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Pines Solar Eclipse Retreat

Are you ready for an out-of-this-world experience? Join us for the 2024 solar eclipse in camp’s scenic setting!  HopeWood Pines is in the path for prime eclipse viewing and we want to share this celestial event with you. Join us for the full 3 day/ 2 night retreat or just for the day of the eclipse.

Along with the eclipse event, enjoy time away as you sing songs and roast marshmallows around a fire, go for a hike in the woods, and dive into Discovery Bible study. Fun activities with family and friends will make for an unforgettable retreat.


LMC at HopeWood Pines


Families of all ages

Cost Range

Free– $540

Financial assistance available


  • Solar Eclipse!
  • Arts & crafts
  • Campfires
  • Discovery Bible study
  • Gaga ball
  • Hiking
  • Nature activities
  • S’mores
  • Worship

Dates & Fees

April 7-9, 2024

 Ages 0–2Ages 3–9Age 10 – Adults

Family Max 

Immediate family only.

Check-inSun 7:00 pm
Check-outTues 11:00 am


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
  • Pillow

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.

Personal Items

  • Reusable face mask
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Towel(s)
  • Toiletries (brush, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, lotions)
  • Sunscreen (waterproof/water resistant)
  • Insect repellant (lotion/non-aerosol)
  • Sleepwear/pajamas
  • Underwear and socks
  • Jeans/pants and shorts
  • Short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Rain poncho or water-resistant jacket
  • Jacket
  • Shower shoes (plastic flip flops)
  • Gym shoes or boots
  • Reusable water bottle

Optional Items

  • Money (for the camp store)
  • Sunglasses/hat
  • Garbage bag for dirty clothes
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Book
  • Table games
  • Camera
  • 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