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  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019
    Sun
    27
    Jan
    2019
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    Ice Fishing for All with Disabilities 2019

    January 25-27, 2019

     

     Camp Bliss Ice Fishing Retreat Camp Bliss Ice Fishing Retreat

     

    We are excited to have you join us for a weekend of fishing and rejuvenation in our beautiful up north setting! This retreat welcomes anyone with any type of disability.
    Cost: $75.00 for the weekend, if you bring your own PCA, there is an additional charge of $35.00.
    The PCA will also need to register separately for this retreat.
    The fee includes: lodging, fishing/supplies, and all meals/beverages.
    What to bring: clothing, medications, towels, and anything else you will need for the weekend. You must have your fishing license to fish.
    If you are currently a consumer of Independent Lifestyles, transportation to and from Camp Bliss is offered from our Sauk Rapids location for an additional cost of $15.00. Otherwise you are
    responsible for your own transportation.

    To Register: Fill out the registration on the back and return it with your payment to Independent Lifestyles (Attn: Anne R.) 215 N. Benton Dr., Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 or email it to anner@independentlifestyles.org or call 320-281-2023. We need to receive your registration ten (10) days prior to Retreat date.

    Check in - Friday, 4:00pm
    Check out - Sunday, 10:00am
    12 people maximum

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  • Thu
    07
    Feb
    2019
    Sun
    10
    Feb
    2019
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    Marines Ice Fishing Weekend 2019

    February 7-10, 2019

     

    2019 Camp Bliss Retreat Flyer-Marines Ice Fishing2019 Camp Bliss Retreat Registration-Marines Ice Fishing

     

    Marines and Veterans will enjoy the Perfect Fishing Spot! Camp Bliss is surrounded by three area lakes and offer some of the finest opportunities anywhere. Come and experience an amazing weekend fishing for crappies, pike, perch, bass, northerns, and sunfish. We offer something for everyone! Nothing warms a cold winter day at Camp Bliss like the warm smile of a successful ice angler!

    Cost is $75.00 per person for the weekend and includes lodging and meals.

    The cost to send 1 Veteran to Camp Bliss for a weekend retreat is $400, which includes lodging and all meals. Because of donations/sales from our 2018 Guns and Goods Raffle, we are able to supplement $325 per Veteran, up to 50 Veterans. 

     

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  • Fri
    22
    Feb
    2019
    Sun
    24
    Feb
    2019
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    Vietnam Veterans Ice Fishing Getaway 2019

    February 22-24, 2019

     

    2019 Camp Bliss Retreat Flyer-Vietnam Vets Ice Fishing2019 Camp Bliss Retreat Registration-Vietnam Vets Ice Fishing

     

    Vietnam Veterans will be welcomed into the serene and supportive setting of Camp Bliss! We are excited to have you join us for a weekend of fishing and rejuvenation in our beautiful up north setting. We will take time to relax and enjoy the beauty of 48 acres of incredible pine and hardwood forest in a breathtaking north woods setting on three lakes!

    Cost is $75.00 per person for the weekend and includes lodging and meals.

    The cost to send 1 Veteran to Camp Bliss for a weekend retreat is $400, which includes lodging and all meals. Because of donations/sales from our 2018 Guns and Goods Raffle, we are able to supplement $325 per Veteran, up to 50 Veterans. 

     

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  • Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019
    Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019
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    Female Warriors Weekend March 2019

    March 22-24, 2019

     

    2019 Camp Bliss Retreat Flyer-Female Warriors-March2019 Camp Bliss Retreat Registration-Female Warriors-March

     

    We appreciate the women who have served our country! Join us to relax, reflect, rejuvenate, and connect with other female Veterans. Get the special treatment you deserve. Enjoy the beauty of the north woods, learn new ways to unwind, and how to enhance your self-care.

    Massages are offered for an additional $30.00 per ½ hour or $60.00 per 1 hour and must be booked in advance.

    Cost is $75.00 per person for the weekend and includes lodging and meals.

    The cost to send 1 Veteran to Camp Bliss for a weekend retreat is $400, which includes lodging and all meals. Because of donations/sales from our 2018 Guns and Goods Raffle, we are able to supplement $325 per Veteran, up to 50 Veterans. 

     

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  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019
    Sun
    07
    Apr
    2019
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    Mother / Daughter Getaway 2019

    April 5-7, 2019

     

     

     

     

     

    In today’s busy world, it’s important that mothers and daughters take the time to build their relationships, communicate, and have fun together! Bring your daughters for a weekend of fun activities that will help you connect, build self-esteem and confidence and help you see one another in new ways. We will have a photographer on hand to capture these moments to treasure for years to come.

    Daughters age 17+

    $110 per person, which includes lodging and 4 meals.

    Massages are offered for an additional $60.00 per 1 hour and must be booked in advance.

     

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  • Fri
    12
    Apr
    2019
    Sun
    14
    Apr
    2019
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    Drop and Give Me Zen Yoga Retreat

    April 12-14, 2019

     

      

     

     

     

     

    JOIN US FOR AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND IN THE WOODS FOR YOGA, GIRL TIME, RELAXATION, AND REJUVENATION.

    Special includes: 2 nights stay in our beautiful 7 bedroom lodge for up to 16 people.
    Retreat includes: Yoga with Certified Yoga Instructor Lindsay Anderson, a course on building resiliency and releasing toxic thoughts with Director and Founder Cara Ruff, five healthy meals, healthy snacks, and fruit infused water, the creation of a personalized salt scrub, and unparalleled surroundings and accommodations for $280. Book with a friend or bring your whole tribe. Space is limited to 16. Call us now to save your place!

     

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  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    Sun
    19
    May
    2019
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    Wellness and Socialization for Women with Disabilities

    May 17-19,2019

     

    Camp Bliss Wellness for Women Retreat 2019 Camp Bliss Wellness for Women Retreat 2019

     

    Come and learn new ways to socialize, improve your skills, and learn how to take great care of yourself! Activities may include a variety of self-care and wellness opportunities, and time to relax.

    We will be going outdoors to explore Camp Bliss and do some fishing for those who want to fish.
    What to bring: clothing, medications, towels, and anything else you will need for the weekend. You must have your fishing license to fish.
    Cost: $75.00 for the weekend. If you bring your own PCA, there is an additional charge of $35.00. The PCA will also need to register separately for this retreat.
    The fee includes: lodging, fishing/supplies, and all meals/beverages.
    Massages are offered for an additional $30.00 per ½ hour and must be booked in advance.
    If you are currently a consumer of Independent Lifestyles, transportation to and from Camp Bliss is offered from our Sauk Rapids location for an additional cost of $15.00.
    Otherwise you are responsible for your own transportation.

    To Register: Fill out the registration on the back and return it with your payment to Independent Lifestyles (Attn: Anne R.) 215 N. Benton Dr., Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 or email it to anner@independentlifestyles.org or call 320-281-2023. We need to receive your registration ten (10) days prior to Retreat date.

    Check in - Friday, 4:00pm
    Check out - Sunday, 10:00am
    12 people maximum

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  • Fri
    31
    May
    2019
    Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019
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    Fishing for All with Disabilities 2019

    May 31-June 2, 2019

     

     

    Summer is the season to pull out the boats and dust off the fishing rods! Our goal is to open up the great outdoors for people through the world of fishing! We welcome anyone with any type of disability. We want everyone to enjoy just being outside, the excitement of catching a fish, and being able to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

    Cost: $75.00 for the weekend, if you bring your own PCA, there is an additional charge of $35.00. The PCA will also need to register separately for this retreat.
    The fee includes: lodging, fishing/supplies, and all meals/beverages.
    What to bring: clothing, medications, towels, and anything else you will need for the weekend. You must have your fishing license to fish.
    If you are currently a consumer of Independent Lifestyles, transportation to and from Camp Bliss is offered from our Sauk Rapids location for an additional cost of $15.00.
    Otherwise you are responsible for your own transportation.

    To Register: Fill out the registration on the back and return it with your payment to Independent Lifestyles (Attn: Anne R.) 215 N. Benton Dr., Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 or email it to anner@independentlifestyles.org or call 320-281-2023. We need to receive your registration ten (10) days prior to Retreat date.

    Check in - Friday, 4:00pm
    Check out - Sunday, 10:00am
    12 people maximum

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  • Fri
    06
    Sep
    2019
    Sun
    08
    Sep
    2019
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    Fishing for Men with Disabilities 2019

    September 6-8, 2019

     

     

     

    Attention all guys! Come up north and find your FISH! Join us in enjoying the outdoors before it gets too cold. This weekend will be filled with fishing, hiking, bon fires, relaxation, and time with the guys!

    Cost: $75.00 for the weekend, if you bring your own PCA, there is an additional charge of $35.00. The PCA will also need to register separately for this retreat.
    The fee includes: lodging, fishing/supplies, and all meals/beverages.
    What to bring: clothing, medications, towels, and anything else you will need for the weekend. You must have your fishing license to fish.
    If you are currently a consumer of Independent Lifestyles, transportation to and from Camp Bliss is offered from our Sauk Rapids location for an additional cost of $15.00.
    Otherwise you are responsible for your own transportation.

    To Register: Fill out the registration on the back and return it with your payment to Independent Lifestyles (Attn: Anne R.) 215 N. Benton Dr., Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 or email it to anner@independentlifestyles.org or call 320-281-2023. We need to receive your registration ten (10) days prior to Retreat date.

    Check in - Friday, 4:00pm
    Check out - Sunday, 10:00am
    12 people maximum

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  • Mon
    09
    Sep
    2019
    Wed
    11
    Sep
    2019
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    Vietnam Veterans R&R 2019

    September 9-11, 2019

     

    2019 Camp Bliss Retreat Flyer-Vietnam Vets R&R2019 Camp Bliss Retreat Registration-Vietnam Vets R&R

     

    Vietnam Veterans will be welcomed into the serene and supportive setting of Camp Bliss! Come and experience an amazing few days of rest and relaxation. We will take time to relax and enjoy the beauty of 48 acres of incredible pine and hardwood forest in a breathtaking north woods setting on three lakes!

    Cost is $75.00 per person and includes lodging and meals.

    The cost to send 1 Veteran to Camp Bliss for a weekend retreat is $400, which includes lodging and all meals. Because of donations/sales from our 2018 Guns and Goods Raffle, we are able to supplement $325 per Veteran, up to 50 Veterans. 

     

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  • Fri
    20
    Sep
    2019
    Sun
    22
    Sep
    2019
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    Gold Star Weekend 2019

    September 20-22, 2019

     

     

    We invite families of military fallen from all wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, Desert Storm, Vietnam, Korea, WWII and conflicts in-between) to be our guests for an amazing weekend planned exclusively for you and your family at Camp Bliss, Walker, MN.  You will have time to share your stories with fellow Gold Star Families, relax and laugh together and make wonderful new friends. The way you spend your time is up to you! 

    Numerous activities including canoeing, fishing, nature walks, paddle boarding, kayaking, biking and hiking, and too many more to list.

    Cost is $100 per family for the weekend and includes lodging and all meals. The weekend is limited to a total of 25 people including children. 

    The cost to send 1 Veteran to Camp Bliss for a weekend retreat is $400, which includes lodging and all meals. Because of donations/sales from our 2018 Guns and Goods Raffle, we are able to supplement $325 per Veteran, up to 50 Veterans. 

     

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  • Sat
    28
    Sep
    2019
    4:30 pmLearn More

    Coming soon the 2019 Guns and Goods Raffle - Saturday, September 28th, 2019

     

    Thank you so much to our 2019 Gun Raffle Sponsors:

     
     

        

      St. Cloud Metro Lions

    American Legion Post 117
    Thief River Falls, MN

     

    The cost to send 1 Veteran to Camp Bliss for a weekend retreat is $400, which includes lodging and all meals. Because of donations/sales from our 2018 Guns and Goods Raffle, we are able to supplement $325 per Veteran, up to 50 Veterans. 

    2019 Gun list in the order they will be drawn:


    1. Mossberg 20 Ga. Combo
    2. Remington 870 Express 12 ga
    3. Taurus G2C 9mm
    4. Remington 870 Express 20 ga
    5. Mossberg 20 ga combo
    6. Winchester SXP Field 20 ga
    7. Benelli Nova 12 ga
    8. Ruger 10/22 RB Wood 22 lr
    9. Henry lever action 22 LR
    10. Henry Golden boy
    11. Stoeger Condor O/U 20 ga
    12. Mossberg Patriot 30-06
    13. Ruger 10/22 W/Scope
    14. Stoeger 3020 Camo 20 ga
    15. Benelli Nova 12 ga
    16. Ruger Mark III 22 lr
    17. Henry Golden boy
    18. Ruger Mark III 22 lr
    19. Ruger 10/22 W/Scope
    20. Ruger 10/22 RB Wood 22 lr
    21. Ruger Mark III Lite 22 lr
    22. Smith and Wesson SD9VE 9mm
    23. Stoeger Condor O/U 12 ga
    24. Winchester SXP Field 12 ga
    25. Ruger 10/22 W/Scope
    26. Beretta A 300 Outlander Syn. 12 ga.
    27. Savage Axis II W/Scope 270 win
    28. Winchester SXP Camo 12 ga
    29. Mossberg Patriot 30-06
    30. Winchester SXP Field 20 ga
    31. Bergara B14 Ridge 6.5 Credemore
    32. Smith and Wesson body guard 380 w/laser
    33. Sccy-CBX-2 9mm
    34. Ruger Mark III Lite 22 lr
    35. Sccy-CBX-2 9mm
    36. Stoeger Condor O/U 12 ga
    37. Sccy-CBX-2 9mm
    38. Remington 870 Express 20 ga
    39. Savage Axis II W/Scope 270 win
    40. Smith and Wesson SD9VE 9mm
    41. Savage A17 17 HMR
    42. Smith and Wesson SD9VE 9mm
    43. Savage 93R17 W/Scope 17 HMR
    44. Marlin model 60 wood
    45. Savage Axis II W/Scope 270 win
    46. Stoeger Condor O/U 20 ga
    47. Bergara B14 Ridge 6.5 Credemore
    48. Remington 870 Express 20 ga
    49. Savage 93R17 W/Scope 17 HMR
    50. Taurus G2C 9mm
    51. Winchester SXP Field 12 ga
    52. Remington 783 30-06 with Scope
    53. Ruger 10/22 W/Scope
    54. Savage 93R17 W/Scope 17 HMR
    55. Smith and Wesson SD9VE 9mm
    56. Benelli Nova 12 ga
    57. Taurus G2C 9mm
    58. Mossberg 20 ga combo
    59. Ruger 10/22 RB Wood 22 lr
    60. Remington 870 Express 12 ga
    61. Sccy-CBX-2 9mm
    62. Henry lever action 22 LR
    63. Henry lever action 22 LR
    64. Savage 93R17 W/Scope 17 HMR
    65. Remington 870 Express 12 ga
    66. Benelli Nova 12 ga
    67. Remington 870 Express 20 ga
    68. Ruger 10/22 RB Wood 22 lr
    69. Mossberg 20 ga combo
    70. Marlin model 60 wood
    71. Smith and Wesson shield 9mm
    72. Remington 783 270 with Scope
    73. Marlin model 60 wood
    74. Ruger 10/22 W/Scope
    75. Remington 870 Express 20 ga
    76. Remington 783 30-06 with Scope
    77. Beretta A 300 Outlander Syn. 12 ga.
    78. Benelli Nova Camo 12 ga
    79. Smith and Wesson body guard 380 w/laser
    80. Taurus G2C 9mm
    81. Smith and Wesson shield 9mm
    82. Remington 870 Express 12 ga
    83. Marlin model 60 wood
    84. Remington 870 Express 12 ga
    85. DPMS Oracle .223
    86. Benelli Nova Camo 12 ga
    87. Ruger Mark III Lite 22 lr
    88. Smith and Wesson body guard 380 w/laser
    89. Henry lever action 22 LR
    90. Ruger 10/22 RB Wood 22 lr
    91. Henry Golden boy
    92. Remington 783 270 with Scope
    93. Remington 783 30-06 with Scope
    94. Ruger 10/22 RB Wood 22 lr
    95. Ruger Mark III 22 lr
    96. Ruger Precision 22 lr
    97. Henry lever action 22 LR
    98. DPMS Oracle .223
    99. Savage 93R17 W/Scope 17 HMR
    100. Beretta A 300 Outlander Syn. 12 ga 

    Rules and Regulations:

    Steak Dinner ($13), meat raffles and 50/50 raffles will start at 4:30 pm, the drawing will start at 7:30 pm, Sauk Rapids VFW: 901 North Benton Drive, Sauk Rapids, MN, 56379.
    Need not be present to win.
    All are welcome to attend.
    Vouchers will be available on site.
    Raffle Tickets limited to 2000 – $40 per ticket.
    A winning ticket will not be returned to the drawing; one chance to win per ticket.
    The winner will be issued a voucher for the awarded gun. The voucher can be used to purchase the awarded gun or a gift card will be issued by Scheels which can be used as store credit on any merchandise. Gift cards may also be used online. Gift cards valid only at Scheels Store, 40 North Waite Avenue, Waite Park, MN. 56387.
    All winners will be notified of the gun they have won and will receive a voucher. Winner must then present this voucher and their driver’s license to the gun department at Scheels in Waite Park, MN. Each winner will then be issued his or her gun or gift card.
    The winner is responsible for all applicable fees and/or taxes.
    Must be 18 years of age to purchase a ticket or win a prize.
    Must be 18 years of age to obtain rifles and shotguns, and 21 years of age to receive handguns. Permit to purchase in the State of Minnesota is required to receive handguns and AR style rifles.
    Must pass all applicable background checks to obtain guns. If a winner fails the background check, they may still use the gift card for merchandise other than guns.

  • Fri
    11
    Oct
    2019
    Sun
    13
    Oct
    2019
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    Female Warriors Weekend October 2019

    October 11-13, 2019

    This Retreat is currently full.  Please contact us for alternate dates.

    2019 Camp Bliss Retreat Flyer-Female Warriors-Oct.2019 Camp Bliss Retreat Registration-Female Warriors-Oct.

     

    We appreciate the women who have served our country! Join us to relax, reflect, rejuvenate and connect with other female Veterans. Get the special treatment you deserve. Enjoy the beauty of the north woods, learn new ways to unwind, and how to enhance your self-care.

    Massages are offered for an additional $30.00 per ½ hour or $60.00 per 1 hour and must be booked in advance.

    Cost is $75.00 per person for the weekend and includes lodging and meals.

    The cost to send 1 Veteran to Camp Bliss for a weekend retreat is $400, which includes lodging and all meals. Because of donations/sales from our 2018 Guns and Goods Raffle, we are able to supplement $325 per Veteran, up to 50 Veterans. 

     

    Printable Flyer and Registration Forms

     

  • Fri
    01
    Nov
    2019
    Sun
    03
    Nov
    2019
    12:00 pmLearn More

    Wellness and Socialization for Women with Disabilities 2019

    November 1-3, 2019

     

     

    Come and learn new ways to socialize, improve your skills, and learn how to take great care of yourself! Activities will include self-care and wellness, games, and time to relax. We will be going outdoors to explore Camp Bliss and do some fishing for those who want to fish.

    What to bring: clothing, medications, towels, and anything else you will need for the weekend. You must have your fishing license to fish.
    Cost: $75.00 for the weekend. If you bring your own PCA, there is an additional charge of $35.00. The PCA will also need to register separately for this retreat.
    The fee includes: lodging, fishing/supplies, and all meals/beverages.
    Massages are offered for an additional $30.00 per ½ hour and must be booked in advance.
    If you are currently a consumer of Independent Lifestyles, transportation to and from Camp Bliss is offered from our Sauk Rapids location for an additional cost of $15.00.
    Otherwise you are responsible for your own transportation.

    To Register: Fill out the registration on the back and return it with your payment to Independent Lifestyles (Attn: Anne R.) 215 N. Benton Dr., Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 or email it to anner@independentlifestyles.org or call 320-281-2023. We need to receive your registration ten (10) days prior to Retreat date.

    Check in - Friday, 4:00pm
    Check out - Sunday, 10:00am
    12 people maximum

    Printable Flyer and Registration Forms

    Book a Retreat Online

  • Fri
    15
    Nov
    2019
    Sun
    17
    Nov
    2019
    12:00 pmLearn More

    Female Warriors Weekend November 2019

    November 15-17, 2019

     

     

    We appreciate the women who have served our country! Join us to relax, reflect, rejuvenate and connect with other female Veterans.  Get the special treatment you deserve. Enjoy the beauty of the north woods, learn new ways to unwind and how to enhance your self-care.

     Massages are offered for an additional $60.00 per 1 hour and must be booked in advance.

    Cost is $75.00 per person for the weekend and includes lodging and meals.

    The cost to send 1 Veteran to Camp Bliss for a weekend retreat is $400, which includes lodging and all meals. Because of donations/sales from our 2018 Guns and Goods Raffle, we are able to supplement $325 per Veteran, up to 50 Veterans. 

     

    Printable Flyer & Registration Form

    Book a Retreat Online