Activities that Keep Everyone Involved!

  • This newest Dickson Valley program will offer campers a chance to enjoy the outdoors in a high energy way not offered before. The main objective for the implementation of laser tag at Dickson Valley is to help youth leaders engage in a wider variety of recreational activities that can be used as teaching tools. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin. Programming has been developed to focus on team work, competition, strategy, communication, and outdoor education. Areas of ministry that can be explored: • Discipleship: Growing in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and living faith, love, trust, and obedience. • Worship: Giving thanks and praise to God through interaction with His creation of the outdoors as a group. • Ministry: Proclaiming the name of Christ to friends using the interests, talents, abilities and opportunities available to us. • Fellowship: Developing personal relationships centered around Christ through shared interests and challenges. Missions Whether you are planning fun activities for youth groups, church retreats, or the summer camp experience there is no match to this team building experience at Dickson Valley. The rugged outdoor terrain helps amp up the energy level for groups large and small, male and female, and is geared to strengthening friendships, teamwork, leadership, communication skills, and peer support, as well as forming new friendships. Sample Missions: • Capture the flag • Convoy • VIP Escort • Raiders of the Lost Ark • Steal the Bacon Facts The Dickson Valley staff have developed a safe environment and guidelines to use the laser tag experience in many types of retreats or camps. Cutting edge technology using infrared means no eye protection needed for projectiles or lasers. • Available free to all groups staying 2 nights or more • 6-24 people per 1 hour session • Half acre wooded course • Long pants and covered shoes are required
  • Individual full courts mean multiple games at one time with table games and a GaGa court available for those not participating in larger activities. Dickson Valley provides other equipment for team games and large group competitions. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin. Available all hours to all groups of any size, a great resource for any retreat or camp to serve churches from Wisconsin and Illinois. This year round 8,300sq. ft. gym provides indoor space for activities in any weather or season: • Full basketball court • Volleyball court • Table games • Extra equipment for large group games and events: dodge balls, DVC Lacrosse materials, and more
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    Up to four teams with GPS units head out on an adventure navigating multiple waypoints to find an eventual treasure. The course covers 110 acres of wooded and open land. 10-50 people per 1 hour session. GPS stands for Global Positioning System. This program is designed for the kids on retreat to enjoy the outside, spend time together, and experience great thrills and accomplishments. By using camp provided GPS units teams of campers are given coordinates to find markers hidden throughout camp. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin. Currently this activity can handle up to 50 people, with Dickson Valley specializing in serving church youth groups from Wisconsin and Illinois with retreat activities.
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    DV staff led activity allowing individuals to try the many challenges of this 22' high wall. Some groups may use it to just provide physical activity for everyone or ask our staff about the biblical and life lessons that can be taught during this time of personal challenge and teamwork. 6-24 people per 1.5 hour session. Up for a challenging fun time? Come to our climbing wall led by our fully trained Dickson Valley Staff. Afraid of heights? Don't fret; our staff will keep you safe as you journey up the wall. The wall is 22 feet high with 15 pre set routes and hundreds of ways to climb to the top. It features a crack, ridge, overhang and a chimney to challenge any group or individual. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin.
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    An important dynamic of retreats is to keep everyone active and participating together. This game is played in a large octagon called the Ga-ga court and keeps everyone engaged. There is one located next to the sand volleyball court and inside the gym. This is a form of dodgeball that is quick to learn and easy to play for all ages. All are welcome to join in the best Christian Camp and Church retreats in Illinois or Wisconsin.
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    Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin with some great activities. Our man-made, fresh water fed lake is a highlight of cool refreshing activity in the summer. Three distinct areas, the sand beach, the slide, and the boating area provide enough space so no one gets bored. During activity periods the boating area is the scene for one of our most unique activities: the Ski Carousel. This powered ride is a way for kids to enjoy some speed on the water in a very controlled environment. The lake is available for groups up to 180 during scheduled lake times, Ski Carousel during activity periods is 6-18 people per 1.5 hour session. The Ski Carousel is available for summer camps only.
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    You are in for a unique experience with our Rope Bridge. This is a Burma bridge constructed with a foot rope and a rope for each hand. This is creatively paced over a swampy lake which makes for a lot of fun if you happen to fall in. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin.
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    In teams of 8-15, groups need to use skills in teamwork and thinking outside the box to accomplish tasks that are set up along this wooded trail. All can participate equally and realize the value of successes achieved together. 6-40 people per 1.5 hour session. This course currently includes 11 different elements designed to promote communication skills, problem solving abilities, and risk taking. By doing that the multiple groups of 8 to 15 people will work together as a team to complete the designated task. The elements are designed so that Dickson Valley Staff are not needed to facilitate this activity. At the bottom of this page you can download a PDF copy of the Challenge Course Manual. This packet is very useful with a map of the course, the purpose of the course, key questions to ask to help process the experience, detailed explanation of each element, and bible verses to use with each experience. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin. Check back periodically to see if any new elements have been added. Coming soon: Acid River, Cattle Crossing, and Stump Jump. Current elements: Trolleys, Cracker Barrel, Balance Beam, Nail Challenge, Tire Traverse, All Aboard, Whale Watch, Traffic Jam, Magic Carpet, Mohawk Walk, and Toad Stools. Challenge Course Activities Warm-ups Trolleys Cracker Barrel Balance Beam Nail Challenge Cooperative Activities Tire Traverse All Aboard Whale Watch Traffic Jam Initiatives Magic Carpet Mohawk Walk Toad Stools Purpose of the Challenge Course Some people view the challenge course as a fun activity on par with other activities like archery or a large group game. While the challenge course can and should be fun, this is a limited view of the challenge course. Utilized properly, it can be an excellent teaching tool for individual and group change. The purpose of these challenge course activities is to promote, in a unique way, the importance of being apart of and working together as a team. The primary goal and focus of these activities is the interaction between the group members, not the task at hand. “Success is a cohesive, functioning group.” A team can be defined as a group of people working together towards a common goal. Through the process of these challenges, groups of people are better equipped to reach their common goal. This reinforces the idea that we are all apart of one body; all parts/people have different abilities to contribute to that body; and everyone plays a vital part within the body (I Corinthians 12:12-27) Processing the Experience As the leader you can watch to see how well or not so well your group is working together. It is beneficial to your group to let them do most of the talking and processing. As the leader, it is your job to let them struggle, encourage them and when needed inspire them. By asking your group questions you can get the group to see and think about the activity in different ways. Asking questions forces the group to take ownership of the activity and utilize the gifts and ideas of fellow team members. Questions Is what you are doing working? • What do you need to do differently? • What was the key to your success? Why? • What was frustrating about that activity? How did you deal with that frustration? • What was the best form of communication you used within your group? • Did you accomplish your goal(s)? How? • What do you know now that you didn’t know before? • What is one thing that you learned about yourself? • What is one thing that you learned and/or appreciate about the members in your group? Rank the Activity Close your eyes, rank this activity you just did on a scale of one to ten, ten being "We were awesome and worked together great." and one being "I'd rather be somewhere else." Thumbs up or down, did you like the activity or not, and why? One word - Go around the group and have each person say one word to sum up the activity.
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    On camp there are a few areas that can be used to play field games on. The main sports field is located near the gym. It is 4 acres of open space. A couple of different activities can go on at the same time or make use of the field and play a big game of Capture the Flag! This area is also the best place on camp to star gaze at night. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin. Dickson Valley provides all the equipment for Tug-O-War, Milk-Jug Lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer, Kickball plus outdoor Basketball and Sand Volleyball.
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    A four mile river trip starting at a nearby state park and ending at the camp. This activity provides a fun way to get away from the main camp and enjoy the company of canoe mates and the larger group as you paddle down the river. The Fox river is considered one of the best canoe rivers in Illinois and provides a very safe and scenic trip usually involving some splashing and great wildlife sitings. 12-30 people per 2 hour session. Canoeing is a fun and challenging activity, especially if you decide to do the river canoeing experience. It is not required to be a professional at this; in fact this is a chance for people who have never done canoeing to try this activity. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin. Your group will take a ride in Dickson Valley's bus and be transported over to Silver Springs State Park where they will go over the proper canoeing techniques and drop you off along with your canoes. Your group will then travel on a 4 mile journey on the Fox River till you get to the canoe landing on Dickson Valley property. Typically the canoe experience will last for about 2 hours. The group size is usually 30 people with 3 per canoe (10 canoes in all). This activity is weather permitting and also depends on the level of the river.
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    Did you forget your gloves? No problem, cozzie up to the fire and warm those hands up. Each building on camp has a fire pit located near them making them perfect retreat settings year-round. Dickson Valley Staff will prepare the fire and light it for you. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin, and don't forget to bring supplies for Smores!
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    A nice way to enjoy the night sky and have fun as your group sings along the trails in our straw covered wagon pulled by an antique tractor. The trip can end at a campfire near your lodge for that special time singing, sharing and emphasizing the messages taught throughout the day. 6-180 people with 35 per 30 minute trip. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you are pulled in the wagon on the trails of Dickson Valley Camp. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin. Enjoy looking up at the stars, singing camp songs, or trying to spot deer. The wagon will slowly bring you on a journey that will most likely end you up at your campfire.
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    Rapid fire Olympic challenges Dickson Valley style. Our staff will set up and run a one hour competition time where as few as eight teams will rotate through some face paced and unique activities, both physical and mental, for all skill levels. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin. 90-180 people per 1 hour session.
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    This slippery activity is a great group game that tests your skills in many ways. two teams face off on the ice to see who can score the most goals in their opponents goal all the while slipping and sliding around. This activity levels the playing field between all athletic abilities, it's all about who can stay on their feet. 6-30 people per 1.5 hour session. This is a time you can go a slippen' and a sliden' on our iced over lake. The game broomball is a version of ice hockey played with an 8" ball and professional broomball sticks. No need to bring your skates, this game is played in just your shoes or boots. This game is also able to be played at night since the area is lit. Get the full experience of the best Christian Church retreats in Illinois or Wisconsin.
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    A unique way to explore the quite of the woods through trails normally only walked by deer in the winter. Snowshoes are a great way for the group to enjoy some excursive and fresh air together ending with some tasty hot chocolate in the dining hall. Join in the fun at the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin. 2-30 people per 1.5 hour session.
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    Our super fast snow tube hill has always been a hit for our winter retreats. Snowmaking equipment makes for well groomed and fast run, and the rope tow makes the ride back up just as enjoyable. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin for some great winter activities. 6-30 people per 1.5 hour session. Don't forget your scarf and gloves because you'll be in for a wild ride on our amazing tube hill! We provide the tubes for a fun experience. You can do this activity even after the sun sets since the area is equipped with lights. You are in for a treat if you would do it at night because we now provide disco tubing. We have flashy discos lights accompanied with chillin 80's music! For a more enjoyable experience there is a rope tow that will pull you back up to the top of the hill. What if there is no snow on the ground where you live? No worries, we are able to make our own snow so as long as it's cold enough outside.
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    Do you want to enjoy our fun man made lake but don't want to get wet doing it? There is a possibility to do that with the paddle boats and canoes. Beware, when you are playing in water, there is always a chance of getting wet! The paddle boats can hold up to three people in them. Paddle around the lake, race with other boats, or just relax and float around the lake. If you want to canoe, but going on the river are too long of a trip for you, do it on the lake. You can canoe for a short time and still have time to do other activities. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin. The paddle boats and canoes are brought out of storage in the summer and is available up until Columbus Weekend in October.
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    The lake has a rare machine that won't be found at many camps, the Ski Carousel. You sit in a tube that is attached to a rope that will pole you around in a circular motion. As you a flying around in circles you can try to do barrel rolls with the tube or you can choose to ride the tube till the ride is over. This activity is available for the summer camps only, but join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin, any time of year. Or man-made, fresh water fed lake is a highlight of cool refreshing activity in the summer. Three distinct areas, the sand beach, the slide, and the boating area provide enough space so no one gets board. During activity periods the boating area is the scene for one of our most unique activities: the Ski Carousel. This powered ride is a way for kids to enjoy some speed on the water in a very controlled environment. The lake is available for groups up to 180 during scheduled lake times, Ski Carousel during activity periods is 6-18 people per 1.5 hour session.
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    Off to one side of our lake we have our amazing twisty waterside! Come on to the top, sit back and let the water take you for a ride right into the plunge pool! Smaller kids will need to stop by our lake's mascot "Meatball" the duck. If they are taller than Meatball, they will be able to go down the slide. At night you can enjoy the slide with "Disco Night Slide." Let the flashy disco lights mesmerize you with relaxing 80's music as you rush down the slide. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin.
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    PLEASE NOTE: THIS ACTIVITY IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND WON'T BE AVAILABLE TILL FURTHER NOTICE. Be a part of bringing this activity back to Dickson Valley! By giving to our Point25 campaign you will be a part of something GREAT! This nine hole course will challenge you as well as entertain you. "Putt" around the holes with your group. The location of this course is in between the gym and lake in case a larger group wants to split off and do other activities. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin.
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    This is a full eighteen flag course spread around camp. You won't find a course like this one; watch out for the woods, buildings, and the lake as you go through this exciting course. Distance between flags determine par ratings. Scorecards are given with a map on it that will make it easier to find the location of each flag, so join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin.
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    This outdoor course will test everyones agility as they traverse through 16 elements attempting to never touch the ground and to see who can be the champion with the fastest time. This area usually ends with the group heading across the adjacent rope bridge over the "Swamp". Muddy shoes are usually the outcome with stories being told within the group for years to come. This is what it is all about to join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin. 6-24 people per 1.5 hour session. One has never experienced an obstacle course like The Gauntlet! This has been constructed and built by Dickson Valley Staff. This challenging obstacle course is located in the woods near the Rope Bridge. It features a short zip-line, an 8 foot wall, a Tarzan walk, tire crossing, and several other very challenging elements. The idea is to start at one end of this course and go through each element without touching the ground. Keep track of every time the ground is touched so it can be done again to see if the score can be beat.
  • Archery at Dickson Valley youth retreat center, christian camps and retreat for illinois and wisconsin
    This six station range provides a good challenge to bring out the Robin Hood in you. The DV staff instruct everyone in the proper techniques and practices to have the potential for a bullseye every time. An adjacent slingshot range is available for those waiting a turn and allow everyone to try their hand at shooting small rocks at the old west town facades. Join in the best Christian Church retreats, Illinois or Wisconsin. 6-24 people per 1.5 hour session. Archery Ready, Aim, Fire! The Archery course is tucked away on the trails. Guests are given brief instruction and safety tips on how to properly shoot a bow and arrow. They are then given the chance to try out their skills on the Archery Range. In the controlled environment with Dickson Valley Staff present, the activity is completely safe. Slingshots Up to six people at a time will have the chance to hit one of three targets. With enough practice it is likely that someone could get a bulls eye!