Handbook for a Successful Retreat
Dear Group Leader,
I sincerely hope your
stay at Judson Baptist Retreat Center
will be an enjoyable and beneficial
experience. If I can assist you in
your planning or help you in some way
to make your retreat better, please
feel free to call.
I would like to suggest
a few things that may help your
retreat be successful. These will
help you take advantage of some
aspects of the Retreat Center that are
sometimes over looked.
First, please read this
handbook! It provides all the
information you ever wanted to know
about our facilities. After you have
read the guidelines, make sure all of
your campers understand and follow
them while at the Retreat Center.
Plan your activities
well. Start early. Plan within the
capabilities of your campers yet,
challenge them to grow and stretch
themselves. Our facilities offer
opportunities limited only by your
you are here, we wish to do what we
can to make your retreat a success.
Thanks for using Judson
Baptist Retreat Center.
Together In His
Eugene Morris, Manager
Judson Baptist Retreat Center
Judson Baptist Retreat Center is
located approximately 40 miles north
of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the
picturesque and historic Felicianas.
The following facilities are built on
200 acres of rolling pasture and
forestland bordered by Thompson Creek:
area. Seating for 120.
persons each. Central air and
heat. Two sleeping and bathroom
areas, with a meeting room
Available in season.
Available on request.
Covered facility and includes
bathrooms and concessions stand
40' X 60' foot facility which
serves as both a private dining
facility or a large conference
Supervised Horseback riding upon
Assembly and conference areas
Motel accommodations (20 rooms – 2
handicap accessible) Conference
Total sleeping capacity in
dorms is 144 persons and 78 persons in
the adult building. Total capacity is
Judson Baptist Retreat Center is owned
and operated by the Baptist
Association of Greater Baton Rouge and
surrounding area Southern Baptist
churches. It was built for the
primary use by the Baptist Association churches,
however it is available for use by
other church groups Baptist and
non-Baptist. Non-Baptist group
applications must be approved by our
Retreat Center Committee. The Retreat
Center is also available to non-profit
organizations that must also be
approved by the Retreat Center
Retreat Center Committee does reserve
the right to refuse reservations to
JUDSON BAPTIST RETREAT
1. There shall be one adult
man counselor for every nine (9) boys
(or less) and one adult woman
counselor for every nine (9) girls (or
less). All counselors must be 18
years of age or older.
2. The group leader is
responsible for informing the campers
of their responsibilities while at the
Retreat Center and for making sure the
guidelines are followed. The
counselors shall not leave the campers
3. The group leader should
notify the Retreat Center staff of
desire to use the concession stand,
horseback riding, or pool and the need
for a campfire prior to the reserved
1. Upon arrival at the Retreat
Center, all vehicles must remained
parked, unless special permission is
obtained from the Retreat Center
Manager. If permission is granted, no
person is allowed to ride on the
outside of the vehicle. All traffic
rules apply on the Retreat Center
2. No smoking is allowed in
buildings and smoking is discouraged
on the grounds.
3. All language and behavior
should be consistent with the
Christian atmosphere of the Retreat
4. Dress shall be modest at
all times, in keeping with Christian
5. No drugs, alcoholic
beverages, or anyone under the
influence of either will be tolerated
on the Retreat Center grounds.
6. No fireworks or firearms
will be allowed anywhere on Retreat
7. Water balloon fights must
be OUTSIDE the buildings and be
supervised by the group leaders.
8. NO SHAVING CREAM
fights anywhere on Retreat Center
9. Radios and tape players, MP3
10. Pets are not allowed.
reservations coordinator will make
assignments as to living quarters,
conference space and grounds. When
more than one group is booked for same
dates the reservations coordinator will make
assignments in keeping with the needs
of all groups. Each person is responsible
for bring own linens and toiletries
for the cabins. You will need single bed
sheets for your bed.
Bed linens and towels are
provided in motel rooms.
12. Group leaders are
financially responsible for damage to
the Retreat Center. A statement of
damages will be sent to sponsoring
church or institution.
13. The moving of furniture is
not allowed without permission of the
14. Dances are not allowed.
1. Meal times will be:
Breakfast - 8 am; Lunch - 12 noon;
Supper 5:30 pm , 7:30 pm Friday night
2. To facilitate planning the
first meal, a guaranteed number must
be given to the Retreat Center at
least 24 hours prior to reservation
date. Group will be charged for that
number for the first meal only.
3. All food service items
(meals and snacks) will be purchased
and distributed by the Retreat
Center. Arrangements for snack and
coffee breaks should be make during
the reservation process.
4. No food or drink is allowed
in the cabins.
5. Persons on special diets
should notify the Retreat Center 24
hours before reservation dates.
1. Retreat Center does provide
a lifeguard during June and July
only. Each group must provide a Red
Cross certified lifeguard unless other
provisions have been made by the
Retreat Center. No one may use the
pool without a lifeguard.
2. Swimming is allowed only in
the pool and during designated times.
3. All groups using the pool
must be accompanied by adult leaders.
4. Swimwear shall be worn
while using the pool. No unhemmed
garments or cutoffs will be allowed in
the pool because loose threads, frayed
ends, etc. clog the filtering system.
5. Girls must wear a
dark-colored T-shirt over two-pieced
6. Swimsuits are to be worn
only for swimming activities.
Horse Riding Program
Consists of supervised
riding in an arena and trails. All
horses are proven to be gentle for
children. Our program is insured and
safety will be emphasized utilizing
Adult supervision at
all times. Trail rides will include
two (2) wranglers.
Riding Time & Costs:
1.5 Hours - includes on
the ground instructions, camper
evaluation, and 45 minute ride on the trail
or in the arena.
Resident Camper - $19.00/ride
Day Camper - $25.00/ride
To be determined by
Horse Program Director and the Camp
Director for each
Equipment Camper Needs
To Bring To Participate:
1) Long Pants (jeans)
2) Boots or Shoes With
Smooth Sole & 1/2" to 1" Heel.
3) Bandanna (To be
worn under safety helmet).
Number Per Riding
6 - 12 Campers per
ALL CAMPERS MUST HAVE
THE RELEASE FORM PORTION OF CAMP
REGISTRATION FORM SIGNED IN ORDER TO
following schedules are guides in
planning the overall program. Any
changes must be approved by the
Retreat Center office 48 hours prior
to the beginning of the retreat or
- 8:00 a.m.
Lunch - 12:00 noon
Supper - 5:30 p.m.
(Friday - 7:30
These times are a
guideline but will be followed unless
other arrangements have been made with
the retreat center office.
Buildings and grounds are considered
closed after 12:00 midnight. This has
been established so that all guests at
Judson Baptist Retreat Center may
enjoy a quiet and peaceful night's
rest. Directors, sponsors,
and counselors are expected to
cooperate with its enforcement.
The pool will be used only during
daylight hours. Retreat Center will
provide a certified lifeguard during
the months of June and July.
Between the hours of: 8:00 am -
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The hours will be shortened and
lengthened according to
Open: 10:00 am (These
are suggested times.)
Remember to make a request for the
concession stand at time of
application. We will work with retreat
SERVICES AND GENERAL
Arrangements should be made during the
registration process for the use of
the audio- visual
equipment. The following
equipment is available in the chapel
and Upper Room: sound board,
cassette deck, video projector, CD
player, DVD player, VCR & TV,
and a clavinova. You are responsible
for the condition of the equipment
while in your use. All groups must
have CCLI license in order to project
songs on an overhead projector or TV.
BANNER & POSTERS
All banners and posters should be
the Retreat Center management and
hung with masking tape (unless other
arrangements have been made).
These items should be removed
at the end of the retreat.
(Please do not use
Camp fires should be scheduled well in
your conference. Campfires normally
would be behind the cafeteria next to
the basketball court.
Ice is available in the cafeteria
during meal times and concession times
only. Retreat Center does not
supply ice for picnic groups.
Telephone use is
limited as the lines are for business
use only. Emergency calls may be made
from retreat center phones with a
three minute limit. The phone is
available during regular business
caller is notified that a call back is
necessary. Emergency messages will be
delivered immediately. All other
calls will be given to the group
services are limited.
Jackson is the nearest town, only
eight miles away. There are grocery
stores with gas pumps, hardware
stores, antique shops, and a gift
For all emergency
1. West Feliciana Sheriff
2. Fire Department
3. Ambulance service
Feliciana Hospital - 635-3811
Lane Memorial Hospital - 658-4335
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
Please notify the
Retreat Center Manager of all
accidents. If camper needs
attention by physician
obtain necessary insurance form
from the Retreat