Experiences create memories that last a lifetime. We offer a wide range of group activities that provide opportunities to learnplay, and grow as a group and to reconnect to the natural world around you.

Things to Do at Black Rock Retreat:

Glow Dodgeball

Glow Dodgeball

Turn down the lights and put on some neon! Take your group’s dodgeball game to the next level. Play glow-in-the-dark dodgeball at Black Rock Retreat’s gym in Lancaster County,…

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Laser Tag

Laser Tag

Ages 8 and up. The newest activity that Black Rock Retreat has to offer! Work with your teammates to capture the flag, control the field, or deactivate all of the other team’s taggers…

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High Ropes

High Ropes

Any group wanting to challenge themselves, learn to work together better as a team, and have a unique bonding experience will enjoy the high ropes course at Black Rock Retreat in Lancaster…

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Team Building

Team Building

Looking for an activity to increase teamwork in your group without the cables and ropes? (We also offer high ropes and low ropes challenge courses.) Do you need an indoor activity during…

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Low Ropes

Low Ropes

Black Rock Retreat has both a High Ropes Challenge Course and a Low Ropes Course. The Low Ropes Course contains 18 different elements consisting of cables, ropes, and wooden structures…

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Giant Swing

Giant Swing

This element takes a childhood past-time to a whole new level. After being clipped in, a pull team will lift you up to 35ft into the air. When you are ready you will release the pull…

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Pool and Lake

Pool and Lake

Our pool, open between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, is fully handicap accessible with its' zero degree entry.

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Zipline

Zipline

Go ziplining on Black Rock Retreat’s 400-ft zipline in Lancaster, PA begins at the top of our 33-ft tall tower. Participants climb to the top and a facilitator will connect them…

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Archery

Archery

This classic camp activity is still a favorite for all ages! Your group can learn to shoot a bow and arrow by trained instructors. A Black Rock Retreat Team Member will instruct how to…

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Nature Center

Nature Center

The Black Rock Retreat Nature Center is home to over a dozen live animals, as well as a number of preserved specimens. This hands-on program offers a chance to meet them up close! Learn…

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GPS Scavenger Hunt (Geocaching)

GPS Scavenger Hunt (Geocaching)

Imagine going on a treasure hunt while your group is here on a retreat! Our trained staff will briefly outline the basics of GPS technology for your group, as they explain the ‘treasure…

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Survival Skills

Survival Skills

Do you know how to start a fire or build a shelter? Learn the basics in our Survival Skills class! Our trained instructors will teach your group how to build a shelter and fire. These…

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Campfire Cooking

Campfire Cooking

This 90-minute program teaches techniques for cooking over a fire and allow participants to cook bacon and cupcakes! It’s the best kind of hands-on learning… the kind you…

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Animal Habitat Hike

Animal Habitat Hike

Perfect for a school field trip, explore the woods of southern Lancaster County by joining one of Black Rock Retreat’s instructors on a journey to observe, learn, and interact with…

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Creek Exploration

Creek Exploration

Explore the Octoraro Creek that borders Black Rock Retreat’s property. Search for macro-invertebrates and other life that calls this creek home. Of course there will be plenty of…

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Water Rockets

Water Rockets

The most fun you will ever have doing a physics experiment. We’ll go out to our field, fill a 2 liter bottle with water, and place it on the launcher. 3… 2… 1……

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Make your plans today

While groups come for many different reasons, we know you have specific goals in mind. At Black Rock Retreat, our goal is to help guide you as you look for ways to achieve those goals on your day-long or overnight retreat. All activities are group-focused and can include your group’s goals and theme. To help with the planning, we also offer programmed retreat activities. Here’s a list of our recreation facilities and other retreat facilities.

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Our Location

Our retreat center is conveniently located close to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York City, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.

Approximate Driving Times:

  • Philadelphia, PA - 1:10
  • Baltimore, MD - 1:10
  • Harrisburg, PA - 1:10
  • Washington, DC - 1:50
  • New York City (NYC) - 2:30
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