Join us for a fantastic Christian family retreat at the beautiful Grand View Lodge. There are two weekends to choose from. Martin Luther King Weekend - January 12-15, and President's Weekend - February 16-19*

(*Right now our February weekend is full. We will put February registrations on a soft wait list until we know for sure that we can accommodate more families. There is ample space in January at this time, so January registrations will be guaranteed.)

Your family will experience Great Family Worship with songs and fun that bring out the joy in following Jesus. You will have Dynamic Teaching for adults and Incredible Kid's Programs for children from newborns to 9th grade where they will learn about the love of Jesus through our faithful KCs (Kids Counselors).

Most importantly, you will be surrounded by other families who seek Christ and who want to share that with their children in a way that is engaging and fun!

Incredible Family Activities

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Deluxe Accommodations

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Deluxe Accommodations and Delicious Food. Every family gets a private bathroom and bedroom with queen beds. You may share a living room and kitchenette with another family or you may upgrade to a private cabin. Enjoy three meals a day from a big buffet filled with delicious options. Never make a meal or clean a dish!

Winter Weekend Rates:  Rates for 2018  ~ Adults: $395.00. Kids: $100 & KCs: $125 (Kids 3 and under are $50.00). New for 2017-18: Young Adult Rate: $190 (Applies to those who are 26 or younger still living at home with parents). Guest Child: $190 (Limited Availability). Rates include  three nights deluxe accommodations, all meals, plus all family activities (not including Ski Gull or Glacial Waters Spa).

Scholarships: Click here to find out more about available scholarships for Winter Weekend.

Allergies & Medical: Click here to find out more about allergy and medical accommodations at Winter Weekend.

Kid's Counselors:  Click here to learn more about applying to be a KC at Winter Weekend.

January Speaker

Laurel Bunker

For over 20 years Laurel Bunker has been a leader in fields of education, non-profit management, church and para church ministry.  A graduate of Hamline University and Luther Theological Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Laurel’s mission is to impact the lives of men, women and children through empowered teaching and preaching of the Word of God and through mentoring others to be influencers of culture through Christ centered leadership development.  

Laurel has held key positions in national organizations such as Young Life, the YMCA, the Jeremiah Program while pastoring, preaching and teaching at Colleges, universities, churches and conferences across the country.

Currently, Laurel serves as Dean of Campus Ministries and Campus Pastor at Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she drives the strategic focus and emphasis of spiritual life initiatives on the campus. She also oversees and manages a dynamic team of people who develop the missions, discipleship, prayer, outreach, and worship ministries for the University.

Laurel and her husband Joshua, make their home in the Twin Cities with their two daughters, Naomi and Camile.

February Speaker

Allen Arnold

Allen Arnold is the author of the acclaimed allegory The Story of With. It's a message that awakens people's creativity by showing how God uses our identity, imagination,and intimacy to draw us into our truest desires and talents...with Him. Allen reveals how our creative interests and our dreams actually serve as a supernatural homing device, drawing us closer to God as we pursue what we are most passionate about from an awakened heart.

A highly sought-after speaker, Allen teaches this transformative message to diverse creative teams including Dave Ramsey's organization, numerous writing conferences, the Association of Christian Schools International, and Grace and Lace, a multi-million dollar business featured on Shark Tank. As the founding Fiction Publisher for Thomas Nelson, Allen oversaw the development of more than five hundred novels that spanned every genre. He now oversees content at Ransomed Heart, a ministry in the mountains of Colorado founded by John Eldredge, the New York Times Best-selling author of Wild at Heart.

His favorite way to spend the day is with his wife and three children - in whatever that day's adventure may hold. He loves blue oceans, black coffee, hot salsa, and big ideas. 

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