Retreat experiences are an important part of faith development and an excellent tool for teambuilding among classmates and their teachers. Our retreat program includes both days of reflection and overnight experiences, with a different focus for each age level. Most overnight retreats take place at local camp facilities such as Camp Lakota and Camp Tekawitha.
Sixth grade days of reflection are single, daylong events that usually take place in November and April. The focus of the fall event is on teambuilding and adjusting to middle school life. The later retreat builds on what was covered in the autumn, and helps to prepare them for taking the next steps in their faith and academic journeys.
Seventh graders experience a teambuilding day/retreat in the autumn, which usually take place in September. A daylong faith-oriented retreat takes place in the spring, usually in May.
SMCMS eighth graders also experience an overnight teambuilding day/retreat in the autumn that focuses on their role as leaders in the school and their growing maturity in faith. The spring retreat in May is a day of reflection on the values and memories the students have formed through their experiences at SMCMS, as well as emphasizing the importance of carrying what has been learned into their high school experience.
Most retreats are led by our campus minister and faculty members, and occasionally by the SMCHS middle school retreat team. Parent chaperones and group leaders are often needed (parent volunteers must be VIRTUS® trained).