"This I command you...Love one another."
June 4-8, 2017
June 25-29, 2017
Nebraska State 4-H Camp, Halsey
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Higher Ground Middle School Retreat is a four-day Catholic youth program for those who completed sixth or seventh grade in the spring of 2017. The purpose of the Higher Ground Middle School Retreat is to create an environment where we belong and can invite others to belong. The activities provide and enjoyable opportunity for the young people to develop a better sense of self, to build positive relationships with others and to grow closer to God. Higher Ground Middle School Retreat calls participants to deepen their experience of liturgy, prayer, and community interaction. The intent of this program is to help youth discover that we all belong to God and we must help others feel welcome in the Church. They are encourage to reflect on their initiation into the Church at their baptism and our continued call to actively participate in the church that we belong to; locally and globally. This program is sponsored by the Diocese of Grand Island's Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, with John Burks as the Director and Fr. Josh Brown as the Diocesan Spiritual Director.
At Higher Ground Middle School Retreat, approximately 25 participants and 10 adult staff, gather in an informal atmosphere to have a lot of fun and build relationships of trust. The group is encouraged to experience the joy of playing, praying and working together as a community of faith.
The retreat begins at 6:00 PM, Sunday and ends at 1:00 PM the following Thursday in the respective Time Zone. The retreat takes place at Camp Norwesca near Chadron, Nebraska and the Nebraska State 4-H Camp near Halsey, Nebraska.
The cost of the week is $150. Bus service TO the retreat is offered at $80, but it is the responsibility of the participant to find a ride home. There is a program for the participants parents/guardians on Thursday.
If, for some reason, you will not be able to attend, we will refund your fee, providing you notify us before the registration deadline for your particular week. If notice is not given before the registration deadline for you particular week, only $75 of your registration fee will be refunded. Bus fees are not refundable after registration deadline. If you do not show up for your week, or do not contact us before 4:30 p.m. CST on the Thursday before your week, no money can be refunded. This is necessary because there will most likely be participants waiting in line in case someone cancels. We do not want anyone to be deprived of the opportunity to experience Higher Ground Retreats™.