Homeschool Retreat – February 8-9, 2024

Homeschool Retreat 2024

It’s easy to worry about things, especially things that are out of our control. God promises that He will take care of our needs, just as He takes care the wildlife He created. How can nature remind us of God’s provision? How do we turn our worry into trust in God’s promises?

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

Matthew 6:26


Mike SnavelyMike Snavely, the son of missionaries, was reared in South Africa in a wildlife-rich area. After graduating from Oak Hills College in Minnesota, he returned to South Africa to work in Kruger National Park.

In 1986, he and his wife, Carrie, went to South Africa as missionaries and served with TEAM at Durban Bible College. They home-educated their three children.

In 1995, he founded Mission Imperative – a ministry of teaching creation-oriented issues through a series of seminars. Mike, an inductee into the Creation Science Hall of Fame, authored Creation or Evolution (a 1st place award winner with Practical Homeschooling). He has produced many DVDs covering various creation-oriented issues, including the “Adventures of Ranger Mike” series for kids.

They also developed two unique excursions: The “Southwest Safari” is a 10-day, flood-oriented trip to the Colorado Plateau, while the “African Wildlife Safari” is a 16-day, creation-oriented tour to South Africa.

A retreat at camp provides your children with…

  • Time away from daily distractions to focus on building relationships with others and with God
  • Solid biblical instruction that speaks to them at their level
  • Trained, college-age counselors to mentor and role model a living, vibrant faith

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February 8-9, Thursday, 9 AM to Friday, 3 PM


Who’s Invited

Home-schooled or cyber-school students in grades 1 to 8. Join us for a unique adventure designed just for you. We pack interesting lessons on God and creation into 48 hours along with lots of great activities that you’ll find only at camp! This is a winter break time when you can lay the books aside and get into God’s creation!



$73.00 for the first child. $54.00 for additional children from the same family. Register by January 18 to receive the discount prices of $69.00.


What to Bring

Your Bible, notebook, pen or pencil, pillow, sleeping bag, enough clean clothes for the weekend, bathroom necessities and money for the camp store/canteen and friends to share the weekend with.


What to Leave Behind

Radios, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones, video games, etc.

“I would invite a friend because the experience is amazing!” 


— Home school camper

Questions? Call us at 717-369-4539 or email [email protected].


Ready to register?

We make it simple! You may register online or call 717-369-4539 to register by phone.

Prefer to mail your registration? CLICK HERE to download a printable registration form.

Registration confirmations are emailed 2 weeks prior to each event.

If you do not register prior to that time, no confirmation will be sent.

Registration fees are nonrefundable within 14 days of any event. If a cancellation is necessary in the last 14 days due to illness or accident, a written request to transfer fees to another camp event must be submitted within one week of the conclusion of the original event. A note from a physician must be included. Certain restrictions apply and a transfer fee may be charged.

Call our office at 717-369-4539  or email [email protected] for additional information.


Join us for other great Joy El retreats!

Bible Adventure Weekend – for students in grades 2 to 6

Mother-Son Retreat

Father-Daughter Retreat

Mother-Daughter Retreat

Father-Son Retreat

Momentum Retreats – for students in grades 6 to 12

Ready to ignite your faith?