Friday, April 20, 2018

2018 Retreat Deadlines & Early Itinerary

Symposium: The symposium schedule is still being finalized and I thank you for your continued patience regarding this matter.

Retreat Photo for Program and signed Photo/Video Release Forms: Thank you to everyone who has emailed me your photo for the retreat program and your signed photo/video release forms. If you have NOT sent in one or both of these items, you will be receiving a separate email reminder later today. The LAST day to submit the photo and signed forms is May 1st.  

Below are some important deadlines and additional information about the events taking place at the retreat. PLEASE be sure and read thru everything. J

May 1st: Deadline to email me a picture for our retreat program. This can be a family picture, picture of your child/children or an individual picture.

May 30hLast day to book your room at CCA’s discounted rate. Here is the online booking link and our discounted rate is $139 per night, plus tax.

May 31st: Deadline to sign up for child care during the Educational Symposium and the Symposium sessions you and your family will be attending. (Will send information for both ASAP)

June 1st: Deadline to let me know which meals you and your family will NOT be eating.

Annual Retreat and Educational Symposium Itinerary 



Registration: At this time you will check-in with the CCA Staff and Volunteers so we know you have arrived. You will be given a retreat bag full of goodies such as a retreat t-shirts, name tags and more!

Retreat Kick-Off: We will kick-off the retreat with some announcements and introductions. Tacos and Entertainment will be provided for the families.


Breakfast will be provided
Group Meet-ups: During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other families who have children with your child’s craniofacial syndrome or condition and families who have children within your child’s age group.

Lunch is on your own

Talent Show: Brought back by popular demand! Everyone loved last year’s Talent Show, so we are doing it again this year! If you plan on performing in the Talent Show, please email me the name of the performer and what talent they will be providing. Each performer will have about 2-3 minutes for their performance. Once all slots are filled, I will be sending you an email to gather additional information from you and assign you a time for your performance.
Family Night/Dinner Provided: Every year at the retreat we do a basket raffle during Family Night (which takes place on Friday night) and the families love it, so we are going to keep it around. For those of you who have never been to a retreat, let me explain how this works. We ask our retreat families to bring an item or basket with items which represents your hometown, city or state. Then we number each basket and set a brown paper bag in front of each item. We sell raffle tickets and you simply place your ticket in the bag of the basket you would like to win. Once everyone has purchased their tickets, we hold a drawing for each basket. It's really neat to see what everyone brings each year. Please don't feel like you have to bring something, this is just totally up to you. And last, but not least, if you are bringing an item or basket for our raffle please bring this to registration on Thursday. Registration will be taking place from 11:00am-3:00pm. (If you have any address labels, you might want to bring them with you. It saves you from having to write your name on the tickets. Ticket prices are 20 for $5) Entertainment will be provided.

Teen Night (Ages 13-19): If your teen will be attending Teen Night on Friday, they will be eating dinner with everyone else in the Grand Ballroom. When it is time for Teen Night, will have a place for them and the chaperones to line up outside of the ballroom and then we will walk everyone to the Pool. I am looking for 3-4 Adults to chaperone teen night. If you are interested, please email me.

CCA Adults’ Casino Night (Ages 20 and up): If you are a CCA Adult with a craniofacial condition and will be attending the Casino Night, you will be eating dinner in the Grand Ballroom. You will head to Casino Night at 8:00pm which will be located in the Olympus room.

Breakfast is on your own
Zumba: Our very own CCA Dad, Jerry Carchi, will be teaching a fun Zumba class for the entire family!
Group Photo: Each year we do a big group photo. We ask that you please wear your CCA Retreat T-shirt which will be provided in your retreat bag during Registration on Thursday, June 28th.

Pool Party/Boxed Lunches Provided: Everyone will head to the pool for an afternoon of fun. Boxed lunches will only be provided from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Dinner/Dance with DJ and Dinner Provided: Most of our families do dress up for this event, although not required. The attire isn’t formal, more like slacks, summer dresses, etc…

BREAKFAST PROVIDED: We will give our hugs, say our goodbyes, exchange numbers and start the countdown to the 2019 retreat!

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