Thank you to all of you for the sacrifices you make serving in our U.S. Military. We are honored that you will be attending, and YES, we consider each and every one of you our HEROES! Our hope for you during the retreat week is that you feel special, get some R&R, and have the time of your lives!

PRINT THIS PAGE: it has some good information for you and your family about what to bring and what to expect.


  • Lodging is paid.
  • Food is free and YUMMY! (We do our best to cater to special diets.)
  • Activities are free.
  • Equipment rental is free, including helmets.
  • If you have any needs during the retreat like prescriptions or special supplies, or absolutely must buy that souvenir or t-shirt, then you must pay for that on your own, but otherwise, everything is free.
  • We will NOT sell you a time share, and we will NOT send you a bill. THIS RETREAT IS FREE.

(The retreats are funded by many private donors who want to honor military families in this way. There are hundreds behind this retreat, covering the costs to thank you for your sacrifices and service to our country.)



  • Appropriate clothing for the forecasted weather conditions
  • 2 pair of athletic shoes (one pair that can get wet)
  • Laundry Bag
  • Hat (recommended)
  • Swim suits
  • Sun glasses
  • Warm and cool clothes (year round) – lots and lots – Texas weather can change in an instant from 90 degrees to 45 degrees. Be prepared.


  • Pillow / Pillow Case
  • Sleeping Bag or Blanket
  • Fitted Sheet / Top Sheet


  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Liquid Shower Soap
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Comb / Brush
  • Washcloths
  • Bath Towels
  • Beach / Swim Towels
  • Plastic drainable bucket to take stuff into shower

Miscellaneous Items

  • Sun Screen (at least SPF 30)
  • Bug repellant – no aerosols
  • Flashlight w/ extra batteries

Do Not Bring

  • Fireworks, knives, guns or rifles and electrical fans. Do not bring sports equipment, fishing poles, skateboards, etc.

Your accommodations will not have a TV; there is no internet connection at your cabin, and cell phone coverage is spotty. We do this on purpose. Trust us: you will stay plenty busy! Please bring any favorite family games, cards or books. We will have additional games in the common meeting area.


  • All recreation equipment, and adaptive equipment
  • Helmets and protective gear
  • Any other special equipment that you may need to enjoy the activities


  • Check in is from 3-5 p.m.
  • Dinner is at 6 p.m. at the dining facility.
  • Orientation will be at 7 p.m. in the HOHP common area


We will be staying at either YMCA Camp Cullen

  • Physical address: 460 Cullen Loop, Trinity, TX 75862
  • Phone number: 936-594-2274
  • The nice people at the Admin Building will give you a map to the HOHP Common Area. Report to the Common Area where Healing Our Heroes Project will check you in and give you a key to your very own, private cabin.

Each family gets their own cabin, lodge room, or duplex. Cabins are equipped with:

  • Up to six twin beds
  • Clothes cubby
  • Running water
  • Heat
  • Private bathroom


There is NO “mandatory” fun! All activities are OPTIONAL. You can pick and choose what is best for your family. We think we have something for everyone, but sometimes people just want to hang in their cabins. That’s okay, too. The only thing on the schedule that we highly recommend is Orientation.

We have added Healthy Marriage and Money Matters, Family Matters classes at the request of past military families and hope that you will take advantage of this amazing opportunity! Each of these classes is fast paced, upbeat, interactive and FUN! It is our goal to fully equip your family with the tools you need to stay together and have more FUN! This is your retreat. You decide how you will most benefit from this time away from it all.

Activities will vary by each retreat, and may even change during your retreat week. Some activities you MAY enjoy include the following:

  • Spring and Fall – (all dependent on weather) Fishing, hiking, horse activity, course & climbing tower
  • Summer – Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, zip lines
  • Winter – Ice fishing, camp fire, s’mores


Most of the activities are good for all ages, and we want you to do things together as a family as much as possible; however, the classes are really boring for the kids, so we have some very cool things planned for them during these times. Also, there may be a few who are too young for some of the activities, and we have a terrific group of volunteers (all with background checks) who will be helping out during these times.


What happens at a Healing Our Heroes Project retreat STAYS at a Healing Our Heroes Project retreat. Because we are privately funded, we do not report to any commanding officers. However, if you need us to write a letter to your commander to document your leave, let us know: we have had a great success with this if necessary, and our letters are very generic in nature.

There will be a licensed counselor on site at all times, and they are bound by law to keep things confidential. All of our counselors are pretty easy going, too. There will be no folding chair circles and forced sharing times – just a whole lot of fun! But please know that they are available if you need something.


We like to have fun. We want you to have fun, too. If you have ANY questions or concerns or comments or just want to talk to a live person, do not hesitate to contact us at any time!

Have a safe journey, and we’ll see you soon!