Winter Fest (Elementary Winter Camp)

February 19–21, 2016
See Below for Pricing!

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 Open


Pricing for Winter Fest 2016:

The price per student is $149 and the rate includes meals, lodging, program and all activities except for the Giant Swing, Indoor Climbing Wall and Zip Line.  In order for students to tailor their experience to best suit their style, they may add these activities by purchasing a ticket at $5.00 per person/per activity during the weekend.

The price per leader is $99 and the rate includes meals, lodging, program and all activities except for the Giant Swing, Indoor Climbing Wall and Zip Line.

Please give us a call if you have any questions. We look forward to serving you and your church this winter!

Speaker Bio

Speaker Info coming this spring!

The 2016 theme will be released later in 2015.

Registration for Winter Fest includes a few steps:

1) Download a registration form from our website. Fill out the necessary information and mail or fax it in to our registrar, Jane, with a deposit 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 will be emailed to confirm details as you register.

2) Promote the weekend at your church. Hand out flyers, show videos and share how students and adult leaders can register.

3) Detailed directions and information on the following steps of registration will be emailed to you after your church is registered.

4) Distribute fliers and communicate to parents and adult leaders how to register their student or adult leader through the Covenant Harbor online registration.

5) Our registrar, Jane, will communicate with you regularly regarding who has registered from your church.

6) 4 weeks before your retreat is your last chance to change your total number. Please email Jane to confirm the total number of students and adult leaders at that time.  Then we will email you an invoice showing the balance due by your church (or money that we need to send you).​

7) 2 weeks before your retreat the following is due:  Your full payment (payment by check is preferred) and your gender breakdowns and a list of the adult leaders and students coming with your church. Please email Jane the total number of each gender of adult leaders and of students along with a list of who those individuals are so that we can compare that to the actual registrations submitted.​​

8) 1 week before your retreat:  Deadline for all online registrations (PLEASE encourage parents and adult leaders to submit them much earlier than that, preferably 4 weeks in advance.)



Payment: A non-refundable deposit is due when you register in order to reserve your spaces. Full payment is due 2 weeks before your weekend. 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 camps 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 winter camp.  Should students need medications or medical attention while at the winter camp, it will be the church leaders’ responsibility to care for the student. Your church will need to be sure you have permission and information to provide medical attention for your students.  If you don’t already have a form your church uses for this, feel free to contact our Program Registrar for a form you can use.

Cancellation:  Churches are responsible to pay in full for the final number of students and adult leaders listed on the final invoice (based on the number you provide 4 weeks before the retreat).  Churches can replace a non-attending student with a new student of the same gender at any time without penalty, so long as the cancellation is communicated to Covenant Harbor and the new registration is submitted online in a timely fashion.  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.​

​Cancellations should be communicated to the church leader first, and then you should inform our Program Registrar immediately.  Generally, cancellations made more than 1 month before the event will receive a full refund minus a $15 processing fee per person. Cancellations made less than 1 month before the event will receive no refund. Exceptions may be made: 1) for medical reasons, when a doctor’s verification is presented prior to the start of camp; 2) when a non-attending student can be replaced with another student. Exceptions are not guaranteed.


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 email 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.