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Retreats

Come away…
and rest a while

Sky Lake’s secluded, sylvan setting provides an ideal location for a retreat. Our comfortable facilities are able to accommodate up to 75 overnight guests and over 200 day guests. Over 900-acres of forest, fields, and water are yours to explore while at camp or on a retreat. Sky Lake is a mere 25-minute drive from downtown Binghamton, New York, which means that we are far enough away, yet closer than you think!

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What do we offer?

Waterfront

Sky Lake has not one, but two wonderful waterfronts on our own private lake. We offer a variety of activities including boating with rowboats, canoes, and kayaks; and lots of swimming and belly flops from our floating rafts. Our waterfronts are open for the enjoyment of our campground and retreat guests when camps are in session, most weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and upon request (if a Sky Lake-trained lifeguard is available.) Please contact us to inquire about lifeguard availability.

Games & Activities

Sky Lake has qualified staff prepared to lead your group in an action packed game or activity. We can provide the leadership and equipment to offer an activity as a back up for a rainy day or a night game to take your event to the next level – we have just the experience for your group in mind. We also have game and activity equipment available for group use. Subject to the availability of trained staff and weather permitting for outdoor events.

Games & Activities

Sky Lake has qualified staff prepared to lead your group in an action packed game or activity. We can provide the leadership and equipment to offer an activity as a back up for a rainy day or a night game to take your event to the next level – we have just the experience for your group in mind. We also have game and activity equipment available for group use. Subject to the availability of trained staff and weather permitting for outdoor events.

Team Building Programs

Building a cohesive team is key to successfully achieving your organization’s goals and outcomes. Sky Lake’s TeamBuilding Programs help lay a foundation for that building process. Steeped in the tradition of experiential learning and multiple intelligence theory, our TeamBuilding Programs seek to challenge your group’s way of thinking, communicating, acting, and decision making. From May through September our TeamBuilding programs are able to make use of Low-Ropes Course. We also use a number of portable elements, which means our TeamBuilding Programs can happen any time of year and in any kind of weather. Each program is tailored to the needs and abilities of the group.

Food Service

Each meal brings a wonderful time of fellowship for our guests over healthy and delicious home-style meals prepared daily and served in Founders’ Lodge. Pilgrim Dining Hall in Founders’ Lodge is able to comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests. Meals are generally served buffet style at 8:00am, noon, and 5:30pm (6:00pm on Fridays.) We seek to meet special dietary needs, providing we receive notice in advance. Our food service team is also able to provide guests with a variety of snacks and refreshments for a nominal fee.

Food Service

Each meal brings a wonderful time of fellowship for our guests over healthy and delicious home-style meals prepared daily and served in Founders’ Lodge. Pilgrim Dining Hall in Founders’ Lodge is able to comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests. Meals are generally served buffet style at 8:00am, noon, and 5:30pm (6:00pm on Fridays.) We seek to meet special dietary needs, providing we receive notice in advance. Our food service team is also able to provide guests with a variety of snacks and refreshments for a nominal fee.

Sports & Fields

Sky Lake has two fields that are perfect for large group activities and games such as soccer, ultimate frisbee, kickball, almost any variation of tag one can dream up, and stargazing. We also have two gaga ball pits; two 9 Square in the Air courts; a section of asphalt set aside for pick-up games of basketball; and two volleyball courts. Sports equipment available includes basketballs, beach balls, volleyballs, and frisbees. Guests in Riley Lodge or Caldwell Pavilion can also make use of the table tennis games located in each of these buildings.

Hiking & Outdoors

Sky Lake boasts many excellent walking trails for hiking and relaxing. These trails are also great in the winter for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. And speaking of winter, the hill between Riley Lodge and the lake is fantastic for sledding. Outdoor campfire pits are located outside each retreat facility and are perfect for devotions, sing-a-longs, and roasting marshmallows for s’mores!

Hiking & Outdoors

Sky Lake boasts many excellent walking trails for hiking and relaxing. These trails are also great in the winter for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. And speaking of winter, the hill between Riley Lodge and the lake is fantastic for sledding. Outdoor campfire pits are located outside each retreat facility and are perfect for devotions, sing-a-longs, and roasting marshmallows for s’mores!

Weddings & Receptions

Getting married at Sky Lake is breathtaking, but because of limited availability, weddings and receptions at Sky Lake are exclusively for staff alumni. Please contact us today to book your wedding on our boat house overlooking the lake, at Sunset or Lakeside Trysts, or in Founders’ Lodge. Our team will honor your past service by doing their best to make this day special for you. Ask about our facilities for a wonderful reception, too, in our dining room. (Please keep in mind that Sky Lake is an alcohol-free facility.)

Audio/Visual Equipment

Audio/visual equipment available at Sky Lake includes: The following audio/vision equipment is available with advance notice; additional charges may apply.

  • Wireless sound system in Founders’ Lodge
  • CD Players
  • TV/VCR/DVD Unit(s)
  • LCD Video Projector
  • Portable two speaker amp system w/ microphone
  • Portable keyboard and stand

Audio/Visual Equipment

Audio/visual equipment available at Sky Lake includes: The following audio/vision equipment is available with advance notice; additional charges may apply.

  • Wireless sound system in Founders’ Lodge
  • CD Players
  • TV/VCR/DVD Unit(s)
  • LCD Video Projector
  • Portable two speaker amp system w/ microphone
  • Portable keyboard and stand

Nearby Attractions

Come and enjoy all that Sky Lake has in its backyard!


  • I love it here. I always feel as though the staff bends over backwards to provide whatever we ask.

    Retreat Guest
  • My favorite part of the weekend was spending time with my children away from my ‘rat race’.

    Retreat Guest

Our Facilities

From mid-June to mid-August, Sky Lake is transformed into a summer camp for children, youth, and families, along with persons with special needs. Guests may reserve facilities the remainder of the year. Need help getting ready for an important meeting? Not sure where to begin when it comes to planning a retreat? We would be more than happy to assist you, simply contact us in advance. We can work with you to arrange meeting spaces, provide tables for displays, get your laptop connected to an LCD projector, and even help with housing assignments!

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Have any questions? Contact us to learn more.