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Intentional and Exciting Youth Ministry Retreats

Have you been looking for a unique location for your next youth retreat? Set on 80 acres of beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania woodland, Refreshing Mountain Retreat Center offers you clean, secure, and comfortable facilities.

Hosting your Youth Retreat at Refreshing Mountain provides a safe and exciting environment to engage kids personally and spiritually. Our guided outdoor and indoor activities help youth leaders manage the task of maintaining control of a mass of children in any weather or scenario.

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Helping Youth Leaders Plan the Best Retreats

We understand how frustrating planning a youth retreat can be without the time, resources, or planning expertise they require. Our team helps ministry leaders plan youth retreats that are a perfect mix of life-changing ministry and exciting adventures. Never planned a retreat before or not sure where to start? We help you every step of the way.

  • We handle every aspect of planning from start to finish
  • We reserve space for your youth group based on your desires for activities, lodging, food, and more.
  • We save you time and energy, walking through every detail and all of the logistics with you.

Bring the fun and excitement back into retreat planning

Let’s face it, planning a youth retreat that checks all the boxes isn’t always an easy task. At Refreshing Mountain Retreat, we work with youth pastors, student ministry leaders, and others in the church to plan fun and exciting retreats for their specific group needs.

If these challenges sound familiar, know that our team is here to help.

  • Not enough time
  • Too many choices
  • Limited budget and chaperones
  • Group approval
  • Various interests to meet

We’ve created retreat packages and itineraries to alleviate these struggles and create memorable experiences that aren’t a hassle to plan.

What We Offer

At Refreshing Mountain, we have everything your youth group needs and will make your job planning the retreat a breeze.

Ready to start planning your upcoming youth retreat?

We have made adjustments to our pricing, facilities, and contracts to remove any barriers to planning a safe and fun retreat. We make the process as simple as possible for you. Before booking, you can review our Covid-19 response plan, effective as of April 19, 2021.

  1. Connect with our team. To get started, connect with us to learn more about reservations, packages, and amenities your group will want and need.
  2. Confirm your reservation. Once you have an idea of when you will hold your retreat and what package you need, we will hold space and you simply confirm your reservation. We’ll help you handle the rest!
  3. Arrive for your retreat! We will be looking forward to seeing you for your retreat weekend. Bring the group, prepare to have a wonderful time, and rest assured that we will have everything ready for your arrival.
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People Love Retreats At Refreshing Mountain

Don’t take our word for it

Karen Spangler Harnish
17:46 27 Sep 21
something for everyone. our family of 14, ranging in age from 7 to 72! loved the 2 escape rooms , ziplining, obstacle course, climbing wall, giant swing, fishing, ... wildlife center, archery.everything top quality, staff all so friendly, kind and great at their jobs. Mark
in the wildlife center was so knowledgeable and his love for reptiles and birds of prey was very obvious. the retreat center is a jewel right here in our county. thanks for a fabulous 50th Anniversary family weekend!!
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K Wang
11:43 27 Sep 21
Our church retreat was at this property and it went very well. It’s super clean, organized and the people are experienced. We enjoyed the activities. They even have a... coffee shop just in case. Thank you for a great service and great time!read more
Elizabeth Garcia
14:02 08 Jun 21
Our church comes to Refreshing Mountain 5 times a year for retreats since 2018, and we couldn’t be happier.We love everything! The fact that they are always making... things better, remodeling and adding activities etc. last but not least the employees, they are nice and easy to work with, always trying to get the best for your group. So… with that being said we recommend Refreshing Mountain 100%.read more
Ministerios Bethel
22:04 09 Aug 21
Thank you for the wonderful experience for our youth group's retreat. Everyone had a pleasant experience. The staff was friendly and helpful.

More About Refreshing Mountain

Escape to Refreshing Mountain, a year-round, non-denominational, Christian Retreat Center in PA, built on 80 acres of beautiful Pennsylvania woodland. We help you host heart-changing retreats for youth groups, women’s ministries, men’s groups, families, and more.

Our mission is to provide clean, comfortable, and safe facilities where you can be refreshed. We’ll take care of the details so you can relax and enjoy your time! We offer retreat packages for groups of all sizes that include meals, lodging, and the use of our meeting spaces and recreational facilities. We also offer guided activities that can be added to complement your group retreat event programming.

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You have questions about Youth Retreats. We have the answers.

Do you have questions about planning your youth retreat? We have the answers you need.

We have percentage discounts that trigger with group minimums of 61, 120, 180, and 240 persons, respectively. Obviously, the larger MINIMUM group size you commit to, the better base pricing you can qualify for. Additional variables like the number of nights, number of meals, and lodging type, are also factors in your final group quote.

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Even for smaller events (i.e. Starting with retreats of 20+ people for 2+ nights), your retreat quote will give you the option to qualify for an additional 2% or 4% discount on the event (this does not apply for certain retreats staying in cabins). These extra discounts are based on your final count. The 2% discount will apply if your final count is at least the average of your Contract Min and Contract Max.

For instance, if your contract min is 20 people, and your max is 60 people, you will get a 2% discount if you have at least 40 people (i.e. (20+60)/2=40). If your contract min is 120 people, and your max is 180 people, you will get a 2% discount if you have at least 150 people (i.e. (120+180)/2=150).

To qualify for a 4% discount, your final count needs to reach/exceed 90% of your contract maximum. There are fine print conditions that apply, so make sure to talk to our sales team and/or read the details on the contract, but in general, you can earn additional discounts if your event has a good turnout.

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Planning a successful event can be a lot of work. There are lots of details to manage and decisions to make. We appreciate the effort that the Group Leader puts into making the event a success, and as such, we will honor them with a FREE GROUP LEADER STAY on the event (min of 20+ persons, 2+ nights, does not apply to some cabin retreats). There is a “catch” though. For us to give this credit on the invoice, we require the following 2 things.

  1. Your Preliminary Retreat Schedule must be submitted at least 6 weeks before your event. It must be finalized at least 4 weeks prior to the event.
  2. Your Final Numbers for the event must be submitted at least 2 weeks before arrival.

Our team will work with you to try and qualify you for this discount. Having this information in this timeframe is essential for us to be well prepared for you when you arrive. The details of this discount will be listed on your contract. Feel free to also talk with our sales team if you have any questions about it.

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“Off-Peak Season” dates are mid-week (Sunday-Thursday) from Labor Day to Memorial Day (excludes dates surrounding holidays), plus the first 3 weekends of December. Events booked in these times can expect discounts ranging from 10-20%, depending on the group size and duration of stay.

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Groups that have a retreat package (i.e. meals, lodging, meeting space) are eligible to book activities like ziplines, climbing tower, paintball, team building, etc, at deep discounts. The discounts range from 25-65% off of the Standard rates we use for day guests. Contact our sales team for more information.

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Weekend events for January thru March will qualify for discounts ranging from 4-12%, based upon group size and lodging type. Contact our sales team for details.

We offer 25% off activity pricing for overnight events from January – March. These dates qualify for 25% off of any activities that are scheduled (i.e. Ziplines, teambuilding, climbing wall, etc). This discount is applied in addition to the discounts on activities that overnight retreats are already eligible for (as opposed to our standard rates). Contact our team for details.

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Start planning today! 

Submit your retreat inquiry today to learn more and start planning your youth retreat