Students will spend 4 days and 3 nights at Latham Springs Camp and Conference Center, located in Aquilla, TX (northwest of Waco). Freshmen will be placed into one of nine "camps" and within that camp they will be placed in a small group with 2 counselors and 10 freshmen. During retreat, freshmen will engage in small group discussions, worship and speaker sessions and large group games and activities. In addition, our designated Ministry Fair will allow freshmen the chance to interact face-to-face with dozens of local churches and organizations in the Bryan/College Station area.
Registration for Impact 2017 will open Wednesday, March 1st of 2017.
The cost for Impact Retreat is $215, which includes everything for all 4 days of retreat, including meals, transportation, lodging, and a t-shirt. Payment is collected at the time of registration.
We do not want the cost of Impact to deter anyone from attending. It is for this reason we have need-based scholarships. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend Impact, please complete the form below. NOTE: Please do this before registering. We will contact you within 5 business days if you are being granted a scholarship, at which point you can go register. We accept scholarship requests until July 15.
Frequently Asked Questions
You will need to be in College Station at Texas A&M's campus between 9:30am and 10:30am for check in. The location is Olsen Field (Blue Bell Park) located on the corner of Olsen Blvd & George Bush Dr. There is no need to arrive earlier than 9:30am. We will depart for Latham Springs from Texas A&M University on charter buses.
If you have registered for a Texas A&M University parking pass for the coming school year, bring the pass or your receipt with you and place it in your windshield to park during Impact. If you do not have a parking pass, you can visit Texas A&M Transportation Services and click the top menu for Visitors, then scroll to Summer Camp parking to purchase a temporary pass.
- A sack lunch for the bus ride to retreat
- 1 form of photo ID
- your confirmation number from your completed registration
- your parking pass
- Sleeping bag or set of sheets, and a pillow (our cabins have twin-sized bunk beds)
- Comfortable Clothing for four days
- Clothes for our Neon Night!
- Tennis shoes (must have closed toed shoes for the relay)
- A water bottle that can be reused (it’s going to be hot!)
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Sun screen/bug spray
Night Before / Night After Lodging
For freshmen that have to travel from far away to get to College Station, we do provide lodging with a member of our staff for one night before or after your session, if necessary. The deadline to request housing is July 25th.
Freshmen will arrive back to the Texas A&M campus around 5:00pm on the last day of their session. If you would like updates during our return trip, you are welcome to call or message your student in the afternoon during the last day of their session.
Driving Home After Retreat
Impact works very hard to ensure that all our freshmen get enough sleep to drive the next day; we take the safety of our students very seriously before, during and after camp. Our programming ends a touch earlier on the last night of each session for this reason. Students are welcome to drive themselves upon arrival back to College Station. They may also be picked up by someone. While there are plenty of students who choose each option, most of our freshmen drive themselves. Students are also welcome to request housing for the night after camp if they feel rest will be needed.
When to Register
Registration for Impact Retreat 2017 will open on March 1st of 2017. The last day to register for a given session will be 48 hours before the session start date.
During the registration process you will select the session you would like to attend. If there is still a spot in that session, it is yours! Immediately! Your confirmation email is proof of obtaining that spot.
You will be able to change your session by emailing us, as long as space is available.
Getting to Retreat
We have made an agreement to arrive as one group to retreat. Therefore, everyone must be in College Station for the start of retreat and travel with us on the charter buses to retreat. That said, you can be picked up from the retreat (near Waco) at the conclusion of the session. If this would be more convenient for you, email us and let us know you have made arrangements to be picked up from Latham Springs on the last day of retreat and that you will not be riding the buses back to College Station.
NOTE: time of pick up needs to be at 1:30pm on the final day of your session.
Post Registration Process
Once your registration is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email immediately upon completing your registration. In addition you will receive an email with further details two weeks prior to your session start date with important reminders. Otherwise, we'll see you in August!
Attending Impact and Fish Camp
Many of our students every year choose to attend both retreats. While some of the sessions of Fish Camp conflict with Impact, there are several that do not. Be sure to check the dates of each session when registering:
Alpha conflicts with sessions C and D
Delta conflicts with sessions D and E
Omega conflicts with sessions E and F
If you have a short turnaround between retreats and need to stay in College Station, we can help provide lodging. If needed, you may change your session as long as space is available. Simply email our Retreat Coordinator Exec with your session change request.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We would definitely be disappointed if you are unable to make it! But if you're really sure, you can receive a refund of $165 (the full cost of registration less the $50 non-refundable deposit) up until July 15th, after which time we will not issue any refunds. To cancel and request a refund, email us. If all you need to do is change your session, email us and we will take care of it for you as long as space is available.
Any further questions about retreat details can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.