Feb 26 – Feb 28 | Ocklawaha, FLORIDA

MS Retreat Speaker
Michael Puckett

Michael grew up in Orlando, FL and has spent 9 years working with students. He is a Southland veteran as his first time at a Southland event was 17 years ago at the Middle School Retreat at Camp Southwind. It was at this retreat that Michael sat on the beach by the lake and asked God to lead him and speak to his heart. Michael is married to Emil and they have three children. He is the Youth Pastor at Seven Rivers Church and feels like he has the best job in the world. He believes that all students are lovable through a relationship with Jesus. Jesus loves him and that means that Jesus can love you too!

MS Retreat worship Leader
Will Schwartz

Will grew up leading worship and attending Redeemer Church in Riverview since he was in middle school when his family moved to Hillsborough County to plant the church. His favorite part of leading worship is freeing God’s people to lift their hearts up to the Lord amidst all the distractions. Will leads with many different instruments including guitar, piano, and drums. He is an athletic director at a small private Christian school during the week and worship leader on the weekends. As a Tampa Bay native, he loves Lightning hockey! He is married to Shauna and recently welcomed their first child Eleanor in May. Will and many of their band members grew up attending Southland Camps where many of them first met Jesus and they believe deeply in its mission, “Connecting Students to Christ & Community.”


There is so much to anticipate and get excited about as you prepare to attend our MS Retreat. Below gives you a snapshot of what to expect when you arrive. Free free to contact the MS Retreat Director Josh Gillman with any questions you may have: Josh@redeemerriverview.org


We will worship through song and God’s Word on Friday evening through Sunday morning. There is something special about worshipping in a room full of middle school students from across the state of Florida.


Camp Southwind offers some amazing activities for us: canoes & kayaks, the Flying Squirrel, pool & waterslide, beach volleyball, gagaball, basketball, disc golf, wiffle ball, game room, and more! That doesn’t even include the Amazing Race that will take place on Saturday AM!

Connecting with your church

Through conversations on the ride up, church huddle time, to the late-night talks in your rooms, relationships will be forged and deepened throughout the weekend together. Your group will be closer together than when you arrived.

Connecting with the church

One of the greatest parts about Southland is the friendships that are created between students, leaders, and churches. These bonds will carry out into their college experience, encouraging them to visit RUF, and enjoy life with.

Early Rate: $155

Registered and paid by February 4th, 2021

Regular Rate: $175

Registered and paid anytime after February 4th, 2021

Counselor Rate: $155

Counselor rate is the same whenever you register


You may need to add to this cost for your church’s expenses. For example, travel expenses. The above covers the Southland expenses.

MS Retreat image

Here is our Middle School Retreat promo image that you can use to promote this event with your church, families, and students.

Southland Video

Here is our Southland promo video, feel free to download and use it to promote with your church and students.

Camp Southwind

Here is the link for you to check out Camp Southwind and all it has to offer. Please note that some activities are dependent on the weather.

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