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.
What We Offer
- Activities » (there’s TONS of them!)
- Meeting Spaces » (large and small)
- Lodging » (that’s actually comfortable)
- Meals » (they’re delicious)
✓ 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. Browse the options below or contact our guest services team.
✓ 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 Retreat.
✓ 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.
Plan out your youth retreat, with options including:
Within our 100-acres of beautiful woodlands, students and volunteers won’t be bored, since there’s tons of activities to do:
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!
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, please contact guest services to determine the options available for your retreat.
Outdoor Meeting Areas
When the weather’s nice, there are numerous outdoor areas that are perfect for small group breakout sessions or individual quiet times, including outdoor pavilions, an amphitheater, nature center deck, gazebo, and more.
At Black Rock, we have been intentional about creating outdoor spaces where small groups of people can sit, relax, and share with one another.
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:
All are heated (perfect for winter retreats!) and have air conditioning (except for the bunk cabins, which have ceiling fans). 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 (even the bunk cabins have a bathroom in them)!
Our carefully-prepared buffet-style food is actually delicious, and we accommodate for any food allergies* in your group. A typical menu contains seasonal fruits and vegetables, and looks similar to:
Breakfast: Eggs, bacon, baked oatmeal, sweet breads, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, assorted cereals
Lunch: Chicken corn soup, turkey, ham & tuna sandwiches on homemade rolls, tossed salad, fruit bowl, cantaloupe and honeydew, pie
Dinner: Meatloaf, tilapia, macaroni and cheese with shells, vegetable blend, orchard salad, applesauce, dinner rolls, ice cream bar
*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!
"Black Rock is beautiful. The staff are friendly, kind, and helpful. The facilities are well maintained. The surroundings are beautiful. As both a paying customer and a recipient of Black Rock’s complimentary pastor’s retreat, I can say without reservation that this place has been a huge blessing to me, my ministry, and my family."Jud Kossum
Our retreat center is conveniently located near Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York City, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. Only 30 min from Interstate 95, we're both secluded and easily accessible.
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
- Pocono Mountains - 2:20
- Wilmington, DE - :50
- Dover, DE - 1:20
- Allentown, PA - 1:40
- Trenton, NJ - 2:00
- Atlantic City, NJ - 2:00
- Hagerstown, MD - 2:10
Frequently Asked Questions
- What on-site activities do you have?
Plenty of indoor and outdoor activities! Learn more »
- What meal options are available?
Buffet-style meals that are so much better than cafeteria food! And yes, we accommodate for specific allergies/dietary needs. Learn more »
- What are our lodging options?
There’s plenty of comfortable options! See the list here »
- What meeting space options do you have?
Large and small spaces (both indoors with A/V equipment and outdoors in the shade). See them here »
- How far in advance can I make a retreat reservation?
You may make a retreat reservation up to 11 months in advance.
- How much deposit do I need to reserve a retreat?
A 10 percent deposit is due within 2 weeks after making a reservation, along with the signed contract which will be provided to you detailing your retreat charges.
- What is the retreat reservation process?
You can contact us online here or by phone at (717) 529-3232. We’ll check for availability of your requested dates and facilities. Once a reservation is made, a contract is emailed to you which will need to be signed and returned with the 10 percent deposit within 2 weeks. The final payment for your reservation is due at check-out.
- What size group can I bring for an overnight retreat?
We currently have space for 1 to 436 people in lodging facilities, though we are in the midst of an expansion project that will add space for even more!
- Can our group cook our own meals?
Most retreat groups eat their meals in our two dining halls. A weekend retreat does require at least 5 meals as part of the package. We do have a couple of small kitchenettes that can accommodate very small retreat groups. Feel free to ask us about it when you e-mail or call us at (717) 529-3232.
- Where can we find more information about your facilities, policies, etc?
Visit our Maps, Guidelines & Forms page to learn more
- Do you rent facilities year round?
Yes, our facilities are open year-round! The only day that we are closed is Christmas Day.
- Do the cabins have heat and air conditioning?
All rooms are heated, including our cabins. A variety of our accommodations do have air conditioning (Maranatha Retreat Center, Whip-Poor-Will Lodge, Dogwood Motel, House Wren and Rock Wren, and Partridge Cottage). Our cabins are generally cool in warmer months because they’re shaded in the woods. Ceiling fans are in the cabins, but they do not have air conditioning. Guests are welcome to bring fans if they have concerns.
- Are linens supplied in lodging facilities?
Linens are supplied in all lodging facilities except for the cabins. Linens include sheets, blankets, pillows and cases, bath towel, hand towel, and wash cloth. We suggest bringing a sleeping bag, pillow, and towels when staying in a cabin. Linen packs are available for the cabins for an additional charge.
- What personal items are supplied in the hotel/motel style rooms?
Complimentary soaps are placed in each room for your convenience. We have shampoo/conditioner, shower caps, tooth brushes, tooth paste, ear plugs, and hair dryers available at the front desk if needed.
- Can we take a tour before we schedule a retreat?
We are always happy to show off our facilities to potential guests and discuss how you can use them to accomplish your ministry goals! Contact our Guest Services Department at (717) 529-3232 or online here.