FAQ

 

Thanksgiving Retreat: What is the Point?
The annual MK Thanksgiving Retreat is an event for stateside based, college-age Assemblies of God World Missions MKs. Thanksgiving is the first family-oriented holiday of the academic year. When parents are on the field, many MKs can’t afford to go home or be with family during the holiday. The MK Thanksgiving Retreat provides an environment where MKs can come together for a few days to build relationships, find support for cultural adjustments, and spend time together in worship.

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Who can attend?
All Assemblies of God MKs (active or non-active) that are:
    1) Living stateside,
    2) A High School Graduate, and
    3) Between the ages of 17 and 22 by the first day of retreat

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What is the cost of the retreat?
If this is your first year to attend Thanksgiving Retreat and your parents are active foreign missionaries, there will be no cost to you.

If you have attended in previous years, your family will be responsible only for airfare. Airfare is a (00) expense as funds are available. If your parents' (00) is not healthy enough, the MK program will still cover the cost of airfare.

If your parents are no longer active missionaries, you are still invited to attend. The only cost to you will be airfare to Denver.

All lodging, meals and activities* are included in the retreat. You will need to bring your own spending money for snacks, shopping, etc.

*Skiing and snowboarding are considered major activities. The MK program will cover the cost of these activities for two of the three days of retreat. If you choose to participate in one of the major activities for a third day, a $20 additional fee is required in cash.

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Where is the retreat held?
Young Life’s Crooked Creek Ranch is a 1,000 Acre lodge and conference center just outside of Winter Park CO.  It is a beautiful facility with mountain views and clean comfortable accommodations. For more photos of the facility check them out on Facebook!

You will fly into Denver airport and a bus service will shuttle you to the retreat site.

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What are the dates of the retreat?
November 22- November 26, 2017

You will travel to Denver and on to Winter Park on Wednesday, November 22nd.

You will travel outbound from Denver on Sunday the 26th. Most outbound flights are scheduled for mid to late afternoon to allow time for the busses to come down from the mountains in daylight.

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What is the schedule at the retreat?
Each morning and evening, MKs meet together for a time of fellowship, worship and a message from God’s Word. Time is provided for fellowship as a corporate body as well as within the individual regions.

A variety of activities are provided each afternoon. Skiing*, snowboarding*, horseback riding, tubing, sports and fitness activities, and Jacuzzi are among the activities offered without additional cost.

Meals are provided at the lodge, and special receptions are hosted by Bwana Chad & Dargan Phillips for Freshmen and for 22 year olds.

*Skiing and snowboarding are considered major activities. The MK program will cover the cost of these activities for two of the three days of retreat. If you choose to participate in one of the major activities for a third day, a $20 additional fee is required in cash.

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How do I register for Thanksgiving Retreat?
Fill out the on-line pre-registration form in full and submit it by October 1, 2017.

Registrations received after October 1st will incur a late charge of $25 per week based on the date the registration is received, plus any difference in airfare due to late registration. The late fee will be payable in cash at check-in, and will be a personal expense.

For airfare and logistical reasons, we are unable to accept any registrations after October 26th.

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What is the Participation Agreement?
When you click on “submit” to register for Thanksgiving Retreat, you will be asked to agree to a code of conduct for the retreat. We cannot process your registration for Thanksgiving Retreat without your agreement to this code of conduct. Please read the agreement in full before submitting it to the MK Office.

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How are my travel arrangements made?
The MK office will arrange all travel through Adelman Travel, regardless of billing. This ensures everyone arrives and departs within very specific windows of time to facilitate the shuttle busses to Winter Park.

Your ticket will be purchased electronically based on the information provided on your registration form. It will be emailed to you no later than mid-October, depending on the date you register. The email will come from Jennifer Hayes at Adelman Travel, and will contain “2017 ISMK Thanksgiving Retreat” in the subject line. Please monitor your email regularly, as sometimes the tickets get caught in junk mail filters.

The MK Program is not able to pay any baggage fees. Please plan on paying these yourselves. For most airlines, baggage fees will be due at the time of check-in on both your inbound and outbound flights.

On the day of travel, please do not get bumped off a flight to receive a travel voucher en route to retreat. If you do, you will be personally responsible for transportation to Crooked Creek Ranch from the airport. Any fees resulting from a voluntary bumped flight will be personal.

Also, please note that your return trip will begin at 6 am as all MKs depart the retreat at the same time. The MK Office and staff need ample time to teardown and clean the facility before departing on the same day. If you have a flight after 5 pm, you will be given a second meal voucher by the MK Office Cashier.

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 What airport should I fly out of?  

You will need to tell us on your registration form, based on your location, which airport is most logical for you to fly out of.  If you do not know, type “unknown” into the field and we will find out for you.  School calendars vary, so please check if you will be flying from the airport closest to your school, or if you will be on break and need to fly from an alternate location. Failure to due so may mean a costly change of ticket.

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How should I get to the airport?

Transportation to and from the airport is up to you.  If you would like to know if there are other MKs in your area going to the same airport who might be able to carpool, contact the MK office and we will do our best to help you. **SAGU students 

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I have a special need. How can I let you know about it?
The MK Office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM CST. Please feel free to contact us at any time to let us know how we can help you. Our phone number is (417) 862-2781 x 2040, or you can email us at mkoffice@ismk.org.

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What should I do if I can’t miss classes on Wednesday?

Most flights are scheduled first thing in the morning on Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving to leave enough time not only for the flight, but also the travel up into the mountains before dark.  Even if you are scheduled for a class, most students find they are able to get an excused absence.  Please talk to your professor well in advance.  Explain the purpose of the retreat and ask for an excused absence. The MK office can provide an official letter to your professor if you need it. Nearly all MKs attending the retreat miss a class or two to come. 

If, after speaking to your professor, you find that an early departure time still creates a problem for you, please contact us directly so we can work out a travel arrangement that will allow you to attend your class and still attend the retreat. 

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I've pre-registered. Now what?
We are so glad you are coming! We will send you more information via email by November 1st. The emails from the MK office will always have “2016 ISMK Thanksgiving Retreat” in the subject line. Make sure to add us to your safe senders list.

Join on Facebook! Search for the group “2017 ISMK Thanksgiving Retreat”. We use Facebook to send out announcements, connect and get to know you!

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What to pack?

Warm clothes:

Boots, heavy coat (if participating in snow activities, we recommend a water proof outer layer), sweater, sweatshirt, gloves, heavy socks, ear protection/or scarf, hat, and don't forget to wear layers. (Also, there is a 40 person hottub, so students are encouraged to pack a modest swimsuit). 

(There is no need to spend a ton of money on expensive coats and accessories. Remember that secondhand and thrift stores often have items that you need for a fraction of the cost!)

Medication:

Be sure to pack prescription meds. We will have a nurse on call at the retreat, but she will not have access to pharmaceuticals. The MK Office is not allowed to dispense over-the-counter medications. If you decide not to pack them, there is a Safeway in Fraser, CO. 

Insurance Card:

The MK Office and Crooked Creek Ranch needs to verify insurance information before anyone participates in any activities.

Spending Money:

There is a small snack shop that will be open after services each night. Please plan on bringing enough spending money for that, as the MK Office will not provide vouchers this year.  Fraser and Winter Park have several shops that students can go to as an activity. There is also a small coffee shop that serves espresso drinks located on the retreat campus.