IGNITE Retreat (March 11-13, 2022)


---- 15 NEW UPDATES (Last Updated March 9 @ 4:50pm) ---- 

1) WEATHER FORECAST & ADJUSTING EXPECTATIONS: To be frank, the forecast for this weekend is horrible: rain, thunderstorms, and cold temps dropping down into the 30's at night. If the forecast is accurate then those types of conditions will potentially impact everything (activities, gear, campfire, sleep, and sometimes overall morale). This isn't an effort to dissuade anyone from attending. We are an all-weather ministry so we move forward regardless of forecast, and adjust as much as possible to the day-off conditions. This is however an effort to adjust expectations. Camping trips can be severely impacted by weather. The climbing tower, ziplines, kayaking, swimming pool, volleyball, outdoor movie, campfire, and little things like dry chairs may not be available or possible. Those conditions can dampen some people's spirits. On the other hand, the actual conditions may not become as bad as forecasted. We've seen this many times. If this is the case some (or all) of our activities & plans may not be impacted. We won't know until each day. 
 
2) CANCELLING YOUR REGISTRATION / REFUNDS / TRANSFERS: In the event that you decide that you want to cancel your registration and receive a refund simply let me (Doug) know via text message by 4pm on Thursday (March 10th) before we purchase all the food for everyone. Another option is that GTD will be running a similar camping retreat in Ocala Oct 28-30 if you want to transfer your registration to that event. 
 
3) PACK ACCORDINGLY: Don't underestimate how cold 38 degrees is inside of a tent! Especially if you get wet from rain. Bring thick sleeping bags, heavy blankets, quilts, thermal underwear, knit caps, gloves, jackets, rain jackets... whatever you need to stay warm through the night. Also, bring similar clothing for wet, windy, & cold daytime conditions.
 
4) BUNKHOUSES HAVE HEAT & AC: If you have upgraded (or want to upgrade) to staying in a bunkhouse then you will be happy to hear that the bunkhouses do have heat & air conditioning. They supply bunkbeds with mattresses as well as restrooms & warm showers, but do not supply bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets, etc). They are located about 1/4 mile from the tent campsite. The extra cost is $15 per night per person to stay in a bunkhouse. Let me know via text if you want to upgrade to a bunkhouse. If still available, you can switch to a bunkhouse after arriving to camp. All bunkhouses are named after different countries. The women's bunkhouse is named "Dominican Republic". The men's bunkhouse is named "Chile"
 
5) 88 PEOPLE HAVE REGISTERED FOR THIS EVENT! This is a record breaking registration for any of our camping events. We are thrilled by the response! We are pulling all of our tents & inflatable mats from other programs to accommodate up to 100 people. 
 
6) TENTS, COTS, INFLATABLE MATS: GTD will be providing a variety of tent sizes. Large tents must hold no less than 3 people (large tents can hold 3 cots or 4 inflatable mats). Large tents are primarily for parents / adults. Medium size tents can hold 3-4 people on inflatable mats. Small tents can hold 1-2 people on inflatable mats. Tents will be distributed based on the size of your family / group. Cots are primarily for adults. Inflatable mats are primarily for youth & kids.
 
7) CLIMBING WALL & ZIPLINE ARE NOW AVAILABLE: The big surprise was going to be that the climbing wall & ziplines are now back on the schedule for 3 hours on Saturday morning from 9a - Noon. However, this is a "weather permitting" activity so if it is raining or has recently rained making the walls wet or there is lightning within 10 miles then this activity will be cancelled.
 
8) KAYAKING IS NOW ON THE LIST OF ACTIVITIES: GTD will be bringing enough recreational kayaks for up to 20 people to kayak at one time on the lake near the swimming pool. There will be a designated time on the schedule when kayaks will be available.
 
9) DADDY G WILL BE SMOKING A LOT OF PULLED PORK! My Dad (Jerry G.) is thrilled to be able to come on this event and spend much of the day on Saturday smoking 4 large Boston Butts (pulled pork) for the IGNITE participants. This will be a delicious addition to the trip (at no additional charge!).
 
10) SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS & FOOD ALLERGIES: 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 just isn't possible for us to accommodate all of the different needs and various severities. Therefore our food policy had to change. 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 if still available when you arrive (unless cross contamination is a concern). 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.
 
11) ADDITIONAL ITEMS YOU MAY WANT TO BRING: Based on the forecast and number of registered participants you may want to bring some or all of the following items: camp chair(s) (GTD has 50 camp chairs, 20 backpacking chairs, & there will be wood benches at camp), hand & feet warmers, board games, ez-up canopy, tarps, extra blankets, rain gear / ponchos, extra towels, and anything else you can think of that you may want in the rain & cold.
 
12) RAIN & STORM PLAN: Word of Life has a very large covering over top of their basketball courts. In addition to basketball we have some other camp games, team sports, & board games that we can utilize under this shelter. There are some activities that we can do in the rain (if it's not lightning) such as Ultimate (frisbee), touch football, soccer, slip'n slide, kayaking, swimming, etc. In the event that it is lightning then the safest place to wait out the storm is in your vehicle. There are other safe structures at WOL including the basketball courts.
 
13) WOL WAIVER HAS CHANGED: The Word of Life Waiver has changed. The waiver that we originally had linked below is no longer used at WOL. We will have new waivers printed up for you when you arrive to camp.
 
14 GTD WAIVER: The GTD Waiver is for printing and downloading only. Some people have gotten error messages when trying to enter to type in their information into the waiver prior to printing. You should be able to type in your information after you download it to your computer. We will have GTD Waivers at camp if you have problems printing this online waiver.
 
15) THE WOL CAMPUS MAP HAS BEEN RE-UPLOADED TO THIS SITE: The Word of Life detailed campus map has been uploaded in pdf format to the "LOCATION" section below on this site.

---- OTHER PAST UPDATES ----
   
(1) CLIMBING WALL & ZIPLINE UNAVAILABLE THIS YEAR
Unfortunately, due to spring break at Word of Life, they will not be able to supply qualified staffing for the climbing wall, high ropes course, or ziplines. However, there will be plenty of other activities to enjoy!
    
(2) DAYLIGHT SAVINGS BEGINS SUNDAY MORNING MARCH 13th
It will be that "time" of the year during this year's IGNITE when we "spring forward" one hour and switch over to daylight savings time (DST) early Sunday morning. Just a reminder that this means you lose an hour of time on Sunday when we switch over to DST.
    
(3) IF YOU ARE STAYING IN A BUNKHOUSE THEN DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING
Very important! If you will be staying in a Bunkhouse then you will need to bring your own bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow, etc). A bunkbed with mattress is supplied, but bedding linens are not. 
 
(4) PAINTBALL UNAVAILABLE THIS YEAR
Unfortunately, due to spring break at Word of Life, they will not be able to supply qualified staffing for the paintball course this year. 
    
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We are sorry to inform you that the GTD event that you are trying to register for has officially been sold out. If you would like to be added to our WAITING LIST please click on the link below and complete the form. If someone cancels their trip for this event then we will contact the next person on the Waiting List in the order that they signed-up. We are not able to update you on the length of the list or your place on the list. We are only able to update you if a spot becomes available for you. Thank you for attempting to join us on this event! We encourage you to check out other upcoming GTD events.
 
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- SMALL GROUPS ARE WELCOME, BUT
GROUP SIZE IS LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE PER GROUP -


RETREAT
2.5 (ROBUST +)
RUGGED
3.0
$26 +

IGNITE Camping Trip
March 11-13, 2022 (Fri night - Sun afternoon) - Hudson, FL







 



 
ABOUT OUR SELECT-A-PRICE
GTD's "Select-A-Price" allows you to pick the price you want to pay for this public event. We offer a special sale price on many of our Public Events that are actually less than it costs to run the event per person. We do this to help make events very affordable or free, but some participants desire to pay the full price (or something more than the sale price) so we give you that option too. No matter what price you select we strive to give everyone a priceless God-awesome unforgettable adventure! We hope our Select-A-Price option is a blessing to you!
 
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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
 
 

NOTE: GROUP SIZE IS LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE PER GROUP


  EVENT:  
  • IGNITE Camping Retreat
  DATES:  
  • March 11-13, 2022 (Fri night - Sun afternoon) - Hudson, FL (2 Days / 2 Nights)
  START TIME:  
  • 7pm on Friday (Early Check-In: Participants can check-in as early as 2pm)
  ENDING TIME:  
  • 3pm on Sunday
  COST:  
  (See "What Is Included" and "What Is NOT Included" below)  
  • ABOUT OUR SELECT-A-PRICE: GTD's "Select-A-Price" allows you to pick the price you want to pay for this public event. We offer a special sale price on many of our Public Events that are actually less than it costs to run the event per person. We do this to help make events very affordable or free, but some participants desire to pay the full price (or something more than the sale price) so we give you that option too. No matter what price you select we strive to give everyone a priceless God-awesome unforgettable adventure! We hope our Select-A-Price option is a blessing to you!
  • REG = $99/person
  • "SALEabration" PRICE: $26 [SPECIAL 26th Anniversary Price!!]
  • Paintball (Optional Add-On): $30/person
  • Bunkhouse Cabins (Optional Add-On): $30/person ($15/night per person)
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    MINISTRY PARTNER'S DISCOUNT.... $20 (*Does not include optional Add-On's) 
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      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:  
    • Word of Life Camp in Hudson, FL
    • Address: 13247 Word of Life Drive; Hudson, FL 34669
    • GPS: 28°21.648'N, 82°34.200'W
    • Meet at the CAMP area upon arrival as outlined on the Detailed Campus Map (This area is listed as "Camp Site Area 1" on the Driving Map).
      ACCOMMODATIONS:  
    • Tent Camping (or upgrade to Bunkhouse Cabins)
    • Nice Restrooms
    • Warm Showers
      INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:  
    • Camping
    • 2 Morning Devotions
    • High Ropes Course
    • Climbing Wall
    • Zipline
    • Low Ropes Course / Team Building
    • Team Sports (such as volleyball, ultimate, basketball)
    • Camp Games
    • Swimming Pool
    • Nightly Campfires, Bible-Based Messages, Smores... a perfect combination!
    • Outdoor Movie (with family friendly editing)
      ADD-ON OPTIONS (EXTRA COSTS):  
    • Paintball (Optional Add-On).... Add $30/person
    • Bunkhouse Cabins (Optional Add-On).... Add $30/person ($15/night per person)
      DAILY AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):  
     
    DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3
    GTD Set-Up Crew

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

    Retreat Starts (7pm)
    Set-Up Tents
    Dinner
    Welcome & Intro's
    Impact Point
    Campfire & Smores
    Lights Out
    Rise & Shine
    Breakfast
    Morning Devos
    Morning Activity
    Lunch
    Afternoon Activity #1
    Afternoon Activity #2
    Dinner
    Impact Point
    Campfire & Smores
    Outdoor Movie
    Lights Out
    Rise & Shine
    Breakfast
    Morning Devos
    Morning Activity

    Lunch

    Break Camp
    Closing & Goodbyes

    Depart (3pm)

      MIN. PEOPLE:  
    • 5
      MAX. PEOPLE:  
    • 50
      AGE RANGE:  
    • All ages
      WHAT IS INCLUDED:  
    • Full time guides, event planning, all "Included Activities" listed above, all equipment for each activity, tent camping, tent camping gear, base camp equipment, Word of Life usage fees, up to 6 meals, devotions & spiritual emphasis, a God-awesome lifelong memory!
      WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:  
    • Transportation, optional add-on activities & add-on amenities (listed above), 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 [Please print & complete prior to arrival] (Any participant under 18 must also have parent/ guardian sign each waiver)
    • Word of Life Waiver [Please print & complete prior to arrival] (Any participant under 18 must also have parent/ guardian sign each waiver)
      EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS:  
    • GTD: 727-692-5296 (GTD cell phone - Doug Garner)
    • Word of Life:727-379-5037 (Office)
      MAIN ACTIVITIES:  

    • CAMPFIRE! 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.


    • HIGH ROPES COURSE AND CLIMBING WALL! One of our main activities will be scaling the climbing walls and traversing the 3 high ropes challenges. Without a doubt, this will be one of your favorite adventures of the weekend! WEATHER-PERMITTING!


    • ZIPLINE! What goes up must come back down! Your reward for climbing up to the top of the climbing wall is getting to zipline your way back down to the ground. WEATHER-PERMITTING!


    • LOW ROPES COURSE / TEAM BUILDING! You don't have to go several stories up in the air to have a lot of fun. The Low Ropes Course will challenge you, build you, and thrill you all at the same time.


    • TEAM SPORTS! Team sports are always a good time, but they are especially fun at camp! Their will be options for ultimate, soccer, volleyball, and basketball on Word of Life's big open fields and courts. It's going to be so much fun.


    • SWIMMING POOL! Who doesn't love to go swimming?!?! During our weekend retreat you will have opportunities to enjoy the large heated swimming pool on campus. Word of Life (WOL) policies require men to wear modest length swimsuits (such as board shorts; no Speedos) and women to wear a modest one-piece swimsuit (or a modest 2-piece swimsuit with a non-see through T-shirt over top). No tankinis or bikinis. Please respect and comply with WOL policies.


    • 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.

      OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES:  


    • PAINTBALL (OPTIONAL) (Add $30): Word of Life offers a large fun paintball course at a great price. For $30 you will be equipped with a paintball gun, face mask, and 350 paintballs. (Add $5 for each additional 100 paintballs) to play one 45 minute session with up to 14 other players. You have to use their guns and paintballs on their course.  NOT AVAILABLE THIS YEAR!
    • Paintball participants should wear long sleeves, long pants, and layers to help minimize the sting and welts that can occur when shot on bare skin.


    • BUNKHOUSE CABINS (OPTIONAL) (Add $30): Word of Life offers bunkhouse cabins for those not interested in tent camping. There will be guys cabin(s) and girls cabin(s) so families will have to split-up according to genders. Each cabin has electricity, warm showers, toilets, and is climate controlled. The picture above is an example of the type of bunkbeds typically found in a bunkhouse cabin. Cabins are an additional fee ($15/person per night).
    • BRING YOUR OWN SHEETS & BLANKET!! Very important! If you will be staying in a Bunkhouse then you will need to bring your own bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow, etc). A bunkbed with mattress is supplied, but bedding linens are not.



    - 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 IGNITE Camping Retreat is an exciting outdoor adventure located on a secluded group campsite usually around the central Florida area.

    Every fire must first start with a spark and IGNITE will be that spark in your rekindled passion to follow Christ. Like a match being struck, IGNITE will inflame your heart with a renewed passion in your walk with God and fire you up in your daily devotions!

    And if that wasn't hot enough, IGNITE will also incinerate your fears & burn up your burdens as we embark on adventurous activities and explore the majesty of God's creation. We will also explore the consuming fire of God's presence through daily devotions, worship, and nightly Impact Points around the camp fire.

    In our time together you will grow closer to God, make new friends, and build new memories! Don't get burned out! Instead, get fired up by joining us on IGNITE and watch God do something "ablazing" in your life!



    - 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

    IGNITE CAMPING RETREAT CHECKLIST

     MANDATORY GEAR: 
    [  ]  "Travel" Bible (may get wet!)
    [  ]  Sleeping Bag (and/or Bedding Linens - sheets, blanket, etc - if staying in Bunkhouse)
    [  ]  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
    [  ]  WORD OF LIFE WAIVER (Filled out and SIGNED prior to participating!)
    [  ]  GTD WAIVER (Filled out and SIGNED prior to participating!)

     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
    [  ]  Modest Swimsuit (Word of Life policies require men to wear modest length swimsuits (such as board shorts; no Speedos) and women to wear a modest one-piece swimsuit (or a modest 2-piece swimsuit with a non-see through T-shirt over top). No tankinis or bikinis. Please respect and comply with WOL policies.)
    [  ]  Towel
    [  ]  Socks
    [  ]  Underwear

    [  ]  NOTE: If you are playing paintball then you should wear long sleeves, long pants, and
              layers to help minimize the sting and welts that can occur when shot on bare skin.

     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**