Due to exceeding capacity, registration for
CAIR-DFW Retreat is now closed.
Please stay tuned for our upcoming events and programs.
The You(th) Factor is a weekend long retreat aimed at developing the leadership skills of young Muslims across DFW. Through outdoor activities on the lake, engaging lectures by prominent members of the community, and workshops conducted by experts in their field, campers will leave knowing how to engage with their community and government more effectively. Most importantly, they will come closer to realizing the YOU factor-- how they can uniquely make a difference.
The weekend will be hosted by the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce from noon on Friday, Aug 11th until 5pm on Sunday, Aug 13th. All youth in high school are encouraged to attend!
Food, lodging, and transportation are included in the registration fee of $215. If the cost presents a financial burden to you and your family, please do not hesitate to contact Retreat@cairdfw.org for payment and aid options.
Why should I send my youth to the retreat?
Participants will learn advocacy skills, how to communicate with representatives and community leaders, training in self-defense and community safety, tools to mobilize their communities and create and run organizations, how to organize local Muslim Student Associations and youth groups, and develop relationships with other Muslim youth in DFW.
How old do you have to be to attend?
This retreat is geared towards high school-aged youth, however we are accepting 13-year olds who have an interest in community activism/leadership.
What’s included in the registration fee?
Food, lodging, activities, and transportation are all included in the registration fee; however, participants are encouraged to bring pocket money for snacks.
Will Zabiha Halal food be provided?
Yes, all meat will be Zabiha.
Are boys and girls separated?
All activities will be segregated, except for lectures and workshops.
What kind of activities will campers participate in?
Campers will participate in recreational (canoeing, archery, riflery, hiking, and sports), educational (lectures and workshops), and spiritual activities (lectures and activities designed to strengthen participants’ relationship with Allah (swt).
How can I apply to be a group-leader?
The application for group-leaders is open to all college students and older.
Will my youth have access to their cell phones?
Participants will only have access to their cell phones to communicate with parents. All group-leaders will have access to a cell phone in case an emergency arises.
Are parents allowed to participate?
Parents are welcome to drop off and pick up their youth; however, the camp is only for youth, as this allows them to develop necessary leadership skills.
What should I bring/pack?
A packing list will be emailed to registered participants a week before the retreat.
How will transportation be provided?
CAIR-DFW is providing buses for the retreat. Participants who wish to use this transportation should be at CAIR-DFW’s office (13111 N. Central Expressway) by 10:30AM on Friday, August 11th so we will be in time for Jummah at the campsite. If you would like to drop your child off at the campsite, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
My youth has allergies, dietary restriction, or needs a medical accommodation. What should I do?
All allergies, dietary restrictions, and medical accommodations should be included in the registration form. All medications must be given to camp administration at drop off with clear instructions on how to administer them. Campers are not allowed to administer any medication themselves. If you have extra concerns, please contact email@example.com.