(440) 967-4861 info@bbeach.org

Father & Son Retreat

August 4-6, 2023 • Sons Ages 5-18 • $150/Father $100/Son
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Hey Dads. You only get 18 summers with your son before they’re out of your house, and what we hear is that these 18 years go by way too fast. This retreat is loaded with activities that you can’t do at home, and the whole weekend is designed for you to make memories with your son and make an impact on his life. These will go down as the best three days of your year.

What To Expect

Manly Activities

Grizzlies, grab your man cubs for some bonding time that is also super manly. No women allowed. There will be guns, burping, sports, and more.

Dude, a Lake

We have the raddest water activities for you and your son to enjoy! Whether it’s tubing, jet skis, or paddleboats and canoes, it’ll be a guaranteed blast!

Grilled Things

Hello I’d like some meat with some meat on it and a side of meat. What’s a boys only weekend without throwing some stuff on the grill?


Forget high-fives and side-hugs, let’s take our shirts off and chest bump each other to celebrate testosterone.

Retreat Info

Joel Trainer, Retreat Director

Joel Trainer, Retreat Director

After a brief two-year hunting trip to the hills of Argentina with his three best friends (Tim Tebow, Hulk Hogan, and a velociraptor named Charlie), Joel Trainer is back at Beulah Beach and ready to lead the Father and Son Retreat once again. The chances of Joel wearing a shirt during the retreat are about as high as the chances of Joel’s hitlist whitetail buck surviving bow season – 0%. Joel spends his days stalking prey and his evenings serenading his wife with flute solos and encouraging words, both of which he does wearing a full ghillie suit.

Joel is the Lead Pastor at Three Creeks Church in Gahanna, Ohio. He is fired up to be back in the saddle, directing this retreat. And now he has a boy! His son Judah is 4 years old and can’t wait to come to his first Father and Son Retreat at Beulah Beach. Joel says, “I’ve been waiting for this for years. I finally get to bring my son, enjoy this weekend, laugh our heads off and making lifetime memories. I am counting down the days. It can’t come soon enough.”

You’re one click away from the manliest weekend EVER

Cost is $150/Father and $100/Son. Cost includes food, lodging, and masculine, don’t-tell-mom fun.

Packing List

leave the razors, deodorant, and women at home!
Sleeping Bag & Pillow

Bathing Suit & Towel

Outfit you can ruin

Bible, Pen, & Notebook


Crew Cuts


What an amazing weekend full of “manly” activities, lots of laughter, and great food! But the best part was talking and connecting with my son in those few quiet moments. Before it was even over, he was asking to come back next year!
Jason, Father

My son, Ethan, and I had an amazing time at the Father & Son Retreat. I’d highly recommend it for any father who is looking for an opportunity to shut out the distractions of life and spend some real quality time bonding with his son.
Tom, Father

I can’t say enough good things about the Father & Son Retreat at Beulah Beach. It was executed so well—the flow was smooth, the content was dynamic, and the activities were engaging for both me and my son. It was a great investment in a precious, biblical bond, and created an etched memory that we still talk about on a weekly basis!
Don, Father

Nothing fires me up like the Father & Son Retreat at Beulah Beach. To watch some dads unplug from their work and spend uninterrupted time with their sons is one of the highlights of my year. In addition to that, I don’t think I laugh more on any other weekend of the year either!
Joel, Staff

Contact Us

6101 W. Lake Rd. Vermilion, OH 44089

(440) 967-4861


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