For all intents and purposes, a family retreat could be the most potential event that bores you down the most. You should keep this in mind the next time you are organizing one in the future. For some people, gathering with the big family is something they dreaded. Some might view it as something that has no impacts whatsoever; in other words, they tend to be indifferent toward it. Still, there are some others who eagerly anticipate and look forward to meeting all of the family members they are related to. As a future organizer for this sort of event, you need to find a way to glue everyone together despite their stance toward a family gathering. You need to make it interesting and able to offer everyone invited to at least have a good time—if not for the whole thing, at least for a specific session within the event itself. Sure, it is needless to say that the event should take place in an interesting site. But it has to go beyond what’s obvious. You could design event t-shirts; that is a good point to start from. But there should be something more to spruce everything up.
Trophy could be a great idea. And what else is better to come with trophies than a game? Here is the thing; not everyone enjoys meeting their family members but pretty much everyone loves getting recognition, whatever that might be. Once you manage to get all the obvious things (food, site, rundown, and all) right, set some time to design a game that is compelling for everyone participating in the event. A game is a great way to get everybody in the same page, regardless of their personal view toward the event in itself. They can have a good time sharing experiences with family members (even ones they do not know they are related to). And what could be even more interesting is that they get a chance to bring home some award from winning the game. It is also a great medium for all participants to channel their sense of competitiveness among relatives. You know how some parents love to gloat about how great their kids are, right? Now you can facilitate all of that in a much more positive way. Sure, getting trophies from winning a game in a family event is hardly stellar resume make. But at the very least you should be able to change the way some members in the family view a gathering like this. And hopefully, they can build a stronger bond among each other by the end of the event.
Trophies are not that expensive to make so you can quit worrying about adding more concerns about budgeting necessities. Get the material right first; you can choose wood, metal, or glass for the trophies. But the most important thing is never to forget what to inscribe on those trophies. Include the name of the event, the date, and the site on the inscription so the recipients can walk down the memory lane when they look on them in the future.