Youth Retreats

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Youth Group Retreats

We help Youth Leaders create better retreats!

Conveniently located on 100 acres of woodland in south-central Pennsylvania (~1 hr drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Harrisburg), our Christian retreat center has just what you need for your church’s next youth group retreat, no matter the season.

We Offer

Call (717) 529-3232

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

  • Customized Retreats
    If you’re looking for a place to hold your next youth 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 Retreats
    Whether you have a guest speaker and worship band, or are simply having small group Bible study and prayer time, your group 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 plenty 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 youth group getaway, we’re able to accommodate your itinerary.
  • Grow Closer to God & Each Other
    We make it easy for your high school and middle school students to get away from the busyness of life, strengthen relationships with fellow believers, and focus on being challenged in the faith.
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YOUTH RETREAT OPTIONS

Plan your youth retreat to meet the needs of your group. Here is a little more about what to expect:

Staff-Led Activities

Black Rock offers a variety of staff-led activities for your group to enjoy during your retreat. 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!

 

Recreation

There are plenty of indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, such as an outdoor pool, lake, full-size gym, ball field, Ga-Ga courts, basketball court with lights, sand volleyball court, hiking trails, and more – better yet, they’re all included in the price of the retreat!

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

Lodging

There’s nothing quite like getting a good night sleep on a retreat to help you enjoy your time. That’s why we offer a variety of accommodations, including:

  • Hotel-style rooms
  • Motel-style rooms
  • Cottages
  • A lodge
  • Traditional bunk cabins

All are heated – perfect for winter retreats! They have air conditioning, except for the bunk cabins. There plenty of options to match your group’s size and needs, including some handicap-accessible rooms. You’ll be thankful to not have to make an outdoor trek to get to the bathroom because all rooms have a private bathroom!

 

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) 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.

At Black Rock, we have been intentional about creating outdoor spaces where small groups of people can sit, relax, and share with one another.

 

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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