The war that rages in every man’s heart is real!

The enemy of our souls wants to destroy us – God wants to give us life and freedom!

What’s the reality of your soul today?  Are you trusting God for the deepest places in your life?  Do you believe that victory over sin, a great marriage, and raising healthy kids is possible today in your life?  Is shame locking you up?  Do you really believe that you are good enough? Can you really trust God with all of you?  What’s the truth of God?  Who am I?

Battleground is the place for you to connect with God on the BIG questions in your life.

Some Peoria guys – Brian Aaron, Jeff Ringenberg, and others have participated in the Hearts Alive and Free men’s retreat in Michigan and have seen God do mighty things in their lives and in the lives of hundreds of other men there. Battleground invites more Central Illinois guys to experience God in new and exciting ways!

This adventure will include amazing teaching sessions and personal time. There will be food, some fun things to do, and the freedom for you to enjoy the weekend seeking your heart. Battleground is not your typical men’s retreat!

February 2-4, 2024

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Arrive Friday, February 2, 2024 at 7pm – Depart Sunday, February 4, 2024 at noonish

Pizza Night?

If you want to eat before you arrive, that’s great-just get to camp by 6:30 on Friday night! There ALSO an option to throw in a few extra dollars to be included on our pizza dinner if you would like to arrive a little earlier and not worry about dinner on the road.


If you are craving some time away/some time with the Father to recharge OR to ask some big questions, we have a very cool option this year. For just a few extra dollars ($22.50) you can opt to arrive ANYTIME on Thursday and come into the retreat well rested and recharged! There will be no food provided, but there is a small town a few miles from camp OR you can bring some snacks to fuel your quiet time.


$129 Early Bird Price – if registered by December 31, 2023

$139 Regular Price – if registered on or after January 1, 2024

The More The Merrier:

The more guys that you bring, the cheaper it is:

1 guy=139 per

2 guys=134 per/268 total

3 guys=128 per/384 total

4 guys (nice car full!)=120 per/480 total

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What to bring

  • Pillow/Sleeping bag or bedding for a twin bed
  • Towel
  • Needed clothes (warm coat)
  • Toiletries
  • Pen
  • Bible
  • Snacks
  • Earplugs (for sleep time – could be snorers!)
  • Lawn chair/Camp chair for sessions and for sitting around the fire


Meals, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday along with snacks.

All teaching and training materials.

On-site recreation

Games, trails for hiking / skiing and great campfire to enjoy

Before attending, we encourage you to read the book “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge

Arrive by 7pm (eat dinner prior to arrival) on Friday.

We’ll be done at 12 noon on Sunday (no lunch included).

Contact info

Great Oaks Camp

1380 Co. Rd. 900N
Lacon, IL 61540

Camp Website for directions

Camp Phone: 309-246-4005

Questions?  Call or email Jeff @ 309-360-1801 – or

Brian @ 309-258-1630 –