Public High School Students Attend Retreat
"I'm glad our church takes an interest in us," a student commented at the Public High School Retreat held earlier this year. The Youth Ministries Department scheduled the retreat at Camp Cedar Falls and then rescheduled when a major snow storm closed roads. About 70 students enjoyed the food, fun and fellowship during the rescheduled weekend.
"We had 'ice breakers' and played games," said Bob Wong, SCC Youth Ministries director. "It was a fun time. Some students had never seen snow and soon found that shorts would not work for the retreat hike. They were awed by the beauty of the camp grounds covered in snow and the surrounding, snow-capped mountains.
"Our staff mentioned that the students really appreciated the retreat and having a chance to meet other students attending public schools. And they made it clear to all of us that they want more retreats."
Representatives from La Sierra University and Pacific Union College shared news of their campuses, student finance possibilities and programs. La Sierra representative Sammy Acosta shared his own personal story about attending public school.
"I worked summers at camp and that is what really did it for me," he said. "I decided to go to LSU, and I could see how important Christian education is. I work there now, and I invite you to come to our school. We will feed you and show you around the campus."
The SCC Youth Ministry Department plans quarterly gatherings for public high school students. On May 15, students are invited to go ice skating in Paramount. For details, call 818-546-8439. Information is also being shared on Facebook and Twitter so students can stay in touch.
"A pastor called me after our retreat," added Wong. "He said that a student who attended the retreat is now attending his church regularly, which she had not done in some time. She attended the retreat because a friend invited her. We are grateful for the help that family members, friends, pastors and others give to help us get to know each other."