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Freshman Orientation Retreat

2017 Freshman Retreat information will be posted as soon as it is available - stay tuned!


 

retreat2013.jpgThe Freshmen Orientation Retreat is a required event for accepted and deposit-paid members of the Class of 2020!

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

 

 

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Freshmen Feedback:

 

"The staff treated me like family and that makes me feel great about going to Catawba.”  

“Going to college is terrifying, but with the retreat, getting connections, I don’t feel that bad anymore.”   

“For me, the personal attention, students, staff, leaders talking to me helped me feel more comfortable.”  

“The most helpful component was the faculty and student workers.  They inspired me to do things I never thought about.

"This has been an amazing experience ... I feel so much more ready to begin college."

"I feel that I have gotten to know faculty and staff who will be there for me if I need them, and that is so comforting."

"It was so much fun! :D"

2016 Freshman Retreats
(all deposited students must attend)

The Purpose:
To provide an opportunity for the members of the Class of 2020 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?


2016 Dates

The retreat dates are:

  • June 24-26, 2016  - 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 18-20, 2016 - 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 18-20, 2016  - 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 20-22, 2016  - 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 20-22, 2016  - 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 10-12, 2016 
    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 10-12, 2016
    Black Lake Retreat Center - FULL
    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.


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:

  • July 18-20 Black Lake Retreat Check-In: 
    11:45am-12:45pm
  • July 18-20 Johns River Valley Camp Retreat Check-In:
    11:45am-12:45pm
  • July 20-22 Black Lake Retreat Check-In:
    8:30am-9:30am
  • July 20-22 Johns River Valley Camp Retreat Check-In:
    8:30am-9:30am
  • August 10-12 Black Lake Retreat Check-In:
    11:45am-12:45pm
  • August 10-12 Johns River Valley Camp Retreat Check-In:
    11:45am-12:45pm

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
Contact Ms. Sharon Newsome or Ms. Kara Ostlund in Student Affairs (704) 637-4410.