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2012 Fall Retreat
Connecting Causes Ripple Effects

Friday through Sunday
September 28-30, 2012

At Thousand Pines Christian Conference Center
In Crestline, California

This weekend away offers something for everyone:
• Thoughtful and engaging discussion on the theme Connecting Causes Ripple Effects for youth and adults.
• Children exploring the theme through activities, song, art and nature.
• Great food.
• An incredible location in the San Bernardino Mountains with historical ties to First Baptist Church of Redlands.

Registration Packet Downloads:
triangle bulletFBCR Registration Form [PDF 31KB]
triangle bulletThousand Pines Camper Registration and Medical Release Form (1 form needed per person) [PDF 202KB]
triangle bulletFall Retreat Information, Schedule, and Directions to Thousand Pines [PDF 398KB]
triangle bulletThousand Pines Camp Map [PDF 2.28MB]

Registration packets are also available at the retreat table on Sunday mornings or in the church office during the week.
FBCR Registration, Thousand Pines Camper Registration Form (1 form per person needed), and final payment are due
by Thursday, September 13 to the church office.

For more information please contact Tom Herron or email

Come for the day or stay for the weekend! Two Options for Attending
OPTION 1: Arrive Friday and stay through Sunday in comfortable cabins.
Package includes lodging & 5 meals.
triangle bullet$120 adults (age 12 and older)
triangle bullet$90 children (ages 4 to 11)
triangle bulletChildren 3 and under are free

OPTION 2: Come for Saturday sessions and activities only.
Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday.
triangle bullet$25 adults and children (4 and up) 3 and under are free.

Optional Activities
All meals and most activities are included in the registration fee. There will be some optional activities (i.e. ropes course/zip line, etc...) available that Thousand Pines charges a modest fee for participants ($5 to $10). A schedule for these activities along with costs will be posted at the retreat. All cabins have electricity and private bathrooms.


Whether it is a pebble in the ocean or a boulder in a creek,
there is first an interaction that creates a hole, then a ripple effect. The same effect works in all of our interactions, be they conversations, non-verbal exchanges, or physical movements observed by others. Learning how we connect with others and the impact we have creates an empowerment of the situation, event, simple communication, or interaction. We can identify when we need to change that impression, when to improve it, and when we need to let it go. Connecting with others is powerful but it can be downright scary! We have places of fear inside of us where connections are imperative, but we have other places as well – places with names like trust and hope and faith. We can choose to connect from one of those places, a place of promise, instead of a place of anxiety. Using scripture from the Psalms, the Gospel of Mark and other passages, through individual, small group, and large group activities, we will explore the ways in which connecting with others causes a ripple effect.

Retreat Schedule
4:00-6:00         Check in and enjoy Thousand Pines
6:00-7:00         Dinner in Ponderosa Lodge
7:30-done        Time for fellowship, music, games, beverages, treats and fun in Ponderosa Lodge.

8:15-9:15         Breakfast in Ponderosa Lodge
9:30-10:15       “Connecting Has a Ripple Effect” - Lodge Activities for Children & Youth in the Amphitheater
10:15-11:00     Break Out Sessions -- Locations TBA
                        Activities for Children and Youth
11:00-12:00     Free Time
12:00-1:00       Lunch
1:00-1:15        Group Picture in the Amphitheater
1:30-5:30        Choice of Activities
                        - Coffee Shop/Malt Shop Open
                        - Arts and Crafts
                        - Sports and Recreation (to be posted)
                        - and much more...Please see the bulletin board at the retreat for times and locations
5:45-6:45         Dinner in Ponderosa Lodge
6:45-7:25         Wrap Up Session in Ponderosa Lodge
7:30-9:00         Campfire Program in the Amphitheatre
9:00-done        Evening fellowship opportunities

8:15-9:15         Breakfast
                        Before or after breakfast, please clean out your cabin and place luggage on front porch or in your vehicle
10:00-11:00     Sunday Worship in the Amphitheatre and depart for home

Additional Information:
triangle bulletThe Pool WILL BE OPEN from 1:00 to 5:00 Saturday. This is a change from our previous plans. If you wish to enjoy this Saturday afternoon, please bring swimwear and a towel. There is no charge for the pool.

triangle bulletOptional Activities:
The Paint Ball Course will be open from 1 to 3 on Saturday. The cost for paintball is $10.00 and includes all needed equipment and 150 rounds of paint.
The Ropes Course will be open Saturday for two sessions, 1:00 to 3:00 and 3:00 to 5:00. Cost for the Ropes Course is $5.00.
The Malt Shop and Grand Oak Café (gourmet coffee) in Main Camp will be open from 1:00 to 5:00.

triangle bulletMeal Times: The meal times will be 8:15-9:15am for breakfast, 12:15-1:15p for dinner, and 5:45-6:45p for dinner.
We will having dinner a bit later on Friday at 6:00 p.m. to allow time for people to arrive.

We will have a drink station with soda and other drinks continuously open while we are there. Consider bringing a reusable cup or mug for your convenience and to cut down on waste.

triangle bulletTo help make this a great weekend for all of us, here are few tips, reminders and answers to common questions.
The turnoff for Camp Ponderosa is to the left before you reach the main camp area of Thousand Pines. Follow the signs.
Click here to download a camp map Thousand Pines Camp Map [PDF 2.28MB]

Suggested To Bring List:
Remember to bring comfortable clothes and shoes for the weekend. The temperature is expected to reach the low 80’s during the day and the mid 50’s at night.
We recommend bringing sunscreen, a water bottle and a hat since many of the activities will be outside.

Optional Items you might want to bring:
Notebook and pens
A flashlight for use during evening activities
Cash to spend at The Big Oak Cafe, the Malt Shop, or recreation activities

For those staying Friday through Sunday:
Cabin assignments will be given when you reach Thousand Pines. All cabins have private restrooms and showers within the cabin. All of the cabins have lighting and electricity.
Bring bedding/sleeping bag, pillows, bathtowel, soap, toiletries, shampoo, etc....

Thousand Pines is a 255 acre facility located approximately 45 minutes from Redlands in the San Bernardino National Forest at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The camp is surrounded by great natural beauty and offers a wide range of recreational opportunities. Their primary goal is to create a distraction-free environment where guests have opportunities to see, know and experience God.
Click here to visit Thousand Pines' website.


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