Winter Camp (JR/SR High Youth Groups)

January 11–13, 2019
Junior High/Senior High
January 18–20, 2019
Junior High Only
February 8–10, 2019
Junior High Only
February 15–17, 2019
Junior High/Senior High

Winter Camp 2019 registration opens later this year!

Our Winter Camp JR/SR High weekend retreats at Covenant Harbor are the perfect winter getaway for your youth group.  These teen winter camps in January and February give junior and senior high students the opportunity to connect with other students in their church youth group and their leaders. This is made possible by our camp staff taking care of all the planning, booking quality Christian speakers and worship leaders. The end result is students and leaders alike will leave the weekend feeling refreshed, more connected to their youth group and energized to serve Jesus as well as those in their community.

Students and leaders will enjoy all the great winter camp activities that we have to offer at Covenant Harbor. Those activities include the high ropes course, indoor rock climbing wall, the giant swing, broom-ball, snow tubing, ice skating and much more!

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. This allows your church to promote this great winter camp experience to your students. We provide marketing and registration materials to you as well.

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

2019 Dates Speaker Worship Band Availability
JR/SR High: January 11-13 TBA TBA Open
JR High: January 18-20 TBA TBA Open
JR High: February 8-10 TBA TBA Open
JR/SR High: February 15-17 TBA TBA Open

Pricing for Winter Camp JR/SR High:

The price per student includes meals, lodging, program and all activities except for the Giant Swing, Indoor Climbing Wall and Zipline.  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 includes meals, lodging, program and all activities except for the Giant Swing, Indoor Climbing Wall and Zipline.

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

Winter Camp 2019 theme will be announced this fall.

The Winter Camp 2018 theme at Covenant Harbor was START, taken from Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV):

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Living as a Christian is a process of being made new. As you grow closer to Christ, old habits and weaknesses (really, old sin) stop making your decisions for you. Righteousness and truth take over. Soon, you look at yourself and see someone you’re more fulfilled in and proud to be than ever before. Life with Christ is a call away from your old, corrupt, deceitful, desirous self and into a life that’s fresh and fits better all the time because it’s what you were made for. It’s a call from your creator, who knows you best, to put off that messy, wrong existence and START living as your new self.

As you’re preparing to join us, we hope you’ll dive into these ideas through scripture. It’ll be really cool to see how God uses camp to stretch your group.

As usual, we have a great lineup of speakers and bands preparing to join us for this winter season. There’s a diverse schedule in the works that will be jammed with all the Winter Camp standards (a tournament, games, hangout spaces, great food, etc…) and lots of freshness as well. We’re working especially hard on themed events and spaces that will make this year a once-in-a-lifetime camp weekend for your whole group. And, of course, we’ll have every single adventurous and wintry activity the weather allows (think giant swing, tubing, frozen lake fun, and more)!

We cannot wait for you to get here!

-Covenant Harbor Youth Ministry Team

Registration for Winter Camp JR/SR High includes a few steps:

1) Choose your weekend(s). Prayerfully consider which available weekend is the best for your church. Bring your entire youth group to the JR/SR High weekends (perfect for small youth groups) or bring your youth group separately to the JR High weekends.

2) Register with Covenant Harbor as soon as you have made a decision about your Winter Camp weekend. 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 in the weekend of your choice. Space will be given 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 dates and details as you register.

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

4) Distribute flyers 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 3 things are due:

– Your full payment (payment by check is preferred).

– Your gender breakdowns along with 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.

– All student and adult leader online registrations (PLEASE encourage parents and adult leaders to submit them much earlier than that, preferably 4 weeks in advance).


Registration Policies

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. Winter camps fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Adult 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 the church leader first, and then you should inform our program registrar at Covenant Harbor immediately.  Generally, cancellations made more than 4 weeks before the event will receive a full refund minus a $15 processing fee per person. Cancellations made less than 4 weeks 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 questions about Winter Camp JR/SR High or the registration process. 262-248-3600 ext. 327 or

Arrival and Departure

Winter Camp 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 Camp 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 Camp.

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). Please leave personal electronic equipment (i.e. cell phones, iPods, Game Boys, etc.), knives/weapons, and fireworks at home.

Here’s a suggested packing list:

sleeping bag






warm outdoor clothes (hat, gloves, jacket)- we will be outside a lot


What Not to Bring

Do not bring cell phones or any pets, electronic devices (including cd players, Game Boys, and iPods), personal sports equipment, 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.

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 Camp 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 Camp 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 Camp.


The winter camps include 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 & Snack

Large Group Session


A detailed schedule of the weekend will be made available about two weeks before each weekend.  However, here is more information to help you understand the different pieces.

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. One 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 two 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!)  Churches 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 Church.

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.

Evening Activity/Event

We end Saturday in style!  A thematic event will provide fun, food and memories for your whole group.