The Oaks is open to all incoming freshmen at Auburn University and Southern Union State Community College. We also welcome any students transferring into Auburn for the following school year.
No, the churches and ministries from the Auburn/Opelika area work together. It is a powerful first picture of the body of Christ at Auburn working together to bless and minister to incoming freshmen. The umbrella ministry that supports The Oaks Retreat is All Things Ministries. Find out more about our partner churches and ministries here.
You are not alone! Many people coming to the Oaks don’t know anyone else. There will be different ways of making new friends. You will be assigned a family group with others, you will be rooming with a few others during the retreat, there are meal times, breakout sessions and tons of fun options during the day and night.
The Oaks Retreat is held at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Alabama. For reference, Schocco is about 1.5 hours from Auburn, and about 45 minutes from Birmingham.
Each session is three days – afternoon and night of the first day, all day on the second day, and until noon on the third day.
You can either drive your own car, carpool with others who are attending, or be dropped off and picked up by someone else.
I'm from out of state. Will someone be available to pick me up from the Atlanta or Birmingham airport?
Yes! We can arrange to have someone there to pick you up. If you need to be picked up, email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make those arrangements based on when you will be arriving.
The total cost is $135. This covers everything you need at the retreat including lodging and meals. It even covers an Oaks t-shirt!
Some meals will be provided by the retreat facility and others will be provided by the Oaks staff. If you have special dietary requirements please let us know and we will work with your special needs.
No, beds with sheets and pillows will provided. But if you just love your pillow or blanket you are free to bring them. You will, however, need to bring your own towel.