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Fri, Feb 17


Camp Barakel

Winter Retreat

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Winter Retreat
Winter Retreat

Time & Location

Feb 17, 2023, 3:00 PM – Feb 19, 2023, 3:00 PM

Camp Barakel , 1798 Shear Lake Rd, Fairview, MI 48621, USA

About the Event


We are so excited for our upcoming Winter Retreat February 17th-19th! We have 55 people that will be a part of this amazing weekend!

This email is to let you know that you are registered for the Winter Retreat and we are excited to see you on Friday, February 17. We ask that you arrive no later than 2:00pm at CW in the main lobby for check-in. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Parents need to fill out the Camp Barakel Release Form HERE print it off and bring with you to check in, or send a copy to


  • We will be taking a charter bus from Preferred Charter located here in Port Huron. There is a bathroom and TV’s on the bus.


  • Camp Barakel: 1798 Shear Lake Rd, Fairview, MI 48621 | | 909-848-2279
  • Katie Johnson  (Middle School Director)  260-223-5728
  • Todd Perkins  (High School Director)  407-508-9318
  • Jessie Noren  (Administrative Assistant)  810-841-7884


  • Katie Johnson - MSM
  • Karly Hurley - MSM
  • Gordy Johnson - MSM
  • Eli Dillenbeck - MSM
  • Todd Perkins - HSM
  • Cindy Perkins - HSM
  • Jessie Noren - HSM
  • Kelli Stewart - HSM
  • Gabe Killion - HSM
  • Lance Campbell - HSM

* All leaders have had an extensive background check to work with minors at Colonial Woods Church



  • 1:30-2:00pm: Check-in at the main entrance of the church - please make sure to bring Food/dinner for the bus ride to Camp Barakel as we will not be stopping on the way.
  • 2:00pm: Winter Retreat Pre-Gathering (Get to Know each other, Community Building activities, What students need to know, etc…)
  • 3:00pm: Depart from Church campus
  • 6:15pm: Arrive at Camp Barakel


  • Chapel, activities, food, and more!


  • Chapel, activities, food, and more!
  • 11:30am: Lunch
  • 12:30pm: Depart from Camp Barakel
  • 4:00pm: Arrive back at Church


We will be staying in a heated lodge. Students will need a sleeping bag and pillow for their bunk. If they prefer, you can bring bedding for a twin sized bed. All the rooms have attached bathrooms.

We also ask that students pack PLENTY of warm/outdoor clothes. We'll be spending a good deal of time outside with many different activities (broomball, hockey, ice-skating, sledding, axe throwing, Thunder Express, and more) as well as quite a few fun indoor options (pool tables, ping pong, foosball, table bowling, and more). Students will likely want to change more than normal throughout the weekend. It also wouldn't hurt to check local weather for Fairview, MI 48621.

What you NEED to pack:

  • Warm/snow clothes for tubing and other winter activities (ie snow pants, winter coat, heavy socks, gloves, winter hats)
  • Tennis shoes, winter boots, and flip flops for the bathroom…if you want
  • Seasonably appropriate clothing: shorts, t-shirts, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, etc...)
  • Pajamas, underwear, and extra socks
  • Bath towel, washcloth, toiletries (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste), comb or brush
  • Sleeping bag or bedding for twin size mattress and pillow
  • Flashlight
  • Refillable water bottle (with your name on it)
  • Backpack or similar
  • Bible, notebook or something to write on, and something to write with
  • Dirty laundry bag (plastic bag is best)
  • Any medications needed should be brought in their original container (must let Jessie know at check-in) Please fill out and bring this Medication Form with you
  • Food/dinner for the bus ride to Camp Barakel (this is an important one!)
  • $5-$20 (we recommend singles) you can rent (cash only), skates ($1), cross-country skis ($3), and snowshoes ($3). There is a Trading Post with t-shirts, snacks, and other items as well.

If You Have and Want to Bring:

  • Ice skates (they have skates to rent there)
  • Helmet for the ice rink (Helmets are required. They have plenty, but you can always bring your own)
  • Electronics - phones, earbuds, and batteries to charge devices are permitted

What Not to Bring:

  • Alcohol, tobacco, vapes or non-prescription drugs. There will be a med kit bag on-site for basic non-prescription needs like Tylenol, Advil and Band-aids
  • Firearms, knives, pocket knives, fireworks of any kind, no weapons
  • Pets
  • Homework
  • Anything standing between you and what God has planned for you this weekend


  • Phones are not allowed during the chapel sessions or group times. Please make sure you leave them safely put away in your room during these times or in a pocket not to see the light of day until the session and group time is over 🙂

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