Bringing pets are discouraged. However, we do understand that there are situations where it may be necessary. Provided that your animal is docile around other people and animals, is kept quiet, and is on a leash at all times, they will be permitted on-site. You will need to clean up after them. There is a charge per animal per day. It should be noted that this allowance pertains only to the campsites and tent-sites. Pets are specifically not allowed in our cabins, meeting rooms, or other buildings here at the retreat center.
Check-in time is 4:00 PM and check-out is at 1:00 PM each day. On the day of check-in, you may arrive early to swim at no additional cost. When you check in at the office, they’ll let you know if your site is available early.
Each Group Site has a campfire ring, picnic table, and water access. During the “Peak Season”, use of the pool is included whenever it is open to the public (see the summer pool schedule). Outdoor areas like the basketball/volleyball courts, the playground, hiking trails, and fishing pond are also accessible to camping guests. Please note that these are shared areas with our retreat and conference center, and there are times where the conference guests will have them reserved for their specific events. In general, camping guests can make use of them as well!
In general, the indoor facilities at Refreshing Mountain (i.e. the gymnasiums, conference rooms, lodging areas, and dining hall) and the pavilions are not included with campsite rentals. Groups that are tenting/camping can ask us if they would like to rent time to use a gym, pavilion, conference room, and/or add on a meal plan. Contact us if you would like more information on these options.
Yes, it is family-friendly. We’re a Christian-owned campground and retreat center. To maintain our family-friendly atmosphere we keep to the following:
- No alcohol. Violators of this policy will be asked to leave without refund.
- No smoking. We have a “smoke free campus”. Should you need to smoke you can do so in your vehicle.
- No foul language.
- Dress modestly. For the pool’s dress code, see our Pool Guidelines (PDF) for details on the 1 piece swim suit or tankini (no midriff showing) requirements for ladies/girls, and board short style swimsuits for men/boys.
- See additional guidelines higher up on this page.
No. We provide firewood at $5 per bundle. Purchases can be made in the office. Generally, 2 bundles will provide enough wood for 3 fires.
Why? State law prohibits the transport of firewood from other counties. We seek to protect our forested area and work with DCNR to prevent the spread of the Ash borer and other devastating invasive species. Thank you for playing a vital role in forest conservancy in Pennsylvania.
Cafe 3:19 is next to the pool. The cafe has souvenirs, candy, ice cream, coffee, sodas, paninis, and other snack foods. You wont find much by way of “camping staples”, so you will do best to bring those along with you. We do sell firewood and ice at the cafe. In general, the cafe is open the same hours as the community pool. Click here to check the pool/store schedule.
Yes, you are welcome to fish in the pond! You will need to bring your own fishing equipment (we do not sell bait) and it is strictly “catch and release”. You’ll mostly find bluegills and sunnies, but occasionally a catfish can be caught.
If you have an RV or trailer, we recommend our neighbors at Starlite Campground. Our sites are best suited for tenting, however we may be able to accommodate small pop-ups.
Yes, we have WiFi onsite. A password for the wireless internet will be provided at check in. It should be noted that some of the sites will have a wireless signal at the site, but for some the signal may be weak/non-existent. A strong, consistent signal can be obtained on the porches at the office and/or camp store. There is no charge for this service.