Sky Lake Upcoming Events

Intergenerational Camp 2018August 12th - August 15th, 2018

When was the last time you got to spend time at camp with your extended family?

If this sounds like fun, then you’ll love this opportunity to get to hang out with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, siblings, and any other family members you invite along! The extended length of Intergenerational Camp ensures plenty of time to hike, swim, boat, make ice cream, sing around campfires, go on a family picnic, make a craft, expand your faith through study and worship, and more together as a family.

LOCATION

Riley Lodge and Underwood Lodge

CHECK-IN TIME

Beginning at 10:00am on SUNDAY, August 12th in Underwood Lodge

DEPARTURE TIME

At your leisure the afternoon of WEDNESDAY, August 15th

COST:

Adults (ages 18+) — $220 per adult
Youth (ages 12-17) — $155 per youth
Child (ages 3-11)  — $130 per child
Toddlers (ages 0-2)  — Our treat!

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Posted by Matthew Williams

Labor Day Family Weekend 2018August 31st - September 3rd, 2018

Labor Day Weekend traditionally signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Families, young, old, and in between, will enjoy this weekend retreat opportunity to relax, play, learn, and grow in faith. A variety of activities is combined with ample free time, so when you are not making a craft, enjoying the campfire sing-a-long, making ice cream, or going for a boat ride, you can sit back and toast a marshmallow, read a good book, or go for a hike.

Available Packages:

Campground (August 31 - September 3)

Bring your own tent or camper and set up on one of twenty-five private campsites. Each campsite is located off the unpaved driveway that passes through the family campground. A handful of sites even come equipped with 110-Volt electricity hookups (hurry, these go quickly). Occupancy on each site is limited to six persons. An exception to this rule is granted for immediate families (parents and dependent children) comprised of more than six persons. Fire-rings and a picnic table are provided on each site, as campground guests cook their own food. Showering and toilet facilities are located in Caldwell Pavilion in the heart of the campground. The base fee includes a three-night stay and a small program fee. You may arrive any time on Friday and depart any time on Monday. Want to extend your weekend? Spend Thursday or Monday night for an additional fee.
Campground—non-electric site (8/31-9/3): $60 per site
Campground—non-electric site, early arrival (8/30): $13 per site
Campground—non-electric site, late departure (9/4): $13 per site

Campground—electric site (8/31-9/3): $80 per site
Campground—electric site, early arrival (8/30): $19 per site
Campground—electric site, late departure (9/4): $19 per site

West Shore Cabins (August 31 - September 3)

The West Shore Cabins are the perfect choice for families looking for slightly more rustic accommodations than Riley Lodge, but aren’t too keen on spending a weekend in a tent. Each cabin has six bunk beds and one twin-size single bed. There are electric outlets and overhead lights in each cabin—so you don’t have to worry about fumbling around in the dark! Showering and toilet facilities are located in the West Shore Bathhouse, a short walk up the hill from the cabins. You may arrive any time after noon on Friday. Programming will end at noon on Monday.
West Shore Cabin (8/31-9/3): $105 per cabin

Riley Lodge (September 1-3)

Riley Lodge makes it simple for families to enjoy a weekend at Sky Lake without having to “rough it”! A series of two-, three-, four-, and five-person rooms are easily able to accommodate different sized families. We provide you with a bed and mattress, you bring the linens. Bathrooms are located just across the hall or within the room. Meals are included in the Riley Lodge option and will be taken in Founders’ Lodge. And good news for immediate families with more than three members—you’ll be charged a maximum of $475.00 (excluding Friday night option)! You may arrive any time after 11:00am on Saturday. Meal service will begin at noon that day. Programming will end at noon on Monday.
Riley Lodge—adult, ages 18+ (9/1-3): $155 per adult
Riley Lodge—youth, ages 12-17 (9/1-3): $110 per youth
Riley Lodge—child, ages 3-12 (9/1-3): $80 per child
Riley Lodge—toddler, ages 0-2 (9/1-3): our treat!
Riley Lodge—Friday night option (including Saturday continental breakfast): $90 per immediate family

Download a copy of the Sky Lake Family Events Registration Form or
Register Online Now!(Privacy Statement & Refund Policy)

Posted by Matthew Williams

Ladies of the Lake 2018October 5th - October 7th, 2018

Come away and rest awhile as you spend a weekend at Sky Lake free of the distractions of the outside world. Enjoy the company of fellow Christian women as you take advantage of the various activities that will be offered. Dine on healthy and delicious meals prepared by our kitchen staff. Read a book, knit, or even nap by the fireplace in Riley Lodge. Be inspired by your new prayer journal. Go home rejuvenated.

Mild and Wild

During each activity session, there will be a mild and a wild option from which to choose. Mild options will be more subdued, while the wild options will most likely increase your heartbeat! The cost of most activities is included in your registration fee, however some options will require a small additional fee at time of service. The fee will be for art supplies, floral supplies, jewelry, massage, etc. This “a la carte” fee is to keep the cost of registration down. You will receive a list of activities with any additional fees (payable to the instructor) prior to the retreat.

Available Packages:

Riley Lodge ($235*)

Simple, yet comfortable retreat lodge overlooking the lake. Be close to the center of evening activities. Two to five women per room. Linen service included.

Underwood Lodge ($260*)

Modern, motel-style retreat lodge nestled into the edge of the woods. Maximum of three women per room. Linen service included.

Overnight accommodations, meals, and most programming included in these packages.

For women ages 18+

*SAVE $25 by registering by September 14th!

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or

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Posted by Matthew Williams

S’more Time Gatherings 2018-2019On October 21st, 2018

We have a long list of things that we absolutely love about camp here at Sky Lake, but at or near the top of our list is definitely the joy that comes from helping youth connect with one another. To help create and foster those connections beyond summer, we’re putting together a couple gatherings in autumn and spring. These S’more Time Gatherings are geared toward youth in grades 6-12 and are open to individual youth and youth groups alike. Best of all they’re free!

The S’more Time Gatherings of the 2018-2019 season will be held in (or around) Founders’ Lodge at Sky Lake on:
Sunday, October 21 from 2:00-4:30pm
Sunday, March TBD from 2:00-4:30pm


Each gathering will feature intentional get-acquainted activities, large-group activities, small-group discussions, worship, and of course s’mores! While not required, reservations are greatly appreciated (so we know how many people we need to plan for, how to get a hold of leaders in the event of inclement weather, etc.)

Click to register for October 21st

FAQ

Q: Are the S’more Time Gatherings only open to Sky Lake campers?
A: Nope! We welcome youth whether they’ve been a long-time Sky Laker, attended camp somewhere else, or have never been to camp!

Q: Do you have to be United Methodist to attend?
A: Of course not! You’re welcome at Sky Lake regardless of what church you attend, what state you live in, or whether you actually like s’mores or not.

Q: I’m not part of a youth group, can I still attend?
A: Absolutely! We’ll connect you with a group for the gathering.

Q: I’m over the age of eighteen (18) and would love to volunteer to help with these gatherings. How do I go about doing that?
A: It’s simple: complete the volunteer interest form at: http://bit.ly/SmoreTimeVolunteer

Posted by Matthew Williams

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

or
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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)

The Special Needs Winter Retreat Registration form for this event will be available after October 1st..

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

“Thanks for your hard work. See you next year!”

— Retreat Guest

“The staff was friendly and welcoming, food service excellent, and the atmosphere was inviting, comfortable, and clean. Excellent time!”

— Retreat Guest

“Thank you for your gracious hospitality!”

— Retreat Guest

“Our work space was perfect for us, set up very well. Meals were very well done. I have come every year and like it very much! See you next year - thanks!”

— Retreat Guest

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