Bringing pets is discouraged. However, we do understand that there are situations where it may be necessary. Provided that your animal is docile around other people and animals, is kept quiet, and is on a leash at all times, they will be permitted on-site. You will need to clean up after them. There is a $7 charge per animal per day. It should be noted that this allowance pertains only to the campsites and tent-sites. Pets are specifically not allowed in our cabins, meeting rooms, or other buildings here at the retreat center.
Check-in time is 4:00 PM and check-out is at 1:00 PM each day. On the day of check-in, you may arrive early to swim at no additional cost. When you check in at the office, they’ll let you know if your site is available early.
Each site has a campfire ring, picnic table, and water access. During the “Peak Season”, use of the pool is included whenever it is open to the public (see the summer pool schedule). Outdoor areas like the basketball/volleyball courts, the playground, hiking trails, sports fields, and fishing pond are also accessible to camping guests. Please note that these are shared areas with our retreat and conference center, and there are times where the conference guests will have them reserved for their specific events. In general, camping guests can make use of them as well!
In general, the indoor facilities at Refreshing Mountain (i.e. the gymnasiums, conference rooms, lodging areas, and dining hall) and the pavilions are not included with campsite rentals. Groups that are tenting/camping can ask us if they would like to rent time to use a gym, pavilion, conference room, and/or add on a meal plan. Contact us if you would like more information on these options.
Yes, it is family-friendly. We’re a Christian-owned campground and retreat center.
- No alcohol. Violators of this policy will be asked to leave without refund.
- No smoking by the pool or any other public areas.
- No foul language.
- Dress modestly. For the pool’s dress code, see our Pool Guidelines (PDF) for details on the 1 piece swim suit requirements for ladies/girls, no Speedos for men/boys.
- See additional guidelines higher up on this page.
Yes, we have firewood onsite for purchase at the camp store for $5 per bundle. Generally, 2 bundles will be enough wood for 3 fires. Guests are allowed to bring firewood with them, provided the wood is from Lancaster County. State law prohibits the transport of firewood from other counties.
We have a camp store on-site next to the pool. The store has souvenirs, candy, coffee, sodas, and other snack foods. You wont find much by way of “camping staples”, so you will do best to bring those along with you. We do sell firewood and ice at the store. In general, the camp store is open the same hours as the community pool. Click here to check the pool/store schedule.
Yes, you are welcome to fish in the pond! You will need to bring your own fishing equipment (we do not sell bait) and it is strictly “catch and release”. You’ll mostly find bluegills and sunnies, but occasionally a catfish can be caught.
Our sites are best suited for tenting, however they can accommodate small campers/pop-ups. Keep in mind that we only have 20-AMP electric service at a few sites, so you may be limited in what AC units you can run. We do NOT offer a dumping station on-site.
No, we do not offer either of those services onsite.
Yes, we have WiFi onsite. A password for the wireless internet will be provided at check in. It should be noted that some of the sites will have a wireless signal at the site, but for some the signal may be weak/non-existent. A strong, consistent signal can be obtained on the porches at the office and/or camp store. There is no charge for this service.