Retreat Begins Gem State Year

Nervous excitement filled the air as Gem State Adventist Academy students unloaded at Camp Ida-Haven in McCall, Idaho, for a two-day work-and-fun retreat. Students worked hard to expand the camp amphitheater and also enjoyed boats, tried the challenge course and played beach volleyball.

“With so many new students, it is important to start our school year with a spiritual emphasis, bond as a school and give the kids a chance to make new friends,” said Mike Schwartz, principal. “With a considerable increase in enrollment this year, many students who may not know anyone will go back to school feeling at home.”

Student team-building activities and worship time also gave kids a chance to get to know each other and remember what Gem State is all about—helping kids see Jesus.

October 01, 2004 / Idaho Conference