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RECAP: Senior Retreat

Trinity Cox
Seniors partake in various team bonding games and activites, such as ropes course on their annual Hume Lake retreat,

The class of 2023 travels to Hume Lake Christian Camps for the annual senior retreat, Sept. 11-12. Students explored outside of their comfort zones as they tackled rope courses, performed skits

[/media-credit] Students worship and bond around the campfire, Sept.11.
and bonded around the campfire. 56 out of 57 seniors spent 36 hours making countless memories together.

Only halfway up to the campsite, a challenge arose. The bus slowed to a stop on the side of the windy road and began to smoke. With a new bus arriving in two hours, the students were offered the opportunity to bond with each other. Card games, singing songs and enjoying each other’s company were the main forms of entertainment until help came. Once the second bus had reached its destination, the class transferred their luggage in the pouring rain.

Senior Keely Friesen reflects on her experience of the bus breaking down.

“I honestly was glad the bus broke down because when my family and I go on vacation there are always hurdles we have to make it through, but we make the best memories in those times,” Keely said. “So I knew that God had a plan for what was going to happen, it really was the best memory from the trip.”

At the camp, students participated in a variety of activities. The main challenge that a few students struggled with was the ropes course. A fear of heights was prevalent among the peers. Although many were acrophobic, they conquered their anxiety and participated on the course.

Brynn Foster, ‘23, shares her experience of pushing through and overcoming her fears on the ropes course.

“I was terrified, but I overcame it because I was encouraged by my peers and wanted to conquer my fear of heights,” Brynn said. “It was a great experience and a beautiful one, I am proud of myself that I faced my fears.”

For many, the trip highlight was the bonfire. Around the campfire worship team members led an acoustic set, encouraging others to join in. When a song finished, a student would sing out the beginning of the next. Worship continued for the next hour, leading into a time of appreciation for the class. Students would take turns speaking out their love and thanks towards others and how Fresno Christian has impacted them.

As the final closing activity, students participated in a competitive recreational activity. From relay races to eating competitions, the importance of teamwork and skill-building were put to the test. The game started with a half-mile sprint to retrieve the team flag, followed by a canned food eating competition. When the eating was complete, the team raced to the puzzle station carrying the team leader via canoe. The final events included egg carrying, hula-hoop jumping and a team race to the finish with ankles tied together.

Though the retreat lasted only one night, the memories will last for a lifetime. In the short period of two days, students grew closer by competing with one another in relay races and fabricated chants.

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For more about homecoming visit PROMO: 37th Annual Homecoming

Seniors spend 36 hours bonding and working as teams at Hume Lake Christian Camps, Sept. 11-12.

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