All-School Retreat

During the first week of school, all Southwest Christian High School students attend the all-school retreat at beautiful Camp Shamineau in Motley, Minnesota. This overnight trip is a great chance for students to reconnect with old friends and get to know new Southwest Christian students and staff. As a group, we grow spiritually, build stronger relationships, and have a great time! SWCHS staff serve as chaperones for the trip, which is organized by our student council.


Thursday Arrive Time

  • Students must be at SWCHS before 7 a.m. on Thursday morning. All students should go into the auditorium for a meeting at 7 a.m. SHARP to discuss the details of the day. We will then load the buses and leave campus by 7:15 a.m.


  • Free-time activities available at no charge include high ropes, archery, air rifles, gift shop, swimming, paddle boats, canoes, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, and Frisbee golf.
  • Free-time activities available with charge include trail rides ($10)
  • What not to bring: electronic equipment, AirPods/earbuds, smart watches, cell phones, and illegal items. (Several staff will have cell phones that can be used for emergency reasons).

Packing list:

  • Sleeping bag, pillow, towels (for transportation, put in a bag or large garbage bag labeled with student’s name)
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes for outdoor activities
  • Tennis shoes for games
  • Sweatshirt and sweatpants
  • Rain jacket if weather suggests it’ll be inclement
  • Swimsuit (a modest one piece, tankini, or a two-piece worn with a t-shirt)
  • Water bottle
  • Bug spray, sunscreen
  • Flashlight (no phones allowed, so a real flashlight; a lot of night activities occur in the woods)
  • Bible and journal, pen/pencil
  • NEW! House Colored Apparel for big game
  • If desired, money for free-time activities

Parents: A RETREAT FORM (available on the Parent Portal) needs to be filled out prior to the trip, otherwise your student cannot attend this retreat. Health forms need to be filled out and signed by your physician if your student is on prescription meds or needs non-prescription meds. Camp phone for emergencies only: 218.575.2240

Thanks to the SWCHS House Captains for their hard work in planning for this retreat!


Camp Shamineau Special Dietary Needs Statement

  • Gluten Allergies: The Camp Shamineau kitchen offers gluten-friendly options at every meal. Please note, gluten-friendly meals are prepared in areas that also prepare non-gluten free meals. (For example: A gluten-free pizza will be cooked in the same oven as a non-gluten free pizza.) Gluten-friendly items will be labeled and served in the general buffet line.
    • A limited selection of gluten-free options (individually wrapped products produced by a certified gluten-free company) will also be available at the kitchen service counter. These may include muffins, cookies, and dessert bars.
  • Nut Allergies: The kitchen does not serve peanut or tree nut products. However, some products may be manufactured in facilities that also process nuts. In addition, the snack shop sells candy that contains nuts.
  • Other Food Allergies: Lactose-free milk will be available at the kitchen service counter. For all other allergies, please contact the kitchen to discuss what options may be available.
  • Other Notes: Food storage space is available for guests who wish to bring their own food. Unfortunately, the kitchen may not be able to accommodate all special diets.
  • Camp Shamineau Kitchen Contact Information: