The Bobby Henline Foundation, doing business as Forging Forward is hosting a military and first responder veteran and active duty Retreat at Defenders Retreat in gorgeous Silver Point, Tennessee. This Retreat location is considered PRIMITIVE.
Forging Forward is invested in Suicide Prevention through personal connection.
The Reels N' Rods Retreat is open to male and female active duty and veteran:
Spouses or signficant others are also welome to attend, adults only.
FOCUS: Have fun, learn new skills, socialization, camaraderie, relaxation, and connectivity.
ACTIVITIES: Fishing on boats with local fisherman in a lake local to Defenders Retreat, kayaking, hiking, campfire chats, relaxation and more. Activities are done as a group. We want each person to come away with a new skill, battle buddies, and know there are people who care about you. If you have a kayak, please bring it with you.
COST: The Retreat, Activities, and Food are FREE TO PARTICIPANTS. Note: Not everyone who applies will be chosen to attend the Retreat due to the limited number of lodging space and available funding.
ALLERGIES: Various foods will be prepared and served at the Retreat and/or local restaurant. If you have allergies, it is strongly advised you put your health first as there are no medical personnel assigned to attend the Retreat.
TRANSPORTATION: All participants will be responsible to get themselves to and from Defenders Retreat, Silver Point, Tennessee.Forging Forward shall not take responsibility for any mishaps or accidents that may occur to or from the final location(s) or to any activity the participant(s) ride with a volunteer or other participant, or drive to.
Transportation after arriving will be provided by Forging Forward volunteers or your personal vehicle.
MOBILITY: All participants must be able to independently walk on their own or have a mode of mobiility that other unfamiliar with the mobility device may assist with. The location and activities includes steps, stairs, uneven floors or terrain, walking in fields, hiking trails in the woods, etc. All daily living activities must be independent.
LODGING: All lodging will be on the Defenders Retreat property. Participants have several FREE lodging options:
1) Stay in a luxury tent with one bed that can sleep two people. There are 12 luxury tents available, OR
2) Bring their own recreational vehicle or tent - there are 300+ acres on the property.
ALL APPLICANTS BE ADVISED: This location is considered primitive. There are no available water, electricity, sewer hookups, or dumping stations. No dumping onsite.
The luxury tents are in the middle of the woods with no electricity or water - if you bring a tent, your location will be the same as the luxury tents.
ATTENDANCE: It is expected all participants will remain at the Retreat for the duration. If you have a conflict and know that you will be late arriving or have to leave early, please be considerate and pass on this opportunity.
ARRIVAL: September 21, 2023 - no earlier than 10:00 AM local time
DEPARTURE: September 24, 2023- no later than 12:00 PM local time
ELIGIBILITY: If you have attended a Forging Forward Retreat in the past 12 months, we ask that you humbly step aside to allow others who have never had the opportunity.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY FOR FORGING FORWARD: Upon arrival and before participating in any activity, participants will be required to sign a RELEASE OF LIABILITY to participate. Please be prepared.
APPLICATION CLOSES: August 31, 2023
To be considered as an applicant for the Reels N' Rods Retreat, you have to submit an application along with required documentation of proof of military or first responder status. Click the button below to apply.
The Retreat is approaching fast and we’re making preparations!