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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: 2022 Casowasco LIT

    Perspectives: “2022 Casowasco LIT”

    Meet LIT graduate Kylie VanPatten

    August 18, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    From June 27-July 22, Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center held a program called Leaders in Training (LIT) for 16–17-year-old high school students to learn how to become leaders in the camp setting and in ministry. Click here to learn more about the LIT program. One of them is outgoing 16-year-old Kylie VanPatten, whose mother, Kristi VanPatten, is the pastor at Alplaus UMC. This summer was Kylie's tenth summer at …more

    Meet LIT graduate Ryan Caldwell

    August 16, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / 2 Comments

    From June 27-July 22, Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center held a program called Leaders in Training (LIT) for 16–17-year-old high school students to learn how to become leaders in the camp setting and in ministry. Click here to learn more about the LIT program. One of them is 16-year-old Ryan Caldwell. Ryan is from Auburn, NY, which is only 12 miles north of Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center. His mom found …more

    Meet LIT graduate Ashley Dillon

    August 11, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    From June 27-July 22, Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center held a program called Leaders in Training (LIT) for 16–17-year-old high school students to learn how to become leaders in the camp setting and in ministry. Click here to learn more about the LIT program. One of them is 16-year-old Ashley Dillon. Ashley has been going to church her whole life. She attends CenterPoint Christian Fellowship with her mother and a …more

    Meet LIT graduate Joel Cooper

    August 9, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    From June 27-July 22, Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center held a program called Leaders in Training (LIT) for 16–17-year-old high school students to learn how to become leaders in the camp setting and in ministry. Click here to learn more about the LIT program. Joel Copper is one of them. Joel is from Liberia and moved to Syracuse in 2016. He attends University UMC in Syracuse and this was his third …more

    Meet LIT graduate Freddy Weber

    August 4, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    From June 27-July 22, Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center held a program called Leaders in Training (LIT) for 16–17-year-old high school students to learn how to become leaders in the camp setting and in ministry. Click here to learn more about the LIT program. Sixteen-year-old Freddy Weber was one of them. Freddy has been immersed in the Christian camp experience his whole life. His father, David Weber, Jr. is the …more

    Meet LIT graduate Kate McKenzie

    July 28, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / 2 Comments

    From June 24-July 22, Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center held a program called Leaders in Training (LIT) for 16-17 year old high school students to learn how to become leaders in the camp setting and in ministry. Click here to learn more about the LIT program. Seventeen-year-old Kate McKenzie was one of the six students who participated in this training. Kate was born in Guiping, China. She moved to the United …more

    Casowasco’s Leaders in Training program introduction

    July 28, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    From June 24 - July 22, 2022 Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center held the first-ever Leaders In Training (LIT) program. This program invited high school students between the ages of 16 and 17 to learn how to become leaders in both a camp and ministry setting. Not only did their confidence grow, but also, they learned about the importance of team work while trusting in God. David Weber Jr., site director at Casowasco Camp & …more


    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."