New Year’s College Retreat


Date: December 30, 2023 – January 2, 2024

Speaker: Andy Abramson

Band: Volume 208

Price: $75

Eagle Sky Alumni: $50


  • “Barn” Dance
  • Bonfire
  • Cave Exploring
  • Competitions
  • Dodgeball Tournament
  • Free Time
  • Game Shows
  • Hatchet Throwing
  • High Ropes Aerial Challenge Course
  • Polar Plunge Challenge
  • Skeet Shooting


Join Us at the “Connect, Focus, Refuel” New Year’s College Retreat from December 30, 2023, to January 2, 2024, at Eagle Sky of The Ozarks.

Life can be a whirlwind, but it’s essential to pause, recharge, and set our intentions for what lies ahead. Come, retreat, and embrace the transformative power of connection, focus, and renewal as you step into the new year and a new chapter of life.

Connect with friends old and new, forming bonds that will last a lifetime. Focus on the exciting new season that awaits you, guided by inspiring gospel-centered teaching. Refuel your spirit with soul-stirring worship and rejuvenating community. Our guest speaker, Andy Abramson, will inspire you, and Volume 208 will elevate your spirit with uplifting worship. Enjoy 4 days and 3 nights of adventure with all-inclusive meals and lodging. Experience a wide range of activities, from campfires to thrilling cave exploration. Showcase your skills in our dodgeball tournament, or take the plunge with our exhilarating polar plunge challenge. Dance the night away at the “Barn” dance, savor mouthwatering meals, and sip on our amazing cold brew coffee to stay energized.

This retreat is for college-aged students eager to grow, connect, and embark on a new journey. Benefits include forging lifelong friendships, finding solace and inspiration, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, preparing for the exciting season ahead, and recharging your mind, body, and relationship with Jesus. Ready to embark on this unforgettable journey?

Register Now and invite your friends to join you on this incredible retreat. Let’s connect, focus, and refuel together! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to invest in yourself and your future.


Andy Abramson

Andy started working with college and young adults 25 years ago and has never looked back. Through his work at Elementum, he and his team are partnered with over 250 churches nationwide to help them engage with college students and young adults. He loves seeing leaders reach their potential and impact their ministries. Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and five kids when he’s not working.

Praise & Worship

Volume 208

We are a group of friends that have led worship together off and on over the last 10+ years and have now come together to start this worship project we call “Volume 208”. Our mission every time we play music is to create a space where people can have a real, personal encounter with Christ in a new and creative way.


Saturday, December 30, 2023

2:00 PM – Registration & Check-in Starts

5:00 PM – Registration & Check-in Ends

5:30 PM – Dinner

6:30 PM – Meet & Greet Game

7:00 PM – Free Time*

8:30 PM – Hangout, Campfire, & Snacks

11:00 PM – Back To Bunks

12:00 AM – Lights Out

Sunday, December 31, 2023

8:00 AM – Breakfast

9:15 AM – Game Time

10:30 AM – Chapel

11:30 AM – Free Time*

12:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 PM – R&R

2:00 PM – Free Time*

5:00 PM – Clean Up

5:30 PM – Dinner

7:30 PM – Chapel

8:45 PM – Dodgeball Tournement

11:00 PM – Worship In The New Year

1:00 AM – Lights Out

Monday, January 1, 2024

8:00 AM – Polar Plunge (Optional)

9:00 AM – Breakfast

10:30 AM – Chapel

11:30 AM – Free Time*

12:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 PM – R&R

2:00 PM – Free Time*

5:00 PM – Clean Up

5:30 PM – Dinner

6:30 PM – Barn Dance

7:30 PM – Chapel

8:45 PM – Bonfire & Snacks

11:00 PM – Back To Bunks

12:00 AM – Lights Out

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

8:00 AM – Breakfast & Final Charge

9:15 AM – Pack-up & Check Out

*During “Free Time” the following activities will be offered (Cave Exploring, Hatchet Throwing, High Ropes Aerial Challenge Course, Skeet Shooting, and more.)

What students are saying about NYCR

Join us for a few days of impactful sessions, meaningful connections, and unforgettable moments. Discover the potential for personal growth, deepening faith, and creating lasting memories. Your transformative journey begins here!

“My favorite part was when we worshiped into the New Year.


Amber Hunt

Jackson, Missouri

“My favorite part was the fellowship with other believers.  I will come back to the retreat next year.


Ben Missey

Leadville, Colorado

I really enjoyed this Retreat.  The retreat is really an awesome opportunity to slow down and have intentionality with my faith and with my friendships.


Bennett Kidd

St. Louis, Missouri

It was really great! I made a lot of new friends.


Rebecca Ruble

Des Arc, Missouri


Do I have to be in college to attend?

No, this retreat is for any student or adult who has graduated high school, 18 years of age, and up to the age of 26.

Will I get dirty?

Possibly, we have a variety of activities that take place outside (cave exploration, high ropes course, bonfire, etc.), and depending on the weather you could get dirty. There will be options available for those who do not want to be outside or get dirty.

Can we come as a whole group from a church or ministry program?

Yes, the registration process needs to be completed for each attendee, but you can come as a group once registered. This retreat is catered to growing together as young college adults. If you have questions about registration for a group, please call our registrar at 573.287.3288.

What is the purpose of this retreat?

The purpose of this retreat is to connect, focus, and refuel. We live in a fast-paced world, and it is our desire to pull away from that. We want you to connect with friends old and new, focus on the new season ahead, and refuel your life.

If I am the leader for the college ministry program, and I am coming with my students, how does it work?
Do I need to bring bedding and shower supplies?

Yes, we have bunk-style cabins, and you must bring your own twin-sized bedding or a sleeping bag and pillow. The cabins are community-style bathrooms, so you will need to bring items for showering, including a towel.

What are things I need to pack?

Cold weather clothing (hats, coats, boots, gloves). Clothes you can get muddy in. Close-toed shoes, athletic wear, plus any other clothes you want to pack. You will also want to bring your bible, notebook, writing utensils, twin-sized bedding, pillow, a towel, and shower supplies.

What if I have a food allergy?

Our kitchen staff is phenomenal at what they do, and they will guide you through each meal, making sure to meet your allergy requirements and get you the food you need.  Please feel free to email our Director of Food Service with any questions or concerns at

How much does this cost?

If you are an Eagle Sky Alumni, it will cost you only $50. For all other students, it is only $75. This is the least expensive retreat that we offer here at ESO and one you will not want to miss.

Will I need any spending cash?

Yes, we have a coffee bar (hot specialty drinks and cold brew) and snacks that are available for purchase during free time and before chapels. We also have a camp store where you can grab some Eagle Sky swag. So don’t forget to bring a little extra spending cash or a major credit card.