Youth Retreats

Intentional and Exciting Youth Ministry Retreats

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.

  • Event Planning takes a lot of time
  • Confusing Pricing (hidden fees)
  • Limited budget and chaperones
  • Too many decision makers
  • 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.

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Bring the fun and excitement into your next event.

Retreat Ingredients

Ready to start planning your upcoming youth retreat?

We make the process as simple as possible for you.


  1. Connect with our Sales Team.  Tell us about your expected group size, desired dates, lodging preferences, and other important aspects of your event.
  2. Place a Temp Hold on Space.  Our Sales Team can hold space on specific dates for you while you review the contract details, talk with other decision, makers, schedule a facility tour, etc.
  3. Sign the contract and submit a deposit to confirm your reservation.
  4. Once your Event Contract is signed, you will work with our Guest Services team to plan all of the details of your schedule.
  5. Arrive for your retreat! We will be looking forward to seeing you for your special event. Bring the group, prepare to have a wonderful time, and rest assured that we will have everything ready for your arrival.

    About Refreshing Mountain

    Looking for some fun outdoor things to do in Lancaster County, PA as a family or group? Refreshing Mountain Retreat and Adventure Center was established to provide a family-friendly place for people of all ages and group sizes to enjoy fun activities and to be refreshed.

    Our professionally guided outdoor adventures are designed to challenge and excite you, whether you want to explore the area’s natural beauty with a large group or just spend quality time with your friends and family. No matter the size of your group you’ll find refreshment, connection, and adventure.

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

    What type of lodging is best for youth retreats?

    Most youth retreats prefer our Bunk Lodging. Bunks are well suited for youth retreats because they are the most economical, they can easily accommodate groups of 30-240, and they make the housing arrangements pretty simple.  Each Bunk House is fully air conditioned, heated, carpeted, and has indoor bathrooms with personal/private showers and toilets. These are great spaces for creating a temporary community where memorable experiences with peers can occurAnd of course, if you want to upscale your youth event, the Lodges and Cabins also make a great lodging option. 

    Which activity Add-Ons are best for youth retreats?

    The Challenge Adventure ZIPLINES (5 ziplines and 9 obstacles), Ascent Package (which includes 2 ziplines, 32 obstacles, Climbing Tower, Pedal Carts, Animals, and more), Escape Rooms, Teambuilding, Giant Ladder, Giant Swing, and Physical Challenge. There are more adventures available, but these are the most popular for youth retreats Overnight Retreats get discounts on these add-ons if you plan ahead, so talk with Guest Services about adding these exciting adventures to your youth retreat. 

    Why are youth retreats important?

    Youth retreats aid and support many key functions in youth developmentBy removing teens from their routine of life (i.e. home, school, work) for a few days, and putting them in a temporary community with their peers (absent of distractions like cell phones), and then engaging them in social, physical, and spiritual activities, we foster the deepening of friendships, we help teens build self-confidence,  and we set the stage for significant milestones in the teens’ growth that they will remember for a lifetime.

    What do you do at a youth retreat?

    The best youth retreats are intentional about creating a safe space in a new setting where teens can build friendships, have new experiences, and create memories that will last a lifetimeEffective strategies toward those goals can include removing distractions (i.e. cell phones), planning some sort of unique adventure (i.e. Ziplines, Teambuilding, Escape Rooms), eating meals together, playing group games, and enjoying other group activities with peers and trusted adults. 

    For more Retreat FAQs click here
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