Delmarva Christian Schools traveled to Black Rock Retreat on September 8 through September 10 with over fifty freshmen on a mission to experience Christ. 

The freshman retreat is an annual trip to Quarryville, Pennsylvania that provides students the time to become acquainted with their classmates and learn more about what it means to be a Delmarva Christian Royal. While at Black Rock, students worked together in team-building activities, praise and worship, and participated in devotion and cabin reflection sessions with Pastor Drew Freyder from LiFT Church in Salisbury, MD. 

“Delmarva Christian always does a great job planning and executing this trip and I enjoy my time getting to know the students. Kids these days are navigating through difficult times and the unity and time they get on a trip like the Black Rock Retreat is so healthy,” Pastor Drew Freyder, LiFt Church. “I was impressed by the adjustments made last year at Camp Arrowhead but the three day experience at Black Rock creates a whole different environment.”

Travel restrictions prevented Delmarva Christian from making it to Pennsylvania last year, but Camp Arrowhead in Lewes provided the perfect solution to allow the tradition to continue.  “This retreat is an incredible cell phone free experience that students will always remember, they grow closer to each other, create memories,  learn about the skills God has placed in their lives, and truly experience Christ,” DCS Head of School, Matt Kwiatkowski.

Chet Furmanek lines up his shot during the archery group session at Black Rock Retreat. 
Domenic Schneck spent the afternoon hanging out on the high ropes course which includes the giant swing and zip-line. 
DCS Head of School, Matt Kwiatkowski addresses the freshman class on the purpose of the retreat. 
DCHS upperclassmen, Emily Jones, Lilli Showacre, Evan Murray, Trey Magee, Andrew Daisey, and Isabelle Donihue traveled with the freshman to lead worship and small groups.  
Cale Pettyjohn waits for his turn on the low-ropes course team building exercise.
Delmarva Christian students prepare for the high ropes course at Black Rock Retreat. 
Gracie Coffey safely returns to the ground after her turn on the giant swing.