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We are hosting Student Retreat this year at Horn Creek Retreat Center in Westcliffe, Colorado. It is located about 2 hours from Colorado Springs, south of Canyon City. Students will stay in dorm style cabins and they’ll need to dress warm.

Activities: bowling ($3 per game), basketball, floor hockey, snow tubing, firepit, and much more.


4:00P | Check-In

4:30P | Leave for Horn Creek

7:00P | Dinner

8:15P | Cabin Prayer

8:30P | Session #1

11:30P | In Cabins


7:30A | Breakfast

8:30A | Devotions

9:30A | Session #2

11:00A | Breakout

12:00P | Lunch

1:00P | Breakout

2:00P | Activities

5:30P | Dinner

6:45P | Cabin Prayer

7:00P | Session #3

11:30P | In Cabins


7:30A | Breakfast

8:30A | Devotions

9:30A | Session #4

11:00A | Pack Up

11:30A | Lunch

12:30P | Leave Horn Creek

1:00P | Afternoon Activity

4:00P | Arrive at Vanguard

6th Grade through 12th Grade
programming, housing, and transportation


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What should my student pack?
Warm clothes! It is going to be a cold one up in Westcliffe, Colorado.

Packing List: warm clothes, closed toed shoes, jacket, gloves (we will be outside at times during the weekend), sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries, paper Bible, pen and snacks for leaders ;).

Clothing Guidelines: Clothing should not be too tight, too low, too high or see through. Leadership reserves the right to ask any student to change their clothing if they determine it to be inappropriate or distracting for the retreat environment.

Do Not Pack List: electronics (cell phones will be allowed, but must stay in student’s cabin at all times), weapons of any kind (includes pocket knives), pornographic material, alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, and communist propaganda ;).

Are there scholarships available?
We do have a limited amount of money set aside to help with sending students to Student Retreat. We want to be good stewards of this money and typically offer partial scholarships. Please email hello@vanguardstudents.org to apply or ask any questions.
Is there an emergency number?
We hope that there isn’t an emergency that you would need to contact your student, but at check-in you will receive emergency phone numbers to get in contact with your student. These numbers will be accessible at all times during the retreat.
What is the address of Horn Creek?
Horn Creek Retreat Center is located in Westcliffe, Colorado. The address is 6758 Co Rd 130, Westcliffe, CO 81252. Unregistered and not background checked adults are NOT ALLOWED at the retreat without the prior permission of the Pastor in charge. This is for the safety of all the students attending this event.
How will my student be transported?
All students will be transported by 15-passenger vans driving by church trained and insured adult drivers. Most of these adults have been driving with us for more than 5 years and all have backup drivers if needed.
Who are the leaders going?
All of our volunteers and staff are screened, background checked, and trained. The majority of our team are veterans to ministry to 6th through 12th grade students and have served in Vanguard Students for 5+ years. They love students and point them to Jesus.
Do you have additional questions? Please feel free to contact us at hello@vanguardstudents.org.