Vancouver College students are offered the opportunity to experience retreats from Grade 7 to Grade 12.
Grade 12 - Encounter Retreats are held at Camp Stillwood in Cultus Lake in October, February, and April. See Mr. Accilli, Br. Gattone, or Mrs. Vernier for further details. This is not a compulsory retreat. Students are required to sign up in advance. The fee is $225.00 for candidates. Permission and Medical Forms are required. A Parent Night is held prior to each Encounter Retreat. List of "What to Bring" is provided by the Staff and Student Directors. Leadership is provided by a Team of student led by the Rector. Students interested in being part of the Team on an Encounter should indicate in an email to Mr. Accilli (October), Br. Gattone (February), or Mrs. Vernier (April) in advance stating interests and commitment.
Encounter Leadership Team Application
If you are interested in submitting your name for one of the leadership positions on an Encounter Retreat you are asked to submit in writing a typed summary of two questions. This should be given to the Directors of each Encounter well in advance of the particular Encounter Retreat:
- Why do you want to be a leader on an Encounter Retreat?
- What do you feel you can contribute to the Encounter Retreat?
Pilgrimage 11 Retreats
Grade 11 - Pilgrimage Retreats are held at Loon Lake in Maple Ridge in December and April. See Mr. Legge for further details. This is not a compulsory retreat. Students are required to sign up in advance. The fee is $100.00 for candidates.
Permission and Medical Forms are required. Lists of What to Bring are provided by the Staff and Student Directors. Leadership provided by a Team lead by the Rector. Students interested in being part of the Team on a Pilgrimage should indicate in an email to Mr. Legge in advance stating interests and commitment.
Pilgrimage Leadership Team Application
Students interested in being on the three leadership teams for Pilgrimage retreats each year are usually recommended by staff and selected in consultation with the assigned Rector of each retreat. Applications should respond to these two questions:
1.Why would you like to be a leader on the Pilgrimage 11 Retreat?
2.What do you feel you can contribute to the retreat leadership team?
Students travel on a rented coach bus with teachers and return before 3:00 pm on the second day. The retreat is one night. Contact Loon Lake - UBC Research Forest (Malcolm Knapp) for details of the facilities.
Emmaus 10 Retreats
The Emmaus Retreat was held over a two-day period this year and included all Grade 10 students. This is a compulsory retreat at Vancouver College. Permission Forms are required as this one-day retreat takes place during the regular school day hours and the fee is $15.00. Students are transported on rented buses to a sight away from the school that varies from year to year. Students in Grades 11 and 12 provide Group Leadership. If you are in Grade 11 or 12 and interested in being a leader, please see Mrs. Vernier or Mr. Legge.
Middle School Retreats
Grade 7, 8, and 9 Retreats - Please contact your son's Religion Teacher or Mr. Paul Legge for further information. These retreats are compulsory and are held on site in the Alumni Room.
The Grade 7 Retreat, "Servant and Friend," encompasses many topics that effect boys coming into Middle School, some of whom are coming from other schools. We also discuss the importance of inclusion and respect for others with a focus on learning to see all sides of an issue before making a decision in life. The mid-day component looks at the life of Blessed Edmund Rice followed by a pizza lunch. The day begins with the celebration of the Eucharist and a closer look at the mass celebrated by Father Manoj Xalxo.
The Grade 8 Retreat, "One in the Spirit," begins with the celebration of the Eucharist and a closer look at the mass celebrated by Father Manoj Xalxo. Following the mass the boys participate in an activity that focuses on the sacredness and value of life. This is followed by an activity focusing on bullying and ways to overcome and prevent bullying. The mid-day component looks at the life of Blessed Edmund Rice followed by a pizza lunch. The afternoon focuses on each student's unique physical and spiritual gifts followed by a reflection on their Confirmation. The day ends with a look at Catholics around the world.
The Grade 9 Retreat, "Who Do You Say That I Am," focuses on the student looking at his inner self. The day starts with activities that look at self-esteem and ways to improve ones self-esteem. This is followed by looking at some of the "temptations" that students might face during these adolescent years such as drugs & alcohol and sexuality, which is then followed by a pizza lunch. The guest speakers are Mr. Todd Bernett, Mr. Brian Taggart, and Ms. Monica Beck. The afternoon focuses on the student's sense of self-worth and the topic of vocations. The day ends with the celebration of the Eucharist celebrated by Father Manoj Xalxo.