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Special Needs Winter Retreat 2024

Special Needs Winter Retreat 2024
March 21-23 in Riley Lodge

Celebrate the last few days of official winter (or early spring!) as you gather with friends old and new. This retreat is designed 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/spring activities like singing, worship, crafts, jigsaw puzzles, talent show, a cook “out” supper, sledding, making snow angels, or perhaps getting your boots muddy!

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.

  • While not strictly required, we strongly recommend that all participants in this retreat be fully vaccinated against Covid-19
  • Participants should pack a mask for each day (just in case there is exposure)
  • Participants are welcome to wear a mask if that helps them have a more awesome experience
  • Caroline Andrews & Kaitlyn Flannagan, Deans
    Kathy Price, RN
  • Riley Lodge on the East Shore at Sky Lake
  • 3:00-4:00 PM on Thursday, March 21
  • 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 23
  • $320.00 per person (includes two nights lodging; six meals; snacks; & program fee)

Download the Special Needs Winter Retreat Registration form today!

Please contact us if you have any questions.


March 21 @ 3:00 pm
March 23 @ 3:00 pm
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