Program Details: 


Who:  For youth and adults participating in Confirmation Education at their parish. Recommended for middle school students and up.  BishopSumner

When: February 22 – 24, 2019

Cost: FREE - The cost for the pilot program is covered by a generous donation. 

Why: The purpose of this retreat is to supplement Confirmation preparation at the congregational level and provide Christian community for those who participate.

Where:  Camp All Saints

             418 Stanton Way

             Pottsboro TX 75076

What: Bishops Confirmation Retreat (Pilot Program)

“So our preparation should involve memorizing the basics, reading about our heritage, uplifting worship, fellowship with peers, leadership opportunities, service to those in need, and growth in contemplation and personal prayer life.”  -Bishop George Sumner, Confirmation Guidelines for the Diocese of Dallas


Participating Congregations in 2019 as of 1/10/19 include;

Participating Congregations in Pilot Program:


Church of the Holy Cross, Paris   

# of Participants 


St. David's, Denton

S. John's, Pottsboro 

St. Mark's, Irving

Holy Trinity, Garland

Good Shepherd, Dallas

St. Marks, Mt. Pleasant 








Current Potential Enrollment from Congregations based on estimates: 32 - 38:  Total space available 40 

 There is still space available!


Pre-Approval to participate in the Pilot Program: 

       If your congregation is interested in participating plese contact either: 

                      Mother Nancy Powers @ (903) 786-4339

                      Fr. Craig Reed @ (903) 784-6294

                   *Space is limited in 2019 so contact them soon. 


Congregations will need to send adult sponsors reflecting the gender of the youth they are sending. 



  • The Confirmation Retreat Director is David Campbell, Youth Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.
  • Confirmands who want to attend must register through their home congregation first. The participating congregation will connect with either Mother Nancy Powers or Fr. Craig Reed to be sure there is space for potential youth and adult volunteers.  Congregations will then be sent a confirmation code for your participants to use when filling out their individual registration on Camp Wise. This must be done no later than February 15th. 
  • Event Leaders are:
  • Bishop George Sumner
  • Rev. Craig Reed
  • Rev. Nancy Powers
  • Other clergy TBA
  • Adult leaders from Congregations: Jennifer & Drew Boatman, St. John’s Pottsboro
  • Other leaders to be announced

Principles for Retreat Instructors:

  • Program is based on Bishop Sumner’s Guidelines for Confirmation.
  • Content is centered on the Book of Common Prayer.
  • Content will be shared with clergy at home congregation.
    • This will be done through the camp’s web page – Participating congregations will receive a “packet”
  • Sessions will allow for: teaching, small group discussion, and individual reflection. (Goal – we will identify Instructors for the next Confirmation Retreat).


Retreat Schedule:  This schedule is "Under Construction”.  It is quite likely that we will amplify a few key subjects and fold into the curriculum key ideas consistent with the guidelines set down by the Bishop for Confirmation.

           *Modifications will be made as we get closer to the weekend. 



                        2:30 – 3:00      Friday – Event leaders arrive and get settled

                        3:00 – 4:00      Program area is prepared – program review – dress rehearsal

                        4:00 – 5:00      Prep registration area, make sure camper beds are set up.

                        5:00 – 6:00      Check In – Event Participants and Adult leaders arrive

                       6:00 – 7:00      Dinner – Dining Hall (featuring a loaf of bread)

                        7:00 – 8:00      Session One – Dave & Program Staff

                                                Name game(s), go over rules, overview weekend

                                                Mother Nancy - Transition with a spiritual question

                        8:00 – 9:00      Session Two:  Bishop Sumner  & Fr. Craig Reed                                                         

                                                God one and Three       

                        9:00 – 10:00    Session three – Leader Team

                                                Compline / Music & Worship

                       10:00 - 10:20   End of Day wrap up in cabins / led by counselors


                        7:00 – 7:45      Wake up – Morning Prayer – Youth Leader (TBD)

                        8:00 – 9:00      Breakfast –

                        9:00 – 10:00    Session Four – Mother Nancy


Archerty 2014

                       10:00 – 12:00  Session Five – Fr. Craig

                                               The Fall -     

                                               Adventure Activity – i.e. ropes, Archery, Walk / Program Staff

                                                                       *Need to rotate 40 students –

                                                                        Archery for 20 as a teaching

                                                                        Alternate Activity for 20 students / Hiking trail

                        12:00 – 1:00      Lunch

                                                Centered around Christian Community

                        1:00 – 2:00       Session Six – Dave / Purchase Journal Material

                                                Journaling / resting reflecting         

                        2:00 – 3:00      Session Seven  - Program Staff

                                                Challenge Course – emphasizing trust

                        3:00 – 4:00      Session Eight: Fr. Craig

                                               God’s calling of Israel / Calling to Community

                                               The Ten Commandments / Law / God’s gift of all of Holy

                        4:00 – 5:00      Session Nine: Mother Nancy                                                

                                                Scripture & The two GREAT Commandments

                      5:30 – 6:30       Dinner

                      6:30 – 7:30      Session Ten: Fr. Craig

                                              Jesus / Salvation / Grace and Forgiveness

                      7:30 – 8:30      Session Eleven: Mother Nancy

                                              *at campfire (weather permitting)

                                             Worship Music – Dave or Staff

                                             The sacrament of confession / Opportunity for

                                             Individual counsel and Confession.

                        8:30 – 9:00    Compline – Team

                        9:00 - 9:30    End of Day wrap up in cabins / led by counselors


                        7:00 – Wake up –

                        7:45 – 8:00      Gather at the chapel -   Team   

                        8:00 – 9:00      Breakfast –

                        9:00 – 10:30    Session 10:  / Bishop Sumner 

                                                Church and Holy Spirit

                        10:30 – 12:00  Instructed Eucharist / Both Mother Nancy & Fr. Craig

                        12:00 – 1:00    Lunch

                        1:00 – 2:00      Session 11: Mother Nancy

                                                Wrap up – What have you learned about making your own confession of faith?

                                                Evaluation: What stands out for you – record on news print / work in small groups.



Cost: $130 for youth participants . FREE - Cost for the program has been covered by a generous donation:) 

Adult leaders from congregations are $Free

*No cost for the event leaders

Participating Congregations:  

  • Congregations need to send two adult sponsors for every 12 participants. *Two adult leaders need to reflect the gender(s) of youth they are sending: i.e. if everyone is a boy then the adult leaders need to be men.  If the participants are only girls the sponsors should be female, and blended if the genders are male and female. 


What to Bring:

Bible and a Notebook

Clothes / comfortable clothes both for indoors / and outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. 

Bedding & linens will be provided by the camp / includes, Pillow, towel, blankets, pillow and bed sheets. 



Summer staff who will be there to help during the weekend: 

Megan Alonzo will be there filling the First Responder Role in our Health Lodge

Rachel Roberts - Girls Counselor

Leslie McCord - Girls Counselor