Josh Cleveland (on the left in the photo above) and Josh Johnson (on the right) from Youth Frontiers spent the day with ninth- and tenth-graders from Eden Valley-Watkins High School.
They gathered in Watkins Village Hall and enjoyed a number of participatory activities and learning experiences. The off-campus location allows students to be free to interact with each other and retreat leaders, away from other school distractions
The focus of the day was respect, starting with respecting yourself. Then you can respect others. The third level is standing up for others.
They started with the word “respect,” with “re” meaning again, and “spect” meaning to look at. Students were encouraged, when they look at themselves, to see the 97 right things in them rather than to focus on the 3 wrong things they only see on first glance. Those 97 good things far outweigh any negatives.
The session ended with students sharing what they got out of the retreat, and how they hope to change. One student’s comment was, “I want you [fellow students] to look back on our high school years and think of me as the nice guy.” Students
also had a chance to honor others in the room who have been helpful in their lives.
Youth Frontiers conducts about 750 similar retreats each year, mostly in the Midwest.
An all-day “respect retreat” was held Friday, Jan. 3, at Watkins Village Hall for Eden Valley-Watkins ninth- and tenth-graders. The retreat is to build respect, starting with self-respect, among the teenagers. Older high school students are part of the retreat as leaders and they participate in the many interactive and learning experiences during the day.
EV-W ninth- and tenth-graders participated in a “respect retreat” at the Watkins Village Hall Friday, Jan. 3. The all-day retreat included lots of interactive participation (above) as well as thought-provoking speaking and sharing.
Staff photos by Aaron Laabs.