This year’s Logic and Rhetoric school retreat to Look Up Lodge saw the launch of the brand new House system, a series of thought-provoking messages about a Christian’s duty to serve, and lots of fun games with chances to get to know other students better. With the addition of the sixth graders at the retreat, almost every cabin was full.
Mr. Smith spoke at the retreat and led several services on the topic of service. Since service is the theme for the House system this year, his messages set the tone for the rest of the school year. Throughout the three chapel meetings, he spoke on Matthew 6:19-34, Mark 10:32-45, and 1 Peter 4:7-11, among other passages. For those unfamiliar with these verses, the first speaks of one’s inability to serve two masters, the second speaks on the importance of servants and serving others, and the third speaks of the impact eternity should have on everyday life. Students were definitely spiritually encouraged during the retreat, not only by Mr. Smith’s messages but also by the small group time held after the services.
Another main aspect of the retreat was the House system launch. GCA has never used a House system style of student government before, so this year was full of firsts and exciting changes. Students were sorted into one of four Houses: Austen, Brontë, Lewis, or Tolkien. Each House is led by a faculty governor, two student captains, a student records keeper, and a student chaplain. Mrs. Conner, Mrs. Stanley, Mr. Murphy, and Mr. Smith, the governors of their respective Houses, all did a wonderful job of raising school spirit and getting everyone excited for this new system. The first House games included a talent competition involving a representative from each House, a flash mob challenge, and a group singing game. Each House quickly earned points, and the competition was neck-and-neck from the very beginning.
Look Up Lodge has several activities it plans for campers as well. During free-time each day, students were allowed to have their pick of waterfront activities. The giant swing is a favorite for many; it holds three riders and drops out over the lake. Once the swing was closed, the staff opened up the water zipline, which sends campers flying from a tall treehouse-like platform into the lake. Swimming and kayaking or paddle boating are other popular activities, as well as the water slide and rock wall. The camp also has a Canteen near the lake, where students can buy slushies, snacks, ice cream, or souvenirs.
The GCA event planners also had several other activities worked out for the retreat. A campfire and s’mores, giant manhunt game, fireside song competitions, and more made many students smile. GCA faculty and chaperones, as well as Look Up Lodge staff, worked very hard to make sure this was an exciting and fun retreat, and they could not have done a better job. Every student appreciated their effort, and the retreat would have been a disaster without them.
With such a great retreat, things are looking up for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.
Author Bio: Margaret Hindman is a student at Greenville Classical Academy, currently studying in the 11th grade. She is the student leader of the Creative Writing Club and Literary Magazine, and enjoys reading and writing in her free time.