TAPTsters: Plan to arrive at Camp Lawrence (directions) on Friday, March 15th at 7:00 pm. The check-in process- not the retreat- starts at 7:00, so there is no need to arrive early. To ensure the TAPT team has enough time to prepare, please arrive no earlier than 6:45. Check in will be in the Dining Hall. Please eat dinner before you arrive. The retreat will conclude at appr. 12:30 pm on Sunday March 17th.

The TAPT Closing Mass, also known as the “Reunion Mass,” is open to guests, including family members and former TAPTsters. Mass will begin appr. 11:15, but if guests plan to join us, please arrive early to ensure seating. If you are attending from outside the diocese, please note that Camp Lawrence is on Central Time.

The TAPT weekend is a relational journey, and includes carefully-developed progressions that build on one experience after the next. To ensure that TAPTsters get the most out of the retreat, partial attendance is not allowed.

  • Parents, an experienced health professional will be available on the retreat. If you wish for your child’s medications to be distributed by retreat leaders, please tell us when you check your child in on Friday night. Otherwise, the Diocese of Gary will not be held responsible for the distribution of medications.
  • Cost: $90, includes lodging, meals, materials, t-shirt, and other retreat stuff.
  • Teens may only attend a TAPT once. Previous TAPTsters may apply for a position on the leadership team. The application period for the upcoming TAPT retreat is December-mid January.
  • FORMER TAPTSTERS, PARENTS, YOUTH LEADERS: Join us for the closing mass, “Reunion Mass!” CLICK HERE for more info.
  • WARM CASUAL CLOTHES FOR 3 DAYS
    An extra change of clothes and hiking boots if you decide go on the hike Saturday afternoon (weather-permitting)
    Dress is casual, but modest. If your dress is deemed inappropriate for a Christian event, adult leaders reserve the right to ask you to change into more appropriate attire.
    There is a lot of walking to and from buildings. Best advice: wear comfortable shoes you’re not afraid to get a little snowy/muddy. In fact, consider bringing a change of shoes, just in case.

  • PILLOW & SLEEPING BAG (or sheets and covers for a twin bed)
  • TOWELS AND WASHCLOTH
  • REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLE (marked with your name)
  • AN OPEN MIND
  • A WATCH, ALARM CLOCK (if you are using your mobile phone, bring a charger or extra batteries)
  • LOTS OF ENTHUSIASM
  • Medication(s) or prescriptions*
    * An experienced health professional will be available on the retreat. If you wish for your child’s medications to be distributed by retreat leaders, please tell us when you check your child in on Friday night. Otherwise, the Diocese of Gary will not be held responsible for the distribution of medications.
  • TAPT Outreach Effort: (a collection TBA) 

Dear prospective TAPTster,

We have received your registration for our Diocesan Youth Retreat…WELCOME TO TAPT XXXI! I hope you share our joy and enthusiasm for TAPT and I hope you find it a worthwhile experience.

Plan to arrive at Camp Lawrence on Friday, March 15th at 7:00 pm. The check-in process- not the retreat– starts at 7:00, so there is no need to arrive early. (To ensure the TAPT team has enough time to prepare, please arrive no earlier than 6:45). Check in will be in the Dining Hall. Please eat dinner before you arrive.

The retreat will conclude at appr. 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18th. The TAPT Closing Mass, also known as the “Reunion Mass,” is open to guests, including family members and former TAPTsters. Mass begins appr. 11:15, but if guests plan to join us, please arrive early to ensure seating. If you are attending from outside the diocese, please note that Camp Lawrence is on Central Time.

In the event of an emergency during the weekend, contact Chad Franks: (219) 789-4910. Teens are allowed to have their mobile phones, but are told to  restrict their usage to emergency use and periodic evangelization-inspired use only.

Please see above item for a list of items of what to bring and what not to bring. Parents, a licensed nurse will be available on the retreat. If you wish for your child’s medications to be distributed by a member of our staff, please see the nurse when you check your child in on Friday night. Otherwise, the Diocese of Gary will not be held responsible for the distribution of medications.

There are two payment options: pay online with a credit card during the registration process (a $3 credit card service fee is assessed), or pay at TAPT Friday evening check-in. If you did not pay online with a credit card and instead chose the “pay later” option, please be prepared to submit your payment at TAPT Friday evening check-in. Please contact Emily Sutton, TAPT Registration Coord. (219-769-9292 x282) if you have questions about any billing/financial arrangements.

If you have not submitted it already, please make sure you complete and mail the parent/guardian “Diocesan Activity Release Form” to OYYA. We prefer to collect this in advance to prepare our staff for any and all medications, allergy, special needs, and food situations, but please do not mail after March 11 (bring it with you). No one will be allowed to participate in TAPT without this form. You can download a PDF copy of the form here.

Our staff has been working hard to make TAPT a successful retreat. We hope that you arrive with an open mind and a positive attitude. Above all we ask that you pray for yourself and all of us that we have a successful retreat. God bless you and I’ll be looking forward to seeing you at TAPT!

Blessings in Christ Incarnate,

Emily Sutton
Administrative Assistant, Diocese of Gary TAPT Retreat
Email  ● Ofc: 219-769-9292 x282

Parish leaders: Please consider using these bulletin/email announcement during weekends through March 10 to assist you in recruiting teens. You may also copy/paste them into emails!

(Full Version) High school teens are invited to attend Teens Are Praying Together (“TAPT”), a Diocesan Catholic weekend retreat, held March 15-17 at Camp Lawrence, north of Valparaiso. Through talks, guided discussions, prayer, recreation, Reconciliation, and Eucharist, TAPT is a call to discipleship, bringing teens into a more intimate encounter with the Incarnate Jesus Christ. Cost: $90. For complete details, visit garytapt.com, facebook.com/garytapt, or contact the Diocese of Gary Office for Youth & Young Adults: 219-769-9292 x282.

(Shorter Version) The diocesan TAPT retreat returns to Camp Lawrence Mar. 15-17. TAPT is a dynamic, life-changing spiritual retreat for high school teens sponsored by the Diocese of Gary Office for Youth. Cost: $90. For complete details, visit garytapt.com, facebook.com/garytapt, or call 219-769-9292 x282.

(Spanish) Los jóvenes de la preparatoria están invitados a participar en TAPT, un retiro católico el fin de semana de marzo 15-17 en Camp Lawrence en Valparaiso. Las actividades incluyen, platicas, discusiones, oración, recreación, reconciliacion y la Eucaristía. TAPT esta diseñado para acercar a los Jóvenes a un encuentro mas intimo con Cristo encarnado. El precio es $90 dolares. Para todos los detalles visiten la pagina de Internet www.garytapt.com o comuniqunese con las oficina de Ministerio Juvenil de la Diócesis de Gary: 219-769-9292 x282. (El retiro es en ingles.)