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Cross Trails Ministry provides a number of retreats for youth, adults, and families
to spend time at camp all year round! Programmed retreats give you the opportunity
to come and relax at Camp Chrysalis and Ebert Ranch. In addition to retreats at the
camp sites, Cross Trails can come to your congregation with the “Cross Trails Comes
to You” program. Take a look at the descriptions of our retreats and programs below.
 

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Registration Instructions

Registration can be done online here.

Full retreat fees are due with your registration. Some financial aid is available. 
If you are part of a group registration, please contact your congregation as to how
payment should be submitted.

In order to receive the early bird discount, you must submit registration and payment
prior to the early bird deadline date.

Fee refunds are subject to a $25 administrative charge and must be requested
at least 2 weeks prior to the first day of the retreat.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at
info@crosstrails.org or (830) 257-6340.

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Youth Retreats

Two weeks before the first day of the retreat or day event, fees increase by $10 per person.

 

Upper Elementary Spring Retreat — CANCELLED

For Youth in Grades 3-5 – Groups Only

DATES: April 24-26, 2020 at Camp Chrysalis

“The Big Reveal”

Jesus appeared to so many people after his death and before ascending into heaven. Some of these people believed instantly and some were skeptical.  Find out why Jesus appeared to the people he did and how Jesus shows up in your life daily.  Bring your group to enjoy fun camp activities, games, a craft, interactive Bible study and more!  At least one adult from your church is required.  Youth will stay in a cabin with camp staff.  Adult sponsors will be housed separately.  

EARLY BIRD COST: 
Youth: $60
Adults: $45

Early Bird Cost ends April 10th. After this date, fees increase by $10 per participant.

Registration Closes: April 17th 

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What Does This Mean?! Confirmation Retreat on the Sacraments

For Youth in Grades 5-8 and an Adult from their church – Group Registration Only

DATES: September 25-27, 2020

Interactive experiences will enhance your congregational confirmation instruction as your youth explore the sacraments of baptism and communion. Everyone will gain a bigger view of the church as the play, study, and grow in faith with other confirmands. At least one adult sponsor is required to be present the entire time with the youth to help them make the connection between camp and church. Youth will stay in the cabins with staff supervision and adults will stay in an adult cabin. The retreat will be from Friday to Sunday morning. However, to accommodate those who must return to their congregations for Sunday worship, everything that happens after Saturday dinner will be recreational fellowship.

EARLY BIRD COST: 
Adults: $45
Youth: $60

Early Bird Cost ends September 11th. After this date, fees increase by $10 per participant.

Registration Closes: September 18th

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SWTS Middle School Gathering 

For Southwestern Texas Synod Youth in Grades 6-8 – Group Registration Only

DATES: November 13-15, 2020 at Camp Chrysalis

“Saints and Sinners”

How can you be fully saint and fully sinner at the same time? Learn about how Lutherans are both of these things and the relationship we have with God because of it. Camp fun and interactive, faith-filled learning with other synod youth are all apart of The Gathering experience. Youth will stay in cabins with youth from other churches and Cross Trails staff, unless the church elects otherwise. At least one adult from the church is required to be present the entire time. Adults can stay in a cabin with other adults, or with the same gendered youth if they have a Safe Gatherings certificate or the equivalent.

Information regarding Safe Gatherings can be found here.

EARLY BIRD COST: 
Youth and Adults staying in Adult Cabin: $110
Adults staying with Youth: $55

Early Bird Cost ends October 30th. After this date, fees increase by $10 per participant.

Registration Closes: November 6th

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Upper Elementary Advent Retreat

For Youth in Grades 3-5 – Group Registration Only

DATES: December 4-6, 2020 at Ebert Ranch Camp

“The Advent Wreath”

Hope, Anticipation, Longing, Light of the World, and Royalty. All of these are words used to describe the candles of the Advent Wreath. But what do we believe? Find out this Advent season as we worship and celebrate the coming of Christ. Bring your group to enjoy fun camp activities, games, a craft, interactive Bible study and more! Youth will stay in a cabin with camp staff. Adult sponsors will be housed separately. At least one adult from the congregation is required to be present the entire time.

EARLY BIRD COST: 
Adults: $45
Youth: $60

Early Bird Cost ends November 20th. After this date, fees increase by $10 per participant.

Registration Closes: November 27th

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SWTS High School Gathering 

For Southwestern Texas Synod Youth in Grades 9-12 – Group Registration Only

DATES: TBA at Camp Chrysalis

Information regarding Safe Gatherings can be found here.

EARLY BIRD COST: 
Youth and Adults staying in Adult Cabin: TBA
Adults staying with Youth: TBA

Early Bird Cost ends TBA. After this date, fees increase by $10 per participant.

Registration Closes: TBA

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 Family Retreats

Two weeks before the first day of the retreat, fees increase by $10 per person and household maximum increases accordingly.
Household maximum applies to families residing under the same roof.

 

Family & Friends Labor Day Retreat

For Families, Singles and Couples

DATES: September 4-7, 2020 at Camp Chrysalis

“Game On”

Games bring people together! Whether it is a camp game, board game, a video game, an arcade game, or a party game, games are designed for community. Jesus brought people together too. Lean about who Jesus brought together as well as what they gathered around. Arts and crafts, swimming, canoeing, worship, Bible study, and activities designed for all ages will be a part of this retreat. Families will live in their own air-conditioned cabin with a private bathroom.

EARLY BIRD COST: 
Adults and Youth in Grades 7-12: $170
Youth in Grades K-6: $145
Preschool Youth: Free
Household Maximum: $680

Early Bird Cost ends August 21st. After this date, fees increase by $10 per participant.

Registration Closes: August 28th

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Family Advent Festival Retreat

For Families, Couples and Singles

DATES:  All at Camp Chrysalis 
December 4-6, 2020
December 11-13, 2020
December 18-20, 2020

“Jesus’ Family Tree”

Families can have some interesting characters, and Jesus’ family is no exception! This weekend we will learn about Jesus’ lineage as well as the new life that Jesus brought into the world as He made all of us a part of His family tree. With crafts, worships, Bible study and activities, families will experience Christ, camp, and each other as they slow down in preparation for the Christmas season. All families will live in separate climate-controlled rooms with a private bathroom.

EARLY BIRD COST: 
Adults and Youth in Grades 7-12: $140
Youth in Grades K-6: $115
Preschool Youth: Free
Household Maximum: $560

Early Bird Cost ends two weeks before the retreat starts. After this date, fees increase by $10 per participant.

Registration Closes: The Friday before the retreat starts.

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Adult Retreats

Two weeks before the first day of the retreat, fees increase by $10 per person.

Women’s Craft Retreat — CANCELED

For Adult Women 

DATES: April 23-26 or April 24-26, 2020 at Camp Chrysalis

Come to beautiful Camp Chrysalis to enjoy a weekend with women of faith of learning new skills and escaping from the busyness of normal life.  Slow down and relax as the Camp Chrysalis staff pampers you with wine and cheese, worship and devotions, and a quiet atmosphere.  Bring your own project to work on or try your hand at one of our featured crafts.  You can sign up for just one, two, or all three of the new crafts we are teaching.  Sessions will be on Friday evening or during the day on Saturday.  All materials are included in the craft fee.

EARLY BIRD COST: 
Thursday-Sunday: $150 plus craft fees
Friday-Sunday: $135 plus craft fees

Early Bird Cost ends April 10th. After this date, fees increase by $10 per participant.

Registration Closes: April 17th 

Craft Descriptions & Costs:

Gun Powder Wood Burnings: $50

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cookie Decorating: $40
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paint Swatch Art: $35
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Women’s Fall Craft Retreat

For Adult Women 

DATES: October 23-25, 2020 at Camp Chrysalis

Catch up on your unfinished crafts or begin something new in time for Christmas! Spend time with the girls and come to beautiful Camp Chrysalis to escape the busyness of everyday life. Slow down and relax as the Camp Chrysalis staff pamper you with wine and cheese, worship, Bible study, devotions, and a quiet atmosphere. Unlike the spring retreat, this retreat will be totally focused on the crafts that you bring from home that you just want to start, catch up on, or complete. Join us for a get-a-way craft weekend.

EARLY BIRD COST: $140

Early Bird Cost ends October 9th. After this date, fees increase by $10 per participant.

Registration Closes: October 16th

 



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