Sukkot this year is from October 5th to 13th, but we have booked Camp Norland from the 4th to the 15th. This will allow everyone to arrive before sundown on Erev Sukkot (4th) and complete their packing and clean-up on Sunday the 15th, leaving the Shabbats free for worship and fellowship. We will enjoy four Shabbats together. The first meal served will be on the evening of the 4th at 5:30 p.m. The last meal served (leftovers, anyone) will be lunch on the 15th.
Of course we will build sukkahs on the first day of Sukkot and in case anyone wants to sleep in one, there will be a men’s sukkah and a women’s sukkah. Please bring decorative things to adorn them and if you are bringing children, remember to provide things they can contribute. Also remember your sleeping bags in case you want to sleep outside some evening.
Bring your shofars and lulavs as there will be regular opportunities to use them.
If you desire to have a mikveh/baptism/immersion in the lake please speak with one of us early in the week so we can plan a time for that. Come prepared with appropriate attire.
There will be a gala evening (no one knows the day or the hour) so come prepared to dress as you would when meeting a King! Ladies, we want to see your beautiful dresses. Men, it is a shirt and tie affair. If you have a suit or at least a suit jacket, please bring it!
Weather permitting we will have nightly campfires (except on shabbat) just behind the Retreat Centre. Please bring warm clothing and maybe cushions!
Our daily schedule will be something like this:
8:00-9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast will be available in the Retreat Centre.
8:00-8:20 a.m. stretching exercises.
10:00-11:30 a.m. Worship and praise, lulav wave, and daily announcements. David Sloss will provide keynote messages on the theme of Preparing for the Return of the King. Bring your Bibles, notebooks and pens and your instruments!
12:00 noon Lunch will be served in the dining hall. Bring your healthy appetites and royal manners. Everything else will be provided.
2:00 p.m. Group activities. You will need to listen for announcements because the schedule will be flexible so as to take advantage of the weather and some surprises. When the weather is good we’ll organize hikes, horseshoe tournaments, frisbie, volleyball, tug of war and other such outdoor activities. When the weather is cold or rainy, we’ll schedule indoor activities such as Bible trivia, board games, group games, Biblical movies, survival teachings, etc. We will have a women’s tea and a men’s coffee break–at different times if there are children to be cared for. If you wish to go shopping or tour the area, there are several stores and restaurants within an hour of the Camp at Verner and Sturgeon Falls. North Bay and Sudbury are further out. If you need suggestions or directions, ask Mike.
3:00 p.m. Praise and worship, and quiet time.
5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Torah readings will be done at the table in the dining room immediately prior to the supper meal.
Please bring your Bibles, pens and notebooks and be seated.
5:30 to 6:00 p.m. You will be invited to get your food after the Torah portions have been read.
6:00 p.m. Special announcements.
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Evening meetings will vary. We anticipate some times of praise and worship, some Q & A’s, some teachings, some movies, etc. Carl and Leonie and Nathanael Hines will be leading worship on the 7th and 8th.
9:00-11:00 p.m. Campfire! When the weather permits, go outside and enjoy a special time of sharing and singing. Remember your warm clothes, cushions and blankets. You might want to bring your camp chairs.
11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. It would be much appreciated if you do not disturb the sleep of people who go to bed early or who get up later than you do! Please use your quiet indoor voices and do not race in the hallways.