Founders’ Lodge is perched upon a gentle slope rising from the eastern shore of Sky Lake. As you enter through the main doors, your eyes immediately focus on the floor-to-ceiling fireplace and the breathtaking dining room just beyond it. Dedicated in 2003, Founders’ Lodge is more than just a place to eat! Imagine holding your next seminar, training workshop, small- to medium-size conference, or board meeting in a facility that will awe and inspire you.
+ Pilgrim Dining Hall capable of seating 200
+ Chapel/Meeting Room seating 10
+ Conference Room with seating for 80 classroom style or 160 theater style
+ Two retreat apartments that double as meeting rooms with seating for 12 each
+ Elevator between upper and lower levels
+ Wireless microphone system in both the dining room and conference room
+ Covered porches and patios
+ Wi-Fi available during retreat season
Founders’ Lodge is available for retreat, meeting, conference, etc. use from mid-August to mid-June (depending on summer camp schedule). Please contact us for further details or to make a reservation.
“Wow”, “Breathtaking”, and “Magnificent” are just some of the words guests have used to describe Pilgrim Dining Hall in Founders’ Lodge. The floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, the cathedral ceiling made of Cedar, exposed Southern Yellow Pine beams, and the picturesque views of the lake combine to make Pilgrim Dining Hall a memorable room in which to eat and fellowship.
Our food service team is known for its delicious meals (and desserts), which are 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.
For years individuals and couples have dreamt of being able to retreat to Sky Lake for time alone. The two spacious, studio-style apartments at Founders’ Lodge now make that a reality. Enjoy a good night’s rest on the queen size wall bed. Sprawl out on one of the couches and delve into a favorite book. Prepare a delectable meal in the kitchenette area. Take a refreshing shower in your private bathroom. Spread photos out on the expanding oak table and work on the album you always wanted to create. Linens and towels are included. Time free of television and telephone distractions is complimentary!
In the blink of an eye the wall bed can be raised, the oak table expanded to twice its length, and the furniture rearranged to make the apartments the perfect spot to hold small meetings or lectures. These apartments were intentionally designed to be multifunctional, which means the possibilities are endless!
The chapel provides a quiet spot for personal reflection and small-group worship. A variety of spiritual-growth activities are available in the chapel to encourage guests and campers to discover new ways to connect with God.
The conference room was designed with comfort and flexibility in mind. A rotating quilt display and a massive stone fireplace make this space feel especially welcoming. The room can be arranged in a seemingly endless number of possible configurations – from classroom-style (for up to 80), to theater-style (for up to 160), to expo style. How do you need it set up for your next small- to medium-size conference, meeting, worship service, or training session?
Located directly next door to Founders’ Lodge, Riley Lodge also offers guests a spectacular view of the lake. Built in the mid-1960s, Riley has a great deal of character and many unique traits. The main room offers an ideal place for the members of your group to listen to a fascinating lecture, put together a puzzle, chat in front of the stone fireplace, or play board games into the wee hours of the night. Also located in the central section of Riley is a meeting/recreation room on the lower level. The picture windows in this room practically allow nature to spill inside!
Guest rooms are located in the two wings located directly off the main room. The South Wing also contains two lounge areas, while the North Wing contains one. These lounges are perfect for break-away sessions and small-group studies or an afternoon spent alone reading. The upper level bedrooms have bathrooms en suite, while the lower level rooms share two bathrooms.
Riley Lodge offers a wonderful setting for youth groups, Bible study groups, confirmation classes, adult fellowship organizations, home schooling families, non-profit boards, outdoor organizations, church and community music ensembles, and many more to retreat, to learn, and to grow!
If it were not for the beautiful woods beckoning for you to step outside, you might otherwise not want to leave the comfort and charm found within Underwood Lodge. Completed in 1997, and located just up the hill from Founders’ Lodge, Underwood offers hotel-style accommodations in a serene, wooded setting.
The seven spacious bedrooms located on the entrance level are spacious, carpeted, and have a bathroom with shower en suite. Each room is uniquely decorated and features works of art by painters and photographers from throughout the former Wyoming Conference. Six rooms are furnished with three single beds, an oak table with chairs, and a comfortable futon chair–which unfolds into another single bed. To allow more room to maneuver a wheel chair, a seventh room lacks a third single bed. Linens, towels, and picturesque views of the woods, just a few yards away, are provided at no additional cost.
The lower level features a large common area, furnished home-style kitchen, an office with courtesy telephone, two restrooms, and a private entrance. Half living room, half meeting space, the common area easily adapts to the needs of your group. You will be able to have informal discussions in front of the gas fireplace, practice a choral piece around the piano, sew into the wee hours of the night, or hold a training seminar around the tables. The possibilities are only bound by your imagination. The next time your youth group, lectionary group, quilting group, non-profit agency staff or board, teachers association, outdoor club, or seniors’ fellowship needs to get away, consider retreating to Underwood Lodge at Sky Lake.
Rustic retreating at its best! Caldwell Pavilion is the main hub of activities in the Sky Lake Campgrounds from May until October. Complete with showers, a small kitchenette, and a large common area, staying in Caldwell is sort of like camping indoors! Groups bring their own air mattresses or cots and enjoy sleeping in front of the glowing fireplace. During the warmer months, the large doors on each side of the pavilion are able to easily be opened, allowing for a more open-air feel.
In addition to the year-round facilities, there are several areas of the East Shore that are used for our summer camp programs:
There are two rustic cabins that are divided into two large rooms. A simple bathroom with cold water only is located on each side of the cabin. Showers are taken in Founders’ Lodge.
After the winter snows have melted, the camp trucks and tractors get moved out of the garage and it is converted back into our summer craft shop. This is a great place to be creative because you don’t having to worry too much about how the floor will look afterward!
What would camp be without some boating and swimming!?!
Located about 1/4 mile from the East Shore is a clearing in the woods that makes a great place to play field games, go star gazing, and have a cookout.
While slightly detached from the East Shore, this is one of two outdoor trysts at Sky Lake. Tryst is another word for chapel. Nothing beats having an evening vesper service here just as the sun is setting.
To better serve the Christian camping families of our region (and beyond), the Family Campground was added to our facilities in 1975. Since its inception, countless families and individuals have found peace and solitude while staying at the campground. Spacious campsites afford the privacy and intimacy to experience a renewal of body and spirit through the wonder of the natural world.
The Family Campground is the perfect base from which to explore the Central Leatherstocking region of New York or the Endless Mountains and Wyoming Valley regions of Pennsylvania. It is also a great spot just to bring the family camping for a weekend.
One of the characteristics that makes the Family Campground at Sky Lake truly unique is the nurturing, Christian atmosphere found there. Guests are encouraged to become familiar with our Campground Policies to ensure that this atmosphere is upheld.
The Family Campground is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For safety reasons, the campground is only available for weekend use from late-June to mid-August. Outside of the “peak season” the campground is open on weekends or by special arrangements. Please note that electricity and water to the campground are turned on in mid-May and turned off in early October. Advance registration is required for Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend and is encouraged at all other times. A modest programmatic fee applies to our Spring Fling and Labor Day Weekend retreats.
In addition to the year-round facilities, there are several areas of the West Shore that are used for our summer camp programs:
There are ten rustic cabins used to house campers. These cabins are quite simple, but easily hold six campers plus a counselor. Bathrooms and showers are located in the bathhouse at the top of the hill.
Located next door to Chauncey Dining Hall, the camp store has Sky Lake apparel, postcards, and other souvenirs for purchase. It is open during closing only.
Excellent food is eaten and wonderful fellowship experienced in the cozy dining room. Meals are served family-style and each camper has two to three opportunities to be a cruiser for his or her table. A lot of singing takes place in Chauncey Dining Hall as well!
Our health care provider resides here for the week of camp and maintains an area for ill campers to rest as well.
Located at the bottom of the West Shore hill, this is one of two outdoor trysts at Sky Lake. Tryst is another word for chapel. The reflection in the lake of seventy five candles burning brightly is awesome, to say the least!
More than just a craft area, McKown also boast a great four-square court, a stage, and a nature center where campers can collect, observe, and liberate a wide variety of aquatic life found around Sky Lake.
Located at the top of the West Shore hill, this mammoth field is perfect for playing field games, throwing a frisbee, kicking a soccer ball around, sleeping out under the stars, and having an all-camp cookout.
What would camp be without some boating and swimming!?!
Located at the top of the West Shore hill, the bathhouse offers modern plumbing and plenty of hot water!