Cardia Deo March 4-6, 2022 Big Sandy Camp, McGregor
Cardia Deo is a retreat for high school youth in grades 9-12 and their adult leaders. As Christians, we are Called, Gathered, Equipped and Sent to be the Heart of God (Cardia Deo) in the world. Bible studies led by the LYO Board, servant learning, worship, mystery event, camp life, and an adult track led by the retreat chaplain all make this event a deeply meaningful, fun and faith-nurturing event.
Event Details, Registration Worksheets and Forms will be posted by October 15, 2021.
COSTS (Tentative):* *Big Sandy has not yet set their retreat prices for the year. We will post the final cost as soon as possible. Early Registration: $140 Postmarked on or before 1/31/22 Standard Registration: $160 Postmarked on or after 2/1/22 Deposit: $50 per person, non-refundable Includes housing, 4 meals (Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast), t-shirt and all event activities.
Primary Leaders; Please click on the brown title to download these documents and share with all your Adult Leaders!
Confirmation Packet Information to help Adult Leaders prepare for Cardia Deo.
Step by Step Guide to Cardia Deo for Adult Leaders This is a "step by step" guide to Cardia Deo to help you know what to expect as adult leaders.
Adult Leader Job Description Expectations of Adult Leaders and tips from experienced Adult Leaders. (Reads best if printed back to back, folded in half.)
Family Time Discussion Guide Family Time is your opportunity to meet with your group during the event to discuss what youth are experiencing and learning. Copies of the discussion guide and handout will be included in your registration packet at Cragun's, but you may wish to download early to prepare!
Discipline Guidelines Discipline issues are a rare occurrence at Cardia Deo. But when they do occur, the LYO Board wants congregations to know how we will support you through the experience and how we will work with you to determine which actions to take.
A Note on COVID-19
We have all learned this year how quickly things can change and how we need to adapt to an ever-changing virus. At this point, we are optimistic that plans can move forward and are hopeful we can gather in-person for events youth have loved over the years. Synod leadership will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the impact of variants, and follow local and CDC guidelines to make decisions and set protocols in the best interest of participants. Event specific protocols will be shared two weeks prior to the event with registered Primary Adult Leaders. We ask leaders to pass these on to youth and parents at that point. You can anticipate at a minimum a requirement for non-vaccinated participants to wear masks. Participants who are sick will be asked to not attend. Unfortunately, due to the expense the synod incurs when a registered participant cancels we are not able to refund deposits, even due to illness.
As you consider participating in synod youth ministry events, it is important to be aware of the health risks inherent in a large gathering of people from wide and diverse geographic regions. We will manage protocols as best we can for the safety of participants, but it is important youth and parents understand that physical distancing is not practical for the types of events we hold. Participants are housed together, eat together and gather in large groups for worship and activities.
We encourage congregational leaders to have a conversation with parents and youth prior to registration regarding their comfort level of gathering in-person for any of our events, especially if participants or someone they live with are at higher risk if they are exposed or infected with COVID-19. We encourage you to discuss travel and housing arrangements, program activities in large groups, willingness to follow COVID-19 protocols even if participant has been fully vaccinated, and the financial risk of non-refundable deposits if a participant gets sick.
How to Register
STEP ONE: Collect Information Read "How to Register" and use the "Registration Worksheet" to prepare for registration.
STEP TWO: Group Registration Use the "Group Registration: Register Now" button below to register your group. The button will turn blue and the link will become active when registration opens January 3, 2022. Registration closes February 17, 2022 or when the event fills, whichever comes first.
STEP THREE: Collect Forms There are two forms needed for participation at Cardia Deo:
1. Health and Release Form: Due February 18 Youth AND Adult Leaders need to submit a Health and Release Form. Parents and Adult Leaders can either fill out the online or paper version.
Online Release Form: Use this link to have parents/leaders fill out the Health and Release Form online no later than February 18. Parents must have the Primary Leader email address to submit forms online! You can also give parents the direct link: www.nemnsynod.org/CDRelease
Paper Release Form: Use this link to download a paper version of the Health and Release Form for parents/leaders to sign and fill out, and mail to the synod office no later than February 11
2. Participant Covenant
Due February 18 OR bring with you to Cardia Deo
Be sure to discuss the covenant with your group before signing!
STEP FOUR: Changes to Your Registration Click on the "Changes Form" button below if you would like to make an addition, substitution or cancellation to your registration. Substitutions must be same-gender unless pre-approved by the event registrar. Email Catherine.Anderson@nemnsynod.org for approval.
STEP FIVE: Download Confirmation Packet Beginning February 1, 2022, use the links to the left to download the Confirmation Packet and other helpful information. Read through this material carefully and share with your adult leaders and parents.