Rhetoric Retreat

Rhetoric students at The Geneva School begin the school year by packing their swimsuits, gym clothes, and sleeping bags for one last bit of summer fun at Southwind Younglife Camp in Ocklawaha, Florida. The retreat is a lot of fun for both the students and TGS staff who accompany them, while also accomplishing some very important goals. The retreat is designed to encourage old and new friendships and to foster Christ-centered community. This is accomplished through free time, family style meals, multi-grade competitions, small group discussions, and challenging and thought-provoking messages.

The students and staff eat their meals together, enjoying each others company and conversation, while forming friendships and connections that will last for years to come.

Fun activities at the rhetoric retreat include Wiffle ball, Frisbee golf, swimming with giant water slide, volleyball, basketball, ping pong, air hockey, foosball, canoeing, and more. All these activities are used to create an array of multi-grade organized competitions. Students will NOT need to bring sports equipment.

Rhetoric faculty members, administrators, and members of the Student Services Department lead small groups and facilitate safe environments for students to share thoughts and ideas about the speaker’s teaching. This openness creates community among students and staff that carries into the school year.

Because of the goals of the retreat, there is some structure, but it is not be an “academic” camp experience. Rather, the focus is relational. Students enjoy a few plenary sessions and also a significant amount of recreational time with the chaperoning teachers/staff.

Trip Information

Dates: January 20–22, 2021
Trip Leader: Peter Vande Brake (Director of the Upper School)
Trip Speaker: Alfonso “Alf” Clark (Principal, Potter’s House High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Cost: $140. Billed to accounts in January 2021
Chaperones: Rhetoric faculty and staff and some parents
Packing List: Click HERE for the packing list
Medical Release Form: Please submit form below by January 14

Rhetoric Retreat Intent Form

Cancellations received by January 8 will be refunded. After January 8, for those who have to quarantine or those who contract COVID, your fee will be refunded.

Rhetoric Retreat Medical & Release Form

PLEASE SUBMIT THIS FORM BY JANUARY 14.

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    Date: January 20, 2021 - January 22, 2021
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    Date: January 20, 2021 - January 22, 2021
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    Date: January 21, 2021 - January 21, 2021
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    Date: January 21, 2021 - January 21, 2021
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January 18, 2021
  • Martin Luther King Junior Day Holiday

    Date: January 18, 2021 - January 18, 2021
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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January 19, 2021
  • Schedule B

    Date: January 19, 2021 - January 19, 2021
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 6th Gr - Math Anchor Charts

    Date: January 19, 2021 - January 19, 2021
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
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  • 11th Gr - Physics Dual Class Science Trip

    Date: January 19, 2021 - January 19, 2021
    Time: 9:00 am- 3:45 pm
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  • MS Boys Basketball Away Game vs. Circle

    Date: January 19, 2021 - January 19, 2021
    Time: 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm
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    Date: January 19, 2021 - January 19, 2021
    Time: 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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    Date: January 19, 2021 - January 19, 2021
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm
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  • Boys Varsity Soccer Home Game vs. Forrest Lake Academy * senior night

    Date: January 19, 2021 - January 19, 2021
    Time: 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm
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January 20, 2021
  • US Schedule C

    Date: January 20, 2021 - January 20, 2021
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Rhetoric Retreat

    Date: January 20, 2021 - January 22, 2021
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • K4 & K Group Assessments

    Date: January 20, 2021 - January 20, 2021
    Time: 8:00 am- 9:00 am
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  • 6th Gr - Math Anchor Charts

    Date: January 20, 2021 - January 20, 2021
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
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  • Dialectic Chapel

    Date: January 20, 2021 - January 20, 2021
    Time: 9:35 am- 10:20 am
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January 21, 2021
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    Date: January 20, 2021 - January 22, 2021
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • US Schedule D

    Date: January 21, 2021 - January 21, 2021
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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    Date: January 21, 2021 - January 21, 2021
    Time: 8:00 am- 9:00 am
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  • LSC Tasty Thursday by Nurse Alwinson

    Date: January 21, 2021 - January 21, 2021
    Time: 9:15 am- 11:45 am
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  • Prospective Parent Event (K4-6th Grade)

    Date: January 21, 2021 - January 21, 2021
    Time: 9:30 am- 11:00 am
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    Date: January 21, 2021 - January 21, 2021
    Time: 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
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