Fall Retreat

October 21, 2016

Kuyper students had a lot of fun during the annual Fall Retreat Friday, September 30th through Saturday, October 1st.  So did the mosquitos.

Despite rainy weather and voracious insects, Camp Geneva, perched on the shores of Lake Michigan, provided the backdrop for a weekend of fun, community, and worship.

Upon arriving at the camp students settled into their cabins, visited the beach enjoyed the Camp’s soccer field, gym, and other facilities.

After dinner, the group engaged in more organized contests including a game of baseball and glow in the dark volleyball.

The group used Geneva’s chapel, near the cabins, for worship services. Kuyper chaplain Rick Vanderwall spoke for the Friday night and Saturday morning chapels. He focused on the constant busyness of life, and the scriptural principles of rest and Sabbath. He also gave practical insights on how to incorporate the rhythms of rest into today’s hectic lives. 

After chapel, the fun continued late into the night. Many visited the beach for a bonfire, while others played board games indoors. One game of monopoly lasted until 2 AM Saturday morning.

Many in the group stayed until after lunchtime the next day.

“The retreat,” explained Director of Student Life Curt Essenburg, “is the closure to the entire orientation process which begins in August. It is designed to fully bring together the freshmen and upperclassmen along with faculty and staff that come along.”