Avalanche Retreats

Come experience God at one of our annual Winter Avalanche Retreats.

We are looking forward to having you at one of our Avalanche sessions this year! The following are step-by-step instructions on how to register your students, leaders, and how payments will operate.

Capacity Limits

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our capacity limits have changed from previous years. We will need to be extra cautious of the number of students and leaders that will be attending our Avalanche sessions. We ask that the group leader call our office at (218-426-3389) or email us at office@bigsandycamp.com with the number of students and leaders your group plans to bring. This needs to be done as soon as possible.

TroyAnn Nelson, our office manager is available the following days each week. Thanks for your patience with her responding to you as quickly as possible based upon these hours.

  • Monday – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Thursday – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Friday – 8:00 am to 12:00 noon

Click here for the Registration Steps.

Log into UltraCamp (our registration software) and register your students by group. We will send out an email to all group leaders telling you how many (if any) additional spots there are available for each Avalanche session. Spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

If you have two or less students that you want to register, please call our Office first to register these students.

Payment Information

Cost of 2020 Avalanche sessions is $114 for each student and $85 for leaders.

There is a $25 nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit per student and leader due at time of registration.

We prefer you write a check and send it in the mail.

Scheduled Avalanche Sessions

  • Junior High/Senior High Combo: January 15-17, 2021
  • Senior High: January 22-24, 2021
  • Junior: January 29-31, 2021
  • Junior High: February 5-7, 2021

Here is a list of documents that will be available to you after registration:

  • Adult and Youth Medical forms
  • Packing list
  • Camp Guidelines
  • COVID-19 health screening
  • Background Check Verification

Each leader will be responsible for overseeing that these forms get to their campers. Please have parents fill out the medical and COVID-19 health screening forms. The leaders will turn these in upon arrival for their session(s).

If you have any questions, or need help, please contact TroyAnn at our office.

Phone: 218-426-3389
Email: office@bigsandycamp.com

Come experience God at one of our annual Winter Avalanche Retreats.

With the current COVID-19 guidelines we are planning on capacities of 150 students and leaders per weekend.

Here are the dates and prices:

  • Combo – Junior High/Senior High Avalanche – January 15-17, 2021
  • Senior High Avalanche – January 22-24, 2021
  • Junior Avalanche – January 29-31, 2021
  • Junior High Avalanche – February 5-7, 2021
  • Prices per retreat – $114/student; $85/leader

Registration will be “live” soon!

We are planning for our annual Winter Avalanche Retreats. With the current COVID-19 guidelines we are planning on capacities of 150 students and leaders per weekend.

Here are the dates and prices...

  • Combo: Junior High/Senior High Avalanche – January 15-17, 2021
  • Senior High Avalanche – January 22-24, 2021
  • Junior Avalanche – January 29-31, 2021
  • Junior High Avalanche – February 5-7, 2021
  • Prices per retreat – $114/student; $85/leader

Registration will open November 16 for these retreats.

Stay tuned to our website for information for our Avalanche retreats in January and February of 2021.

Doug Parkinson
Executive Director

Join us for fun-packed weekends at Big Sandy Camp! Avalanche camps provide a space to meet with Christ, build friendships, and allow God to change lives while enjoying the beautiful Minnesota winter. Youth groups will be housed together on a first come, first serve basis, so get your registrations in early!

The fee in 2020 is $99 per student and $45 per leader. Students must register through their church. Please contact your youth leader or the Big Sandy Camp office for information.

Junior Avalanche
January 17-19, 2020
Grades 4-6
Bob Downs, retired teacher and C&MA church member, speaking

Senior High Avalanche
January 24-26, 2020
Grades 9-12
Ken Castor, Crown College Professor, speaking

Junior High Avalanche
February 7-9, 2020
Grades 6-8
Josh Ottoson, Campus Life Director with Youth for Christ, speaking

Registration will be open from 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday night, with the first session beginning at 8:30 PM. Lunch will be served on Sunday, with a departure time of 12:15 PM. Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Pricing

$99 per student and $45 per leader.

No refunds will be issued less than 30 days from the event. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the event will be refunded minus a $25 non-refundable deposit.

We have switched to a new registration software. Please create a NEW account for your family when registering.

SCHEDULE

Friday Night

  • 6:00-8:00 PM – Registration
  • 8:15 PM – Leadership Meeting
  • 8:30 PM – Session 1
  • 10:00 PM – Gym / Smores

Saturday

  • 8:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – Session 2
  • 10:30 AM – Tournaments
  • 12:00 PM – Lunch
  • 1:00 PM – Activities
  • 5:30 PM – Dinner
  • 6:30 PM – Night Game
  • 7:30 PM – Session 3
  • 9:00 PM – Evening Hangouts

Sunday Morning

  • 8:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – Pack up rooms and vehicles
  • 9:30 AM – Session 4
  • 11:00 AM – Cabin Talks
  • 11:30 AM – Lunch
  • 12:15 PM – Dismissal

We had a great time at 2019 Avalanche Camp! Come join us for another year of fellowship, learning and growing, all while enjoying the beautiful Minnesota winter! Avalanche Camps are designed to be retreats for youth groups rather than individual campers. Counselors and leaders are provided by local churches rather than the Big Sandy staff.

We are starting to use a new registration software system in 2020 that is known for being more user-friendly than our previous system was. With that in mind, we appreciate your patience with us as we figure out the best way to serve you and your families. Parents will need to create new accounts for their children, even if they have attended Big Sandy Camp in the past. Families will need a code provided by their church in order to register their child for Avalanche Camp in 2020. This is meant to keep students from youth groups together and to ensure camp is not overbooked.

In order to minimize distractions and to facilitate relationship-building, we encourage students not to have their phones on their person, and to turn them in to their youth pastors and leaders upon arrival at Big Sandy Camp. Office phones are available for students to contact their parents in case of emergency, and vice versa.

2020 Avalanche Dates

  • Jr. Avalanche: January 17-19, 2020
  • Sr. High Avalanche: January 24-26, 2020
  • Jr. High Avalanche: February 7-9, 2020

2020 Avalanche Dates

  • Jr. Avalanche: January 17-19, 2020
  • Sr. High Avalanche: January 24-26, 2020
  • Jr. High Avalanche: February 7-9, 2020

HIDDEN CONTENT

We had an awesome time at our avalanche camps this year. Close to 800 kids came through camp to play broomball, go tubing, and to grow in their faith. The Big Sandy Camp Staff had an awesome time hanging out with all of the youth groups and individual campers that were here. We can’t wait until next year. Check us out on Facebook to see hundreds of pictures of what we did at Avalanche this year!

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Feel like you missed out? Join us next year for Winter Avalanche!

  • Junior Avalanche (4-6th Grade) – January 6-8, 2017
  • Senior High Avalanche (9-12th Grade) – January 20-22, 2017
  • Junior High Avalanche (6-9th Grade) – January 27-29, 2017

Cost

  • Students $85
  • Leaders $40

To register your child for Avalanche separately from a youth group, email our Program Director Robert Snow at robert@bigsandycamp.org or call us in the office at 218-426-3389.

Youth Pastors!

We need final gender breakdowns and preferably names of your campers by the deadlines below to hold spots for campers. Spots fill up quickly and we are not able to house more than 300 campers. Please don’t get left out in the cold!

THE DEADLINES TO HOLD SPOTS for your youth group are as follows:

  • Junior Avalanche – December 23, 2016
  • Senior High Avalanche – January 5, 2017
  • Junior High Avalanche – January 12, 2017