Camp & Retreat Centers are ministry in motion

Our four conference-owned Camp & Retreat Centers are accepting registrations for Summer Camp 2016, as well as applications for staff and volunteers. The 2016 Summer Camp theme is God’s Love without Boundaries.

Children, youth and families who sign up can look forward to thrilling, creative adventures and possibly life-changing encounters for campers of all ages and abilities.

But not so fast! We’ve still got plenty of excitement happening during these busy winter and spring months. The air may be chilly with overcast skies, the tree branches bare, the grass scarce. But when you’re in nature’s great outdoors you can see all that beginning to change before your very eyes. And indoors at our year-round Camp & Retreat Centers there’s plenty of warmth and wonder to enjoy amid the fun and fellowship that abounds.


Besides, Spring is coming soon. And from now into June, our camps are hosting:

  • Pocono Plateau’s Confirmation Class this weekend and its upcoming Music Camp for youth;
  • Innabah’s 5K Trail Run and Easter Egg Hunt;
  • Carson-Simpson Farm Christian Camp’s Disciple training for young leaders; and
  • Gretna Glen’s Winter and Spring Blast events for children and youth, Spring Fling event for Senior Adults, and its annual Gretna Gritty Mud Run for everyone who dares.

And there are more retreats galore: for boys and dads, moms and daughters, youth, young adults, even women with creative hearts in need of renewal, and much more. Look for more information on our Website in the coming months, and visit the individual Camp & Retreat Center’s Websites too.

Meanwhile, Gretna Glen will try something new the weekend of March 11-13: an intentional Diversity Retreat to help UM youth in grades 8 to 12 develop life-enhancing cross-racial, cross-cultural relationships while building “beloved community.”

They’ll explore their unique backgrounds and common interests while enjoying fun activities, group fellowship, diverse worship experiences and special foods.

The cost for the weekend, including two nights and five meals (from 7 PM Friday to 2 PM Sunday), is $110.  Scholarship aid is available.  Register directly on the Gretna Glen website at Contact Gretna Glen at 717-273-5625 or Carlen Blackstone at for more information.


Here are some upcoming events and dates at all four Camp & Retreat Centers:

Pocono Plateau

Confirmation Retreat: Feb. 19-21
Youth Music Camp Retreat: April 8-10
Dangerous Retreat for Boys (and Dads): April 22-24
Mothers & Daughters Retreat: May 13-15
Young Adults Retreat: June 3-5

Gretna Glen 

Free Youth Nights: 3rd Sundays–Feb 21, March 20 & April 17 (4-6:30 PM)
Diversity Retreat: March 11-13
Children’s Spring Blast Overnight Retreat: March 18-19
Confirmation Camp: April 1-3 & April 8-10.
Gretna Gritty Mud Run: May 7
Spring Fling Senior Adult Day: May 10
Open House: May 21


Women’s Retreat (Rescheduled): March 11-13
Community Easter Egg Hunt; March 19
Spring 5K Trail Run & 1.5 Mile Run/Walk for Kid’s & Families: April 16
Spring Open House: May 14

Carson Simpson Farm Christian Camp

Disciple Parent Meetings: Feb. 22
Open House & Flower Sale: May 7
Disciple Training: May 13-14
Little Critters Camp: May 14

Photos from Gretna Glen’s Winter Blast retreat, Jan. 30