Sky Lake News Archive

Peace Be Still: An Update on Summer Preparations in Upper New York

Peace Be Still: An Update on Summer Preparations in Upper New York

Like many of you, we are finding social distancing to be rather challenging. We are camp and retreat people after all and bringing people together is core to what we do. As we continue to pray for you and all those impacted by COVID-19, we remain hopeful and excited for our 2020 Summer Camp Season.

Last week we announced an update to our cancellation policy to allow for cancellations up to two (2) calendar days before the start of a given session for health and safety reasons related to COVID-19. Full refunds will be issued in this case, however, our standard cancellation policy for other reasons remains in effect.

Today we are extending our early-bird discount deadlines. Registrations received by May 1st will automatically receive a $25 discount, while registrations received by June 1st will automatically receive a $10 discount.

Our refer-a-friend and sibling discounts remain the same.

We are also working diligently to secure additional funding for camperships to ensure that our programming remains accessible to all. Please do not hesitate to apply for a campership.

May the joy and hope of the summer camp experience continue to sustain you during these uncertain times.

In Christ’s Service,
The Upper New York Camp and Retreat Ministries Leadership Team

Posted on March 25th by David Wood

March 18th Update from UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries Leadership

March 18th Update from UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries Leadership

The founder of Methodism, John Wesley, is often attributed as having said, “Proceed with much prayer and your way will be made plain.”

After prayerful consideration, Upper New York Camp and Retreat Ministries will close our sites to retreat guests effective immediately until Monday, April 13th. As we continue to monitor the current situation closely, this date could be extended. However, we believe by implementing these precautions at this time, our actions will contribute to flattening the curve and allow us to continue serving the guests we love.

We continue to work diligently to prepare for this upcoming summer season. In order to best support our camper families and to help them make summer plans, we have amended our refund policy and health and safety procedures to the following:

⚬ A full refund for cancellations for health and safety reasons related to COVID-19 will be granted until two calendar days before the start of the session. Our standard cancellation policy for other reasons remains in effect.

⚬ A member of the site staff will contact the parent/caregiver of the camper to complete a verbal pre-camp health screening at least 48 hours prior to arrival. This will be in addition to the screening already a part of our check-in procedures

At this time, we continue to accept registrations and applications for the summer season as well as guest-group bookings for the remainder of 2020 and 2021. We also continue to accept applications for open positions on our summer/seasonal staff teams.

While our sites are closed to retreat guests, our year-round staff teams will be working remotely or practicing safe social distancing as we deep clean our facilities and work on those “rainy day” projects that will enhance your next visit!

We continue to pray for our local and global communities as we forge ahead through uncharted waters. We also pray for your continued good health and look forward to serving you when we are all safely able to be together again!

The Upper New York Camp and Retreat Ministries Leadership

Posted on March 18th by Matthew Williams

UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries Responds to COVID-19 Outbreak

UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries Responds to COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Valued Guests, Campers, Participants & Families,

We strive to provide a time and place in which all who attend our camp and retreat centers in Upper New York, can get away from the hectic pace of the world and just be… with God, with Creation, and with one another. One of the things we do to ensure that this sort of experience can safely continue is to keep an eye on what’s going on in our region, our country, and our world.

Like many of you, we’ve been monitoring the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past few months. As you likely already know, all of our centers operate under American Camp Association standards. In addition to setting the standards for the camping industry, the ACA also provides its members with some incredible resources—most recently on COVID-19. We are also fortunate to have a great working relationship with our County and New York State Departments of Health, which also continue to provide us with valuable resources. We are focused on staying informed and taking proper precautions during the current climate, while continuing to host our spring guest groups and prepare for our awesome upcoming summer season!

While we monitor the news, we are even more conscientious about continuing to do the things we always do, like disinfecting surfaces in between retreat groups, staying home if we’re not feeling well, and washing our hands a lot! We are adding sensible precautionary measures as well, including a daily sanitization of high traffic surfaces while guests are on site, increased guest and staff education around CDC recommendations for effective handwashing and safe sneezing/coughing, an increased availability of hand sanitizer/hand washing stations in our buildings, and heightened staff awareness to our personal and communal health. We are also currently reviewing our summer procedures, including check in, and will let you know if/when we make any updates to those.

In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation closely as it evolves and follow any and all applicable recommendations put out by the CDC, ACA, and New York State Department of Health. We commit to keeping all our guests, campers, participants and families informed throughout the coming weeks of any further steps taken in response to this concern. The continued health, safety, and well-being of all our guests is our top priority, and we look forward to serving you both through and beyond this current situation. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any concerns further, you are welcome to call or email us at any time, we’d be happy to talk with you!

Sincerely,
Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries Leadership

Posted on March 14th by David Wood

A Hand-Washing Playlist

A Hand-Washing Playlist

We strive to provide a time and place in which campers and guests can get away from the hectic pace of the world and just be… with God, with Creation, and with one another. One of the things we do to ensure that this sort of experience can safely continue is to keep an eye on what’s going on in our region, our country, and our world.

Like many of you, we’ve been monitoring the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past few months. As you likely already know, Sky Lake is one of only 25% of summer camps in the United States which is voluntarily accredited by the American Camp Association. In addition to setting the standards for the camping industry (and helping us stay accountable to the standards that revolve around health, safety, and programming,) the ACA also provides its members with some incredible resources—most recently on COVID-19. With so much information out there, we are grateful for the ACA cutting through all the noise on our behalf so that we can focus on preparing for our awesome upcoming summer season! We are also fortunate to have a great working relationship with the Broome County Department of Health, which also continues to provide us with valuable resources.

While we monitor the news, we are even more conscientious about continuing to do the things we always do, like disinfecting surfaces in between retreat groups, staying home if we’re not feeling well, and washing our hands a lot! We are also currently reviewing our check-in procedures and will let you know if we make any updates to those.

It seems coming up with alternatives to singing “Happy Birthday” twice to encourage washing hands with soap for a minimum of twenty seconds has become a popular way to deal with the stress of everything. However, there seem to be no lists that include camp songs (which we believe is a travesty) so we’ve gone ahead and created a list of our own!

A Playlist to Wash Your Hands To

A Ram Sam Sam
If nothing else, you’ll be able to get at least twenty seconds of laughter while you wash your hands!

All That I Am
The chorus from one of our favorite Rend Collective songs is the perfect length to wash your hands to.

Do Lord
For our campers who are big Johnny Cash fans, here he is singing “Do Lord”...

Fruit of the Spirit
Again, twenty seconds of laughter may be all that you’re able to utter while washing your hands to this song.

Good Night
One verse of this beloved song is just a tad bit longer than twenty seconds, but… it’s the Goodnight Song, so it’s okay. (Also, we’ve added “create our own video of campers singing this song” to our must-do list for this summer!)

Jesus is the Rock
Might we recommend a slight change to the lyrics? What about “Jesus is the Rock and he rolls my germs away”!?

This Little Light of Mine
This Soweto Gospel Choir version is apt to keep your toes tapping while you thoroughly wash your hands!

We look forward to you remaining healthy so that we can spend some time with one another at camp this summer!

Update, Monday, 3/16—we sang a few of these songs during a pop-up campfire last night! Here you go:

Posted on March 10th by Matthew Williams

Summer Camp 2020 Registration Now Open

Summer Camp 2020 Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for our exciting slate of 2020 summer programs at Aldersgate, Casowasco, Sky Lake, and Skye Farm! Additionally, Asbury Retreat Center will continue to offer exciting retreat opportunities for children, youth, and adults throughout the summer season. Information on program opportunities at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center will be available in the coming weeks.

We are also excited to announce some changes to our available discounts for 2020!**

summer camp discounts

Early Bird Discount:
-Register by March 1st and get $50 off!
-Register by April 1st and get $25 off!
-Register by May 1st and get $10 off!

Refer-a-Friend Discount:
-Refer 1 new camper and receive a YETI water bottle!
-Refer 2 new campers and receive a free gift AND $50 off!
-Refer 3 new campers and receive a free gift AND $100 off!

Sibling Discount:
-Each sibling who attends camp receives $40 off, this is applicable across all Upper New York Conference camps.

**Please note that, NEW THIS YEAR, discounts are already built into ALL ALDERSGATE programs, so no additional discounts/incentives will apply.

Also new for 2020 is a decentralization of our registration process for summer programs. Each site will be handling their own registrations, which means all registration forms, paperwork, and payments should be sent to the local site. Contact information for each site and the link to register is listed below:

Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center:
To look at the full list of programs and to register:
REGISTER HERE!
3343 St Rt 38
Moravia, NY 13118
315-364-8756 (phone)
315-364-7636 (fax)
registrar@aldersgateny.org

Asbury Retreat Center:
To look at the full list of programs and to register:
REGISTER HERE!
PO Box 218
Silver Lake, NY 14549
585-237-5262 (phone)
585-237-6863 (fax)
info@asburyuny.org

Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center:
To look at the full list of programs and to register:
REGISTER HERE!
158 Casowasco Drive
Moravia, NY 13118
315-364-8756 (phone)
315-364-7636 (fax)
info@casowasco.org

Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center:
To look at the full list of programs and to register:
REGISTER HERE!
501 William Law Road
Windsor, NY 13865
607-467-2750 (phone)
607-467-4612 (fax)
info@skylakecenter.org

Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center:
To look at the full list of programs and to register:
REGISTER HERE!
1884 East Schroon River Road
Warrensburg, NY 12885
518-494-7170 (phone)
800-627-0052 (fax)
info@skyefarmcamp.org

Posted on January 15th by David Wood

Sky Lake Desktop Wallpaper Calendars 2019

Sky Lake Desktop Wallpaper Calendars 2019

We’ve created a monthly series of desktop wallpaper calendars for 2019. Each month you’ll have a variety of sizes from which to choose. We update this page monthly, so you’ll want to check back often.

Clicking any of the image size links below will open the wallpaper in a new browser tab. From there, you can save the image to your computer or set it as your desktop background.

April 2019

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Posted on May 1st by Matthew Williams

Sustainable Forest of Giving

Sustainable Forest of Giving

Celebrating Sky Lake’s 72 Years of Ministry by Sustaining its Future

BE A CO-FOUNDER OF THE SUSTAINABLE FOREST OF GIVING!

In 1947, twelve pastors and laypersons pooled their personal financial savings to purchase the Sky Lake property. On April 10th of that same year, this daring act of faith was rewarded when the former Wyoming Conference voted to officially establish Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center.  At its dedication in 2003, Founders’ Lodge was named to honor the legacy of this group of committed individuals.

You are now invited to become a co-founder of sorts yourself. To celebrate Sky Lake’s 72nd birthday we are establishing the Sustainable Forest of Giving—a group of Sky Lake supporters who commit to contributing monthly, quarterly, or annually to the Sky Lake Annual Fund. While you may choose to give at any level, all those who set up a recurring contribution to the Sky Lake Annual Fund, by April 30, 2019, at the Hemlock level or higher will be officially recognized as a co-founder of the Sustainable Forest of Giving.

It takes financial resources beyond camp and retreat fees and conference financial support to provide the life-transforming ministry that many of us have experienced at Sky Lake at some point over the past 72 years. Your contribution to the Sky Lake Annual Fund helps defray the costs associated with operating our ministry: electricity, propane, hospitality supplies, program equipment, tractor fuel, and more. In other words, the parts of the ministry that are not apt to be the most photogenic, but without which our ministry could not thrive.

How to Become a Co-Founder

In the table below, we’ve provided several different recommended levels at which Sustainable Forest of Giving contributors may feel called to give. Each level is named for a tree which can be found here at Sky Lake along with its prevalence in our physical forest. Other than the minimum requirement for being considered a co-founder of the Sustainable Forest of Giving (the Hemlock level), we invite you to give at the highest level your means allow.


Sky Lake Sustainable Forest of Giving Levels 2019

When it comes to setting up your recurring contribution, the quickest and easiest method is to visit the online donation portal which we share with our sibling sites of Upper New York Camp and Retreat Ministries.

BE A CO-FOUNDER OF THE SUSTAINABLE FOREST OF GIVING!

Once on the donation page:

+ Click the “Designation” field; select “Sky Lake Annual Fund” (please note that contributions to the Sky Lake Campership Fund and/or any other fund are gratefully accepted, however only recurring contributions to the Sky Lake Annual Fund, at or above $19.47 per month, are counted toward you becoming a co-founder of the Sustainable Forest of Giving)

+Click on the amount you wish to give monthly, quarterly, or annually (please note that in order for your contribution to count toward becoming a co-founder of the Sustainable Forest of Giving, your monthly, quarterly, or annual contribution must match or exceed the designated amount of your desired level on the table on the front of this document. If you plan to give quarterly or annually at an amount other than what is listed on the site, you will need to select “Other” and manually input that amount.

+Check the “Make this a recurring gift” box under “Choose how often to give”

+The default frequency is monthly, if you wish to give quarterly or annually select the box next to “Give” and a drop-down menu will appear (please note that all gifts are processed by UNYCRM on the 8th day of the month)

+Select which payment method you desire to use for your recurring contribution—both credit cards and direct debit are accepted

+If you are giving this gift on behalf of an organization (e.g. First Church or UMWomen) check the designated box

+We may publicly thank you for your contribution, if you desire to not be publicly acknowledged, please check the “I would like this gift to remain anonymous” box (you’ll still receive a thank you and an invite to join the Sky Lake Donor Newsletter email list.)

+If you have the means to give above and beyond the suggested levels, please contact Matt Williams, Director of Sky Lake, to discuss additional opportunities for giving.

Thank You! Now Let’s Stay in Touch

We thank you in advance for your generosity and promise to remain good stewards of your resources.

We would also like to invite you to join our email list to receive all the latest news from Sky Lake. There are several newsletters from which to chose—including one to provide donors with updates!

Have an off-line friend you’d like to invite to also become a co-founder with you? Download a printable flyer.

We’ve also received requests for a bulletin-size version of the flyer. Please feel free to download and share.

BE A CO-FOUNDER OF THE SUSTAINABLE FOREST OF GIVING!

 

Posted on April 5th by Matthew Williams

Spring 2019 Edition of Xenia is Available

Spring 2019 Edition of Xenia is Available



The Spring 2019 edition of our newsletter, Xenia News, is now available online. Click here to read about what’s been going in the life of Upper New York Camp and Retreat Ministries.

Posted on April 2nd by Matthew Williams

Committee on & Director of CRM Publish Letter In Response to Special Session of General Conference

Committee on & Director of CRM Publish Letter In Response to Special Session of General Conference

Click here to view a full screen version for easier reading


CRMletter

Posted on March 18th by Mike Huber

Special Needs Summer Programs

Special Needs Summer Programs

Since 1968, Sky Lake has offered camping opportunities for persons with mild-to-moderate developmental and physical disabilities. 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 our special needs campers, at a pace that allows them to fully appreciate it—after all, time at camp 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. Each session is overseen by volunteer coordinators who have ample experience with our special needs camps and bring expertise as pastors, educators, and social workers. Campers are supervised by college-age and older adults who are passionate about making sure campers have a great time. The medical and health needs of our special needs campers are overseen by registered nurses that reside onsite.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable Sky Lake experience we use an application process for our special needs camps. Here is how the application process works:

+  Complete the Special Needs Camp Application form (available for download below)
+  Return the completed application to the Sky Lake Office promptly. Deadline is the 9th of each month, and will continue each month that space is available. Please do not send any form of payment with the initial application.
+  Decision letters and health forms will be mailed on or before the 20th of each month, beginning in February.
+  A $75 non-refundable deposit will be required of those who are offered a space in one of our special needs camps, which will be due by the last day of the month. Remainder of the balance is due prior to attendance at camp.

Please note the following:

+  Special registration forms are used for our special needs programs, which are available for download at www.skylakecenter.org or by contacting the Sky Lake Office directly.
+  Check-in times for special needs sessions vary. Please consult confirmation material for assigned check-in times for your particular session.
+  Pick-up for Special Needs, Helping Hands, Amigos, and Friends Camps will be at 1:00pm on Friday in Founders’ Lodge.
+  Pick-up for Buddies Camp will be at 4:00pm on Friday in Founders’ Lodge.

Download the 2019 Sky Lake Special Needs Application

Posted on January 9th by Matthew Williams

Be A Donor 2018

Be A Donor 2018

What does it mean to be a donor?

It means actively engaging with the ministry of Sky Lake and Camp & Retreat Ministries of Upper New York and Susquehanna Annual Conferences. It means doing something more than just supporting this ministry with your voice and your prayers (both of which are immensely important.) It means actively underwriting the operational and program costs associated with offering a ministry that truly transforms lives.

Beginning with #GivingTuesday on November 27, 2018, and continuing through the remainder of this year, we invite you to Be A Donor to the Sky Lake Annual Fund.

Over the coming weeks, we invite you to stay tuned to our Facebook page to learn more about what your generous financial donation supports.

Whether you ultimately decide to give $5/week, $15/month, or a one-time gift of $5000, we thank you in advance for choosing to Be A Donor!

BE A DONOR!

This link will take you to the Upper New York Camp & Retreat Center’s donation portal. Please select “Sky Lake Annual Fund” from the drop-down menu at the top of that form if you would like your donation to be used specifically for Sky Lake. Donations to the “CRM Annual Fund” will be used where most needed at the end of the year.

Posted on November 22nd by Matthew Williams

Sky Lake Desktop Wallpaper Calendars 2018

Sky Lake Desktop Wallpaper Calendars 2018

We’ve created a monthly series of Harvey the Hippo desktop wallpaper calendars for 2018. Each month you’ll have a variety of sizes from which to choses. We update this page monthly, so you’ll want to check back often.

Clicking any of the image size links below will open the wallpaper in a new browser tab. From there, you can save the image to your computer or set it as your desktop background.

December 2018

December 2018 Calendar

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Posted on October 29th by Matthew Williams