What is Encounter?

A Note from Pastor Jared

Encounter Winter Camp is an annual winter youth retreat that happens in the middle of February.  It is an amazing opportunity for students in grades 6 – 12 to get away for a weekend and have a blast participating in activities, games and friendships with one another, but most importantly it is an opportunity for students to take a weekend to focus on their relationship with Jesus. Looking back on my own life, the experiences I had at winter camps and summer camps are invaluable and still formative in my relationship with Jesus to this day. If you are a parent, I hope you will not only commit to sending your student(s) to camp, but also join me in committing to sponsor at least one student in need every year by donating to our scholarship fund. If you are a student, I encourage you to do WHATEVER it takes to make sure you can be a part of this amazing weekend. I hope to see you at Encounter next year!

Check out this past year’s photo highlights here:

 Encounter Photo Album


Who Can Participate?

All students grades 6 through 12 during the 2017-2018 school year can participate.

What to Bring

Warm Clothes
A set (or two!) of clothes that can get messy
Extra socks
Extra Athletic shoes
Sleeping Bag/Pillow
Toiletries and towel
Shower flip flops
Spending Money

Medication is not to be kept in the possession of students or leaders for the primary reason of student safety.  All medication will be turned in to our camp nurse at check in.  Please bring medication and any special instructions in a Ziploc bag labeled with your student’s name.  This includes, but is not limited to: prescription medication, over the counter medication, vitamins/supplements, ibuprofen, allergy medication etc.

What Not to Bring:
Electronic Devices (Ipod, gaming devices, tablets etc.), weapons (knives, handguns, lighters, etc.), explosives, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, bad attitude,
inappropriate clothing (for ladies: Spaghetti strap tank tops, halter tops, sheer tops/bottoms,tops or bottoms that reveal the stomach, mini skirts, etc., for guys: Low rise jeans, spandex without shorts over the top) for both: Clothing with inappropriate images/sayings.

Cell Phone Policy:
We believe cell phones can be both a distraction and a tool. Students are permitted to bring phones if they choose and if parents allow it. True Life, BCA, and Island Lake Camp are not responsible for lost or damaged cell phones. Phones are welcome and invited to be used for photos and to share what’s going on at Encounter on Social Media. However, if phones become a DISTRACTION from what is happening at camp, Life Leaders have been instructed to confiscate them until camp is over. It is our hope that cell phones will be utilized in a healthy way.