Winter Fest (Elementary Winter Camp)

Our elementary (grades 3-6) winter camp at Covenant Harbor is called “Winter Fest.” This fun and engaging weekend in February is great for churches seeking a winter camp experience for younger students. Like our teen winter camps, Winter Fest is planned and executed by our camp staff. We plan out the weekend in detail, book a quality Christian speaker and bring in a great band. It’s our goal that students and leaders leave the weekend knowing more about Jesus and are equipped to put what they learned at camp into practice at home.

Students and leaders will enjoy all the great winter camp activities that we have to offer at Covenant Harbor. Those activities include the giant swing, broom-ball, snow tubing, ice skating and much more! There is something for everyone this weekend.

Each year has a new theme and style to it so that if your church comes for multiple years in a row, the experience doesn’t feel the same. We release the winter camp theme details and new additions to the schedule months before the retreat begins. This allows your church to promote this great camp experience to your students. We also provide the marketing and registration materials for the retreat.

If you have any questions, please contact us via phone at 262-248-3600. We hope to see you and your church at Winter Fest!

Date for 2016 Speaker for Retreat Worship Band Availability 
 February 19-21 Brad Hutchison  TBA Opens This August

Speaker Bio

Speaker Info coming this spring!

The 2016 theme will be released later in 2015.

1) Download a registration form from our website. Fill out the necessary information and mail it in to our registrar, Jane, with a deposit of $20 per student to reserve space. Space will be reserved based on the numbers provided for church attendance. Registration will be handled on a first come first served basis. Confirmation letters will be sent to confirm details as you register.

2) Promote the weekend at your church. Hand out flyers, show videos and pass out registration forms. The Winter Fest Promo Flyer can be downloaded at the top of this page. Covenant Harbor registration forms MUST be used; please contact us if you would like our form customized for you, and we will make a customized registration form for you. Do NOT modify or eliminate any part of the registration form.

3) Send in Church Registration Form, Church Cost Calculation Form, Student Registration Forms, Adult Leader Registration Forms, and full payment (be sure to keep a copy for yourself) to arrive at Covenant Harbor 3-4 weeks before your weekend (no later than January 30).


Payment: A $20 non-refundable deposit per student is due when you register in order to reserve your spaces. Full payment is due 3-4 weeks before your weekend (no later than January 30). Retreats fill on a first come, first served basis.

Housing: Churches will be housed based on availability and will likely share housing with other Churches.

Leaders: Churches must bring at least one adult leader for each 6-8 students of each gender. All adult leaders must be 18 years old or older.

Health Information/Health Release Form:  Please note students attending Winter Fest with church groups are under the care and supervision of the youth pastors and adult leaders from the church registering the students to attend the retreat. Should students need medications or medical attention while at the retreat, it will be the church leaders’ responsibility to care for the students. Please see Health Information and Release Form for further information as your church will need to be sure you have permission and information to provide medical attention for your students.

Cancellation: Churches are responsible to pay in full for each person they listed on the Church Registration Form (sent in 3-4 weeks prior to the event). Churches can replace a non-attending student with a new student of the same gender at any time without penalty, so long as new registration information is given to Covenant Harbor. Churches can replace a non-attending student with a new student of another gender if space allows. If space is not available for the new student of a different gender, the Church is still responsible to pay for the non-attending student.

Please call or e-mail us with any further questions about Winter Fest or the registration process. 262-248-3600 ext. 327 or

Arrival and Departure

Winter Fest will officially start between 8 and 9 pm Friday night. Please arrive between 6:30 and 8:00 to allow time to check-in, move in and attend a leaders meeting. Winter Fest will wrap up around 11 am Sunday morning. Please schedule your return to Church to allow you to fully participate in Sunday morning events at Winter Fest.

Pre-Retreat Communication

After registering, your church leader will receive a confirmation letter detailing the next steps. As the weekend draws near, specific details will be sent out via email or Facebook. Please pass on all information to all adult leaders.

What to Bring

The winter weather provides lots of opportunities for outdoor activities. Please be prepared for the weather. All winter housing units are heated and linens are not provided. Students may want to bring $10-$30 for snacks and camp merchandise at the camp store as well as to purchase tickets for the Giant Swing, Indoor Climbing Wall and Zip line ($5 per person/per activity).

Here’s a suggested packing list:

sleeping bag







winter jacket


winter hat 

What Not to Bring

Do not bring cell phones or any pets, electronic devices (including cd players, Game Boys, and iPods), firearms, weapons of any kind, fireworks, tobacco, alcohol or drugs.

The lake may be frozen but there is plenty to do here at Covenant Harbor this Winter!  Feel free to contact us with specific winter activity questions.

Outdoor Options

Broom Ball- Play this hockey-like game with a couple friends or enter your youth group into Covenant Harbor’s annual broomball tournament.

Camp Fire- Hang out and warm up around the fire with friends and roast marshmallows for s’mores.

Camp Games- Every year we provide fun and different camp games we’ve either invented or re-invented for your enjoyment.

Carpetball- This traditional camp game takes on a whole new set of challenges when snow and ice are introduced to it.

Cross Country Skiing- Grab a set of our x-country skis and try your hand at gliding through the woods and enjoying everything nature has to offer in the winter.

Curling- This olympic classic is “tweaked” for our purposes down on the frozen Geneva Lake.  It plays a lot like shuffle board.

Ice Skating- We’ll clear some ice down on the lake and you can show us your best olympic gold medal moves.  Or take this opportunity to learn how.

Polar Bear Dip- After lunch (when it’s totally hot out) you can choose to jump in a hole cut into the ice of Geneva Lake. Of course this is a totally optional activity and minors must receive parental permission.

Sledding- Our summer mountain boarding hill makes for a great sledding hill in the winter time.  Yay snow!

Tubing- Hop on one of camp’s tubes and fly down hill, through the woods, on our tubing run.  It’s sure to get your heart racing.

Indoor Options

Arts and Crafts- A great way to bond with friends and create a token to remember your winter experience at camp.

Board/Card Games– A great opportunity to warm up, have fun and spend time with friends.

Bounce Castle- You’re never too old (or too young) to enjoy a bounce castle with a slide.

Camp Store- Buy a Covenant Harbor sweatshirt or just grab a quick snack, located in the lower level of the activity center.

Game Room- Hang out on the couch and chill, play some foosball, or challenge your friends to a pop-a-shot contest.  Also located in the lower level of the activity center.

Open Gym- Take advantage of our basketball hoops or volleyball nets to enjoy some indoor physical activities.

Indoor Climbing Wall- Our newly finished indoor climbing wall can handle several harnessed climbers at a time and you don’t even need to wear a coat.

Mini Golf- Get out of the cold and grab a putter.  With 9 holes and plenty of different obstacles this course should provide plenty of fun while you warm up.

Arrival and Departure

Winter Fest will officially start between 8 and 9 pm Friday night. Please arrive between 6:30 and 8:00 to allow time to check-in, move in and attend a leaders meeting. Winter Fest will wrap up around 11 am Sunday morning. Please schedule your return to Church to allow you to fully participate in Sunday morning events at Winter Fest.


The winter camp includes new elements every year,
but here’s a basic schedule:

Friday Night
Large Group Session


Large Group Session
Small Group
Free Time
Large Group Session
Activity/Event & SnackSunday

Large Group Session


Large Group Sessions

All sessions are held in the Jackson Family Activity Center.  A sweet stage sets the theme for the weekend and sets a backdrop for great worship, fun games and challenging speakers.  Each session includes:  Upbeat worship set, silly and/or messy game or skit, announcements, slower worship set and 15-25 minutes for the speaker.

Small Groups

Each large group session is followed by small group time.  This is your chance to breakdown what the speaker has presented and make it applicable to each of your students.  Speakers will provide questions or discussion starters, which can be used or ignored.  1 meeting space is provided and assigned for each Church group.  If your Church would like additional space to break into smaller groups, please let us know 2 weeks in advance and we will try to accommodate your request.

Meals and Snacks

Meals are served buffet style in our camp lodge.  Our food service team serves a variety of options at each meal.  In addition to a main entree and sides, cold cereal is available at breakfast and a salad bar is available at lunch and dinner.  A full beverage bar, including coffee, hot chocolate, soda and juice is available at each meal (exception:  no soda at breakfast, sorry!)  Church groups will have assigned seating to assure adequate space and supervision.  Snacks are served Friday night and Saturday night and will provide options for a variety of taste buds.  Students and Leaders must list allergies and dietary restrictions on their registration form.  If there are severe restrictions or allergies, please contact our registrar 2 weeks in advance.

Morning Activity/Game

The purpose of our morning activity time is clear:  Group bonding.  Some years provide a camp-wide group game; other years will provide a more personalized choice for each group.

Free Time

Free time is the highlight of the weekend for most of our guests.  While our staff and volunteers will provide some guidance and leadership at certain activities, students must be supervised by their leaders at all times.