Freshman Retreat FAQ

Q: What is the point of the freshman retreat and why is it mandatory?
A:  At Pres, it is important that our students have opportunities to get to know one another outside the classroom and to participate in activities and conversation where they can bond in community.  It is also a way for students to get off of campus, take a break from their busy lives, unplug from technology, and spend a little more time reflecting in a beautiful setting.

Q:  How much does it cost?
A:  It is absolutely free! In fact, all of our class level retreats are free for students.

Q: What will my daughter be doing on the retreat?
A: Your daughter will be participating in a variety of activities throughout her time on retreat.  She will be participating in fun and social activities like ice breakers, participating in events that will focus upon leadership and communication skills, listen to talks and reflections given by peer ministers, have quiet time to reflect while walking in nature, and participate in small and large group activities that invite students to share their own experiences,

Q:  Who will be leading/chaperoning the retreat?
A:  On most retreats, there are 7 faculty/staff members and at least one Campus Minister.  Because the freshman retreat is larger, there are more faculty and staff who chaperone. Peer Ministers serve as small group leaders along with faculty members.

Q:  How will my daughter get to the retreat center?
A:  There is a bus that will meet your daughter and the rest of the retreatants at Pres and will take them to the retreat center.  After the retreat, the bus will take them back to Pres.

Q:  Is this an excused absence?
A:  Yes, it is a school-sponsored event and is marked as an excused absence.

Q:  What about missing schoolwork?
A:  The freshman will have a day off of school and, therefore, will not have work or homework. Teachers are very supportive of our Campus Ministry program and encourage all students to attend retreats.  

Q:  What if the retreat falls or overlaps on the same day as another Presentation program event?
A:  Program Directors and coaches work closely with Campus Ministry to work out ways that students can participate in both activities.  

Q:  How religious are the retreats?
A:  Because we are a Catholic school, all of our retreats are Christo-centric. However, students of all faiths are welcome to participate in and to lead retreats. Through participating in a retreat, students are able to deepen their personal spirituality as well as their friendships with classmates.  Students of all faith traditions are welcome, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey.

Q:  I am a Freshman parent.  Even though the retreat is mandatory, do I still have to fill out a form?
A:  Yes.  More details to follow as details are finalized.

Q:  Can my daughter’s food allergies be accommodated?
A:  Yes, the kitchen at the retreat centers will accommodate any dietary needs and are nut free.  Your daughter may also bring her own snacks.