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Special Needs Winter Retreat January 6-8, 2022

Special Needs Winter Retreat 2022

NOTE: This retreat has been rescheduled to March 24-26 from its original date in January

A retreat for persons (ages 18-65) 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!

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.

  • Total capacity will be limited to 50%
  • To reduce the risk of spread, and to maintain compliance with New York State guidelines, this retreat is limited to individuals who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19
  • Masks will be worn at most times while indoors when six feet of personal space is not able to be maintained and especially when there is a likelihood of increased respiratory droplet formation (e.g. singing, playing games, etc.)
  • Eileen & Drew Sperry, Deans
    Kathy Price, RN
  • Riley Lodge on the East Shore at Sky Lake
  • 3:00-4:00 PM on Thursday, March 24
  • 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 26
  • $300.00 per person (includes two nights lodging; six meals; snacks; & program fee)

Download the Special Needs Winter Retreat Registration form today.
Download the Special Needs Winter Retreat Cover Letter

Please contact us if you have any questions.


March 24, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
March 26, 2022 @ 1:00 pm
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