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Refreshing Mountain Bio for Matt Shenk

Matt Shenk began working part time at Refreshing Mountain in 2011 as a zipline tour guide through a friend that was also a tour guide. In 2014, when he graduated from high school, Matt joined the full time staff and continued to be a tour guide but also started to work on course maintenance, general…

Ideas for Youth Retreats at Refreshing Mountain

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    If you’ve ever planned an excursion for a group of young people, you know how important it is to schedule enough fun events to keep them interested for the duration of the retreat. A trip to the 80-acre Refreshing Mountain retreat and outdoor adventure facilities not only takes most of the planning out…

Camp Plays Vital Role in Faith Development

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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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Chrissy Brodish submitted an entry for our Blog Contest.   If you want to  enter our largest prize contest ever, go to Summer Blog Contest. Below is his blog which can also be found at Brodish Blog. “Be Still” “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. God has been using this verse a…

Getting to Know David Wenger

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David Wenger began working at Refreshing Mountain in the Spring of his sophomore year of high school, April 2011.   At first he only came to the pool, but after awhile he got a job working for activities. Now that he’s worked here a few years, his favorite part of the job is being outdoors…

Getting to Know Rod Redcay

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Rod Redcay started working at Refreshing Mountain in the fall of 2011 at the urging of his wife, Sunny, who is our Sales Coordinator.  His favorite part of the job is working with people and helping them overcome their fears.  According to Rod, the interactions with the people and spending time in the great outdoors…

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…

The Ultimate Retreat Planning Guide

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Planning a Retreat? Okay, so perhaps “Ultimate” is audaciously presumptive!  However, based on over 30 years and more than 4000 hosted retreats, we have learned a thing or two. Retreat planning takes a fair amount of work, and there are many details to consider and organize. Refreshing Mountain is here to help! One important decision,…

Great Themes for a Great Retreat

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Whether you are planning a spiritual Men’s Retreat, Women’s Retreat, or Youth Retreat with your church, a Family Retreat, or even a Corporate Retreat, a great retreat theme will get you off to a great start! The possibilities are endless, but below is a list of ideas to get your creative juices flowing! These retreat topics will work for…

Top 3 Ways to Ruin a Retreat

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Keep Participants Guessing About What To Expect What better way is there to get off to a bad start than to make sure no one is sure what to expect? That is not to say that every detail needs to be announced. Some surprises can lead to a sense of excited expectation that can be…