 
 
When will I know if my group has been successfully enrolled in a youth/children's retreat? 
Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis. You will receive a confirmation email when the application(s) has been processed. In the event that the requested retreat is full, you will be notified immediately.
 
What will check-in be like on Friday afternoon? 
All church groups must go through check-in to be properly enrolled in the weekend retreat. Check-in begins at 5 PM on Friday. Conference Staff is not responsible for any youth/children dropped off without a chaperone. We suggest that you leave all luggage and sleeping bags in vehicles or outside the Brown Center during check-in. Each church group leader should bring a copy of the Safe Sanctuaries form if it was not mailed. Church groups will also receive their cabin assignments at this time, as well as cabin keys, nametags, a map, tshirts and other necessary information for the weekend. After completion of check-in, chaperones can assist their group to their assigned cabin to unpack and settle in for the weekend. The first scheduled activity for all campers is supper which begins at 5:30 PM and lasts until 7:00 PM.
 
What time is the retreat over on Sunday?
After the closing session, lunch will begin in the cafeteria at 11:00 AM. Churches are free to leave after turning in cabin keys. 
 
What is expected of participants during "Church Time" and "Quiet Time" as noted on the schedule?
Church Time is a block of time set aside to spend with just your church group. Many of the activities in the weekend retreats are for the entire group of attendees. Church Time allows individual groups to have multiple opportunities to reflect, share, pray and play together with the hopes of strengthening bonds among respective groups. Quiet Time is a block of time first thing Saturday and Sunday mornings for individuals to read through Scripture, pray, journal and reflect on how God may be speaking to him/her. Resources will be available for each retreat.
 
What is the right amount of spending money for each camper? 
There is no set amount needed and much of it depends on the activities of each church group.  Students have an opportunity to shop at the Epworth gift shop, which stocks t-shirts, jewelry, candy, toys and more. These items range in price from $0.50 to $20.00. There is also a snack/drink machine on campus.