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25+ Great Themes for a Great Retreat

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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…

The Value of Investing in Overnight Retreats for Youth

The value of investing in youth retreats

Engaging the hearts and minds of your congregation’s youth in new ways and keeping their attention isn’t easy. While an overnight youth retreat can be costly, they make up for it by providing valuable and exciting experiences to young people. One of the most meaningful ministry options your church can invest in is an overnight…

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…

Team Building Youth Retreat Activities

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Kids today face a different, perhaps more challenging, landscape to grow up in. Technology has changed our culture (for better and worse); social pressures have taken on a life of their own, affecting younger and younger children. It’s no wonder parents and youth leaders can get a little frustrated searching for new ways to help teens become responsible, caring grownups….

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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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…