by Joe Lynn
We’re now getting into the middle of October. Time for bonfires and sweatshirts and Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins (just me? Oh well). It’s also the time of year when students pack up sleeping bags, bibles, footballs, snacks and all the stuff needed to have a good time on social club fall retreats, one of my favorite things about Freed-Hardeman. Each social club typically travels to an off-campus site for the weekend where they have a chance to relax, forget about school, and spend some quality time getting to know each other better. Clubs travel to Maywood Bible Camp, Camp Meribah, Short Mountain Bible Camp, Indian Creek Youth Camp, and many other locations all about 2-3 hours away from campus.
Friday of retreat weekend was always the best. You’d think about the retreat all day, pack at the last minute (hoping that you didn’t forget anything), and meet up together with everyone to travel in a giant line of cars all the way to the camp. It was always fun stopping for dinner somewhere together on the way, and then arriving at the camp just after dark to unload, claim your bunk next to your best buddy (and away from the snorers), and get ready for a blast of a weekend.
Each club has it’s own schedule and activities for the weekend, each one catering to it’s own members and following it’s own traditions. Usually the club I was in, Xi Chi Delta, would start off with a devotional to get everyone focused for the weekend and to let the officers fill everyone in on what we’d be getting into over the next couple of days. After that it was usually time to hang out and just play cards, get a basketball game going, write ‘warm fuzzies’ to their friends, or just hang out by the fire. Saturday morning always found the members sleepy eyed after a short night of sleep, but things got moving pretty quickly with devotionals, activities, food, and all kinds of fun and games.
Some memorable moments for me on retreats were games of H-O-R-S-E that lasted for hours, mattress sledding behind a pickup truck, watching people throw up in the milk gallon challenge (gross, but awesome), canoeing, playing the roommate game, and the time my freshman year I remembered to pack my xbox, but no clothes… Best of all, the greatest part of retreat is getting to spend time with your friends and getting to know club members you might not have known so well before, all while getting closer to God through devotionals and bible classes. It’s events like these that make FHU such a special place, surrounding yourself with awesome people who will push you to become a better person each and every day.