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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.

Fee refunds are subject to a $25 administrative charge per person and must be requested
at least 2 weeks prior to the first day of the retreat.  After this, fees are locked in.

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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Day Events

Schedule your own Church Picnic! 

Congregation are invited to bring their church family to their very own “Church Picnic” at either Camp Chrysalis or Ebert Ranch.  Families can safely socialize as they hike, make crafts, shoot archery, try the ropes course, play camp style yard games or just enjoy time together in the beauty of the outdoors.  At Camp Chrysalis, canoeing and catch and release fishing are possible, and at Ebert Ranch making and sharing horse treats, and playing ranch-style frisbee golf can be part of the fun.  Camp staff would be happy to plan a worship for you, or you can create your own, and record it for members back home.  Have families bring their own picnic lunch and camp will do the rest to help bring your community back together after a time apart.

COST: 
$200 for up to 25 people
$375 for up to 50 people
$550 for up to 75 people

A camp lunch can be provided for an additional fee.
Contact info@crosstrails.org to reserve your date and choose your activities.

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  Family Retreats

Registration closes one week before the first day of the retreat.
Household maximum applies to families residing under the same roof.

Family & Friends Labor Day Retreat

For Families, Singles and Couples

DATES: September 3-6, 2021 at Camp Chrysalis

“Wild Wild West”

Git a long to camp and experience the wild west!  Enjoy camp style family fun as we learn about how Jesus was an outlaw in his time.  Western themed activities, crafts, worships, and performances will create the fell of a wild west dude ranch where you can relax and reconnect.  Families will live in their own air conditioned cabin. 

Early Bird Costs: 
Adults and Youth in Grades 7-12: $165
Youth in Grades K-6: $140
Preschool Youth: Free
Household Maximum: $660

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

Registration Closes: August 27th.

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Family Advent Festival Retreat

For Families, Singles and Couples

DATES (All at Camp Chrysalis):
December 3-5, 2021
December 10-12, 2021
December 17-19, 2021

“Gather Around the Chrismon Tree”

Chrismons are ancient symbols that remind us of the ultimate work of Christ.  Bring your family to camp to spend a special Advent weekend immersed in faith-filled fun as we remind each other of the true meaning of Christmas.  Learn about Chrismons and this special season through Bible study, worship, crafts, and activities.  Our gingerbread house tradition will continue again this year.  All families will live in their own climate controlled rooms.

Early Bird Costs: 
Adults and Youth in Grades 7-12: $135
Youth in Grades K-6: $110
Preschool Youth: Free
Household Maximum: $540

Early Bird Cost ends two weeks prior to retreat start date. After this date, fees increase by $10 per paying participant.

Registration Closes: One week prior to retreat start date.

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Youth Retreats

Registration closes one week before the first day of the retreat.

Upper Elementary Spring Retreat 

For Youth in Grades 3-5 and an adult from their congregation.

DATES: Saturday, April 17, 2021 Day Event at Camp Chrysalis

Optional Overnight Accommodations and Camp Activities Available April 16-18, 2021

“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! Choose to come for the day or the whole weekend.  Cross Trails COVID protocols for retreats, including masks, sanitizing and appropriate distancing will be followed by all.

The Day Event will run from 10:00am-4:00pm on. Lunch will be provided. At least one adult from the congregation is required to be present the entire time.  
Day Event Early Bird Cost: $35 

A mix of fun camp activities and a campfire will be offered for those who come for the weekend.  One adult with a Safe Gatherings certificate is required to provide overnight supervision for up to 7 same gendered youth campers.  
Full Weekend Early Bird Cost: $110 Youth, $55 Adults

Information regarding Safe Gatherings can be found here.

Early Bird Cost ends April 2nd. After this date, fees increase by $10 per participant.

Registration Closes: April 9th.

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What Does This Mean?!
Confirmation Retreat on the Lord’s Prayer 

For Youth in Grades 6-8 and an adult from their congregation.

DATES: September 24-26, 2021 at Ebert Ranch 

Interactive experiences will enhance your congregational confirmation instruction as your youth explore the Lord’s Prayer.  Everyone will gain a bigger view of the church as they play, study, and grow in faith with other confirmands.  At least one adult sponsor is required to be present the entire time to help youth make the connection between the camp and church.  Youth will stay in the Bunkhouse with staff supervision and adults will stay in Lela Haus.  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: 
$110 per Youth
$55 per Adult

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

Registration Closes: September 17th.

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SWTS Middle School Gathering 

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

DATES: November 12-14, 2021 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 a part of The Gathering experience.  At least one adult from the church is required to be present the entire time.  Youth will stay in cabins with youth from other churches and Cross Trails staff, unless the church elects otherwise.  Adults will stay in a cabin with other adults, or they may choose to stay with the same gendered youth from their church if they have a Safe Gatherings certificate or the equivalent. 

Information regarding Safe Gatherings can be found here.

Early Bird Cost: 
$110 per Youth
$55 per Adult staying with their youth
$110 per Adult staying in adult cabin 

Early Bird Cost ends October 29th. After this date, fees increase by $10 per participant.

Registration Closes: November 5th.

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Upper Elementary Advent Retreat 

For Youth in Grades 3-5 and an adult from their congregation.

DATES: December 3-5, 2021 at Ebert Ranch

“We are the Branches”

Jesus has an impressive family tree of heroes throughout scripture.  Join us as we look at the Jesse Tree that tells the Story of God in the Old Testament and celebrates the faithfulness of God across 4000 years of history!  Participate in small group Bible studies, worships, crafts, and other camp activities to prepare for the birth of Jesus.  At least one adult from the church is required to be present the entire time.  Youth will stay in the Bunkhouse with staff supervision and adults will stay in Lela Haus. 

Early Bird Cost: 
$110 per Youth
$55 per Adult

Early Bird Cost ends November 19th. After this date, fees increase by $10 per participant.

Registration Closes: November 26th.

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Adult Retreats

Registration closes one week before the first day of the retreat.

Women’s Craft Retreat 

For Adult Women

DATES: April 22-25 or April 23-25, 2021 at Camp Chrysalis

Come to beautiful Camp Chrysalis to enjoy a weekend with women of faith 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.  Cross Trails COVID protocols for retreats, including masks, sanitizing and appropriate distancing will be followed by all.

Early Bird Costs: 
Thursday-Sunday: $150 plus craft fees
Friday to Sunday: $135 plus craft fees
Saturday Only (9:00am-5:00pm – includes lunch): $50 plus craft fees

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

Registration Closes: April 16th.

Featured Crafts:
Toothbrush Rugs: $30 (includes “toothbrush” needle, fabric, and instruction)

 

 

 

 

 

Succulent Planters: $50 (includes pots, succulents, macrame supplies, and instruction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chalk Paint Wax Furnishings: $100 (includes frames, step stool, paint, wax, wax brushes, and instruction.  Participants can bring other pieces to work on, as well.) Not eligible for Saturday only participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women’s Fall Craft Retreat 

For Adult Women

DATES: October 22-24, 2021 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.  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: $135

Early Bird Cost ends October 8th. After this date, fees increase by $10 per participant.

Registration Closes: October 15th.



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