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BEGIN: Freshman Retreat

On August 17-18, Wheaton Academy will launch the 2017-2018 school year for our incoming Class of 2021 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 17 at 2:00 p.m., and they will return no later than 5:30 p.m. on August 18. 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 22. 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 participation waiver 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.

Click HERE to download the required participation waiver for this retreat. Completed waivers can be emailed to Jenn Trott ( or submitted to the front office. This form must be turned in before leaving for the retreat.


Thursday, August 17
2:00 pm          Freshman arrive at Fine Arts Center
2:15 pm          Freshman tours and schedule walk through
3:00 pm          Load buses     
4:30 pm          Arrive at Lake Geneva Youth Camp, Lake Geneva, WI
                       Expectations and cabin assignments
5:30 pm          Dinner                       
7:00 pm          Worship and breakout sessions
9:30 pm          Campfire
10:30 pm        Return to cabins
11:00 pm        Lights out

Friday, August 18
8:30 am          Breakfast
9:30 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 2017-2018 school year.