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General Information

Packing & Cost

What to bring:

Warm clothes, sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries, gloves/hat/boots, water bottle, Bible, pen, snacks! Money for food on the way back and for any snacks at the camp.

What NOT to bring:

Any electronics, including cell phones. If you must make a call on the retreat you can use a youth leader’s phone.

Total cost: $190 (+$10 for t-shirt)

Payment can be made via cash or check at youth group on Sunday evenings.

Cash should be in an envelope marked "Breakaway" with the students name on it.

Check's should be made out to "Hanover Valley Presbyterian Church" with "Breakaway" in the memo line.

You can now pay online by following the link at the bottom of the page! Please consider covering the 2.75% processing fee so the church does not have to incur that additional expense.

DO NOT bring registration money the night we leave for the retreat.

Scholarships are available! We never want money to be a barrier to student involvement. If you are in need of financial assistance please contact Noah Trask

Why Breakaway?

Breakaway is the annual winter retreat of the Susquehanna Valley Presbytery. Breakaway exists to point students to Jesus Christ in everything we do. We look forward to a break from the normal routine of everyday life and an extended time away to reflect Christ as He is revealed to us in the Word of God.

This year our theme for Breakaway is “Getting to know the REAL Jesus.” We live in a world that tries to paint Jesus into a picture that fits with our own lifestyles and beliefs. We want our students to get to know the Jesus that is shown to us in the scriptures. He is our prophet, priest

and king. Breakaway also provides plenty of

opportunities to make new friends as well as strengthen current friendships. There’s also plenty of good food, fun, and laughter. It all makes for a great weekend that you won’t want to miss!

Departure & Return

Depart from HVPC

   Friday, Feb 16 at 5:30pm

   *eat dinner before arriving

Return to HVPC

   Sunday, Feb 18 by 6:00pm

 Parents will receive updates on our return ETA

Contact info while we’re gone:

Phone Numbers:

Noah Trask

  cell: (717) 634-6284

Blue Mountain Christian Retreat
  phone: (570) 386-2154

About the camp:

This is our sixth year at Blue Mountain Christian Retreat in New Ringgold, Pennsylvania. It is a very nice camp with a huge (sound-friendly) room for the whole group to meet in, several large rooms which are great for breakouts, nice cabins for us to stay in, a gym, and a big cafeteria with tasty food. We hope you can join us this year!

February 16-18th



Registration due January 14th


Total cost: $190 (+$10 for t-shirt) scholarships are available
Payments can be made online by clicking here (please type "breakaway" in the text box)
Payment can also be made via cash or check at youth group on Sunday evenings.
Cash should be in an envelope marked "Breakaway" with the students name on it.
Check's should be made out to "Hanover Valley Presbyterian Church" with "Breakaway" in the memo line.

DO NOT bring money the night we leave for the retreat.

Registration is a commitment to paying your share!

Thanks for registering for Breakaway. See you there!


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Chris grew up in Hudson, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. He met his wife, Kate, at Hillsdale College, where Chris earned a BA in Classical Studies. He completed two degrees at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, a Master of Arts in Religion as well as a Doctor of Ministry.

Chris and Kate joined Westminster PCA in Lancaster, PA as members in 2009 after Chris became a teacher and athletic director at Veritas Academy in Leola, where he served for five years. Chris was ordained and became Westminster’s Youth Pastor in 2013. The Westminster congregation elected Chris Senior Pastor beginning in 2020. As Senior Pastor, Chris’s primary responsibilities are preaching and teaching God’s word, providing leadership and vision for Westminster’s ministries, and shepherding Westminster’s leadership and staff. Chris and Kate now live in Leola with their four children, Alana, Drew, Annette, and Kristiana (Tia).

Chris is encouraged in his ministry by John 15:4-5, which says, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

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