A Retreat to Remember

Juniors learn about Trust

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Photo by Nathan Fletcher

Juniors gather for Mass at the end of the retreat.

Nathan Fletcher, Staff Reporter

25 September, 2017– On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the juniors of Skutt Catholic travelled to the Holling Center for their Junior Retreat. The theme of this retreat was Trust, both trust in God and in our classmates. The day started by splitting into two separate groups, each doing a specific set of activities, the groups switching after lunchtime.

The first half of the retreat was all metaphorical activities about how we can trust God. To begin, a grid of 7×7 squares taped onto a tarp was placed on the floor. The squares had to be stepped on in the correct order to get through the maze. Each person would go through until they stepped on an incorrect square, in which case they would have to go back to the start. There was also an activity where one person would be blindfolded and lead around by a partner, first by a partner they know and later by a random partner that they were not told the identity of. These activities were meant to be an allegory for how we rely on God to guide us on our path.

After a short break for lunch, the group was broken down into smaller groups to complete various team-building activities. These included things like standing on a blanket and having to flip it over, trust falls, and climbing a 10-foot wall. After each activity, the group leader would talk to the group about the purpose of the activity they completed. These activities were mainly about making a plan together as a team, and trusting each other to carry out their part of the job.

The retreat ended with a brief Mass with Father Harrison, tying together the themes of trust and teamwork with our faith. Overall, the retreat was a major success and an excellent addition to the Skutt Catholic curriculum.

Nathan Fletcher

Nathan became a member of The Flightline in August of 2017. He is a senior this year, involved in cross country, track, and drama, and can be found watching movies outside of school. You can email him at [email protected]