Family Spring Retreat
Escape screen time and indulge your spring fever with a weekend of fun, faith, and family in the great outdoors!
Grow closer to your family and your faith as you sing songs and roast marshmallows around a fire, go for a hike in the woods, and dive into Discovery Bible study together. Fun activities and uninterrupted family time will make for an unforgettable weekend.
This retreat is co-sponsored with HopeWood Pines and HopeWood Shores.
Financial assistance available
- Arts & crafts
- Discovery Bible study
- Gaga ball
- Nature activities
- Family activities
Dates & Fees
April 21 – 22, 2023
|Ages 0–2||Ages 3–9||Age 10 – Adults|
Immediate family only.
|Check-in||Fri 7:00 pm|
|Check-out||Sat 6:30 pm|
Families will sleep in heated cabins with bunk beds that sleep 8-10. Shower houses with bathrooms are just a short walk away.
Frequently Asked Questions
As a part of your online registration, you’ll be asked to complete a family health form. You can submit this online by logging into your account.
Communicate special needs and dietary restrictions at least two weeks prior to the weekend. If you did not specify this information on your registration, or if you have specific questions, contact camp directly at (419) 864-8030.
Participants are asked to pay in full prior to the retreat. You can access your online account to make a payment or you may also send a check (payable to HopeWood Outdoors) to:
HopeWood Guest Relations Manager
2790 State Route 61
Marengo, OH 43334
- 7:00 pm: Arrival and check-in, orientation, games
- 8:00 pm: Campfire and snack
- 9:00 pm: 0 – 12-year-old bedtime, night patrol, teen and adult fellowship
- 11:00 pm: Teen curfew
- 7:45 am: Wake-up
- 8:30 am: Breakfast, singing tree, Discovery Bible study, family activities, games
- 12:30 pm: Lunch, nature hikes, crafts, family activities
- 4:30 pm: Worship
- 5:30 pm: Dinner
- 6:30 pm: Departure
Lodging will be in heated cabins located near a shower house. Everyone will sleep in bunk beds.
Please bring your own pillows, sheets, towels, and other bedding.
When a yellow cabin porch light is left on in the evening, the counselor on duty knows that there are children in that particular cabin and will check on them periodically. This allows adults to participate in evening activities and know that a staff member will notify them if there is anything their children need.
HopeWood encourages all participants to set aside time free from the distractions of daily life. The use of cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices during free time is at your discretion. Wireless access is available, although it is not always reliable in the camp setting.
You will be responsible for dispensing any medications for yourself or other family members. When not in your controlled possession, medications need to be stored in a locked container.
Staff members are trained in basic first aid for emergencies.
A family health form must be completed online or mailed in two weeks prior to camp. A parent signature is required.
Note that some items are optional or can be substituted.
- Sleeping bag or sheets/blanket
Health & Medication
- Medication labeled and in lockable container; self-dispensed
- Family health form: Complete online or mail in two weeks prior to camp. A parent signature is required.
- Reusable face mask
- Hand sanitizer
- Toiletries (brush, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, lotions)
- Sunscreen (waterproof/water resistant)
- Insect repellant (lotion/non-aerosol)
- Underwear and socks
- Jeans/pants and shorts
- Short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts
- Rain poncho or water-resistant jacket
- Shower shoes (plastic flip flops)
- Gym shoes or boots
- Reusable water bottle
- Money (for the camp store)
- Garbage bag for dirty clothes
- Flashlight with batteries
- Table games
- Fishing pole
Please DO NOT Bring
- Knives, guns, weapons, explosives, or fireworks
- Alcohol or illegal drugs
- Pets of any kind
- Valuables (e.g. electronic devices)
- Aerosol products of any kind