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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center Summer Camp-a place to unwind

    June 14, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center is unique in that it offers programming for both the special needs community ages 18-65 as well as school-aged children. While sessions for both groups used to happen concurrently, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in three weeks of camp devoted to the special needs community (July 4-July 22) and three weeks of camp devoted to school-aged children and youth (July 24-Aug. 12). Sky Lake staff decided on this model to protect the immunocompromised individuals with special needs as many children under the age of 18 may not be vaccinated.

    The camps for children and youth will be offered based on age group. Sky Lake used this model last year for the first time.

    Matt Williams, the site director at Sky Lake said, “This model of programming worked very well for the staff and the campers.”

    All three weeks of camp will offer a camp group for elementary students, a camp group for middle school students, and a camp group for highschoolers. There will also be a try-camp, three-night option for children ages 5-8 from Aug. 7-10.

    There will be plenty of classic camp experiences each week including, cook-outs, singing after meals, water activities (row boats, canoes, kayaks, korkels), exploring the hundreds of acres of forest and fields, and arts & crafts.

    There will also be traditional adventurous activities like “Polar Bear” lake swims at 7 a.m. Many kids like this because the water temperature is often warmer than the air temperature.

    Most importantly, after a difficult two years, camp this summer at Sky-Lake will focus on building friendships.

    Matt said, “Sky Lake will provide a space for kids to unwind from of the stress of the world for a week. The stressors of the world today are hard on kids. We are here to give children a model of hope, to show them that the world can be different.

    Sky Lake is a place where the children receive unconditional, uninhibited, awe-inspiring love and have a ton of fun!”

    Click here to learn more about Sky Lake summer camps and/or to register.

    TAGGED / Camp and Retreat Ministry (CRM)


    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."