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WHAT MEMBERS SAY ABOUT MARRIAGE WEEKENDS:

 “One of the best gifts/events that the National Guard has done for my family!”

 “This was a wonderful weekend and much needed weekend as husband and wife in the military.  A good renewal time for us.”

“Provided a structured forum to discuss relationship/marriage items that were hard for us to discuss outside of this event.”

 “I really enjoyed this weekend, it was great to take time out and focus on our relationship.”

“Just a great group of people all the way around.  Had a great time! I would do other programs with the chance!”

“Very beneficial.  Thank you.  I really appreciate the Guard doing this for families!  A great investment in our team members.  The Ohio National Guard should continue this program.”

“The event was great: It gave my wife and I an opportunity to reexamine and understand what is important to us and how to apply the LINKS ideas to our everyday lifestyles.”

“This is a fantastic program and we are grateful that the Ohio National Guard
offers it.”

“My husband and I got so much out of this retreat.  This is invaluable!”


WHAT MEMBERS SAY ABOUT SINGLES WEEKENDS:

“I plan on telling every single Soldier in my unit that this training is a must!!! 

"This event helped me think about what is going on in my life.  It gave me a new perspective."

Great course, well presented.  Great use of time.  One of the best courses of instruction I've attended in almost 30 years in uniform.  Definite tools I'll use in my own life."

"I loved the location and the format.  I like that the outline was less structured.  It felt more like a group interaction rather than a class."

"Very good weekend.  It was refreshing, informative, and renewing."

"This event helped me a lot by re-assuring me of things about myself and by helping me through my break-up by knowing I did the right thing.  Also, it helped me to understand why I have made some of the decisions that I have in my life."

 

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Strong Bonds Marriage, Family and Singles Events

Strong Bonds Marriage Enrichment

DATE

EVENT (Priority Unit)

LOCATION

REGISTRATION


Feb 9-10, 2019

Laugh Your Way

Columbus

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LYWFEB19

March 23-24, 2019

PREP

Cincinnati

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PREPMAR19


WHO: Service Member and Spouse. Strong Bonds Marriage Enrichment Weekends are open to married couples who are members of the Army or Air National Guard.  Family members must be enrolled in DEERS. 

ABOUT MARRIAGE EVENTS: Strong Bonds Marriage Enrichment Weekends offer military couples a fun and refreshing time to reconnect with the love of your life! These weekend retreats are conducted at some of the premier hotel and resort locations around the state. It’s our way of saying thank you for the sacrifices you and your Family make every day.  These events are not intended to be a substitute for marital counseling, nor are they group therapy. Instead, you’ll gain practical information based on world-class curriculums developed from years of research. As a couple, you’ll practice relationship building skills, as well as share intimate moments.  The retreats are designed to strengthen relationships, inspire hope and rekindle marriages. You and your spouse will gain skills that fortify your marriage as you enjoy a time of relaxation, recreation, fellowship, and fun. 

Three curriculums are currently offered. They are LINKS, PREP, and Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage.


Marriage links brochure coverLINKS.LASTING INTIMACY THROUGH NURTURING KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS.
Falling in love is easy… staying in love is an art.  LINKS teaches couples the skills they need to nurture a lasting love.  LINKS Program shows couples how to regularly revitalize the dynamic links of their marriage with the Relationship Attachment Model (R.A.M.). This model illustrates how couples grow closer by meeting one another’s needs for an open, trusting, and fulfilling relationship.

The LINKS Program utilizes “Couples Huddles” throughout the weekend in order to provide couples the opportunity to put into practice what they learn.  These “Couples Huddles” provide a model for couples to continue after the event so that couples can proactively nurture a lasting love.


PREP 
is designed to help couples achieve their goals in relationships, family, and marriage. The curriculum is designed to build on each person’s existing strengths and add critical life and relationship skills.  By emphasizing each couple’s strengths, couples are empowered to take responsibility of addressing risks in the relationship and promoting a safer and more stable relationship.

PREP also addresses how life stress can impact your relationship.  In particular, PREP emphasizes how we think and react to life events.  Couples learn how to focus on what they can control and how to achieve a better balance between work and family commitments.  The ultimate goal is to provide couples with a clear picture of what a healthy relationship looks like in such a way that they feel empowered and fully capable of creating their own healthy romantic relationship.


emoji with words" Laugh your way to a better marriage

Viva La Difference! Gain fresh insight into why men and women see life so differently. In Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage, author and teacher Mark Gungor helps couples deal with tough issues in a way that is fun and non-threatening. Laugh Your Way’s great content and unique approach has yielded one of the highest success rates in the country. 

You will Laugh Your Way through this retreat with Mark Gungor’s video based messages. Topics include “The Tale of Two Brains” and “The #1 Key to Incredible Sex”. Your presenter will facilitate the weekend, and walk your group through the entire Laugh Your Way experience including the insightful Flag Page program.

Quotes (Marriage Events)

 “One of the best gifts/events that the National Guard has done for my family!”
 “This was a wonderful weekend and much needed weekend as husband and wife in the military.  A good renewal time for us.”

“Provided a structured forum to discuss relationship/marriage items that were hard for us to discuss outside of this event.”

 “I really enjoyed this weekend, it was great to take time out and focus on our relationship.”
“Just a great group of people all the way around.  Had a great time! I would do other programs with the chance!”

“Very beneficial.  Thank you.  I really appreciate the Guard doing this for families!  A great investment in our team members.  The Ohio National Guard should continue this program.”

“The event was great: It gave my wife and I an opportunity to reexamine and understand what is important to us and how to apply the LINKS ideas to our everyday lifestyles.”

“This is a fantastic program and we are grateful that the Ohio National Guard
offers it.”

“My husband and I got so much out of this retreat.  This is invaluable!”

TOP


Family Enrichment

DATE

EVENT (Priority Unit)

LOCATION

REGISTRATION LINK

 


May 25-27, 2019

Speed of Trust

Sandusky

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SoTFMAY19

WHO: Service Member and dependents. Strong Bonds Family Enrichment Weekends are open members of the Army or Air National Guard and their dependents. Family members must be enrolled in DEERS. Children 8 years or older are active participants during this Strong Bonds Families Retreat. Child care is available for children 7 years old or younger.

ABOUT FAMILY EVENTS: From diapers and night feedings to recitals and soccer games, the responsibilities of child-rearing can be especially difficult for military families. Daily routines can become overwhelming when families are faced with long separations, frequent relocations, and deployment. Strong Bonds Family events teach effective communication and parenting skills for parents and children. These weekend retreats are conducted at premier hotel and resort locations around the state. It's our way of saying thank you for the sacrifices you and your family make every day. In addition to relevant teaching and skills training, there is time for relaxation, recreation, fellowship, and fun. Two curriculums are currently offered. They are Family Wellness and The Speed of Trust.

Survival Skills for Healthy Families by Family Wellness provides practical guidelines for healthy family interactions.  Parents develop a deeper understanding of their role as a leaders and models.  Children understand their role as a member of a team where every member provides a contribution to the family.  Healthy families not only play together, but also ensure that every member has a voice.  Family Wellness also promotes proactive and values based parenting. 



Based off of the bestselling book The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey, The Speed of Trust provides an essential framework and process to affirm, deepen, restore, and extend trust in all relationships.  Trust is a learned competency that can be practiced and improved.  Participants will learn to apply and sustain a new language and set of behaviors that will create lasting change and bring greater energy and joy in every aspect of their work and their lives.

Quotes (Family Events)

“This was our first Strong Bonds Event and we loved it!  The location was awesome!  Great material for adults!  I also really like the adult break outs with adult conversation!”

“I liked interaction with the other kids and working as a team.  I liked how they related the activities we did to problems we actually have.”

“Our whole family enjoyed the whole stay!  Seeing our kids have a blast was by far the best part of the event!”
“The location was a wonderful family setting.  I enjoyed the time given to interact with my family on skills.”
“These events need to continue.  They help struggling families find new and better ways to manage problems and family.”

TOP


Singles Enrichment Weekends

DATE

EVENT (Priority Unit)

LOCATION

REG DEADLINE

REGISTER NOW


March 23-24

Pick

Cinicinnati

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PICKMAR19


WHO: Strong Bonds Singles Enrichment Weekends are open to unmarried Service Members in the Army or Air National Guard.  Service Members may bring a fiancée/significant other as long as there is no cost to the military and based on availability (check with POC noted below).

ABOUT SINGLES EVENTS: Have you ever heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”?

Strong Bonds Singles Enrichment Weekends focus on developing healthy personal and relational habits so that you are better prepared to make that next big life decision. These life skills help attendees navigate transition times in life.  Times of transition might include but is not limited to: redeployment, the beginning/ending of key relationships, or simply an up and coming significant life decision.  The curriculums are designed to be highly engaging, fun, and meaningful for today's young adults.

These events also offer single Service Members an opportunity to interact with other Service Members in a fun and interactive setting.  Each event includes a recreational outing compliments of the USO of Central Ohio.  The 2019 events include outings such as a Dave and Busters outing or zip line tour through Hocking Hills Canopy Tours.

Weekend events are conducted at some of the premier hotel and resort locations around the state. 

The two curriculums currently offered are PICK aka “How Not to Fall in Love with a Jerk(ette)” and The Speed of Trust.

If you are currently in a relationship and want to make sure that you “don’t mess up a good thing”, if you recently experienced the ending of a key relationship, or if you see yourself being in a relationship in the future, then this weekend training may be for you!  PICK a Partner (also known as How to Avoid Falling in Love With a Jerk) teaches a way to build a healthy relationship by following your heart without losing your mind. 


Based off of the bestselling book The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey, The Speed of Trust provides an essential framework and process to affirm, deepen, restore, and extend trust in all relationships.  Trust is a learned competency that can be practiced and improved.  Participants will learn to apply and sustain a new language and set of behaviors that will create lasting change and bring greater energy and joy in every aspect of their work and their lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

(Note that there are separate events for Army and Air National Guard Service Members)

Can I attend in lieu of drill?
Some Army and Air National Guard units may allow you to attend in lieu of drill. Please check with your unit.

AIR GUARD WHERE & WHEN:
Air Guard members should check with their Wing for information on 2019 events.

ARMY GUARD WHERE & WHEN:
Only select events are available for open registration in 2019 (see respective listings).  The remaining events are unit requested events that will only be available for open registration if there are seats available.  

HOW:
Event information and links to online registration will be posted on this page. 
Registration closes 45 days before each event.  So register early!

E-MAIL DISTRIBUTION: If you would like to be informed about upcoming events as space comes available, please complete the respective surveys located at the following links:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SBMarriageInterest
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SBFamilyInterest
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SBSinglesInterest

UNIT REQUESTED EVENTS:
Seats for these events are in high demand.  Funding is available to schedule events for specific battalions/brigades in order to allow couples in your unit priority registration.  Check with your unit to see if your Commander has requested an event or to encourage them to do so.

LODGING: Lodging is available both nights (Friday and Saturday) regardless of driving distance.

COST:
IT’S FREE. The total cost of this retreat including lodging, meals, child care, and workshop materials could easily exceed several hundred dollars. Thanks to Strong Bonds funding, this retreat is provided at no cost; though incidentals such as mileage reimbursement, room service, movies and food are not included.

POC: Chaplain (Major) Nicholas Chou at 614-336-4142 or nicholas.a.chou.mil@mail.mil

Quotes (Singles Events)

“I plan on telling every single Soldier in my unit that this training is a must!!! 

"This event helped me think about what is going on in my life.  It gave me a new perspective."

“Great course, well presented.  Great use of time.  One of the best courses of instruction I've attended in almost 30 years in uniform.  Definite tools I'll use in my own life."

"I loved the location and the format.  I like that the outline was less structured.  It felt more like a group interaction rather than a class."

"Very good weekend.  It was refreshing, informative, and renewing."

"This event helped me a lot by re-assuring me of things about myself and by helping me through my break-up by knowing I did the right thing.  Also, it helped me to understand why I have made some of the decisions that I have in my life."