SENIOR PILGRIMAGE RETREAT – (Saturday Morning to Sunday evening)
Start your senior year off right by taking a journey with over 100 of your fellow classmates. This unique retreat helps students bond with fellow seniors, enjoy nature and come closer to God through quality time spend at beautiful Camp Hamilton. Fellow seniors in the senior Faith in Action class will help lead this retreat which helps you set individual goals for senior year, emphasizes leadership and helps bond the senior class at the start of the year! Come make this your pinnacle year at Prep!
The Seattle Prep Senior Pilgrimage is early morning Saturday September 14 till Sunday Sept 15, 2013 at 9 pm. The retreat ends with a dinner / DJ dance cruise on Elliott Bay in Seattle. The cost of the retreat is $140. Sports practices and events have been specially moved to enable seniors to attend this retreat. In addition, students have monday off of school.
Turn them in the first two weeks of school to the Community Ministry office. Room 104 McDonnell hall.
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions PILGRIMAGE RETREAT AT SEATTLE PREP
What is the Pilgrimage Retreat?
TheSenior Pilgrimage Retreat is a ten mile walk along trails at the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Camp Hamilton near Duvall. During the hike, we will stop along the way and hear talks from classmates and teachers. There will be periods of silence, laughter and connection. After the walk, Pilgrims will eat a good meal, celebrate Mass and join in a campfire. We will sleep that evening in cabins. The next morning will be filled with small and large group activities. The event will finish off with a boat cruise back in Seattle. Over 100 seniors participate each year.
Dates and drop off /pick up information
2013 Saturday Sept. 14th 7:30am at Prep - 9pm Sunday Sept. 15th at Pier 55. (NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY)
We will gather at 7:30 AM on Saturday morning, September 17th on the Prep plaza. Busses will leave at 8am sharp. On Sat. Sept. 14th please carpool; the garage will be open. Report to a teacher to check in, stow your gear on one of the busses, get on board and try to get some sleep. You may leave your pillow on the bus but make sure your name is clearly marked on it. All gear must be marked with your identification.
You may be picked up after the boat cruise around 9:00 PM on Sunday, September 15 at the Pier 55, on Elliot Bay. Please note that the boat cruise is for seniors who participate in the Pilgrimage retreat only. We are expecting most, if not all, seniors on this retreat. The school has cleared out the athletic schedule so that there are no athletic events during this retreat. In addition, students have the day off of school on the Monday after the retreat!
How do I sign up for the Pilgrimage?
Send in the retreat registration form that goes out in the summer mailing in July or print out a registration form above. (Note: Seniors may sign up for both senior retreats). You will receive a packing list and final permission form a week after school starts. Retreat registration forms and the retreat fees is due by Fri. Sept 9th to the Community Ministry Office. Because of the continuous and seamless nature of this retreat, no student will be permitted to arrive late or leave early; no exceptions!
How much does it cost?
The cost of this retreat is $140. The retreat cost is due and should be turned in with your permission slip by Friday Sept. 6th to the Community Ministry Room 104 McDonnell Hall.
Why a Pilgrimage?
A pilgrimage is a journey. This journey is primarily for a religious purpose. Religious pilgrims have made treks all over the world, throughout history, for these reasons ... a journey for worship, to seek spiritual aid, or to fulfill a promise. This Pilgrimage retreat is designed to help unite the senior class in a common experience at the beginning of the school year. It is designed to help facilitate leadership and common purpose to help better the class to form community and for the senior class to reach out to help the rest of the school bond.
What do students need to bring on the Retreat?
You will receive a “to bring” list when you register for the retreat, including emergency contact phone numbers for the time you are gone. We encourage you to bring any musical instrument that you play.
Packing List – Please put your name on all items!
Note: We will be staying in cabins on this retreat but also going on a ten mile hike. You can leave your retreat gear in the cabins but will need a backpack you can carry with you on the hike.
- A good warm sleeping bag. Mark you gear legibly with your name; secure all of your stuff together.
- A good pair of walking shoes or light hiking boots. Whatever you wear make sure that they are well broken in. DO NOT wear newly purchased shoes or boots---your feet will blister badly. We expect you to wear flexible, lightweight hiking/trail shoes or good “tennis shoes.” Good strong tennis shoes are a viable alternative.
- It is strongly recommended that you bring a second pair of shoes to change into when we do get to camp and an extra pair of socks.
- Rain Gear. Rain jackets, hats and/or pants are recommended in case we encounter foul weather. Rain is always a possibility for the weekend.
- Clothing. Be Prepared! Have appropriate clothing. A warm jacket, jeans or sweat pants are sufficient. Swimsuit for the lake. Bring a flashlight and pack it for night.
- It is advisable that you hike in shorts and a lightweight shirt to prevent overheating, bring extra layers in your backpack (a fleece sweater or windbreaker or sweatshirt with you when you need it.)
- Food: Bring a sack lunch--- for Saturday. The rest of your meals will be provided. Please eat breakfast before you come on Saturday morning. You may also wish to bring some snack food to munch on while we walk and for break times.
- Water. While we will be bringing some water, we cannot provide enough water for everyone, therefore please bring enough water for yourself to drink that you can carry (water bottle) for the 10 mile hike. There is water at the camp site on Saturday night.
- Personal items: soap, towel, toothbrush, insect repellent, hat, sunglasses, moleskin to prevent blisters, band aids, kerchief. Please bring an extra small towel to take on the hike.
- A small backpack for the hike. You will carry your lunch, extra socks, sweatshirt, fleece, rain gear, a small towel, water, snacks, etc.
DO NOT BRING a Cell phone, iPod or MP3 player as they are exclusive of others and the experience of the retreat. In addition as on all Seattle Prep retreats the use or possession of any drugs such as cigarettes, illegal substances and alcohol is prohibited.
How long is the retreat and how much school will a student miss?
Students do not miss any school. The retreat is from Sat. Sept. 14th 8am at Prep until 9pm Sunday Sept. 15th at Pier 55 on the waterfront in Seattle. Monday is a teacher inservice day and there are no classes for students.
Is there a Catholic Mass offered during the retreat?
Who leads this retreat?
Two community ministers serve as point people for the retreat and train senior in the Faith in Action Theology class to lead the retreat. Numerous faculty and staff also attend.
If I want to be a parent volunteer, who should I contact?
We would love for you to participate in this retreat! We do need parents to help cook and serve a meal on the boat cruise on Sunday evening. Please contact Brian Mack at 206-577-2173 or firstname.lastname@example.org
My Family is not Catholic. What does my son or daughter need to know before going?
The short answer is nothing. The retreat is structured in such a way to deepen their own faith life and all are welcome to participate at their own level of comfort. Please feel free to contact any member of the Community Ministry team to discuss this or similar concerns.
Who can I talk with if I have worries, concerns or questions about this or any other retreat experience?
You can call Community Ministry 206 577-2173 or email us. Any Community Minister would be happy to talk with you about the retreat program and the overall schema of our four year retreat plan for the Spiritual Development of our students.