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Since 2006, we have launched each new school year with the Genesis Retreat. We set this time aside to pray over the upcoming school year, worship God, and build community. It’s designed for students to reconnect and make new friends, and it’s especially important for NEW STUDENTS to join us and forge friendships before school gets started! The retreat also allows the leaders of USCO to interact with students and cast a vision for the year.


Who?: Any student entering 6th – 12th grades

Dates & Times: 

  • Drop off – Camp Elim Wed, Aug 17 @ 2:00 pm
  • Pick up – Camp Elim Fri, Aug 19 @ 11:00 am

Cost: $145 per student


Camp Elim –  5567 Painted Rocks Road Woodland Park, CO 80863       (719) 687-2030

From I-25 in Colorado Springs, take Highway 24 West (Exit 141) to Woodland Park. In Woodland Park, take Highway 67 North towards Deckers. Travel 7 miles on Highway 67 and turn left on Painted Rocks Road (Mile Marker 84). We’re 3/4 mile up the road on the right. Note: If you pass the entrance to Manitou Lake as you travel North on Highway 67, you’ve gone too far!


Please sign the attached waiver which is required in order for your student to be at Camp Elim. Have your student bring the waiver to check-in on the first day of camp, OR fill it out and sign it, scan it, and email it to Chanelle Bole at This is especially important if your student is driving themselves to the retreat or riding with someone other than their parents.

Note: after filling out the registration form, you will be redirected to the payment page. Your student is not officially registered until payment is received.

RSVP Here by August 5th

Packing List:

  • Bible (paper copy)/Journal
  • Pen
  • Watch
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Pillow
  • Rain proof jacket
  • Beanie, gloves (Plan on it being colder than you think.)
  • Hoodie or fleece jacket
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Clothes for two days
  • Small backpack to carry items around camp
  • Towel
  • Toiletries

What NOT to bring: Phones, headphones, iPods, MP3/4 players, or tablets.

Retreat Contact (while on retreat):

  • Chanelle Bole 719.494.3824
  • Jake Busby 719.367.9253
  • Matt Elliott 719.351.3901

Before the retreat, direct all questions to Matt Elliott at


Genesis Retreat Schedule 2022 

(Rough Draft – subject to change)

Wednesday, August 17

  • 2:00 pm Students arrive at Camp Elim
  • 2:30 pm Welcome Assembly & Rules for the Retreat
  • 3:00 pm Break into groups, get to know each other
  • 3:15 pm Organized games
  • 5:30 pm Dinner
  • 7:00 pm Main Session with worship & teaching
  • 8:00 pm Organized event
  • 10:30 pm Lights out

Thursday, August 18

  • 8:00 am Breakfast
  • 9:00 am Morning worship & devotional
  • Quiet Times & Prayer
  • 9:45 am Meet with Groups
  • 10:00 am Groups – Games/Activities Rotation
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Groups – Games/Activities Rotation
  • 5:30 pm Dinner
  • 7:00 pm Main Session with worship & teaching
  • 9:00 pm Organized event
  • 10:30 pm Lights out

Friday, August 19

  • 8:00 am Breakfast
  • 9:00 am Worship, Devotional, and Prayer for the School Year
  • 10:00 am Clean up the camp and pack up
  • 11:00 am Pick up students from Camp Elim