4th Semi-Annual Calo Parent Retreat

Thursday September 1st – Friday September 2nd  

Theme:  Making Things Go Right


As most of you know by now we are less than a month away from our fourth semi-annual parent retreat Thursday September 1st – Friday September 2nd. Naturally there are lots of questions so this blog post is here to answer and provide details.

While each retreat has a similar structure, the retreat this year, based on parent feedback from our spring retreat, will be more practical and skill-set focused. Most parents/guardians (hereafter referred to as parents) continue to enjoy our retreats a great deal. In fact, suggestions for improvement dropped considerably in our Spring retreat which indicates we are finding our sweet spot. The consistent piece of feedback is the desire for more tangible, take-home tools while still maintaining the other benefits of the retreat (interacting with other parents/families, interacting with Calo staff, support groups, being off campus, no cost to parents, and spending quality time in a structured environment with Calo student).

This retreat will mark the fourth different location in as many events; providing another unique experience with a variety of activities/events.

The retreat is for all current and former Calo parents and students. In order to attend we need you to please RSVP your current or former Calo therapist if you have not already done so by this Friday, August 12th as we need to provide final numbers to the retreat hosts. Please note that all participating parents will be responsible for their student during the retreat time (please discuss concerns with therapist prior to retreat).

Thursday Highlights

Parent Breakfast (8:00 AM) in Calo conference room

Parent Seminar

Travel to retreat location

Therapeutic Activities

Parent Support Groups

Friday Highlights

Therapeutic Activities

Family Time

Slide Show

Ending around 2:30PM or so (may change slightly)

Clothing/Gear List


Rain jacket







Insect repellant

Lip balm

Toiletries including soap and shampoo


Conservative and appropriate swimwear


Sleeping attire

Camera (confidentiality restrictions) – only pictures of you, your student, facilities and/or staff (no other pictures of students)

No pocket knives, weapons, fireworks, matches, or other dangerous tiems

Parents are strongly discouraged from bringing excessive or distracting items (i.e. I-Pods, cell phones, etc.)


Will Calo or the retreat location be providing bedding, pillows and/or towels for this retreat?

·         Calo will arrange for students attending to have their sleeping bag, pillow, and towel. Parents, however, will just need to bring a towel as linens will be provided. 

Do I need to bring any food or snacks?

·         You may bring your own snacks but Calo will be providing water/drinks and a variety of snacks. Calo/retreat will also provide three meals on Thursday and two meals on Friday. 

How strenuous will this be?

·        We try to be sensitive and understanding of any physical limitations parents may have. Wearing comfortable clothing and good walking shoes is a must. It would also be wise to rest up before the retreat as we do want to maximize our time together. Parents with special needs or circumstances should make these clearly known to the Calo therapist as soon as possible. In addition, parents wishing to rent a golf cart may do so for $20. The cost will cover usage on both Thursday and Friday (students are not permitted to drive the carts). Please let your Calo therapist know of this request as soon as you can.

What will the weather be like?

·         We have experienced a very hot summer here in mid Missouri and it should be plenty warm during the retreat as well. Check the weather forecasts before the trip but plan on fluctuating temperatures from the 90s during the day to 60s during late evening-morning hours. It would also be wise to anticipate rain and wind.

What are the costs for this?  Do I need to bring any spending money?

·         Our plan is for parent retreats to continue to be a part of tuition. This retreat is no different as there are no additional costs to parents. Depending on future locations and costs, we may ask parents to pay a portion of the expenses. However, we will do everything possible to create a variety of experiences during our retreats while trying to keep costs down. So far we feel like we have done that. 

What are the sleeping arrangements like?

·         This retreat will feature motel sleeping arrangements. Each family will have their own unit featuring two double beds. Students with two parents visiting will bring their own sleeping pad, sleeping bag and pillow and sleep on the floor. Each motel room has running water, restrooms, showers, and electrical outlets.

What if I have an off campus or home visit right after the retreat?

·         Please be in close contact with your Calo therapist about post-retreat plans.  We want to make the transition as smooth as possible so families are able to leave the retreat and immediately begin home visits without an extra return trip to Calo if possible.  In order for this to happen your therapist needs details (exact times of visits, medication expectations, off campus belongings needed, etc.)

When do I need to show up for the retreat and when will it end?

·         Please arrive at Calo on Thursday morning at 8:00am but no later than 8:10am.  Please head straight to the conference room for breakfast.  The retreat will end by 2:30-3:00PM on Friday.

My child is asking for me to bring his I-Pod, l-Pad, and/or (electronic).  What should I do?

·         Tell him you are looking forward to the retreat focusing on your relationship and you would rather not have distractions.  We strongly discourage any electronic equipment to be brought to the retreat for students to use. 

What if I get nervous, anxious or concerned about my childs behavior during the retreat?

·         Stay in frequent communication with your therapist and coaches.  Feel free to ask for help or support at any time. 

How else should I prepare for the retreat?

·         Our first three retreats laid the foundation for this and future retreats in respect to creating safe, meaningful, and lasting memories. Be ready and open to learning, growing and connecting.