Retreats

Ready to Refresh Your Soul? 

Imagine sitting in a cozy armchair by a cheerfully crackling fire, sipping a mug of hot coffee with the reassuring weight of your Bible on your knees. The scent of breakfast and a quiet calm fill the air. This picturesque and peaceful scene is not uncommon at Black Rock because retreats here are specifically designed to nurture your soul and deepen your relationship with Jesus. Our beautiful facility provides the perfect place to unwind, unplug, take a deep breath, dive into Scripture and focus on your spiritual growth. 

People struggle to stay focused and keep God in the forefront of busy and cluttered lives.

We offer a beautiful Christian getaway and exceptional programs that help you to do just that (allowing you to effectively grow your relationship with the Lord and others). Conveniently located near Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Harrisburg in over 100 acres of Pennsylvania woodlands.

Call (717) 529-3232

Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

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Youth groups retreats at Black Rock come with a ton of activity options, large and small meeting spaces, comfortable lodging, and delicious meals.

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Families large and small enjoy coming to Black Rock for relaxing and fun retreats. Activities for entire family, comfortable lodging, and delicious food!

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Churches, schools, and large organizations have found Black Rock to be the perfect place for a large group getaway or special events.

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Hosting a Christian men’s retreat at Black Rock is easy and fun. Large and small meeting spaces, lots of indoor and outdoor activities, and delicious food.

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Grow closer to God and each other at Black Rock. With plenty of customization options, we’ll help you get the most out of your group’s getaway.

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Campsites – Cabins – Retreat Center The last few months have brought many changes and challenges to our world and we could all use a chance to rest. 

  • Customized Retreats
    If you’re looking for a place to hold your next youth group, marriage, or ministry retreat, you probably have several goals in mind. We can help customize your retreat to meet those goals, so your group has a memorable and enjoyable time.
  • Small or Large Group Retreats
    Whether you have a guest speaker and worship band, or are simply having small group Bible study and prayer time, your group of any size is welcome at Black Rock.
  • Year-Round Retreats
    Our Christian retreat center lets you enjoy God’s creation, no matter the weather. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor activities here, so you’ll have lots of options (even if it rains). Spring, summer, fall, or winter, our retreat center is ready to serve you!
  • Weekend or Week-Long Retreats
    From short overnight retreats to an entire week-long  getaways, we’re able to accommodate your itinerary.
  • Grow Closer to God & Each Other
    We make it easy for you to get away from the busyness of life, strengthen relationships with fellow believers, and focus on being challenged in the faith.

Lodging

Black Rock has several different styles of lodging to choose from. Our hotel-style facilities can be found in the Maranatha Retreat Center. The Dogwood Motel and the Whip-Poor-Will Lodge have motel-style facilities. Our Bunk Cabins each have 10 beds in one large room with private indoor bathrooms. Groups can use one style of lodging exclusively for their retreat or spread out among different types of lodging.

 

Meals

Our carefully prepared buffet-style food is delicious, and we accommodate allergies as need be. A typical menu contains seasonal fruits and vegetables and looks similar to: 

Breakfast: Eggs, bacon or Sausage, French Toast or Buttermilk Pancakes, yogurt bar with fresh fruit, sweet breads, and assorted cereals

Lunch: Tomato Bisque soup or Creamy Potato Soup, Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, Grilled Blackened Chicken Breast, sauteed fresh seasonal vegetables, salad bar, homemade cookies or mousses

Dinner: Our own slow roasted BBQ Pork or Beef Brisket, Stuffed Chicken Breast, Roasted Potato Medley, Fresh Steamed Seasonal Vegetables, salad bar, Sweet Yeast Dinner Rolls, Oreo Cake, Cheesecake, or Freshly Baked Pie

*If your group has specific dietary needs, please let us know (as far in advance as possible) using the allergy form on this page and we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your request!

Facilities & Meeting Spaces

There are plenty of meeting space options for worship, prayer, teaching, and personal Bible study times. Meeting rooms are assigned based on group size and availability. We offer both indoor and outdoor meeting spaces.

 

Recreation

Black Rock provides numerous recreational opportunities for retreat groups to enjoy while they are on our property. We believe these resources allow people to connect with each other, develop deeper friendships, and  help break down barriers to meaningful conversations and communication with other members in your group. These recreational options are available for our overnight retreat guests at no additional charge, except for the lake and pool. 

  • Nature Center with Live Animals
  • Ballfield
  • Gymnasium
  • Fire Circles
  • Ga-Ga Courts
  • Disc Golf Course
  • Pool & Lake
  • Hiking Trails
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Outdoor Volleyball Court
  • Outdoor Basketball Court

Staff-Led Activities

Black Rock offers a variety of staff-led activities for your group to enjoy during your retreat. There’s so much stuff to do here as a group! Sample activities include: 

  • Outdoor Education
  • Laser Tag
  • High Ropes
  • Teambuilding
  • Low Ropes
  • Giant Swing
  • Pool & Lake
  • Zipline
  • Nature Center
  • GPS Scavenger Hunt
  • Survival Skills
  • Campfire Cooking
  • Animal Habitat Hikes
  • Creek Exploration
  • Water Rockets
  • And more!

 

Location

Our retreat center in Pennsylvania is conveniently located near Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York City, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. Only 30 minutes from Interstate 95 and 50 minutes from the PA Turnpike, we’re both secluded and easily accessible.

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