This event is a highlight of our year! It is a great weekend of fun and relaxation, connecting with new and old friends, and worshiping in God’s creation.Camp Shamineau is located in central Minnesota, about 2.5 hours away from the Twin Cities. We will have a wide range of activities including horses, high and low ropes course, crafts, a sandy beach, nature center, air rifles, and much more. The best part is that all of this is included in the registration price!
Watch the highlight video from 2018 to get a taste.
Hailey WilsonI love everything about the fall retreat! Getting out of the city to build deeper community with our church friends and family, it’s the best.
Rachel FarrisIt's so family friendly! We were able to bring our kids with and not just feel like we were chasing them around and trying to keep them alive all the time. All the parents create a baby monitor station and take turns manning it.
Darrius HubbardIt was totally out of my comfort zone physically and mentally, but I enjoyed every moment of it even the time when I was a spectator!
What is the cost?
The cost of the weekend depends on which housing option you choose and the number of people you are bringing. You can see a detailed explanation of the housing options below.
We highly value everyone being able to come to the retreat, so if you’re able to contribute a little more to the scholarship fund, please consider doing so when you register.
If you need financial assistance or if you’re unable to pay online by credit/debit card, contact Coley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the housing options?
We have three different types of housing, each having different amenities and prices, which can be seen in the registration. Check out a camp map here to get a feel for where everything is.
Oak Hollow is the main retreat center where we will have our sessions, and is reserved first for our families with young children. There are twelve rooms, each with three bunk beds (six twin sized beds). Bathrooms are located inside the building, but are shared among those staying in Oak Hollow. This option is great for kids because it’s in the same building as our sessions, but it can get loud if someone doesn’t sleep well. Bring your own sleeping bag or bedding.
Ponderosa – New Offer!
Ponderosa is another retreat center, with bathrooms attached to the building, accessible from the outside. It is closer to the gym and campground than where our sessions will be, but it is another convenient option for families who appreciate a nearby bathroom, especially at night.
Next to Oak Hollow is a line of cabins called Skyview. These are larger cabins with six bunks each (twelve beds). Bathrooms are not connected to the cabin, but they do have electricity and heat. They are divided by a wall half way through the cabin, so it is possible to share a cabin with another couple.
We will reserve at least one Skyview Cabin for men and one for women. Couples must be married to be housed together. See General Notes below for more on cabin options. Bring your own sleeping bag or sheets.
Last but not least, we have the campground. If you have your own tent, pop up trailer, or small RV, we have a place for you! It will be late in the season so it may be cold. You will be responsible for staying warm and dry, but it can be done! Bathrooms are not far, and there’s nothing like sleeping in a tent under the stars.
General Housing Notes
In order to maximize space, families and couples have a few options. You may separate your family and stay in the men’s and women’s cabins with other men and women of Antioch. Or, you could stay together as a family and share a cabin with friends who are willing. If you are interested in either of those options, please note it in your registration. The default is to be housed with your spouse/family in your own space. If you make no comment on your registration, you will get the default option.
Each of the housing options will be reserved in the order we receive registrations.
How old must children be to come? What about pets?
Are they your kids or your kids’ friends? Then they can come! We will have a nursery for babies and toddlers available during the sessions (run by amazing Shamineau staff!), and we will help parents coordinate nap times so bring a baby monitor if you have one that’s easy to transport.
No family pets are allowed at Shamineau.
What's the food like?
Shamineau boasts great, quality food served buffet style. If you have any dietary or allergy concerns, please note those under Medical Notes in your registration. The chefs will accommodate just about everything, and we will confirm with them ahead of time. Shamineau does have several high chairs available for our littlest guests.
What will we do?
Pretty much everything is elective, but here’s a general idea of the schedule:
6:00 Check in opens
9:00 Welcome Session in Oak Hollow
Night: Gym Open and Games in Oak Hollow
9:00 Low Ropes Option
1:30 Afternoon Extravaganza! Trail Rides, High Ropes Course, Nature center, paddle boats, hiking, volleyball, and more fun than can be listed here…
8:30 Bonfire with Campfire Donuts, Hayrides, More Fun and Games!
10:30 Closing Session
What should I pack?
- Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. It’s late September so pack layers.
- Bedding: sleeping bag or sheets and blankets. All bunks are twin-sized.
- Flashlight and/or headlamp
- Spending money for meals on the road, gift shop, and snack shop. Credit Cards are accepted at the gift shop.
- Athletic Shoes
- Swimsuit, if you’re brave!
- Bible, Notebook & Pen
- Board Games, card games, or whatever you want to share
- Alarm clock
- Baby Monitor, whatever else you need to help baby sleep
- Earplugs or noise machines
- Snacks, if you or your kids can’t make it between meals. Some evening snacks will be provided.
Can I get a ride?
If you don’t have a car or just don’t want to drive alone, we will help coordinate rides closer to the date of the retreat once we know who has registered.
Where is Camp Shamineau?
Camp Shamineau is about 2.5 hours away from the Twin Cities, in central Minnesota.
3695 Ridge Road
Motley, MN 56466
Please email us if you have any other questions.