High School Retreats
9th Grade Respect Retreat
Loyola, like many schools, believes that to do well in school students need to be comfortable with who they are and feel physically and emotionally safe. As part of our effort to create a safe and caring culture, we are bringing in Youth Frontiers on December 10th to facilitate a Respect Retreat. Youth Frontiers Vision, since 1987, is to partner with schools to build positive communities where students thrive. Part of that vision is to help change the way young people treat each other in every hallway, lunch line and classroom.
The Respect Retreat includes a dynamic mix of activities designed to have the greatest impact on participants. These include:
- Community-building activities to foster stronger relationships
- Skill building activities to enhance self-awareness
- Large-group Presentations to learn through the power of storytelling:
Stand up for Respect
- Small group discussions led by trained leaders
- Journaling and reflection time to help students apply respect to their own lives
- Optional large group sharing
We have been amazed by the level of participation and learning that happens during these retreats. Youth Frontiers provides a Catholic based follow up that helps keep the concepts alive during the school year. It is our belief that this retreat enhances the overall positive climate of Loyola High School
We are especially grateful to the Doug Johnson Family for introducing and supporting these retreats through their family foundation.
Wolf Ridge Junior Class Retreat
Juniors spend three days at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center to experience growth in their faith, self-awareness, and to build relationships with classmates. Challenges include ropes courses, rock wall climbing, orienteering, night hikes, and experiencing the beauty of God’s Creation in the picturesque backyard of Lake Superior north of Duluth, MN. Caring for the environment is emphasized as well as caring for one another by showing encouragement in mentally and physically difficult situations.