What is TEC?

It is a three-day experience in Christian living specifically designed for young people who are searching for goals, for acceptance, for meaning, for community, for values, and most especially, for God.

"New Life TEC" is endorsed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord.

What other young adults say about TEC:

  • "Awesome!"
  • "Spiritual."
  • "This TEC weekend has been absolutely amazing and extremely fun."
  • "I'm really glad I came to this weekend."

Who can go on a TEC?

TEC is designed for Catholics who are late semester juniors, seniors in high school or early college.

Can my friends come?

Yes, bring a friend! Five teens from the same parish/school are allowed for each weekend. Depending on the site, a maximum of 35 teens are welcome to attend.

When is it?

TEC is a three-day weekend experience which starts Friday morning and concludes late Sunday afternoon. You will need to take Friday off school/work. Most schools are very open to this. The application and acceptance letter for the scheduled TEC will have details. The weekend must be experienced in its entirety. It is best not to arrive late or leave early.

What do I bring?

  • Clothing that is comfortable, casual, and appropriate for a religious retreat.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • A Bible if you have one.
  • One Dressy Outfit
  • A favorite snack
  • A favorite beverage

Where is TEC held?

Our TEC retreat scheduled for April 14-16, 2023 will be held at Camp Dagget, located just West of Petoskey. We'll send directions and more information about one week before the retreat.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the weekend is $75 and includes all materials and 7 meals. Please send a $25 deposit with your application so that a space can be reserved for you. Scholarships Available if needed, Contact Val Porter at if you need one.

What will I experience?

  • A fresh and exciting place away from home, school and work.
  • Meeting youth from other parishes and schools.
  • A time to reflect on your life, your ideas, hopes, dreams and more!
  • Finding God in your life today.
  • Encountering Jesus Christ, risen and alive today.
  • A follow-up program to help you live what you find at TEC.

If you have any questions, would like more information about TEC, or would like additional applications, please call Val Porter at .