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Aerial view of Camp Elim

Men's Retreat

September 13-15, 2024

Men's Retreat is a time for men to reconnect with old friends and forge new friendships as they encourage and challenge one another. Join us for a refreshing weekend full of Biblical teaching, moving worship, and incredible food! On Saturday, there are several exciting off-site excursions available, so you can relax with a favorite hobby or try your hand at something new!

Invite your friends, co-workers, brothers, in-laws, fathers, and sons! Sons ages 13-18 get in for half the registration cost. The Men's Retreat is open to all men ages 13 and up.​

A guest eating bacon
Chapel service at Men's Retreat
A guest on the high ropes course

Our Speaker

Our speaker for the 2024 Men's Retreat is Drew Gardner.


Drew has been the Executive Director of Bair Lake Bible Camp since June 2018. He is an attorney by training who graduated from The Ohio State University College of Law and then practiced law as a JAG Attorney in the United States Air Force and as the Chief of Litigation for the Christian Law Association, where he defended religious liberty in cases across America. After God called Drew into pastoral ministry during his time at the Christian Law Association, he served as the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Northwest Ohio for ten years.


Drew and his wife Kelly have been married since 1990 and have ten children and two grandsons.


Please note that some of these excursions have an additional cost. Current prices for these activities are listed in the descriptions below. Prices subject to change.

Men golfing


If you enjoy golf, then join others with a passion for the game and you play a round at Woodland Park's own Shining Mountain Golf Club.  The course is conveniently located just a short drive away from Camp on Highway 67.  Tee times are limited to the first 16 to sign up, so check with Camp Elim's office to secure your spot.  Price varies $35-$75/person depending on number of holes and cart included.

Men fishing


Go fishing with the guys!  The Platte River by Deckers, 11 Mile Canyon, 11 Mile Reservoir, Rampart Reservoir, and Manitou Lake are all close to Camp and offer excellent lake or fly fishing options!  So grab your waders or bait a hook and see what bites!

Men canoeing


If you enjoy canoeing or open-water kayaking, join the group which will be heading out for one of the local reservoirs for a day on the lake.  Even bring along your pole, if you like, and try trolling for the big one!

A man mountain biking

Mountain Biking

Grab your mountain bike and bring it to the retreat if you want to ride the local trails.  There are many to choose from just a short distance from Camp.  Don't forget your helmet and water bottle as you spend the day exploring with the guys!

Men at the shooting range


Bring your shotguns, large or small bore rifles, handguns, and plenty of ammunition for some friendly competition at the shooting range!  Prizes will be awarded for the "top shots."  Don't forget your eye and hearing protection!

Men hiking


Hit the trail for a time of fellowship while spending time enjoying God's magnificient creation.  The hike will be on a moderately difficult trail; nothing too extreme.  All you need to bring is your water bottle, hiking stick, and sense of adventure!  Happy trails!

Men in a mine

Mine Tour

Descend 1000 feet underground on the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine Tour in Cripple Creek.  That is roughly the same height of the Empire State Building!  Learn about the history of gold mining in one of the richest mining areas in the world!  Cost is $30 per person.  After the mine you can explore the Pikes Peak Heritage Museum.

A truck offroading


Bring a four-wheel drive vehicle or hop in a friend's for an thrilling time exploring the road less traveled!

Men on ATVs

ATV Tour

Bring up your ATV and explore the Coloradan back-country!

Dan and his dog Bundy asleep


We won't judge. You deserve it!


Prices listed are for the 2023 Men's Retreat, which has now concluded. Check back soon for more information about next year's retreat!

Full retreat (over 18) - $185

Saturday only (does not include lodging) - $100

Sons ages 13-18 attending with their Dad or other adult relative are half price!​

Those electing to find sleeping accommodations elsewhere may deduct $15 per adult per night from the registration fee for the entire retreat. That includes bringing a tent or RV to Camp, though space for RVs is limited.

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