Community of Leaders Retreat FAQ

The Fall Community of Leaders Retreat is an annual two-day cross-departmental retreat for over 250 GU student leaders/student employees (e.g., RAs, CCASL Staff, GUide Core, GSBA, DICE, etc.).  In alignment with the Gonzaga University mission, the theme of the retreat is "United Through Mission" with the primary purpose of creating inclusive spaces, shared language, and an awareness about what it means to be a student leader at GU. The organizational framework for the retreat centers on four content areas: Dignity of the human person, Diversity & intercultural competence, Spiritual growth and ethical discernment, and Social justice and solidarity. 

For questions, special accommodations, or feedback, please contact Pamela Alvarado at alvaradop@gonzaga.edu or call 313-4156.  

Community of Leaders Retreat Information for Students

Sunday, August 19th

Check-In between 1:30-1:50pm, Hemmingson Rotunda. Please eat lunch before you arrive (lunch not included). Students should bring their labeled sleeping bag and overnight bag with them to check-in where it will be loaded into a U-Haul. A packing list is at the bottom of the sheet.

Retreat Starts at 2pm: Hemmingson Ballroom.

Load Buses for Camp Reed at 4:15pm – North side of Hemmingson

Return to Campus Monday, August 20th, 5pm (dinner on your own)

Packing List:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sweatshirt/jacket for chilly evening
  • Flashlight
  • Walking shoes
  • Paper and Pens
  • Water bottle
  • Medicine/Allergy Medicine
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray (there are lots of bees)
  • Backpack/Carry bag
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Change of Clothes
  • Toiletries 
  • Yoga Mat and yoga clothes (optional)

Camp Reed YMCA is primarily a summer camp and is located 1 hour north of Spokane near Deer Park, WA. All student attendees will arrive by bus. 

Cabins are very rustic and require a moderate walk from the lodge (1/4 mile to 1/2 mile depending on location). The Men's and Women's bathrooms have toilets and showers and are located in a separate building a short walk from cabins. Flashlights are recommended should you need to walk to the bathroom at night.  Some cabins do not have heat but they do have electricity. Each cabin has 8-10 twin bunkbeds with thin plastic mattresses.  

The swim area is designated by a floating dock on a small (and cold) lake that allows non-motorized-boats. Camp will provide certified lifeguards. Canoes are available with limited paddling areas and lifejackets must be worn at all times.

Breakout sessions will be held outside at camp so please bring a towel or jacket to sit on, bug spray, and sunscreen if you wish. There will be at least one breakout session held inside the lodge should you need to remain inside for any reason.

Food is prepared by hired camp employees and they will do their best to meet dietary needs that were reported to your advisor or Katie at least one week prior to the retreat. If you are someone who will be bring their own food and need refrigeration, please contact Katie or one of the camp cooks upon arrival. If you are someone who needs to eat frequently (i.e. once per hour) we recommend bringing extra snacks for yourself and having them on hand. We will provide snacks at 3pm and again at 9pm on Friday.  

WiFi: there isn't any so please plan accordingly (bring a book, converse with people). 

Bees and Bugs: as with most outdoor events in the Spokane region, you may encounter mosquitoes and other bugs, please bring bug spray. There will be bees present at camp. Please plan accordingly should you have issues with bees. Contact Katie Herzog if you have concerns.

 

Camp Reed YMCA is primarily a summer camp and is located 1 hour north of Spokane near Deer Park, WA. All student attendees will arrive by bus. 

Cabins are very rustic and require a moderate walk from the lodge (1/4 mile to 1/2 mile depending on location). The Men's and Women's bathrooms have toilets and showers and are located in a separate building a short walk from cabins. Flashlights are recommended should you need to walk to the bathroom at night.  Some cabins do not have heat but they do have electricity. Each cabin has 8-10 twin bunkbeds with thin plastic mattresses.  Please contact Katie Herzog (herzogk@gonzaga.edu) should you have concerns or questions.

The swim area is designated by a floating dock on a small (and cold) lake that allows non-motorized-boats. Camp will provide certified lifeguards. Canoes are available with limited paddling areas and lifejackets must be worn at all times.

Breakout sessions will be held outside at camp so please bring a towel or jacket to sit on, bug spray, and sunscreen if you wish. There will be at least one breakout session held inside the lodge should you need to remain inside for any reason.

Food is prepared by hired camp employees and they will do their best to meet dietary needs that were reported to your advisor or Katie at least one week prior to the retreat. If you are someone who will be bring their own food and need refrigeration, please contact Katie or one of the camp cooks upon arrival. If you are someone who needs to eat frequently (i.e. once per hour) we recommend bringing extra snacks for yourself and having them on hand. We will provide snacks at 3pm and again at 9pm on Friday.  

WiFi: there isn't any so please plan accordingly (bring a book, converse with people). 

Bees and Bugs: as with most outdoor events in the Spokane region, you may encounter mosquitoes and other bugs, please bring bug spray. There will be bees present at camp. Please plan accordingly should you have issues with bees. Contact Katie Herzog if you have concerns.  

 
Gonzaga University is an exemplary learning community that educates students for lives of leadership and service for the common good. Tentative Retreat Format (times may change):

Sunday, August 19

8:15 a.m. Check-in, Luggage drop, Breakfast in COG first floor (Hemmingson Rotunda)

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Keynote (Gonzaga, Hemmingson Ballroom)

10:20 a.m. Breakout Session One

11:20 a.m. Case Study Breakout Sessions 

12:10 p.m. Brief Reflection and Lunch (Hemmingson Ballroom)

1:00 p.m. Load buses for Camp Reed in Desmet Circle

2:00 p.m.  Free time at Camp Reed (swim, games, rest, talk)

4:15-4:30 p.m. Photo and Intro to Session three (Waterfront)

4:40 p.m. Breakout Session Three (various locations)

5:45 p.m. Dinner in Lodge

7:00 p.m. Community Reflection and Missioning

 8:15 p.m. Pre-Orientation Leaders Return to Campus (camp parking lot)

 8:30-10:30 p.m. Free time for those staying (movie, Karaoke, games, snacks, stargazing)

Monday (Camp Reed) August 20

 7:30-8:30 a.m. Optional Yoga (Frems Deck) or Hike (meet at waterfront)

 8:30 a.m. Breakfast (Lodge)

 9:25 a.m. Session Four (Soccer Field)

 10:30 a.m. Reflection in Organizations or Groups

 11:30 p.m. Pack, clean cabins, bring luggage to Lodge

 11:45 p.m. Lunch (Lodge)

 12:15 p.m. Load buses and return to campus (camp parking lot)

 

Pre-Orientation Program Leaders

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sweatshirt/jacket for chilly evening
  • Flashlight
  • Walking shoes
  • Paper and Pens
  • Water bottle
  • Medicine/Allergy Medicine (there are lots of bees)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Backpack/Carry bag

Non-Pre-Orientation Program Leaders

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sweatshirt/jacket for chilly evening
  • Flashlight
  • Walking shoes
  • Paper and Pens
  • Water bottle
  • Medicine/Allergy Medicine
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray (there are lots of bees)
  • Backpack/Carry bag
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Change of Clothes
  • Toiletries 
  • Yoga Mat and yoga clothes (optional)