Middle School Retreat

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Tentative Schedule



7:00 PM                    Arrive/Settle In/Register
8:00 PM                    Opening Devotion & Meal Prayer (Fireside)
8:15 PM                     Pizza (Dining Hall)
Games (Activity Room)
9:15 PM                     Session 1 (Fireside)
10:00 PM                 Activities
11:00 PM                  Evening Devotion (Fireside Room)
Free Time
Lights Out



8:00 AM                    Breakfast and Table Talk (Dining Room)
8:45 AM                    Morning Devotion (Fireside)
9:00 AM                    Session 2 (Fireside)
9:45 AM                    Outdoor Activity
10:45 AM                  Session 3 (Fireside)
11:30 AM                  Free Time
12:00 PM                  Lunch and Cleanup (Dining Room)
1:00 PM                    SNOWLYMPICS
3:00PM                    Review Session and Closing Devotion
3:30 PM                    Depart

Retreat Location: Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca

The Middle School Retreat is for youth in grades 5-8. Youth must be a part of a group with a chaperone.

The 2023 IDE Middle School Retreat and Snowlympics are being held January 27-28, 2023 at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca. Pastor Mark Squire of Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Ansgar, IA will be presenting under the theme of, “Lord, Teach Us To Pray.


Prayer seems so simple, doesn’t it? To pray just means to come before God with words. How often, though, have we come before God and not had any idea what to say? We aren’t the only ones. Even the disciples – people who had seen and listened to Jesus! – had to ask, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Prayer, like anything worthwhile, is something we should spend time learning how to do. And with Jesus, we have the best teacher there is! During this retreat, we will consider what prayer is, how we should pray, and how important it is for us to make prayer a priority during our entire lives. Only when we sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to his Word can our lives of prayer truly begin!