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25+ Great Themes for a Great Retreat

Meeting room for a retreat

A thoughtful and well-developed retreat theme can be a great inspiration in helping people connect to what they have learned at your retreat. This connection strengthens the effect of the retreat and can create long-term spiritual growth and continued practice. Whether you are planning a spiritual Men’s Retreat, Women’s Retreat, or Youth Retreat with your church, a Family…

Refreshing Experience Amidst Coronavirus Concerns

Overhead View of Refreshing Mountain

Looking to the Future Updated May 11, 2020. We have been following state and federal recommendations to curve the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus. On March 17, we closed our facilities for all activities and overnight retreats per Governor Wolf’s restrictions for non-essential businesses. Following Governor Wolf’s announcement on April 27, we were given the “green light”…

Refreshing Mountain Staff Bio for Suzanne Harnish

I began working in the kitchen with my parents Marlin and Sharon (owners) when they were still doing all of the cooking here. Working in the kitchen is my earliest memory… because that was where we did everything. Being a part of a family-owned business, Mom and Dad had plenty of chores for us kids…

Refreshing Mountain Staff Justin Harnish

I have been living and working here since I was 4 years old.  Of course, my roles/responsibilities have changed over the years. Currently, I oversee the Finance, Marketing, Policy, and Sales aspects of Refreshing Mountain.  As a child, I was “babysitter” for my younger siblings while my parents did camp tasks.  I also helped with…

Introducing Nature Programs at Refreshing Mountain

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Refreshing Mountain is blessed with a beautiful property complete with woods, a pond and open areas.  It was only a matter of time before Nature Studies would join the other activity options offered to retreats, school groups, and families. The focus of the new nature program is hands on learning and good stewardship of God’s creation. Both kids…

11 Things to Consider Before Selecting a Location for Your Next Youth Retreat

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Planning a youth retreat is a lot of work, but it’s very rewarding for youth groups and youth leaders. These types of retreats create memories children will remember for a lifetime as they form strong bonds with one another around their shared experiences. Because there is so much involved in holding a youth retreat, we…

Camp Plays Vital Role in Faith Development

The power of hope and prayer

Spending time away at camp is a unique opportunity to experience life in a new way.  Faith based camps provide the space and time to reflect, learn new things, evaluate, and process.  Most importantly, camp is a time to grow closer to God. Those of us in the camping industry come face to face with…

Blog Contest Entry

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Family Fun in Lancaster, PA-and Overcoming Fear with an Adventure Lisa Mita submitted an entry for our Blog Contest.   If you want to  enter our largest prize contest ever, go to Summer Blog Contest. Below is her blog which can also be found at Lisa Mita Blog. I had a post a few weeks…

How Camp Shapes Lives

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Times of Refreshment I can’t think of a better place than camp to spend time looking at your life–repenting where there is need, turning to God, and feeling that sweet release of your sins being wiped out!  Camp is the perfect place to step back and have a “time of refreshing” that comes from the…