After the formation, letters may be passed out to the soldier's
spouses. This may be an opportunity to sell your program and let the
soldier know you care about his/her family.
When the soldier knows
you care about him, any program you have in the unit will be a
success because of his/her support.
Below is an example of what a
retreat schedule may look like:
0745 Arrival - Upon arrival the chaplain will explain the ground
rules for the retreat and give each person a personal copy of the
0900 Ice Breakers - The chaplain assistant explains the
facilities to the group. The site, history, icebreakers, restrooms,
water fountain, etc. The second activity should be two ice-breakers,
one to introduce each soldier and the other to lead into the
discussion for the day. Each person will give name, home town, and
why they joined the Army. The next ice-breaker is in the form of a
game called "Blades of Grass."
A circle is made by the group with
one person in the center who closes his eyes and trusts the group
with his physical safety. The person who participates in the center
does so voluntarily.
This exercise helps to break down inhibitions
and makes people feel more comfortable with one another.