This year, St. Mary’s Youth Ministry is hosting our FIRST ever


OCTOBER 6-7, 2018

“Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’ So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day.” -John 1:38-39

Freshman year brings with it so many changes and exciting new opportunities! In the midst of all these changes and new things, we want to invite you to join a community, centered around the love of God, that wants to be there for you and support you. We know how hard it can be sometimes to live out your faith in high school, but we want to equip you with the resources and community needed to live out your faith with boldness as you begin high school!

Freshman Retreat is an opportunity to come and see what our community here at St. Mary Youth Ministry is all about! We cannot think of a better opportunity to enter into this community than to spend a weekend together in the woods, canoeing, praying, and participating in an all out PAINT WAR. On this retreat, teens will have the opportunity to meet new people who share their faith, to learn who God is and what it means to have a relationship with Him, and to have a lot of fun along the way!



This is a retreat for freshman in high school who want to encounter Christ, grow in relationship with Him, and meet other teens who share their faith.


Our first ever weekend Freshman Retreat! A retreat experience where you can encounter the Lord, grow in community, and learn how to live out your faith in high school with the help of Christ and one another. Come away with us for a weekend of food, games, and prayer!


The retreat will be held at Walcamp Retreat Center in Kingston, IL. We will take busses to and from the retreat. We will provide transportation via bus. October 6-7, 2018. Check-in will begin at 8:15am on Saturday at St. Mary’s, and we will return by 2:00pm on Sunday.


Cost is $100 which covers transportation, housing, meals, t-shirt, and more. Financial assistance is available, please just let us know if you are in need. Register below! 

If you are attending this retreat as your Confirmation Retreat, the cost of the retreat was covered in the Confirmation Tuition cost, so please contact our office for a discount code that will waive the online registration payment! 


Since a large part of this retreat is to disconnect from the world and all of our distractions in order to encounter the Lord in a new way, we will ask all of the teens to disconnect from their cell phones for the weekend. In order to facilitate this, we will collect cell phones right at the beginning of the retreat and give them back at the end of the retreat. 

Parents, as the retreat gets closer, we will give you the cell phone contact information for the adults as well as the numbers for the retreat center in case you need to get a hold of us at any points. 


Click below to head to our new online registration platform and register your student. On the page you’ll find some more basic information, and then be able to register your student and pay right through this new system (you will be required to make at least a $25 deposit, or you can pay the whole cost). Don’t forget to contact us for the discount code if you are attending this retreat as your Confirmation Retreat! Registration is due October 1, 2018.


Click HERE to register now


The registration consists of three main parts:

  1. Online Registration
  2. St. Mary’s Printed Paper Permission Form
  3. Walcamp Retreat Center Printed Release Form
  4. $100 payment

All of our registration will now be handled through a new online registration platform called Planning Center Online. Through here, parents, you will be able to manage registrations for your student (or multiple students!) as well as paying for events and seeing what forms you might still be missing. Head to the link above to learn more and to register. 


If you are in need of a payment plan or scholarship, please let us know. Planning Center Online will require you to make a $25 deposit to save your spot, you can pay the rest via credit card later or in person via cash or check; you can also pay the entire amount up front. 


If you are attending this retreat as your Confirmation Retreat, the cost of the retreat was covered in the Confirmation Tuition cost, so please contact our office for a discount code that will waive the online registration payment! 


The retreat will be held at Walcamp Retreat Center (32653 Five Points Road, Kingston, Illinois 60145). We will provide transportation to and from via bus:

  • Drop off at St. Mary’s between 8:15-8:30am on Saturday, October 6th
  • Pick up at St. Mary’s at 2:00pm on Sunday, October 7th

As a part of this retreat, we will eat the following meals:

  • Lunch and Dinner on Saturday
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday

If the student has any allergies, please indicate those on the medical form so that we can inform the cafeteria. 


If the student will need to take any prescription or non-prescription medication during the retreat, please do the following:

  1. Put all their prescription meds in a ziploc bag.
  2. Click the link below to fill out a Prescription Medication Form, and also place that in the bag.
  3. When your teen arrives at the retreat center, they should turn in their meds to the adult at the table in the back of the room.
  4. Your teen will need to come to the table in the back of the room to take their meds. We will make announcements/reminders throughout the retreat and have an adult present to coordinate this.

Medication Form


  • 2-liter beverage
  • Guys: one salty chip-like snack // Girls: 2-dozen sweet-tooth snacks
  • Casual and modest clothes
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, soap, etc.)
  • Towels
  • Sleeping bag or bedding (there are bunkbeds you will sleep on)
  • Pillow
  • Prescription meds (see above)


Maggie Overbeck

Director of Youth Ministry

Cody Schurter

Assistant Director of Youth Ministry

Patti Kuffner

Youth Ministry Secretary      |      (847) 669-5612      |      10307 Dundee Rd. Huntley, IL 60142