FALL RETREAT (Oct 28-30, 2022)

 
ATTENDANCE UPDATE
(Last Updated: Oct 24, 2022 at 9:00am):
Maximum Participants Allowed At This Campsite: 250
Current # of Participants Registered & Paid: 115
>>> AVAILABLE SPOTS REMAINING: 135 <<<

NEWEST UPDATES:
  • We currently have 115 people registered including 23 families.
Our spiritual theme for this event is “The 3 R’s of Retreats: Renewal, Recreation, & Relationships”. Our prayer is that you grow closer to God & others and have a God-awesome experience this weekend!
The current forecast looks like perfect camping weather this weekend! (But double check the weekend forecast for Umatilla, Florida a day or two before the trip for a more accurate forecast and to pack accordingly.)
More Hours Added! Early Check-In’s can now arrive as early as 10am on Friday and Check-Out as late as 6pm on Sunday (or if needed, depart as late as 10am on Monday) (provided meals start Fri night and end Sun afternoon)
More Tents! GTD has purchased 15 larger tents to accommodate families of 4-5 people as well as to supplement our other tents to help provide shelter for 100+ participants.
More Sleeping Cots! GTD has purchased more cots (large & compact) to accommodate more participants (adults & kids) as well as to be able to offer compact cots for smaller 1-person & 2-person tents.
More Sheets! We have also purchased more fitted bed sheets to cover the sleeping cots for a more pleasant experience as well as to lengthen the lifespan of the cots.
New Activities! In addition to the activities already offered (paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, volleyball, spikeball, outdoor movie, etc) we are adding:
o Slip'n Slides for all ages
o Inflatable Bounce for kids 10 & under
o Inflatable Waterslide for kids 10 & under
o Tug-of-War, Sack Races, & Field Day Games
o Water Volleyball
o Water Basketball
o Inflatable Water Platforms (on lake)
o Inflatable Bouncer (on lake)
o Cornhole
o Intro to Fishing - The Basics of Fishing
o Intro to SUP - The Basics of Stand-Up Paddleboarding
o Intro to YAK - The Basics of Kayaking
o And More!!
Less Vessels (we’ve determined that we don’t need as many canoes, kayaks, & paddleboards for 115 people as listed on the website so we are adjusting the amount accordingly)

VERY IMPORTANT:
The main gate must remain closed & locked at all times, except for times when you are entering & exiting. This is a campground policy that we must abide by. 
Camp Hosts live on the property to assist with property needs and enforce camp policies.
Please bring a camp chair if you already own one and don’t mind bringing it.
  • GTD supplies some basic snacks, but we recommend participants bring their own favorite snacks. We supply water & lemonade so you may also want to bring other drink options if you prefer.

>>> PAYMENT OPTIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED BELOW
 

- END OF UPDATES -
 
 
 ONLY $49/PERSON!!

- EMPHASIS ON FAMILIES, FRIENDS, CHURCH GROUPS -
 
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<> LOCATED ON A 71 ACRE SPRING-FED LAKE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
<> PRIVATE BEACH AREA
<> FULL KITCHEN FOR MEAL PREP
<> HISTORICALLY RESTORED BEAUTIFUL 1930s DINING HALL
<> MODERN RESTROOMS W/ FLUSH TOILETS & WARM SHOWERS
<> PADDLEBOARDS, KAYAKS, & CANOES PROVIDED
<> OUTDOOR MOVIE / TEAM SPORTS / CAMP GAMES PROVIDED
<> NIGHTLY CAMPFIRES WITH PRAISE & WORSHIP
<> DAILY DEVOTIONS... GROWING CLOSER TO GOD!
<> CHRIST-CENTERED FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT
<> TENT CAMPING PROVIDED BY GTD -or- BRING YOUR OWN TENT
<> COTS PROVIDED BY GTD FOR FIRST 100 REGISTERED
<> SLEEPING PADS PROVIDED BY GTD FOR 101st+ REGISTERED
<> RVs & TOWABLE CAMPERS WELCOME (No Hook-Ups)
<> GREAT SPOT FOR HAMMOCK & CAR CAMPING
<> BRING YOUR OWN FISHING BOAT (25hp Max)
<> BRING YOUR OWN FISHING GEAR & LICENSE
<> BRING YOUR OWN HORSE (34 mile equestrian trail)
<> 5 MILES AWAY FROM JEEP, ATV, OHV, & DIRT BIKE TRAILS
<> 35 MINUTES AWAY FROM GREAT MT BIKING TRAILS
<> NEARBY HIKING TRAILS
<> SO MUCH MORE!!!
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ONLY $49/PERSON!!



RETREAT
2.5 (ROBUST +)
RUGGED
3.0
$49

Fall Camping Retreat
(NAME THIS EVENT CONTEST!)
Oct 28-30, 2022 (Fri night - Sun afternoon) - Umatilla, FL (Ocala National Forest)







 



 
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- PROMO VIDEO -
Check out this GTD promo video!

(This is a general promo video that shows some of the activities that we offer in GTD... several of the activities highlighted in this video are not offered in Florida or on this event.)
 

- EVENT DETAILS -
The Specifics
 
LOVING THE LAKE LIFE!


  EVENT:  
  • Fall Camping Retreat (Name The Event Contest!)
  DATES:  
  • Oct 28-30, 2022 (Fri night - Sun afternoon) (2 Days / 2 Nights) - Umatilla, FL (Ocala National Forest)
  START TIME:  
  • 7pm on Friday (Early Check-In: Participants can check-in as early as 10am)
    • Reminder: Provided meals start Fri night and end Sun afternoon
  ENDING TIME:  
  • 4pm on Sunday (Late Check-Out available. Participants can check-out as late as 6pm on Sunday or, if needed, depart as late as 10am on Monday)
    • Reminder: Provided meals start Fri night and end Sun afternoon
  COST:  
  (See "What Is Included" and "What Is NOT Included" below)  
  • REG = $99/person
  • "SALEabration" PRICE: $49 [Celebrating 26 Years of Ministry!!]
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    MINISTRY PARTNER'S DISCOUNT.... $44 
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      PAYMENT OPTIONS:  
      GTD events can be paid for with Cash, Checks, Debit / Credit Cards, Venmo, & PayPal. 
      TO REGISTER:  
    • STEP 1: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER!! [CLICK HERE TO REGISTER]
    • STEP 2: PAY FOR THE EVENT. Select one of our payment options to lock in your spot.
      LOCATION:  
    • Doe Lake Group Campground in Umatilla, FL (Ocala National Forest)
    • Address: No physical address (see map & directions)... located on 127th St Rd (dirt road) 1 mile east of SE 182nd Ave Rd in Ocala National Forest near Umatilla, Florida
    • GPS: 29°02.549'N, 81°49.250'W
    • Close and lock gate after entering. Meet at the DINING HALL area upon arrival.


     

      ACCOMMODATIONS:  
    • Huge piece of land for tents, camping hammocks, RVs, towable campers, & car camping
      • NO HOOK-UPS AVAILABLE FOR RVs, towable campers, or car campers
    • GTD tents & camping hammocks provided
      • 15+ XL, 20+ large, 20+ medium, & 20+ small tents available
      • 20 camping hammocks available
    • GTD cots provided for first 100 people registered
      • cots only fit inside of large tents
    • GTD sleeping pads provided for next people registered
    • Historically restored 1930s dining hall on-site
    • Full kitchen for meal prep
    • Restrooms with flush toilets
    • Warm showers
      INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:  
    • Camping
    • Daily Devotions
    • Paddleboarding
    • Kayaking
    • Canoeing
    • Team Sports (Volleyball, Ultimate, etc)
    • Camp Games (Kan Jam, Spikeball, Yardzee, Giant Jenga, Ramp Shot, & more)
    • Nightly Campfires, Bible-Based Messages, Praise & Worship, Marshmallows & Smores!
    • Outdoor Movie (with family friendly editing)
      D-I-Y (DO IT YOURSELF) ADVENTURE OPTIONS:  
    • FISHING (bring your own gear and fishing license) (Doe Lake was stocked with catfish in 2021)
    • BOATING (25 horsepower motor max allowed on lake). Click here for boat ramp info.
    • HIKING (hike around the lake or research nearby trails like the 13+ miles of trail on the Sunnyhill Restoration Levee Trail located just 3 miles from Doe Lake)
    • HORSEBACK RIDING (Bring Your Own Horse)... The LAM Equestrian Trail starts at Doe Lake and extends north for 34 miles, paralleling the Ocklawaha River, towards Eureka.
    • OFF-ROADING (Bring Your Own Off-Road Vehicle)... 5 miles from our campground is an off-road area called Big Scrub. Off-Road Vehicles are not allowed to be driven within Doe Lake Group Campground so you will need to trailer your vehicle to/from camp. Camp Hosts live on-site and strongly enforce this policy.
    • MT BIKING (Bring Your Own Bike)... bike the dirt roads near camp or drive about 30-40 minutes to get to some great mt biking trails including The Vortex, Santos Trails, & the trailhead for the Florida Trail Land Bridge.
      DAILY AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):  
     
    DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3
     
    GTD Set-Up Crew


    Early Check-In (2pm)
    Set-Up Camp

    Retreat Officially Starts (7pm)
     
    Dinner & Set-Up Tents
    Welcome & Intro's
    Praise & Worship
    Impact Point
    Campfire & Smores
    Lights Out
    Rise & Shine
    Breakfast
    Morning Devos
     
    Morning Activity Time
     
    Lunch
     
    Afternoon Activity Time
     
    Dinner
    Praise & Worship
    Impact Point
    Campfire & Smores
    Outdoor Movie
    Lights Out
    Rise & Shine
    Breakfast
    Morning Devos
     
    Morning Activity Time

    Lunch
     
    Afternoon Activity Time

    Break Camp
    Closing & Goodbyes

    Depart
    (~3pm / flexible time)

      MIN. PEOPLE:  
    • 50
      MAX. PEOPLE:  
    • 250
      AGE RANGE:  
    • All ages
      WHAT IS INCLUDED:  
    • Full time guides, event planning, all "Included Activities" listed above, all equipment for each included activity, tent camping, tent camping gear, base camp equipment, up to 6 meals, devotions & spiritual emphasis, a God-awesome lifelong memory!
      WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:  
    • Transportation, optional D-I-Y activities (listed above), any additional or unanticipated fees (fines, parking fees off-site, etc), additional snacks, individual sleeping bags, water bottles, meals during drive to/from camp, items listed on checklist (see below).
      MEALS:  
    • Our participants love our meals! They're not your typical camp meals... they are so much better! The following menu is an example of what you may find on a GTD event:
    • BREAKFAST: Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs w/ Biscuits & Gravy, Cereal, Fruit & Bagels
    • LUNCH: Pizza Quesadillas!!, Sandwiches & Chips, Hamburgers
    • DINNER: Tacos, Fajitas, Chicken Fettucine Alfredo, Spaghetti
    • DRINKS: Lemonade, Water, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
    • We don't supply a lot of snacks so bring them if you need them.
    • Unfortunately the list is long of people with different food allergies along with a variety of severities (ranging from mild to life-threatening) to those allergies. There is also a long list of food needs such as gluten free, dairy free, vegetarians, etc. It isn't possible for us to accommodate all of the different needs and various severities. Therefore our food policy has changed. We are no longer able to accommodate any special dietary needs. If you have special dietary needs you will need to bring the appropriate types and quantities of meals for this event including coolers if needed. We usually have some extra space in our coolers that you can use (unless cross contamination is a concern) if still available when you arrive. In addition, you are welcome to use our gas griddle, gas stove, pots, pans, & cooking utensils when not in use to aid in your meal preparations. We just ask that you coordinate this with the camp cooks and help clean up anything you use afterwards.
      REQUIRED WAIVERS:  
    • GTD Waiver [PRINT ONLY] (Any participant under 18 must also have parent/ guardian sign each waiver)
      EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS:  
    • GTD: 727-692-5296 (GTD cell phone - Doug Garner)
      MAIN ACTIVITIES:  

    • CAMPFIRES! One of the best parts about camping is the campfire! Every night we will gather around the campfire to fellowship, roast marshmallows, make smores, share "Highlights of the Day", tell funny stories, share about what God is teaching us, sing praise and worship songs, and to participate in our nightly Biblical spiritual challenge we call Impact Point.


    • LAKE LIFE = PRIVATE BEACH! One of our main features of this wonderful campground is our own private beach along the shore of the beautiful 71 acre spring-fed Doe Lake!


    • LAKE LIFE = WATER ACTIVITIES! From squishy ball wars to chicken fights to fishing... you have all kinds of water activity options!


    • LAKE LIFE = PADDLEBOARDING! With over 40 Stand-Up Paddleboards GTD will set you and your crew up with plenty of paddleboarding opportunities! Whether you use your SUP for exercise, recreation, yoga, fishing, spending time with God, or just relaxing on top of the water we've got you covered!


    • LAKE LIFE = KAYAKING & CANOEING! With 10 canoes, 10 tandem kayaks, & 10 solo kayaks GTD can accommodate up to 60 paddlers at one time! Take your crew on a 71 acre paddling adventure tour of Doe Lake!

    • TEAM SPORTS! Team sports are always a good time, but they are especially fun at camp! There will be options for ultimate, volleyball, and more. It's going to be so much fun!


    • GROUP GAMES & CAMP GAMES! GTD has all kinds of games to make your weekend full of fun! Games include Kan Jam, Spikeball, Ramp Shot, Giant Jenga, Dodgeballs, Kickball, Blitzball, Bocce, Giant Beachball, Board Games, Cards, and all the ingredients to invent your own game!
     
     
    • OUTDOOR MOVIE NITE! We will top off Saturday night by sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows and making smores while watching an Outdoor Movie on a big bed sheet! GTD owns over one hundred Hollywood blockbuster movies that have been professionally edited to make them family friendly


    • DAILY DEVOS! God uses camp ministries to impact souls! Don't underestimate how much God can do in your life when you break away from daily distractions and the unrelenting pressures of life and take some time to immerse yourself in His creation while reading His Word. That's a recipe that will refresh your body, renew your mind, resuscitate your heart, and revive your soul! Each morning we will a few minutes doing daily devotions.


      LARGE HISTORIC DINING HALL:  

    • DINING HALL: Doe Lake is a hidden gem nestled in the southwest corner of the Ocala National Forest. The Doe Lake Group Campground is home to a historically restored 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps dining hall set atop a grassy hill overlooking the clear waters of the lake. Meals, hanging out, card games, and board games are just a few uses of this wonderful facility. (Overnight sleeping is prohibited in this building)

     
      RESTROOMS & SHOWERS:  

    • RESTROOMS & SHOWERS: Included with this campground are modern restroom facilities with flush toilets, running water, electricity, and warm showers. Just one more reason you will love Doe Lake Group Campground =) 






    - ABOUT OUR BASE CAMP -
    More than just randomly placed tents!


    For TEAM GTD assembling a Base Camp is more than just randomly setting up a few tents, chairs and a mess hall. We want to create an environment that you love. We want to create a Base Camp that is inviting & fun. We want your first impression of your Base Camp to be, "Wow! Sweet! I love hammocks! Who wants to play volleyball! You've got cots, cool! This place is awesome!" Those kind of responses are the kind of responses we get when we set up a Base Camp The GTD Way. The GTD Way is deliberate, creative, functional and fun. At TEAM GTD, our objective is to create a temporary playground that promotes spiritual growth, recreation, community, sound sleep, physical renewal, outdoor dining, fun times, adequate hygiene and warmth while preserving a feel of being in God's amazing creation (which reveals the evidence of God). We hope you love it as much as we do!

    (some equipment pictured above may not apply to this event)


    - TRIP SUMMARY -
    Here's the gist!


    GTD's Fall Camping Retreat is an exciting outdoor adventure located on a secluded group campsite in central Florida.

    Every fire must first start with a spark and our hope is that GTD's Fall Camping Retreat will be that spark in your rekindled passion to follow Christ. Like a match being struck, this event has the potential to inflame your heart with a renewed passion in your walk with God and fire you up in your daily devotions!

    Each day we will engage in a whole lot of fun & adventurous activities as we enjoy the majesty of God's amazing playground - His creation. And if that wasn't enough, we will also explore the consuming fire of God's presence through daily devotions, worship, and nightly Impact Points around the camp fire.

    Our prayer is that in our time together you will grow closer to God, make new lifelong friends, and build new unforgettable memories!



    - DISCOUNTS -
    GTD gives you more for less!




    FOR GTD MINISTRY PARTNERS, GTD MEANS "Get The Discount"
    It's very simple, GTD Ministry Partners always receive the lowest price offered on our Pay-It-Now Discount regardless of the date or payment deadlines as well as other various discounts offered on different events! It's our small way of saying thank you for supporting the work of the ministry. Want to know more about becoming a Ministry Partner and all the other benefits that come with it? Click here for details.


    - CHECKLIST -
    What you should bring

    FALL CAMPING RETREAT CHECKLIST

     MANDATORY GEAR: 
    [  ]  "Travel" Bible (may get wet!)
    [  ]  Sleeping Bag (and/or sheets, blanket, etc)
    [  ]  Pillow
    [  ]  Flashlight w/ New Batteries
    [  ]  2 Water Bottles
    [  ]  Sunglasses
    [  ]  Sun Screen / Lip Balm
    [  ]  Poncho (everyone must have)
    [  ]  2 Plastic Bags (wet clothes)
    [  ]  2 Zip-Lock Bags (very handy)
    [  ]  Insect Repellent
    [  ]  Eyeglasses / Contacts (if applicable)
    [  ]  Any Necessary Meds (if applicable)
    [  ]  Any Maps, Address, & Directions referenced in the "LOCATION" section above
    [  ]  GTD WAIVER (PRINT ONLY VERSION)

     OPTIONAL GEAR: 
    [  ]  Camp Chair
    [  ]  Camera
    [  ]  Favorite Snacks / Energy Food
    [  ]  Extra Money

     GENERAL CLOTHING: 
    Bring proper amount of activity clothes that are lightweight & quick drying.
    [  ]  Activity Shorts
    [  ]  Activity Shirts
    [  ]  Sweatshirt
    [  ]  Seasonal Jacket
    [  ]  Active Wear Pants / Jeans
    [  ]  Activity Shoes
    [  ]  Sandals / Flops
    [  ]  Shade Hat
    [  ]  1 or 2 Modest Swimsuit(s)... men please wear modest length swimsuits (such as board shorts; no Speedos) and women please wear a modest one-piece or a modest 2-piece swimsuit (no thongs or bikinis). 
    [  ]  Towel(s)
    [  ]  Socks
    [  ]  Underwear
    [  ]  If forecasted for cold weather: Pack cold weather clothing (knit cap, gloves, thermals, thick socks, heavy jacket, hand warmers, etc)

     TOILETRIES: 
    Toilets and showers will be available.
    [  ]  Wash Cloth
    [  ]  Towel
    [  ]  Soap
    [  ]  Shampoo
    [  ]  Wet Wipes (very handy!)
    [  ]  Toothbrush
    [  ]  Toothpaste
    [  ]  Deodorant (please bring!)
    [  ]  Brush / Comb
    [  ]  Hair Care / Gel / Spray
    [  ]  Razor
    [  ]  Shaving Cream

    **DON'T BRING: Jewelry - or - Valuables**