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					Worksheet for Designing a Youth Retreat
Parish – High School

Planning Task 1: Context
Retreats should always be designed for a specific group of youth who have specific
needs, issues, hopes, faith life, etc. When we design a retreat, we should ask the
following questions to understand the context we are planning for:

• Who is the retreat for? A group of 20 High Schoolers

• Why will this retreat be held? Summer Outdoor Retreat

• When is the retreat being held? (liturgical season, time of year, etc.) June

• What is happening in the lives of youth right now?




Planning Task 2: Model/Format

What model will you use? (Evangelization, Leadership, Intergenerational, etc.)




What format will you use? Two-Day, mid-week. Staying at a local camp.
Planning Task 3: Purpose/Theme
From the purpose, develop the theme, design, and focus of the retreat. Consider using
the Sunday readings as a part of your theme.

What part of the Good News do we want to share with these young people?
Stay awake
“Could you not watch one hour with me?”



What theme best expresses this message?
Stay awake (not falling asleep in our spiritual lives)



Is there a Scripture reading, song, or other focus for the retreat?




Planning Task 4: Brainstorm Ideas
Once you have developed your theme, brainstorm ideas of things that you can do
within the retreat. Pay attention to the components and elements list. Look at the
sample retreat schedules to see if one (or a modification of one) fits what you are trying
to accomplish.

Brainstormed ideas for this retreat:
*Midnight bonfire – lighting candles from the bonfire and praying silently – perhaps
offering intentions aloud
*Talk about putting on worldly sunglasses that block out God and see the world
through false colors
*Meditation walk
*Physical activities that keep us physically fit and emphasize staying spiritually fit
*Talks about the church’s practices that keep us spiritually fit
*Small group physical challenges
Worksheet for Designing a Youth Retreat
Parish – High School

Planning Task 1: Context
Retreats should always be designed for a specific group of youth who have specific
needs, issues, hopes, faith life, etc. When we design a retreat, we should ask the
following questions to understand the context we are planning for:

• Who is the retreat for? A group of 10 Seniors in High School

• Why will this retreat be held? Planning for the Young Adult Years

• When is the retreat being held? (liturgical season, time of year, etc.) March

• What is happening in the lives of youth right now?
    Waiting for college acceptances, leaving home first time, leaving friends, prom,
    senioritis, graduation, award ceremonies




Planning Task 2: Model/Format

What model will you use? (Evangelization, Leadership, Intergenerational, etc.)




What format will you use? One-Day, Sunday, beginning with Liturgy and ending at
8PM.
Planning Task 3: Purpose/Theme
From the purpose, develop the theme, design, and focus of the retreat. Consider using
the Sunday readings as a part of your theme.

What part of the Good News do we want to share with these young people?

Sharing of burdens
Change of life


What theme best expresses this message?
Last things and lasting things



Is there a Scripture reading, song, or other focus for the retreat?

Ecc 3:1-8




Planning Task 4: Brainstorm Ideas
Once you have developed your theme, brainstorm ideas of things that you can do
within the retreat. Pay attention to the components and elements list. Look at the
sample retreat schedules to see if one (or a modification of one) fits what you are trying
to accomplish.

Brainstormed ideas for this retreat:

During spring break
*Bring in college age parishioners (Twilight Retreat)
       -Backpack with Burdens, leaving friends, etc then re: pack with prayer – (they
       brainstorm, they already know what to do!)
       -Jesus shares your burdens

*Grad task checklist – reconcile what happens to your room, what relationships need
mending, do I need to declare my love for a friend
*Knex or Legos – building their future – they have all the power to build their future!
*KitKat – keep in touch, kall anytime with parish #, etc
Worksheet for Designing a Youth Retreat
Parish – High School

Planning Task 1: Context
Retreats should always be designed for a specific group of youth who have specific
needs, issues, hopes, faith life, etc. When we design a retreat, we should ask the
following questions to understand the context we are planning for:

• Who is the retreat for? A group of 20 High Schoolers

• Why will this retreat be held? Seasonally scheduled retreat for youth ministry

• When is the retreat being held? (liturgical season, time of year, etc.) December –
  between Christmas and New Years

• What is happening in the lives of youth right now?




Planning Task 2: Model/Format

What model will you use? (Evangelization, Leadership, Intergenerational, etc.)

Service/leadership model


What format will you use? Weekend Model – although not necessarily over a
weekend because it occurs during the break.
Planning Task 3: Purpose/Theme
From the purpose, develop the theme, design, and focus of the retreat. Consider using
the Sunday readings as a part of your theme.

What part of the Good News do we want to share with these young people?
Christ coming to serve
No room in the inn
Christ washing feet
“service”

What theme best expresses this message?

No room at the inn


Is there a Scripture reading, song, or other focus for the retreat?

Nativity story – Holy Thursday Washing of the feet




Planning Task 4: Brainstorm Ideas
Once you have developed your theme, brainstorm ideas of things that you can do
within the retreat. Pay attention to the components and elements list. Look at the
sample retreat schedules to see if one (or a modification of one) fits what you are trying
to accomplish.

Brainstormed ideas for this retreat:
Closing: wash feet of parents, small dinner prepared after service, pictures/slides
Opening – have someone greet at the door, like the “no room at the Inn”
Simple Meal – representative of the shelters
Different service ideas – meal making
Blanket making/toiletry kits, different stations
Film showing who they are serving
Worksheet for Designing a Youth Retreat
Parish – High School

Planning Task 1: Context
Retreats should always be designed for a specific group of youth who have specific
needs, issues, hopes, faith life, etc. When we design a retreat, we should ask the
following questions to understand the context we are planning for:

• Who is the retreat for? A group of 25 Freshman in High School

• Why will this retreat be held? Start of HS Religious Education

• When is the retreat being held? (liturgical season, time of year, etc.) October

• What is happening in the lives of youth right now?
    Homecoming, sports, adjustment to HS, redefining friendships




Planning Task 2: Model/Format

What model will you use? (Evangelization, Leadership, Intergenerational, etc.)

Evangelization


What format will you use? Overnight – Friday Night to Saturday Evening Liturgy
Planning Task 3: Purpose/Theme
From the purpose, develop the theme, design, and focus of the retreat. Consider using
the Sunday readings as a part of your theme.

What part of the Good News do we want to share with these young people?

Miracles, welcoming, hospitality, identity, vocation


What theme best expresses this message?
Good Samaritan
Loaves and Fishes
Calling of the 12
Harvest/bounty/blessing
Setting aside worry

Is there a Scripture reading, song, or other focus for the retreat?
Lean on me




Planning Task 4: Brainstorm Ideas
Once you have developed your theme, brainstorm ideas of things that you can do
within the retreat. Pay attention to the components and elements list. Look at the
sample retreat schedules to see if one (or a modification of one) fits what you are trying
to accomplish.

Brainstormed ideas for this retreat:

Appt schedule – community builder
Friendship bracelet/prayer partners
Scavenger hunt
Talks Prom – older high school students
Commissioning at close of retreat
Visual presentation on Saints
Small group discussion
Parent letters – focusing on hope
Skits on hospitality
Worksheet for Designing a Youth Retreat
Parish – Middle School

Planning Task 1: Context
Retreats should always be designed for a specific group of youth who have specific
needs, issues, hopes, faith life, etc. When we design a retreat, we should ask the
following questions to understand the context we are planning for:

• Who is the retreat for? A group of 35 Eighth Graders

• Why will this retreat be held? Confirmation Retreat

• When is the retreat being held? (liturgical season, time of year, etc.) January

• What is happening in the lives of youth right now?
    Returning from Christmas vacation




Planning Task 2: Model/Format

What model will you use? (Evangelization, Leadership, Intergenerational, etc.)
The call to discipleship



What format will you use? Day-long Retreat – Saturday from 9AM – 4PM, ending
with Saturday evening liturgy.
Planning Task 3: Purpose/Theme
From the purpose, develop the theme, design, and focus of the retreat. Consider using
the Sunday readings as a part of your theme.

What part of the Good News do we want to share with these young people?

“Go forth and set the world on fire” Ignatius of Loyola
MT 5:13-16 SaH and Light


What theme best expresses this message?

Identifying one’s gifts
Gifts of the Holy spirit
Discern gifts and talents

Is there a Scripture reading, song, or other focus for the retreat?
Matt Maher song
“We Are Called” song
“This Little Light of Mine”


Planning Task 4: Brainstorm Ideas
Once you have developed your theme, brainstorm ideas of things that you can do
within the retreat. Pay attention to the components and elements list. Look at the
sample retreat schedules to see if one (or a modification of one) fits what you are trying
to accomplish.

Brainstormed ideas for this retreat:

“Cookie Gift idea”

Small Group – pick a gift that represents yourself
Large Group – share your “gift” with another person in the group that has the same gift

Start with the meaning of life, Family – “The Simpsons” You would not want to be
there, God is Nowhere, what is a family?
Mass
Play Jeopardy
Loving God – how many love God? Prove it
Peer Pressure – drugs, alcohol, sex, internet, texting
Fr. Charlie at very end of dicussion

				
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