Surge 2020 is currently full, please email to be added to the waitlist.


7th and 8th grade students


January 17 - 20, 2020




Sun | Dec 1, 2019

Note: Registration for this retreat fills up before the deadline to register.


Charter buses


Surge, our Jhi retreat to Orlando, FL. is an opportunity for leaders and students to spend the long weekend together in worship, teaching, small groups, and fellowship. This is one of the best relationship-building weekends of the year, so invite a friend and join us as we explore Foundations, AND enjoy free time at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

What Does The Cost Include?
  • Two-day park hopper tickets to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
  • Lodging and transportation
  • All meals except: Friday dinner (fast food), Saturday dinner (Universal), Sunday lunch (Universal), and Monday lunch (fast food)
  • Plan to bring approximately $50 - $60 extra for meals and snacks at the park not included above
  • Surge Retreat swag item
Is this a tech-free retreat?

Students are allowed to bring cell phones or other electronic devices, but must keep up with them and use them appropriately. All devices will be collected by chaperones at bedtime to ensure that students (and leaders) get a good night’s sleep. 

*Perimeter Church, Universal Studios, or Floridays Resort is not responsible for any items that are lost or stolen during your stay with us. Please do not bring items of significant value.

When do we leave on Friday?
  • 12:00 PM on Friday, January 17. Students are expected to have already eaten or bring a packed lunch.
  • We will arrive back at Perimeter on Monday afternoon. The church will be closed for the holiday and we cannot enter to grab anything left behind.

PCS Students Important Info:
  • Students' names must be on Jhi roster by the deadline (or January 5 if on the waiting list).
  • This will serve as the form for a pre-arranged absence with the school for half day-nothing else is needed.
  • Students must be in school on Friday, January 17, and will be dismissed from classes at the end of 4th period.
  • Students must turn in all work in all classes: homework, projects, essays, etc. are due on January 17 before leaving after 4th period.
  • Students are responsible to make up work or tests and get notes for Friday after 4th period. (At the teacher's discretion, a test may be taken before the student leaves.)
  • Luggage can be dropped in the rock wall pit at the Bricks before school.
  • Bookbags can be left in their locker, collected at check-in or brought on the trip.

  • Tentative Schedule
    Friday, January 17
    • 11:30 AM:  Check-in starts 
      Students should eat lunch prior to arrival or bring packed lunch
    • 12:15 PM:  Depart from Perimeter 
    • 4:30 PM:  Dinner on the road
    • 9:00 PM:  Arrive at hotel
    • 9:30 PM:  Session One
    • 11:00 PM:  Lights Out
    Saturday, January 18
    • 8:00 AM:  Breakfast in the hotel rooms
    • 8:30 AM:  Bus pick-up for Universal
    • 9:00 AM:  Bus drop-off at Universal
    • 12:30 PM:  Group lunch at Bubba Gump
    • 8:00 PM:  Bus pick-up Universal
    • 8:30 PM:  Arrive at hotel 
    • 9:00 PM:  Session Two
    • 10:00 PM:  Pool/free time
    • 11:00 PM:  Lights out
    Sunday, January 19
    • 8:30 AM:  Group breakfast in meeting room
    • 9:00 AM:  Personal devotions
    • 9:15 AM:  Session Three
    • 10:15 AM:  Bus pick-up for Universal Studios
    • 11:00 AM:  Bus drop-off at Universal Studios 
      Lunch and dinner in the park
    • 8:30 PM:  Bus pick-up at Universal Studios
    • 9:00 PM:  Session Four
    • 10:00 PM:  Free time
    • 11:00 PM:  Lights out 
    Monday, January 20
    • 7:30 AM:  Breakfast in hotel rooms
    • 8:00 AM:  Load bus and depart hotel
    • 12:00 PM:  Lunch on road
    • 4:30 PM:  Estimated arrival at Perimeter
      Students will call if time will be different
  • Packing List
    • Pillow and travel blanket (for bus ride)
    • Money for souvenirs
    • Money for two fast food meals on the road (Friday dinner and Monday lunch)
    • Money for two meals at the park (Saturday dinner & Sunday lunch)
    • Water bottle (refillable)
    • Mr. Toothbrush and his friends
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Warm jacket, rain jacket/poncho and pants for potential cold weather and/or rain
    • Small bag/backpack to carry around the park
    • Cell phone, camera, etc.
    • Sunglasses or hat
    • Bible and journal
  • Registration

    • Deadline:
      Sun | Dec 1, 2019
    • The total amount owed for each student is due immediately upon registering online. If you need to apply for a scholarship, set up a payment plan, are full-time staff or pay by check, do not proceed to the registration page.  Email for instructions.  
    • A limited amount of scholarship funds are available to students who wish to attend the trip but are not able to due to financial constraints. Scholarship requests must be requested by Sunday, December 1, in order to be considered. Please request the scholarship assistance form from Once received, we will provide further instructions. 
    • If you wish to bless another student by donating to our retreat scholarship fund, you may do so here.  Any amount you are able to give is appreciated! Donations assist our ministry by providing more students the opportunity to attend our retreats. All donations are tax-deductible.
    • If you are interested in being a leader for the Surge Retreat, please complete the leader registration link here. Please note that for this retreat, first priority is given to leaders based on the representation of students attending from their discipleship groups. Leaders, encourage your students to register early!