In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Camp Days: May 27rh – 30th, 2016
Dear Retreat Participant,
Thank you for signing up for the Islamic Center of Irvine 9th Annual Youth Group Retreat. We are truly glad you are about to attend.
The retreat is more than just a weekend camp; rather it is an opportunity to become closer to God. It is also a break from life’s daily routine replaced with the opportunity to meet other Muslims, share experiences, and make new friends.
You should also note that this weekend is not intended to be a vacation. Because the retreat is unique in its program we ask a lot from it participants. Therefore, we ask that you act in a manner in accordance with our Islamic beliefs. Putting other before yourself, showing courtesy, wearing a smile, and cooperating with others are a few things that exemplify the spirit with which you should approach the weekend.
The ICOI Youth Group Committee has spent many months of planning to put together this special weekend. Insha’Allah, you will come away with a sense of pride in your religion and your community. Again, thank you for signing up and welcome to this year’s retreat!
ICOI Youth Group Committee
Things to bring:
The retreat site is a camp; therefore you should be prepared to “rough it”. With this in mind we suggest you bring the following along with anything else you feel you would need for the weekend. This year we will be going to Pali Mountain in Big Bear, CA. Please bring the things listed below.
NOTE: The campsite is in the mountains, it gets cold at night. Be sure to bring a warm sweatshirt and sweatpants!
- A reusable water bottle. This is a highly recommended item to bring.
- Only two bags allowed, ONE luggage and one sleeping bag/pillow.
- Prayer scarf
- Qur’an (MUST bring!)
- Modest and appropriate clothing (no shorts, tank tops, or tight fitting clothes)
- Durable shoes (hiking boots, sneakers, etc.). No flipflops except for bathroom usage.
- Sleeping bag (if you do not have one, bring a few blankets)
- Flashlight (MUST bring!)
- Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.
- Any medications you require (please notify your counselor ahead of time).
Parents, please ensure you have reviewed the content of camper’s luggage to make sure any necessary medication/items of note are being taken.
Things to exercise restraint with:
Please be advised that a “retreat” is intended to be an opportunity to leave distractions behind in order to focus on your personal development. Many things in our daily life that we “depend” on such as phones or other electronics can in fact be distractions in the process of self-reflection. You are welcome to have your electronic devices with you during the ICOI Youth Retreat, however if you choose to use them at inappropriate times, your counselor or camp admin will ask you to put it away. If you continue to use poor judgment regarding electronics usage, it may be taken away from you and returned at the end of the retreat. The following is a short list of examples of when it would be inappropriate to use electronic devices:
- On the bus ride up to camp (you should be engaging in activities with your cabin-mates)
- During lectures, presentations, activities, or prayers (as we gather for prayer, during prayer, and after prayer)
- During cabin discussions
- Using the device to access inappropriate media
- Missing activities or being late to activities in order to engage in electronics usage
- It is expected that you use your judgment to determine when electronic usage is both appropriate and respectful of others
Things not to bring:
- Weapons of any kind.*
- Drugs or cigarettes (This includes vapor pens or e-cigarettes).*
- Alcohol, tobacco or any illegal substance.*
- Expensive jewelry.
*If you have these items your parents will be notified and you will be asked to leave the campsite immediately.