If your family is walking through the valley of childhood illness, we want to invite you to “retreat” from your storms and spend a week having fun with your family at the beach or, perhaps a Fall weekend relaxing in the mountains with your family. We recognize that the journey of having a sick child can be difficult and can leave you feeling isolated and in need of renewal and restoration.
Join us in a safe and nurturing environment, where our staff understands your child’s needs. You can relax and engage in a fun-filled retreat and bond with other families on kindred journeys. Aside from your transportation to and from the retreat, generous donors have made it possible for you to attend our retreats at no cost to you. And, there will be a nurse or doctor (and a hospital) nearby if your child has medical needs during the trip.
Our hopes for your family are that…
- your children (both sick and healthy) will laugh and play.
- every child will feel cherished and valued.
- your family and marriage will grow strong.
A week where skies are blue
Every retreat is different, but you can be sure that a day at Blue Skies is filled with joy, laughter and fun. Each day begins on the beach with chapel. Free from the busyness of life back home, we start a peaceful day with your family looking out over the ocean. Breathing in the fresh morning air, our retreat pastor leads us in a brief devotional as we consider the depth of God’s love and compassion for us.
Over coffee and homemade blueberry muffins, parents gather throughout the morning to share their stories and hopes in “Kindred Journeys”, connecting with other parents experiencing a similar path. Kids and teenagers spend their morning in activities such as sports, cooking, creating art, and reporting for the “Blue Scoop” (retreat newspaper).
Spend the afternoon playing on the beach, biking, splashing in the pool or taking a nap and catching up on some much-needed rest! You’ll have all day to experience quality time with your family and meet new friends along the way.
Every night you are invited to a special party. From a Mexican Fiesta to a Beach Party to a date night out for the parents, you’ll be well-fed and royally entertained!
At the end of the day as you fall into your cozy bed, we hope you feel pampered and wrapped in loving care – and for the day, free from the storms of cancer. Nothing but Blue Skies all day long…