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Freshman Orientation Retreat

retreat16.jpgThe Freshmen Orientation Retreat is a required event for incoming freshmen (including early college students) and transfers with less than 18 credit hours. All deposited students must attend.

This retreat will introduce you to the Catawba family and orient you to college life.

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About the Retreats

The Purpose:
To provide an opportunity for the members of the Class of 2021 to get to know your classmates and some members of the faculty and staff prior to the start of the hectic activity of orientation and the beginning of classes.

The retreat is designed to help freshmen gain a better understanding of the college experience and be successful. Members of the Alpha Leadership Core will be on-hand to answer questions you may have from an upperclassman’s point-of-view. Students are given guidance in discovering who they are and how this understanding can lead to discussions about vocation and career.

Finally, these retreats are fun! Why Catawba & the Freshman Retreat?


 


2017 Dates

The retreat dates are:

  • June 22-24, 2017 - FULL
    Johns River Valley Camp
    Traditional retreat format with emphasis upon getting to know one another and sessions to help learn about college life, how to be successful in college and how to prepare for the college experience. Opportunities for rock climbing, hiking and archery.

  • July 21-23, 2017 - FULL
    Black Lake Retreat Center
    Traditional retreat format with emphasis upon getting to know one another and sessions to help learn about college life, how to be successful in college and how to prepare for the college experience. Opportunity to visit the N.C. Zoological Park. Volleyball, frisbee golf, corn hole and other activities are available on site.

  • July 21-23, 2017  - FULL
    Johns River Valley Camp
    Traditional retreat format with emphasis upon getting to know one another and sessions to help learn about college life, how to be successful in college and how to prepare for the college experience. Opportunities for rock climbing, hiking and archery.

  • August 9-11, 2017 - FULL
    Black Lake Retreat Center
    Traditional retreat format with emphasis upon getting to know one another and sessions to help learn about college life, how to be successful in college and how to prepare for the college experience. Opportunity to visit the N.C. Zoological Park. Volleyball, frisbee golf, corn hole and other activities are available on site.

  • August 9-11, 2017 
    Johns River Valley Camp
    Traditional retreat format with emphasis upon getting to know one another and sessions to help learn about college life, how to be successful in college and how to prepare for the college experience. Opportunities for rock climbing, hiking and archery.


NOTE: Athletes should check their team's pre-season practice schedule to be sure there are no conflicts with the retreat dates.

 


Meeting Time, Check-In Location/Time, & Transportation

The check-in location for ALL retreats is the Robertson College-Community Center. Check-in times are noted below:

  • June 22-24 Johns River Valley Camp Retreat Check-In:
    11:45am-12:45pm

  • July 21-23 Black Lake Retreat Check-In:
    11:45am-12:45pm

  • July 21-23 Johns River Valley Camp Retreat Check-In:
    11:45am-12:45pm

  • August 9-11 Black Lake Retreat:

    • 8:00am-12noon: Student Check-In & Room Key Pick-Up (Library)

    • 11:45am-12:45pm: Check-In for the Retreat (Robertson College-Community Center)

  • August 9-11 Johns River Valley Camp Retreat:

    • 8:00am-12noon: Student Check-In & Room Key Pick-Up (Library)

    • 11:45am-12:45pm: Check-In for the Retreat (Robertson College-Community Center)

We will return to the Catawba campus around 3 p.m. on the last day of the retreat. There will be a brief commissioning service in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel upon our return to campus. Family members who can be present for the commissioning service are welcome. If you do not drive to campus, you should arrange for transportation to pick you up no later than 4 p.m.

Transportation to and from the retreat is provided.

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Retreat Locations

The retreats will be at Johns River Camp near Collettsville, NC (two hours from campus) in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and at the Black Lake Retreat Center, near the Uwharrie Mountains, N.C. Zoological Park, and many other attractions.

 


Registration & Cost

You must be accepted for admission and be deposit paid to be eligible to attend the retreat. The cost for the retreat is $150 per student and will be billed to the fall semester tuition. To register, please use the online form.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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More Information

For more information, contact Student Affairs at (704) 637-4410.