Middle School and High School Summer Retreat

Middle School: July 15 – 17

High School: July 21 – 24

Summer Retreat is taking place at Awanita Valley Camp in Marietta, SC

What Happens At Summer Retreat?

Over the weekend students will attend multiple large group sessions that include fun, laughter, worship music, and biblical teaching. Students will also spend time in small group environments with their peers and adult leaders where they will have conversations about what they are learning over the weekend. The retreat also includes time for students to reflect, read, pray, and enjoy the fun amenities at the camp with their friends.


All Parent Permission, Release and Consent forms must be notarized and turned in by Thursday, July 7th. Notaries will be on site at each parent meeting. Parent Meetings will be held at each campus and details will be provided by Student Pastors. 

View the Parent Permission, Release, and Consent for Participation in Student Ministry Activities Form

Pack light and use soft sided duffel type bags as cabins have limited space. Label your luggage and go over the Packing List.


  • Bible – Journal – Pen
  • Pillow
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Twin size fitted sheet
  • Bath Towel
  • Beach Towel
  • Swimsuit (see swimsuit dress code)
  • Plastic trash bag (for wet clothes)
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries/ hairdryer
  • Casual Clothing (see dress code)
  • Color Competition clothes (see dress code)
  • Sturdy close-toed shoes for outdoor activities
  • Rain gear (check the weather!)
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Money for gift shop, snacks, etc. (optional)


All Summer Retreat payments are non-refundable, however, they can be transferred to another student. If your student cannot attend, please email highschool@12stone.com or middleschool@12stone.com. For day of cancellations, please contact Breanna Grissett at 256-321-5758 by noon.

All students will check-in and be picked up at our Lawrenceville Campus.

Middle School 

  • Check-in: Friday, July 15th at 2:00 PM
  • Pick-up: Sunday, July 17th at 4:00 PM

High School 

  • Check-in: Thursday, July 21st at 2:00 PM
  • Pick-up: Sunday, July 24th at 5:00 PM

Dinner will be provided at Awantia Valley Retreat Center.

Retreat expectations will be reviewed upon arrival to Awanita. These will include: attending all sessions, being on time, following leader instructions, etc.

No cell phones are allowed for students. This includes any electronic device.

If there is an emergency and you need to contact your student, please call Pastor Blake Godbee at 770-841-1866 or Breanna Grissett at 256-321-5758. Parent cell phone numbers will be add-ed to an online group texting system. Parents will be notified via text if the need arises. If you did not already get a parent text, please fill out the texting system card.

Medications can be checked in to nurse with the required medication form signed by a parent. ALL medications (prescription and non-prescription drugs) must be in the original container labeled with the patient’s full name, the date the prescription was filled, expiration date, direction for use, precautions (if any), storage requirements (if any), dispensing pharmacy (name and address), and name of physician prescribing medication. Students will be given instructions at Summer Retreat for receiving their meds. Individuals that may need emergency medications should carry the medications themselves (epi-pens, inhalers). When necessary, staff may be assigned to carry the medication; however, care will be taken to ensure that the patient and medication remain in close proximity to facilitate immediate administration. There will be nursing staff on campus to dispense medi-cation and provide first aid. All Students are required to have Health Insurance.

Please make sure all allergies are listed on the required medication and allergy form. In the case of food allergies, email highschool@12stone.com or middleschool@12stone.com no later than Sunday, July 3rd, 2022, with your student’s name, grade, 12Stone® campus they attend, and any food allergies they may have requiring special dietary needs. 12Stone® staff will contact you and forward the information to the venue kitchen staff.

All adults leaders are background checked. Additionally, the adults who go on our retreats are the same adults that work with our students week in and week out. They go through an application process before they can serve. We bring 1 adult per every 8 students on the retreat. In ev- ery small group and in the cabins there are always at least 2 adults in every room when students are present (for accountability sake).

If a student tests positive, is exposed to the virus, or has symptoms leading up to Summer Retreat they will be asked not to attend and given a full refund. If this happens to your student, please email highschool@12stone.com or middleschool@12stone.com. 



Students may bring money for the Snack Shop and Gift Shop at Awanita. All meals are provided.

We honor God with how we dress at our Summer Retreat.

When packing outfits for the weekend keep these things in mind:

  • No spaghetti straps or crop tops
  • No tank tops with open sides
  • Shorts should be longer than fingers when arms are down by side

For swim wear:

  • Guys: No speedos
  • Girls: One piece swimsuit, a dark t-shirt over a two piece, OR Tankinis if the top and bottom meet

For color competitions:

Throughout the weekend, students will be competing against each other in our color competitions. Teams are split up by grade and each grade has a color. We encourage students to wear the color that represents their team to show team spirit. This can be as simple as a colored bandanna or they can go all out from head to toe. Colors are below:

6th Grade: Blue

7th Grade: Green

8th Grade: Red

9th Grade: Red

10th Grade: Blue

11th Grade: Green

12th Grade: Gold

2022 Graduates: Gold