Arkansas Mountaintop Retreat:

Youth Camp

June 21-25, 2021

Monday-Friday (5 days)

Leave DH Monday @ 6:00 a.m.

Arrive @ DH Friday 7:00 p.m.

Location: Sonshine Mountain Retreat Center, near Mountainburg, Arkansas

Total cost is $200 per person which includes all of camp, church van travel, and Friday's lunch on the road. Deposits are $50 and are due ASAP. All spots are secured by a deposit. Final balances are due Sunday, June 6. You are not officially signed up until a deposit is paid. All spots are first-come-first-served. The retreat center will hold approximately 40 people in two dorm rooms with bunk beds and 4 smaller rooms.

Map from DHBC to Sonshine Mountain Retreat Center

What to Bring & What Not to Bring

What to Bring:

  • Servant's heart
  • Bible, pen, journal
  • Personal medications
  • Trash bag for dirty clothes
  • Modest, comfortable clothing
  • Sleeping bag or bed linens for twin-sized beds
  • Favorite Pillow
  • Towels and washcloths (include towel for swimming)
  • Shampoo & bodywash/soap
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Brush/comb & any hair stuff
  • Deodorant
  • Shoes & socks (shoes for hiking)
  • Small backpack for hiking (lunch and drinks)
  • Shorts & T-shirts for swimming
  • Water shoes for large stone creek swimming (not flip-flops)
  • Flip-flops/slip-ons for dorm/bathroom
  • Spending money for snacks & souvenirs & rentals (paddleboats and canoes)
  • Optional: Fishing gear (you may include a small pocketknife)
  • Optional: Hiking stick
  • Optional: Sunscreen

What Not to Bring:

  • Weapons (OK: small pocketknife for fishing; NOT OK: mid/large knife) 
  • Tobacco or alcohol
  • Drugs of any kind (other than valid medication)
  • Fireworks
  • Silly string
  • Water balloons
  • Clothing that is too tight
  • Clothing that suggests inappropriate behavior
  • Spaghetti strap, halter, or tube top shirts
  • Skateboards, hover boards, roller blades, etc.

Cell Phones:

Cell phones will be allowed during camp and may be used for picture-taking and occasional check-ins with parents. If any students abuse the use of phones during camp, a leader may pick up the student's phone and ration usage. During travel to and from camp, phones may be more liberally used as long as students are still participating with the group and are not using phones irresponsibly.

Music & Movies:

Consider this youth camp experience an experiment in Christian music and Christian movies. While on the 6 hour drive to and from the retreat center, limit your music-listening and movie-watching to the Christian domain. This is an honor system thing but take it seriously. From the moment we get to the retreat center until the moment we leave to go back to Texas, your phone is not to be used for gaming, music, and movies. It can be used for picture-taking, video-making, and occasional posts and calls to home.

Tentative AMR Schedule

Day 1: Mon., June 21, 2021

6:00 a.m. Arrive @ DH & Load up

6:45 a.m. Bye, DH!

7:00 p.m. Supper @ Sonshine

8:30 p.m. Worship

10:00 p.m. Something Else

11:30 p.m. Lights Out

(9:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. are Quiet Hours.)

Day 2: Tues., June 22, 2021

7:00 a.m. Breakfast & Sack Lunch Prep

8:00 a.m. Kickstart (Stretch with Gretch & Praise)

8:45 a.m. Bible Study 1

10:00 a.m. Devil's Den Hike & Lunch

1:00 p.m. Free Time @ Devil's Den

        (paddleboats ($), canoes ($), swimming ($), Yellow Rock hike)

5:30 p.m. Supper @ Sonshine

7:00 p.m. Worship

9:00 p.m. The Case of the Missing Professor: Part 1

11:30 p.m. Lights Out

(9:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. are Quiet Hours.)

Day 3: Wed., June 23, 2021

7:00 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Kickstart (Stretch with Gretch, Praise, & Devo)

9:00 a.m. Games under the Trees

10:00 a.m. Bible Study 2

12:00 p.m. Lunch (Fayetteville)

1:30 p.m. Lokomotion

6:00 p.m. Supper @ Sonshine

7:30 p.m. Worship

9:00 p.m. The Case of the Missing Professor: Part 2

11:30 p.m. Lights Out

(9:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. are Quiet Hours.)

Days 4: Thurs., June 24, 2021

7:00 a.m. Breakfast & Sack Lunch Prep

8:00 a.m. Kickstart (Stretch with Gretch, Praise, & Devo)

9:45 a.m. Lake Fort Smith (hiking or fishing & lunch

1:00 p.m. Swim (Chester creek)

3:00 p.m. Bible Study 3

4:15 p.m. Free Time

5:30 p.m. Supper

7:00 p.m. Worship

9:00 p.m. Something Else

11:30 p.m. Lights Out

(9:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. are Quiet Hours.)

Day 5: Fri., June 25, 2021

8:00 a.m. Breakfast, Pack-up, & Clean-up

9:00 a.m. Worship

10:00 a.m. Clean-up & Load up

10:30 a.m. Bye, Sonshine!

7:00 p.m. Hello, DH!