Sky Lake Upcoming Events

LEAD (Leadership Enrichment and Development) Retreat: Foundations of Our FaithNovember 8th - November 10th, 2018

A Retreat for Any and All Adults Who Work with Youth

A recent study found that young adults who remained in church long after high school graduation had one thing in common: at least five unrelated adults had spent quality time helping them develop their faith in their adolescence. This retreat is designed to help better equip the caregivers of youth (parents, grandparents, pastors, Sunday School teachers, youth group leaders, camp leaders, confirmation mentors, etc.) to think more intentionally about God, the Bible, and how to apply this knowledge in their unique ministry settings.

LOCATION

Riley Lodge on the East Shore at Sky Lake

CHECK-IN TIME

4:30-6:00 PM on Thursday, November 8

DEPARTURE TIME

4:30 PM on Saturday, November 10

COST

$220.00* per person (includes two nights lodging; six meals; snacks; & program fee) *Register by October 11th and save $25!

Please note that our schedule will be intense but is designed to get you back home in time to put what you learn into action that very Sunday.

Led by Rev. Corey Turnpenny and Matthew Williams, Sky Lake Director

Download a copy of the Sky Lake Adult Events Registration Form

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Posted by Matthew Williams

Special Needs Winter Retreat 2019January 3rd - January 5th, 2019

A retreat for persons (ages 15-65) with mild- to moderate-developmental disabilities needing minimal-to-no assistance with daily living skills. Enjoy outdoor and indoor winter activities like hiking, singing, worship, crafts, jigsaw puzzles, talent show, sledding, making snow angels, and more!

Sky Lake is owned and operated by the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. We have been serving guests since 1947 and first developed our Special Needs program in the 1960s. We believe our natural surroundings at Sky Lake to be the handiwork of God and do our best to make the great outdoors accessible to all of our special needs campers, at a pace that allows them to fully appreciate it—after all, time at Sky Lake is vacation for many of our campers!

Through all that we do we strive to provide our friends with special needs with a time and place in which they can experience a supportive, loving, and safe Christian community that honors, respects, and promotes each individual’s personhood. Our caring volunteer program staff will make sure each participant has a great time! A registered nurse will care for medical needs.

We welcome participants regardless of gender, race, and religion, but please note that we are unable to accommodate participants needing one-on-one care. Independent toileting and self-mobility skills are required as well.

LOCATION

Riley Lodge on the East Shore at Sky Lake

CHECK-IN TIME

3:00-4:00 PM on Thursday, January 3

PICK-UP TIME

1:00 PM on Saturday, January 5

COST

$275.00 per person (includes two nights lodging; six meals; snacks; & program fee)

Download a copy of the Sky Lake Special Needs Winter Retreat Registration Form

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Posted by Matthew Williams

Family Winter Weekends 2019January 19th - January 21st, 2019
and on February 16th - February 18th, 2019

Whether you enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, sharing in Christian fellowship with others, or just the sight of the winter landscape from inside, you are bound to have a wonderful time at either one (or both!) of our Winter Weekends. Created for people of all ages and families of all descriptions, our Family Winter Weekends are held in Riley Lodge.

Both weekends officially begin with arrival after 10am on Saturday with dinner at noon.  We are pleased to offer a Friday night arrival option, which now includes a light breakfast on Saturday! The final meal will be dinner at noon on Monday and you may depart anytime that afternoon.

We are also pleased to offer a $555.00 maximum per family (parents/guardians and dependent children only.)  Families with more than one child have found this to be beneficial.  Please note, though, that the Friday night option is in addition to this special offer.

LOCATION

Riley Lodge on the East Shore at Sky Lake

CHECK-IN TIME

After 7:00 PM on selected Friday (if taking advantage of the Friday arrival option)
or
After 10:00 AM on selected Saturday

DEPARTURE TIME

Afternoon on selected Monday

COST

Adult (ages 18+): $180 per adult
Youth (ages 12-17): $160 per youth
Child (ages 3-11): $80 per child
Toddlers (ages 0-2): Our treat!
Friday night option (including Saturday breakfast): $99 per immediate family

Registration for these retreats will open in Autumn 2018.

Posted by Matthew Williams

Sky Lake Confirmation Retreat 2019March 8th - March 9th, 2019

ATTENTION PASTORS & CONFIRMATION LEADERS! Would you like to have your confirmands experience the connexionalism of The United Methodist Church first hand?  Does your confirmation class have less than fifteen youth? Do you want to take your confirmands on a retreat, but worry about planning the whole thing yourself?  If you answered “yes” to any question, then bring your confirmation class to Sky Lake this March!

Here’s how it works:
All clergy who choose to attend the confirmation retreat will work together with Matt Williams, Sky Lake Director, to plan the retreat. (We’ll meet via video chat at mutually agreed upon times.)
Each confirmation class must be accompanied by the pastor, who is committed to attending the entire retreat and two planning sessions. Depending on the size of your group, additional adults may be required.

Overnight accommodations will be in Riley Lodge. Space is limited to forty (40) youth and ten (10) adults, so register early.

LOCATION

Riley Lodge on the East Shore at Sky Lake

CHECK-IN TIME

5:00 PM on Friday, March 8

PICK-UP TIME

3:00 PM on Saturday, March 9

COST

$90.00 per person.

Registration will be by group only via pastor and will open in Autumn 2018.

Posted by Matthew Williams

Questions?

We'd love to answer any questions you have about events or retreats at Sky Lake. Please contact us at 607.467.2750 or through our contact form.

Testimonials

“Often this is the best, most enjoyable weekend of my year.”

— Retreat Guest

“Great food! Love the variety and the ability to accommodate special needs.”

— Retreat Guest

“Scenic, peaceful, relaxing - it allowed for full concentration on my spiritual development.”

— Retreat Guest

“We’ll be back next year and we’ll tell others, too! Fabulous!”

— Retreat Guest

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