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BEGIN: Freshman Retreat

On August 16-17, Wheaton Academy will launch the 2018-2019 school year for our incoming Class of 2022 with an off-campus, two-day, one-night retreat. This retreat provides an unique opportunity for our freshman class to connect with each other, learn about WA culture, and prepare for their time at Wheaton Academy. Freshmen students should arrive at Wheaton Academy on August 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the Field House, and they will return no later than 5:30 p.m. on August 17 near the Fine Arts Center. Faculty, staff, and seniors who are a part of specific Project LEAD teams will lead the retreats.

We believe it will be a powerful time for reflection, vision casting, prayer, and reconnecting before the school year begins on August 21. Athletics and fine arts programs are aware of the dates and will not have practices during the times of the trips.

Action Steps Needed:
Each student must complete the participation survey and the permission slip before leaving for the retreat.

Click HERE to access the participation survey to confirm each student’s attendance on the retreat. This survey must be completed before leaving for the retreat. Please complete by July 26th.

Most families completed the permission slip during their class registration meeting with Student Services. If you have not yet completed the permission slip, please click HERE to download it for this retreat. Completed permission slips can be emailed to Brittany Klenke ( or submitted to the front office. This form must be turned in before leaving for the retreat.


Thursday, August 16
2:30 pm    Freshman arrive at Field House
3:05 pm    Freshman tours and schedule walk through
4:00 pm    Load buses
5:30pm     Arrive at Lake Geneva Youth Camp, Lake Geneva, WI (Expectations and cabin assignments)
6:15 pm    Dinner
7:15 pm     Kick off and Breakout session (including campfire)
9:00 pm     Worship
10:00 pm    Return to cabins
10:30 pm    Lights out


Friday, August 17
8:30 am          Breakfast
9:35 am          Project IX sessions      
12:30 pm        Lunch
12:45 – 3:30   Free Time, activities, & ice cream
                                   Giant Swing
                                   Zip Line
                                   Floor Hockey
3:45 pm          Depart for school
5:30 pm          Retreat ends

*Note: The retreat itinerary may change slightly as the date approaches.

Packing List:
Click HERE to review the packing list for the Freshman retreat.

If you have any questions, please email Jim Holtrop ( or Brittany Klenke (

We highly recommend that your student joins us as we BEGIN to participate in what God already has for the 2018-2019 school year.