Schedule

The retreat will begin on Friday evening and go until Sunday after lunch.  Please note: dinner is not included on Friday night, so please plan to either eat before leaving or stop for dinner on your way.

Friday

  • Arrival: Sign in, drop off luggage at cabins
  • Bonfire: Worship and Orientation

Saturday

  • 8:30AM: Breakfast
  • Morning Large Group Session
  • Morning Free Time
    • Optional Breakout Sessions
    • Camp Berea Activities
  • 12:30PM: Lunch
  • Afternoon Free Time
    • Camp Berea Activities
  • 5:30PM Dinner
  • Evening Large Group Session
  • Bonfire

Sunday

  • 8:30AM: Breakfast
  • Morning Large Group Session: Sunday Worship
  • Free Time
  • 12:30PM: Lunch
  • Pack and load vehicles
  • Head home by 2:00PM

Packing List

Camp Berea provides a general packing list here that is fairly comprehensive.  But here are some essentials to make sure you bring:

  • Bedding: the cabins have mattresses, but you will need to bring either a sleeping bag or linens (for a twin bed), and a pillow.
  • Toiletries and towel: Each cabin has an attached bathroom.
  • Bible (or app), and pen and notebook if that is useful for you
  • Close-toed shoes:  Some activities require close-toed shoes, and they are also a good idea if you plan to hike any of the trails.
  • Water Bottle (especially if you plan on hiking)
  • Flashlight/headlamp (it will be dark when you arrive with your luggage)

Please note that swimming/water activities will be closed for the season while we are there, so you will not need to pack any swimming attire.

Ride Arrangements

If you indicated that you would need a ride on your registration, you will receive specific information about who you will be riding with.  For everyone else, we would appreciate if you carpool if at all possible, since there is limited parking. So if that is a possibility for you, please consider carpooling with others who are attending (and getting some extra time with others in our body as a bonus)!

Directions and Parking

Camp Berea is located in Hebron, New Hampshire, about a 2-3 hour drive away (depending on traffic).  Here is a link to map directions, and here is a link to a nice printable with directions picking up from 93 North.

As mentioned above, parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged.  Parking is at the Welcome Center (which you can find on the map further down this page).  Please park as soon as you arrive; the rest of the camp is pedestrian only. 

Activities at Camp Berea

We will have the following optional activities available during our free time sessions over the course of the weekend:

  • Kickball
  • Tetherball
  • Gaga Ball
  • Cornhole
  • Carpetball
  • Ping-Pong
  • Foosball
  • Pool (the game, not swimming)
  • Hiking trails

There are also a variety of open spaces around the camp, so please feel free to bring frisbees, footballs, etc.

About Camp Berea

Camp Berea Map

Here is a link to a map of Camp Berea.  You can also see a video tour of the campus below.  Some buildings/locations of note:

  • Parking is at the Welcome Center.
  • Our large group sessions will take place in the A-Frame chapel.
  • Our group will have the cabins Jacinth, Carnelian, and Beryl.

Video Tour

Registration: Full Weekend

 Click here to register for the full weekend

The price per person for the weekend is $130.50, and includes two nights of lodging (Friday and Saturday), as well as five meals (breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday- please plan to eat dinner on Friday before your arrival).  

Registration: Single Day

Click here to register for Saturday only

The price per person for Saturday is $35, and includes a full day of fun and two meals (lunch and dinner).

The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 10th.  The payment deadline is Sunday, October 15th.

Scholarships

We would like anyone who would like to attend to be able to come, regardless of the cost.  If the price is something that would prevent you from coming, there are both partial and full scholarships available.  If you’d like to inquire about a scholarship for you or your family, please don’t hesitate to reach out!  You can email the deacons directly at deacons@nscbc.org , or fill out the registration form and select the scholarship option at the end of the form.

Accommodations

Camp Berea has dorm-style bunk rooms that sleep 6 people to a room.  The lodging included in the base price is a bed per person, with separate men’s and women’s bunk rooms.  Couples or families may opt to stay in a private bunk room for an additional fee of $100.00- this would be the same as the normal 6-person bunk room, but set aside for private use and with its own bathroom.  If a family has six people and can fill a bunk room, the extra fee is dropped.  Please note that not all requests for private rooms may be possible to accommodate if there are a large number of requests (due to the total number of rooms available).

Retreat Promo Video

Life Together: Why should I attend?

Something new and exciting is happening at NSCBC. Over the past few years, many people have joined our church and are beginning to build meaningful relationships with each other in small groups, discipleship groups, and organic friendships, further building a vibrant and warm community within our church. But with a church of our size, it can be hard to get to know each other beyond the friendly greeting on Sunday morning.

We all want deep meaningful relationships. We crave them. Without them we feel unsettled, unseen, and unknown.

But one thing continues to stand in the way of these relationships and deeper community – our hurried and busy lives.

How many of us have tried to plan a time to get to know someone in the church, only to realize that it would be months before you could find a night to get dinner together? How many of us have started intentionally investing in friendships only to lose heart that nothing seems to last? What if we were a community that took time to be together? What if NSCBC was known as a refreshing alternative to the hurried pace of the world around us?

Life Together

Building our gospel centered community one story at a time.

At the heart of our vision for this coming year is the aspiration to be a surprisingly joyful community, where people are known not by what they do for a living, but how God has transformed their lives. We want to build a community that is marked by relational vulnerability; a community where it is normal to share our whole selves, not just the easy and pleasant things. In so doing, we get to the real stuff of life: how we deal with disappointment, how we wrestle with faith and doubt, and how we see God’s grace and mercy running through it all.

Our emphasis this year will be about learning stories and connecting the dots in our community. This retreat is one of many steps in that vision.  For that reason we will not over-program the weekend with classes, activities, and workshops.  We want to simply give space for us to connect with one another for longer than the 20 minutes after worship. We hope this extended ‘life together’ will spark connections and be the catalyst for the rest of the ministry year.

Why have a retreat? We need to spend time together. This work doesn’t happen overnight, but an overnight retreat can certainly help! We need to make connections. We need to learn each other’s struggles and victories. We need to build our gospel-centered community one story at a time.