Sky Lake Upcoming Events

Special Needs Winter Retreat 2020January 2nd - January 4th, 2020

Special Needs Winter Retreat 2020

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.


Riley Lodge on the East Shore at Sky Lake


3:00-4:00 PM on Thursday, January 2


1:00 PM on Saturday, January 4


$280.00 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 2020January 18th - January 20th, 2020
and on February 15th - February 17th, 2020

Family Winter Weekends 2020

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 $525.00 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.


Riley Lodge on the East Shore at Sky Lake


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


Afternoon on selected Monday


Adult (ages 18+): $175 per adult
Youth (ages 12-17): $125 per youth
Child (ages 4-11): $95 per child
Toddlers (ages 0-3): Our treat!
Friday night option (including Saturday breakfast): $105 per immediate family

Download a copy of the Sky Lake Family Events Registration Form

Posted by Matthew Williams

Sky Lake Confirmation Retreat 2020March 6th - March 7th, 2020

Sky Lake Confirmation Retreat 2020

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.


Riley Lodge on the East Shore at Sky Lake


5:00 PM on Friday, March 6


3:00 PM on Saturday, March 7


$90.00 per person.

Pastors and confirmation leaders—please contact us to register your confirmation class.

Posted by Matthew Williams

Rejuvenate: A Spring Ladies of the Lake Experience 2020April 24th - April 26th, 2020

Rejuvenate: A Spring Ladies of the Lake Experience 2020

A Spring Ladies of the Lake Experience

24-26 April 2020
Riley and Underwood Lodges

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 the 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 ($255*)

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 ($280*)

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 March 27th!

Download a copy of the Sky Lake Adult Events Registration Form

Posted by Matthew Williams

Volunteer Work Day 2020On May 16th, 2020

Volunteer Work Day 2020

We need your help! Come take part in our Annual Volunteer Work Day on Saturday, May 16 beginning at 8:30am in Founders’ Lodge on the East Shore. If you aren’t an early bird, feel free to arrive any time after 8:30am. There is no set ending time, although most depart an hour or two after the complimentary lunch. Volunteer Work Day is an excellent opportunity for individuals, adult groups, families, and youth groups to help Sky Lake get ready for the summer.

To help us plan for lunch, RSVP at or contact us before Tuesday, May 12th!

Posted by Matthew Williams

Spring Fling 2020May 22nd - May 25th, 2020

Spring Fling 2020

Spring Fling at Sky Lake offers families of all ages, shapes, and sizes an excellent opportunity to get outside and enjoy time together relaxing, playing, learning, and growing in faith. A variety of activities are combined with ample free time, so when you aren’t making a craft, enjoying a 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. Your time is just that—yours!

Available Packages:

Campground (May 22-25)

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 (5/22-25): $70 per site
Campground—non-electric site, early arrival (5/21): $15 per site
Campground—non-electric site, late departure (5/26): $15 per site

Campground—electric site (5/22-25): $90 per site
Campground—electric site, early arrival (5/21): $21 per site
Campground—electric site, late departure (5/26): $21 per site

West Shore Cabins (May 22-25)

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 (5/22-25): $110 per cabin

Riley Lodge (May 23-25)

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 $500.00 (excluding Friday night option)! You may arrive any time after 10:00am on Saturday. Meal service will begin at noon that day. Programming will end at noon on Monday.
Riley Lodge—adult, ages 18+ (5/26-28): $175 per adult
Riley Lodge—youth, ages 12-17 (5/26-28): $125 per youth
Riley Lodge—child, ages 4-12 (5/26-28): $95 per child
Riley Lodge—toddler, ages 0-3 (5/26-28): our treat!
Riley Lodge—Friday night option (including Saturday continental breakfast): $105 per immediate family

Download a copy of the Sky Lake Family Events Registration Form

Posted by Matthew Williams

Sky Lake Open House 2020On June 7th, 2020

Sky Lake Open House 2020
Join us from 1:30-5:00 on Sunday, June 7th for our annual Open House!

If you have always wondered what summer camp is like at Sky Lake, come to our Open House and sample some of our favorite activities for yourself. In addition to boating, crafts, and guided tour, you’ll also be able to register for camp, go on a hayride, peek inside a couple of cabins, and enjoy a delicious hot dog roast.

Open House 2020 will also feature our 5K Trail Run and Walk to benefit the Sky Lake Campership Fund. The race will begin at 3:30pm. Conditions permitting, the race will follow our standard 5K route through the woods. Registration for the 5K will open on or about January 1, 2020.

Hot Dog Roast

$6.00 pre-sale, $7.00 at the door. You can contact us to purchase tickets in advance.
(5K participants, please note that a meal ticket is included in your registration fee.)

Posted by Matthew Williams

Sky Lake 5K Trail Run & WalkOn June 7th, 2020

Sky Lake 5K Trail Run & Walk
Registration opens January 2020

Important Information for Participants

Check-in will be open from 1:30-3:00pm (walk-in registrations welcome, but please arrive at least 15 minutes before check-in closes at 3:00pm)

Kid’s 1K Fun Run/Walk/Stroll @ 3:00pm
5K Trail Run & Walk @ 3:30pm

Whether you’re up for running, walking, or just cheering others on, you’ll certainly enjoy this unique opportunity to raise money for the Sky Lake Campership Fund!

If needed, a shuttle will be available between the parking area on West Shore to the race check-in/start location on East Shore.

Coat/bag check will be available in the Gift Shop in Founders’ Lodge for a free-will donation.

A ticket for the hot dog roast is included with paid 5K registration.

Registration Fees

5K Run or Walk
$20 until April 26th
$25 from April 27th-May 24th
$30 from May 25th-June 6th
$35 Day of race

1K Fun Run/Walk/Stroll

About the Course

This is a classic trail run/walk through the woods of Sky Lake. While the route is set on developed hiking trails (with a couple of grassy portions thrown in), be prepared for uneven terrain; lots of tree roots; some rocks; a couple of hills; and yes, even a few muddy spots for good measure. Please wear appropriate footwear! The 5K race will be professionally timed.

Please note that in the event that conditions do not allow for our trail system to be used for the race, we will use an alternate lap course using the West Shore Field and Campground Road.

About the Campership Fund

Each summer hundreds of campers, volunteers, and paid staff enjoy classic camp programs designed for children, youth, families, and individuals with special needs. In addition to the funding available from local churches and organizations, almost 25% of our campers rely solely on the Campership Fund to make a week at Sky Lake possible.

This year’s Sky Lake 5K Trail Run & Walk brought to you in part by:

We invite individuals, families, churches, businesses, and organizations to consider co-sponsoring our 5K Trail Run & Walk. Sponsorship levels start at $50. Download our Sponsorship Flyer here and then contact us to add your name and/or logo to the race!

Posted by Matthew Williams


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.


“VERY relaxing, soothing, plenty of space - wholesome family atmosphere!”

— Retreat Guest

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

— Retreat Guest

“Everything was perfect, including the sunrise.”

— Retreat Guest

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

— Retreat Guest


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