5th Grade Thrive Retreat


April 26-28

April 26: Check-in at 6 pm, Depart at 6:45 pm from Perimeter Church

April 28: Arrive back at Perimeter at noon



Camp Glisson in Dahlonega, GA


Cost includes the fee for the retreat center, swag item, transportation, and four meals (all meals Saturday plus Sunday breakfast).




About The Retreat

The Thrive Retreat is an opportunity for leaders and 5th graders to spend a weekend together in worship, teaching, small groups, and fun activities. This is a very special retreat filled with fellowship and learning where students can escape for a weekend to beautiful Camp Glisson and dive into God’s Word as well as the lake! Camp Glisson has 400 acres of mountain forest, trails, ponds, a clearwater creek, and Cane Creek Falls. Your 5th grader will not want to miss this. Invite a friend and grab your spot today!

Payment Details

The total amount owed for each student is due immediately upon registering online. If you are a full-time Perimeter School or Perimeter Church staff member please email Sydney for a discount code.

Scholarships are available to students who wish to attend the trip but are not able to due to financial constraints. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, set up a payment plan, or pay by check, do not proceed to the registration page. Email Sydney for instructions.

  • Schedule
    Friday, April 26

    6:00 pm: Check-in - Midtown Auditorium

    6:45 pm: Depart for Camp Glisson - Midtown Auditorium

    8:30 pm: Session One - Meeting Space

    10:00 pm: Small Group Discussion - Cabins

    10:30 pm: Cabin Time - Cabins

    11:00 pm: Lights Out - Cabins

    Saturday, April 27

    8:00 am: Breakfast - Dining Hall

    8:45 am: Session Two - Meeting Space

    9:45 am: Small Group Discussion - Cabins/Outdoors

    10:15 am: Snack and Gym Time - Holland Activities Building

    11:00 am: Session Three - Meeting Space

    12:00 pm: Clean Cabin Competition - Cabins

    12:30 pm: Lunch - Dining Hall

    1:30-5:00 pm: Water Activities, Zipline, Field Games

    6:00 pm: Dinner - Dining Hall

    7:00 pm: Session Four - Meeting Space

    8:15 pm: Small Group Discussion - Cabins

    8:45 pm: Girl Talk - Meeting Space

    9:15 pm: Guy Talk - Meeting Space

    10:00 pm: Small Groups - Cabins

    11:00 pm: Lights Out - Cabins

    Sunday, April 28

    8:00 am: Breakfast - Dining Hall

    8:45 am: Session Five - Chapel

    10:00 am: Cabin Clean-up - Cabins

    10:15 am: Depart for Perimeter - Cabins

    12:00 pm: Pick-up - Offices/Building C 


    * Approximate schedule only. Departure and arrival times are firm. However, all other scheduled times are subject to change.

  • What to Bring
    • Only one suitcase/duffle bag per person
    • Sleeping bag or set of twin sheets and blanket
    • Pillow
    • Casual clothes for Saturday and Sunday
    • Coat/jacket/sweatshirt for cool nights
    • Toiletries
    • Towel/wash cloth/extra towel for lake
    • Flashlight
    • Bathing suit (one-piece suit for girls)
    • Water shoes for lake and creek (must secure to foot like Chaco, Keen, Crocs, or Teva)
    • Backpack or bag to carry shoes, towel, and change of clothes for Saturday
    • Sunscreen
    • Bible
    • Pen
    • Spending money for store merchandise (optional)
    • Snacks for between meals if desired

    Please do NOT bring phones or portable electronics.

  • FAQs

    What are the accommodations?
    Camp Glisson offers cabin and dormitory-style accommodations with a bathroom attached to each lodging area. View the Camp Glisson website for more lodging information.

    What can’t my child bring?
    Do not bring phones and portable electronics. We ask that you allow your student to experience a true retreat by leaving phones and other electronics at home. 

    You will be provided with several contact numbers should you need immediate contact with your student. You can also obtain the cell number of your student’s leader and/or parent chaperone. 

    If you find it imperative to send your student with a phone, we will ask a leader or chaperone to hold it for your student. Students will not be permitted to carry their phones with them.

    What time is drop-off on Friday?
    Drop-off is at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 26. Please check in at the Midtown Auditorium on the main floor of Building C. We will conduct a brief informational meeting and depart on buses for Camp Glisson promptly at 6:45 pm. 

    Any fifth grader dropped off past 6:45 pm will need to find his or her own transportation to Camp Glisson.

    Does my child need to eat dinner before leaving for the retreat?
    Yes. We will NOT stop for dinner en route to Camp Glisson.

    What time do I pick up my child after the retreat?
    We will return to the church at noon on Sunday. You can meet your fifth grader outside the Offices/Building C. 

    Can my child bring friends who do not attend Perimeter or are not involved in discipleship?
    Yes. All fifth graders are welcome to attend. Please instruct the friend’s parents to place your child's name in the "Friend of" field on the registration form to ensure they are grouped together. Please remember that space is limited! Register early to ensure your spot. 

    If my student has a conflict and cannot stay for the entire weekend, can they come for part of the weekend? 

    We encourage parents to clear the calendar this weekend for their student so that he or she can enjoy the entire experience. However, if that is not possible, your child can come to any part of the weekend that they can. It will be the parent's responsibility to transport their student to and from Camp Glisson if there are conflicts in the schedule that prohibit your child from staying the entire weekend. 

    Please contact Sydney Wise if arrangements for late drop-off or early pick-up need to be made. There are no cost deductions for students who only come for part of the weekend.