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When and where do we go for drop-off at the start of the retreat and to pick up at the end?

Check-ins and walk-in registrations take place from 5:30-7:30 PM on Sunday at the start of the retreat at Ferrin Hall (see map).  Pick up at the end of the retreat is at 11:30 AM on Thursday.  The first parking lot entrance to the school on the right after getting off of Rt. 128 will be the closest to Ferrin (see map). You can also use the chapel lot nearby. Please remember that students will need to eat dinner before the start of the retreat and lunch after the retreat ends as these meals are not provided.

Can parents or pastors be a part of the retreat in some way?

Some area youth pastors will be taking part in the retreat as counselors, speakers or general helpers. Youth workers do not attend the retreat like a student because the entire structure of the retreat is based on age and gender-specific small groups. But parents and all pastors and youth workers are welcome and encouraged to join us in evening worship at Jenks Auditorium Rm. 237 (see map).  If you need to choose which night to attend, come to the last one as you'll experience with us the culmination of what God will have been doing throughout the retreat in the hearts of the students.  A huge blessing!

Can I bring my phone and other electronic goodies?

The short answer is "no."  But it's not to make you unhappy, we promise!  On the contrary, we hope that unplugging from technology that often isolates us in our own worlds will help us to notice and open your hearts to God and to one another--real, not virtual, people.  Also, it's not the best idea to bring expensive things you'd rather not lose to things like this.  Regarding cell phones, we know that many of you will still bring them, but know that you'll be giving them to your group leaders for safe keeping in their locked rooms for the duration of the retreat. You won't need it for an alarm in the morning; you'll be woken up by the nice, friendly voice of your counselor. If someone needs to contact you during the retreat in the case of an emergency, they can reach an ARISE staff person anytime at 617.286.ARISE.

What if my church wants to help pay for student registrations?

That's great!  We recommend that you go ahead and register online and once you receive the receipt by email for payment you make, print it and submit it to your church for reimbursement in whatever value that your church is supporting.

Does ARISE offer financial assistance?

The cost of the ARISE Summer Retreat is a fraction of what other summer programs of its length cost. However, we know some families may be experiencing financial difficulties and we don't want any student to miss out on experiencing God at the retreat due to financial reasons. If there is a need, a parent or guardian should contact us in writing at info@ariseyouth.org. Requests are considered on a case by case basis.  No student with need has ever been turned away.  We'll do our best and we also gratefully welcome anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible donation to ARISE to help meet these needs.

I have a license and will be driving myself to the retreat. Where do I leave my car?

You can leave your car parked in the lot near the dorms (see map). Please remember that students cannot leave the campus during the retreat for any reason unless permission is otherwise granted before the retreat.

Can I choose my small group or roommate?

One of the purposes of the retreat is to grow in Christian community.  This includes welcoming opportunities to meet and build relationships with different people ... though it might not be easy at first because we're all comfort-seekers and prefer to be with people we like already.  But the gospel of what Jesus did to reach out to and love us--who are different from him, broken, unlovely--should compel us to treat people differently, too.  We are all like one another ... made in God's image, in need of his grace and love, made one in Christ.  So, if you're matched with a roommate or small group with people you don't know yet, it's a good thing!  It'll be an opportunity to believe and practice the gospel.  Actually, so many of the churches that participate in ARISE are small and have just a few students attending from them, so it's more than likely that your gender and grade-specific group will have at least some students that you don't know well ... yet!

Can our church bring our students snacks during the retreat?

In theory, yes. We love any way churches support and love on their students.  However, practically, it may be better and more loving if you don't. Most of the time, the students are spread out in different small groups and going about each part of the day on the retreat's schedule. Drawing students out of their small group communities and offering something to them that other students do not have can be very disruptive. Please be mindful of this and be wise about how you want to show support and care for your students. Maybe some alternatives could be encouraging meals and prayer and sharing times before and after the retreat, or preparing goodie bags with encouraging notes to give to the students to take with them to the retreat, or coming in the evenings to worship the Jenks Auditorium Rm. 237 (see map).

What will we eat at the retreat?

All students and staff will be eating together in the Gordon College dining hall for each meal. For most of the students who are used to food cooked at home, Korean food or eating in restaurants, this might be a big change. (Welcome to a taste of college life!) Please smile and be thankful and kind to the dining hall staff who are there to serve you. We also have delicious snacks each night with our small groups.  You will not go hungry or thirsty!  Let's be full of gratitude!  (Dinner on Sunday and lunch on Thursday will NOT be served.)

My child needs to take prescription medication during the retreat.  Is there someone who can keep and administer it properly?

Yes!  Please come of one of the check-in tables at the start of the retreat and request to speak with an ARISE staff person. We'll take good care of your child!

Who can I, a parent or pastor, contact at ARISE if I need to reach a student in case of an emergency during the retreat?

During the retreat, an ARISE staff person can be reached at any time at 617.286.ARISE.

Have a question that was not answered here?  We'd love to hear from you!  Send us an email at info@ariseyouth.org.