New Student Retreat

New Student Retreat: Fall Retreat

The date and location for the Fall Retreat have changed. Please review the details below.

September 17-19, 2021
Crooked Creek Young Life Camp
Fraser, Colorado

We can't wait to once again bring our new freshman, new transfers, and seniors on the Fall Retreat this coming September 17-19, 2021! This traditional event is a culmination of our orientation programming and is a weekend of worship and reflection in God's creation. The New Student Retreat provides an opportunity for them to connect with peers as well as get to know others within the CCU community — all while having a great time of fellowship. The retreat takes place at Crooked Creek, a Young Life camp that is located in the beautiful mountain setting of Fraser, Colorado.

Important Reminders

  • The New Student Retreat (NSR) is required for all new students enrolled in INT 101 and grade points are attached to this course assignment. INT 101 students are automatically registered to attend the NSR and do not need to sign up. The retreat is optional for Transfer students enrolled in INT 102.
  • We believe the retreat is a great culmination of the orientation program and sets you up for a successful time at CCU, though we understand that there may be a few exceptions. Excused absences are as follows: illness with a doctor's note, a CCU Athletics conference game, or a previously scheduled family engagement (e.g. wedding). If your situation falls within one of the exceptions, please complete the excused absence form with documentation by September 9 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).
  • Transfer Students (regardless of enrollment in INT 102) are also invited to attend. You will receive detailed information via email during Weekend of Welcome. You may register for the retreat by filling out the transfer student registration form.
  • Charter bus transportation will be provided by CCU. All students must use the provided transportation. The buses will leave campus on Friday, September 17 at 9:00 a.m. from in front of Anschutz Student Center.
  • WiFi is not provided at the YoungLife camp so we encourage you to plan your academic schedule and assignments accordingly. Most cell phone carriers work well up at the camp.
Hear what last year's students had to say about the Fall Retreat:

“The New Student Retreat was a good experience for me because it challenged me spiritually, I got to meet new friends, and grow closer to those I already knew. Each of the sessions spoke to me and have continued to push me even now.” – Sydney Nixon

“The retreat for me was a chance to not only meet new people and create friendships with other freshmen on campus, but to take a little brain break. College has been overwhelming with the school work and new responsibilities, so the retreat came at a perfect time so that I could take a little break from school work and just focus on meeting new people.” – Ellisa Jacquot

“Overall in the end it all turned out to be a lot of fun and just some needed time to be in community with others and to grow friendships. I am thankful for this experience and the work that God did in my heart." – Claire Christian.

“Honestly, I did not want to go to the New Student Retreat in the beginning. I was so overwhelmed and frustrated even before the actual retreat because I knew I wouldn't have time to finish all my homework. But when session time came, I was touched by the Holy Spirit. Worshiping the Lord up high in the mountains, I could just feel His presence. As I looked at the nature, I realized once again how great the Lord I serve is. The more I went to the sessions, the more my heart became open. I realized how much I was covered up with the work I had in front of me and I was looking at God.” – Sambi Mori