WHAT TO EXPECT & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Thank you to all of you for the sacrifices you make serving in our U.S. Military. We are honored that you will be attending. Our hope for you during retreat week is that you feel special, get some R&R, and have the time of your lives.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Click here for a printable list of frequently asked questions and answers about the retreats.
A $100 commitment fee via check is required to secure your families’ retreat date. The original, un-cashed check will be physically returned to you at your retreat. We are unable to confirm and hold your retreat spot until the commitment fee is received.
If you cancel less than 14 days before your retreat date, or are a no-show for your scheduled retreat, you will be ineligible for another retreat for two years, and your check will be cashed with the funds allocated toward program costs.
THE RETREAT IS FREE AND INCLUDES:
- Activities and needed equipment, including helmets
- Family portraits
If you have any needs during the retreat like prescriptions or special supplies, or absolutely must buy that souvenir or t-shirt, then you must pay for that on your own, but otherwise, everything is free.
(The retreats are funded by foundations, corporate partners, and individual donors who want to honor military families. There are hundreds behind this retreat, covering the costs to thank you for your sacrifices and service to our country.)
FACILITIES, ACCOMMODATIONS and AMENITIES
Each family gets their own cabin, lodge room, or duplex. Lodging includes:
- Linens and blankets
- Running water and heat
Even though all our classes are mandatory, all recreational activities are option. You can pick and choose what is best for your family. We think we have something for everyone, but sometimes people just want to hang in their cabins. That’s okay, too. The only other thing on the schedule that we highly recommend is Orientation.
We have added Healthy Marriage, Money Matters/Family Matters, and Field Guide for PTS and Military Families classes at the request of past military families. The classes are the only mandatory part of each retreat. Each of these classes is fast paced, upbeat, interactive and FUN! It is our goal to fully equip your family with the tools you need to stay together and thrive. This is your retreat. You decide how you will most benefit from this time.
Activities will vary by each retreat. Some activities you may enjoy include:
- Summer – Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, zip lines, bowling, ATV
- Winter – Cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, tubing
- Spring and Fall – Fishing, hiking, bowling, foam pits, horseback riding
Most of the activities are good for all ages, and we want you to do things together as a family as much as possible; however, the classes are really boring for the kids, so we have some very cool things planned for them during these times. Also, there may be a few who are too young for some of the activities, and we have a terrific group of volunteers (all with background checks) who will be helping out during these times.
What happens at a Project Sanctuary retreat STAYS at a Project Sanctuary retreat. Because we are privately funded, we do not report to any commanding officers. However, if you need us to write a letter to your commander to document your leave, let us know.
There will be a licensed counselor on site at all times, and they are bound by law to keep things confidential. All of our counselors are pretty easygoing, too. There will be no folding chair circles and forced sharing times – but please know that they are available if you need something.
We like to have fun. We want you to have fun, too. If you have ANY questions or concerns or comments or just want to talk to a live person, do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
Have a safe journey, and we’ll see you soon!