ExpiredLGBTQIA+ Youth Retreat

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Event Phone: 352-448-9120

What Is It?

The weekend retreat is designed to provide a safe space for LGBTQIA+ Youth (ages 14-19) to develop a healthy network of support while exploring issues specifically related to their lives.  This weekend of empowerment focuses on identity development, establishing healthy emotional boundaries, building a toolkit of positive coping skills, and other issues the attendees wish to engage.  Mixed in with this will be time for outdoor recreation, low ropes course, canoeing, dancing, and sharing talents.


What to Expect

The weekend will be filled with a combination of recreational activities (both outdoor and indoor) small group work, opportunities to develop lasting and healthy friendships, as well as an opportunity to simply relax and enjoy yourself.  This weekend is free from cell phone and social media distractions so that participants have an opportunity to disconnect from the world so they can connect with themselves and with other participants.

The retreat will be held at Montgomery Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center, a 160 acre year-round conference center located in Starke, FL.  This rustic camp offers high and low ropes courses, rock wall climbing, water activities, hiking space, and various styles of housing.  Most of our participants will be housed in the cabins, which are divided into 2 units with 4 beds and a bathroom in each side.  Some participants will be housed in lodges, which offer bunk-bed style sleeping accommodations, hallway bathrooms, and meeting spaces.  The retreat staff will include mental health providers who work with LGBTQIA+ youth as well as volunteers who are committed to supporting the health, welfare, and development of LGBTQIA+ youth.


Sample Schedule


5pm – 7pm                  Check-In

7pm – 7:30pm            Opening Activity

7:30pm – 8:00pm       Ice Cream Social

8:00pm – 9:00pm       Break Out Groups

9:00pm – 10:00pm     Dance Party

10:00pm – 10:30pm   Head to Lodges

10:30pm – 11pm         Ready for Bed

11pm                           Lights Out



7:30 – 8:00am             Rise and Shine

8:00am – 8:30am        Breakfast

8:30am – 9:00am        Energizers

9:00am – 10:00am      Break Out Session #1

10:00am – 11:00am    Activity #1

11:00am – 12:00pm    Break Out Session #2

12:00pm – 12:30pm   Lunch

12:30pm – 1:30pm     Down Time

1:30pm – 2:30pm       Break Out Session #3

2:30pm – 3:30pm       Activity #2

3:30pm – 4:30pm       Activity #3

4:30pm – 5:00pm       Ready for Dinner

5:00pm – 5:30pm       Dinner

5:30pm – 6:00pm       Ready for Talent Show

6:00pm – 7:00pm       Break Out Session #4

7:00pm – 8:00pm       Talent Show

8:00pm – 10:00pm     All Camp Activities

10:00pm – 10:30pm   Head to Lodges

10:30pm – 11:00pm   Ready for Bed

11:00pm                      Lights Out



7:30 – 8:00am             Rise and Shine

8:00am – 8:30am        Breakfast

8:30am – 9:00am        Pack up Stuff

9:00am – 10:00am      Activity #4

10:00am – 11:00am    Closing Ceremony

11:00am                      Dismissal

  • LGBTQIA+ Youth Retreat
    November 2, 2018 - November 4, 2018
    6:00 pm - 11:30 am


Venue Phone: 352-473-4516

Venue Website:

88 SE 75th St, Starke, Florida, 32091, United States