For Families


What exactly does Family Retreat look like?

We value each person as created in the image of God and worthy of dignity and respect. The Family Retreat program specifically focuses on families, whether they are intact, blended or single-parent families. To accomplish these objectives, we strive to create an environment at each Family Retreat that is Christ centered and consistent with biblical values that reinforce the family unit.

Family Retreats offer a safe and accepting environment where you'll fellowship with other families who face similar challenges, build lasting memories, and renew your hope in God. Each camp or conference center has its own unique facilities, so Family Retreat is packed with exciting adventures for the whole family.

Each day, there will be exciting age appropriate worship, teaching, crafts, and recreation. Adults will enjoy Christ-centered worship, teaching, and practical seminars that address family life and issues related to life with a disability. Marriages will be encouraged and strengthened as to model Christ's relationship with the church. The afternoons are free to relax or participate in a variety of optional activities. Evenings are full of family-oriented activities like talent shows, camp fires, concerts, carnivals, and more!

*The success of a Family Retreat depends heavily on the carefully nurtured Christian community that allows families to feel blessed and supported. For this reason, Joni and Friends reserves the right to accept families and/or assign accommodations based on our ability to meet the needs of all families in a safe Christian environment. Thank you for your understanding in helping us preserve the community of Family Retreat.

What assistance will my family receive once we're at Retreat?

A caring and trained Short Term Missionary (STM) will serve your family throughout the week. If you have a child with a disability, your STM will attend all age-related activities with him or her, allowing you to participate in adult programming and to make the week restful and enjoyable. Each STM has undergone a thorough screening, background check, and has completed our training course. STMs also assist in the children and youth programs, recreation and crafts, hospitality, and other program areas.

Do STMs provide personal and/or medical care?

No, STMs do not provide personal or medical care. If your family requires such care, please bring an attendant with you and include the attendant when completing the online registration. The Retreat sites are accessible, and we do our best to meet the needs of each family regarding accommodations, diet, and other requirements that you indicate on your registration.

How much does it cost and is there aid?

The cost of camp varies from location to location and is listed on our current schedule along with the Retreat contact information. Please contact the Area Ministry operating the Family Retreat you are interested in attending with any questions.

Joni and Friends will only provide refunds for cancellations due to an emergency.

Is there financial assistance available?

Many families attend Family Retreat with the help of their church, friends, family, or an organization. Families who seek this support often discover continuing sources of assistance that last far beyond their time at Family Retreat. Joni and Friends offers partial scholarships that cover the registration costs when combined with agency, family, friend, and church contributions.

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How long is the Retreat?

The length of each Retreat varies by location. Please visit the current schedule to find out more information.

Can my family attend more than one Retreat?

Families may only attend one Joni and Friends Family Retreat per year to enable as many families as possible to experience Family Retreat.

When should I apply?

We recommend registering as far in advance as possible. Although the Retreats are held during the summer months, many reach capacity early in the year. Applications are accepted until a Retreat is filled, or up to two weeks before the Retreat begins.

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