Fall 2021 Student Orientations, Retreats, and LAUNCH

We are excited to host your freshman student on campus for LAUNCH on August 17. This day is designed to help your freshman student start well at Wheaton Academy as we discuss details for the first day of school, jump-start their mentorship with Project IX seniors, and establish friendships with their peers. Freshmen may pick up their books either before or after this event in the Commons. For more information and sign-up, click here.

We wanted to give you of a few details to help run as smoothly as possible:

Drop-Off:

  1. Freshman drop off begins around 11:30am at the Performance Trust field, and students will have a  Chick-fil-a lunch at that time.
  2. Please note that students will be outdoors for most of the day. Sunscreen may be wise. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to tie dye, so please dress accordingly. No smocks are needed—perhaps avoid wearing a favorite shirt.
  3. NOTE: Freshman parents who “opted in” to the book program at Wheaton Academy are welcome to pick up their students’ books from 3:30-7:30 on Tuesday, August 17th in the Commons of the Academic Building.

Pick up:

  1. Students who did not request a tour on the RSVP survey will be ready for pick-up around 5:00 pm at the Fine Arts lawn. We ask that parents park to keep the traffic flow moving.
  2. Students who did request a tour on the RSVP survey will be ready for pick-up around 6:00 pm on the FAC lawn. (grass area just east of the Fine Arts Center)..
  3. Students are welcome to bring their cell phones to communicate with parents at pick-up time.

Important Time Information: all retreats will be returning to campus by 6:30pm on Monday!

View Sophomore Bus List

Packing List

Linens:
            Towels
            Pillow
            Sheets/Sleeping bag

Personal Toiletries:
            Shampoo/Conditioner
            Soap
            Toothbrush
            Toothpaste
            Deodorant           
            Sunscreen

Clothes for one-day stay:
            Clothes for outdoor activities: warm and cool
            Overnight wear (modest)
            Sweatshirt/fleece or jacket for evening
            Raingear (optional)
            Good walking shoes—Please do not wear flip-flops unless for inside cabins at night.

Bible

Notebook/pens

Spending Money for Snack Shops (if interested)

All meals and snacks are provided. Students may bring snacks for the bus and cabins. However, because we are a nut free school, no nut related items are allowed during the trip.

Trip Information

As we look ahead to the 2021-2022 school year, we are excited to offer our Sophomore class the opportunity to join his or her classmates on an overnight retreat before the start of the new school year! This year, we are hosting the Sophomore class at Lake Geneva Youth Camp in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin from Sunday, August 15 – Monday, August 16. We will be departing from and returning to Wheaton Academy’s campus. Transportation will be provided.

This retreat is designed to help the Sophomore class build community with one another, hear from Faculty members, and participate in fun recreational activities, all to prepare for the new school year and bond as a class.

Students will meet on Wheaton Academy’s campus at 2 pm on Sunday, August 15 and will return by 6:30 pm on Monday, August 16. During our time at Lake Geneva Youth Camp, we look forward to hosting faculty-led sessions, as well as free time to explore the camp offerings: Zip Line, Giant Swing, Sand Volleyball, and a campfire to name a few.

Sleep accommodations will be cabin-style buildings, with bunk beds. Students should plan on bringing bed sheets/sleeping bag, pillow, and towels. All meals will be provided at the camp. A coffee shop is available on site for those students interested in purchasing any additional snacks and beverages while we are there.

*There will be no athletic conflicts on that Monday to ensure all interested students are able to attend.*

NOTE: Sophomore parents who “opted in” to the book program at Wheaton Academy are welcome to pick up their students’ books on Monday, August 16 in the Commons of the Academic Building from 3:30 pm-7:30 pm.

Sophomore Retreat Itinerary

Sunday, August 15
2pm- Meet at School–Fieldhouse Courts
3pm- Buses Depart (Field House Circle)
5pm- Dinner in Dining Hall
6pm- Move belongings to cabins/setup bunks
7pm- Meet in Chapel
7:30-9:30pm Team-competition games and Campfire w/s’mores rotation
9:30pm- Meet in Chapel for Ice Cream and Info
10:30pm- In Cabins/Lights Out

Monday, August 16
8am- Breakfast in Dining Hall and then back to cabins to pack up/clean up
9am- Luggage loaded onto WA buses
9:30-10:45am- Everyone meet in Chapel for Talk and Breakout Groups
11a-12pm Photo Scavenger Hunt
12pm- Lunch in Dining Hall
1-3pm- Giant Swing, Zipline, and other Camp Activities
3pm- Load Buses/Depart Camp
6:30pm- Arrival at Wheaton Academy

Please print and sign this PDF waiver. The waiver needs to be dropped off at front office or emailed to Jim by Friday, August 13.

More information regarding packing list and camp permission slip will be announced soon.

Important Time Information: all retreats will be returning to campus by 6:30pm on Monday!

View Junior Bus List

Packing List

Linens:
            Towels
            Pillow
            Sheets/Sleeping bag

Personal Toiletries:
            Shampoo/Conditioner
            Soap
            Toothbrush
            Toothpaste
            Deodorant           
            Sunscreen

Clothes for one-day stay:
            Clothes for outdoor activities: warm and cool
            Overnight wear (modest)
            Sweatshirt/fleece or jacket for evening
            Raingear (optional)
            Good walking shoes—Please do not wear flip-flops unless for inside cabins at night.

Bible

Notebook/pens

Spending Money for Snack Shops (if interested)

All meals and snacks are provided. Students may bring snacks for the bus and cabins. However, because we are a nut free school, no nut related items are allowed during the trip.

Trip Information

As we look ahead to the 2021-2022 school year, we are so excited to offer our Junior class the opportunity to join his or her classmates on an overnight retreat before the start of the new school year! This year, we are hosting the Junior class at Conference Point Center in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin from Sunday, August 15 – Monday, August 16. We will be departing from and returning to Wheaton Academy’s campus. Transportation will be provided.

This retreat is designed to help the Junior class build community with one another, hear from faculty members, and grow in their servant-minded leadership before we begin the new school year, bonded as a class.

Students will meet on Wheaton Academy’s campus at 2:30 pm on Sunday, August 15 and will return by 6:30 pm on Monday, August 16. During our time at Conference Point Center, we look forward to hosting faculty-led sessions, as well as interactive leadership workshops, with time for some recreational activities.

Sleep accommodations will be cabin-style buildings, with bunk beds. Students should plan on bringing bed sheets/sleeping bag, pillow, and towels. All meals will be provided at the camp. An old-fashioned ice cream parlor is available on site for those students interested in purchasing any additional snacks and beverages while we are there.

*There will be no athletic conflicts on that Monday to ensure all interested students are able to attend.*

NOTE: Junior parents who “opted in” to the book program at Wheaton Academy are welcome to pick up their students’ books on Monday, August 16 in the Commons of the Academic Building from 3:30 pm-7:30 pm.

Junior Retreat Itinerary

Sunday, August 15
2:30- Meet at School—FAC Lawn
3:30- Buses Depart (Front Circle)
5:30pm- Dinner in Dining Hall
6:30- Move belongings to cabin/setup bunks
7pm- Meet in Chapel
7:45-8:15 pm- Move to Breakout Sessions with other faculty facilitating discussion
8:30-10pm- Snack Shop for Ice Cream/Campfire with s’mores
10:30pm- In Cabins/Lights Out

Monday, August 16
8:30am- Breakfast in Dining Hall
9:30am- Luggage loaded onto WA buses
10-11am- Everyone meet in Chapel
11a-12:30pm-Teambuilding sessions
12:30pm- Lunch in Dining Hall
1:30-2pm- Homecoming Hype on the activity field
2-3pm- Free time/Camp Activities
3pm- Load Buses/Depart Camp
6:30pm- Arrival at Wheaton Academy

Please print and sign this PDF waiver. The waiver needs to be dropped off at front office or emailed to Jim by Friday, August 13.

More information regarding packing list and camp permission slip will be announced soon.

We look forward to hosting the seniors on-campus on August 17th at 8:30a.m. to review information about the start of the school year. 

The orientation will conclude in time for those seniors involved in Project IX and the Freshman LAUNCH experience.