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Retreat Facilitator Training

We are searching for facilitators for the annual Catholic Scout Retreat! Be prepared to have the time of your life interacting with the Scouts. You will be tired by the end of the day, but will have fun!

All facilitators need to be able to be at the Retreat for the full day Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. You will be assigned a patrol of between 8-10 youth, usually both Boy/Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. The Scouts are first broken down by ages: elementary school, middle school and high school. We even have adult patrols. After the opening ceremony and the patrol formation, the patrols go off to discuss two readings based on our theme in the morning, as well as work on the rosary patch. The elementary school patrols do some activities and go to Mass. After lunch, the older Scouts go to Mass while the younger Scouts discuss a single reading. Then we all move on to midway activities, again divided by age groups. The facilitator stays with the patrol though the midway activities. All patrols come together at the end of the day for a final camp-wide game, before the youth are dismissed to dinner with their units.

While the facilitator's job is only for the day Saturday, there is a facilitators meeting Friday evening, where the packets for the day are handed out. It is not a mandatory meeting, but if you camp at the park on Friday night,it makes for a less harried Saturday. You are also invited to camp for the whole weekend. We have Benediction followed by a campfire Saturday evening, and the Retreat closes with a Mass Sunday morning.

We ask all facilitators to register and pay for the Retreat, whether you are staying for the weekend or not, so we can be sure to have adequate insurance for the event.

For your convenience, we will have three facilitator training sessions this year. Attendance at any one of these will prepare you to be a Retreat Facilitator. The half day training sessions cover the job description of facilitators, guidelines for this year's program, scriptural readings and the retreat itself.

When you come to the training class, you must bring a copy of your Virtus certificate (original or online) and the date you were Archdiocesan Livescan fingerprinted. Or you may bring a copy of the Catholic Scout Retreat Facilitator Application with pastor approval and bearing the parish stamp. This information must be submitted each year and a copy will be kept for our files.

We need approximately 40 trained facilitators for an expected attendance of 500 Scouts and Scouters.