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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Camp and Retreat Ministry (CRM)”

    The Rev. Dr. Pam Harris hired as Interim Executive Director of UNY CRM

    September 13, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    For the past two-and-a-half years, the Rev, Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Upper New York (UNY) Director of Connectional Ministries and Executive Assistant to the Bishop, has also served as acting director of the UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries (CRM). Throughout this time and for many years prior, the Rev. Dr. Pam Harris, founder and director of Run River Enterprises, has resourced UNY CRM as well as the CRM in UNY’s …more

    Autism Friendly Family Camp pilot a success

    September 7, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Rainy weather did not stop 10 children and seven parents from thoroughly enjoying the inaugural Autism-Friendly Family Camp at Upper New York’s Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center, which took place  Aug. 21-24. This camp was the brainchild of the Rev. Emily Huyge, pastor at First Geneva United Methodist Church. She wanted her seven-year-old son Jacob, who has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), to be able to experience a …more

    Casowasco LIT program is a success

    July 26, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    They have matured, built friendships that may last a lifetime, increased their confidence, deepened their relationship with God, and gained top-notch leadership skills in just one month. The Leaders in Training (LITs) at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center completed their one-month training on July 22, 2022. Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center, site director, David Weber Jr. offered this program for the first time this summer and it’s the first time …more

    Introducing the Autism Friendly Family Camp at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center

    July 7, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Rev. Emily Huyge, pastor at Geneva First United Methodist Church, and her family are deeply connected to the summer camp experience in the Upper New York (UNY) Conference. She and her husband, Dana, met each other as staff at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center. Her 8-year-old daughter goes to camp at Casowasco and loves it. Earlier this year when Pastor Emily registered Sarah for summer camp at Casowasco, her …more

    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 …more

    Boundless opportunities at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center this Summer

    June 7, 2022 / By Jillian Pietruch

    Those of us who have experienced the blessing of Aldersgate know the deep, unerring sense of peace that can be found onsite. We carry these memories with us – triggered throughout our lives by a warm breeze off a pine tree, the sounds of nature, a hymn, or a hug from a lifelong friend. For a couple years now, the only way for most of us to reexperience camp has …more

    Summer Camp at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center

    June 1, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    From day camp to residential camp; from kayaking to white-water rafting; from the lakeside to the highlands; from arts and crafts to creating gadgets; from archery to riding rollercoasters, this summer, Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center has exciting summer-camp opportunities for children of all ages! David Weber, the site director for Casowasco is excited to report that camper registration has more than doubled since this point in time last year. …more

    Skye Farm offering summer programming that will appeal to all

    May 24, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Whether your child loves sports and games, diving deep into God’s natural creation, or doing wacky things like having ice cream for breakfast, Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center has something to offer them. Robyn Vernon, the new site director of Skye Farm, said, “I am really excited to see Skye Farm come alive with campers having fun and making memories all summer long.” The COVID …more

    How UNY CRM shaped lives

    May 17, 2022 / By Matt Williams, Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center Site Director

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the 2022 Issue I of the Advocate. Click here to access this issue, which focuses on children and youth.  It is always fascinating to see the number of hands that are raised when a group of clergy women and men are asked if they received their call to ministry in a camp and retreat setting. What is it about time spent at …more

    UNY Camp and Retreat Ministries to receive $118,000 in grant money

    May 11, 2022 / By UNY Communications

    The Upper New York (UNY) Camp & Retreat Ministry (CRM) sites will be receiving a total of $118,000 in grant money to impact sustainability for each site and foundation board development. An anonymous foundation initially offered $1,000,000 to UM Camp & Retreat Ministry sites across the United States through a Ministry Impact Grant application process. Members responded enthusiastically submitting requests totaling $4,000,000. Inspired by the wonderful requests, the granting foundation was able to …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."