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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

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

    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

    Reminder regarding New York State required annual training for sexual harassment prevention

    April 11, 2022 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This is a reminder that every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training on an annual basis. Sexual Harassment Prevention Training New York State Law requires that employers of one or more employees must conduct sexual harassment prevention training for all employees on an annual basis. The employer can decide the timing of the annual training (calendar year, anniversary date, or any …more

    What the end of the NY state mask mandate means for local churches

    February 10, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Feb. 15, NYS Commissioner of Health extended the Hero Act through March 17, 2022. Click here to read more. Governor Hochul lifted the mask mandate for all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons effective Feb. 10. This means businesses are no longer required to mandate that all persons in their facilities wear face masks. Pastors and other local church leaders are now asking what this means for their churches, particularly as it relates to worship …more

    UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries Update

    February 9, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    As was announced last week, Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center has welcomed Robyn Vernon as the new Site Director. Earlier last month, Ben Mudge transitioned from assistant director to Site Director at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center. Through their consulting practice, Run River Enterprises, former Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center Directors, Pam Harris and Garrie Stevens, will be coaching and training Ben and Robyn in their new roles. This …more

    UNY Conference welcomes Robyn Vernon as Site Director for Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center

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

    The Upper New York (UNY) Conference is pleased to welcome Robyn Vernon as Site Director at Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center. Robyn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies from SUNY Brockport and a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Public Administration from Binghamton University. Robyn has held leadership positions related to camping since 2019. In 2019, Robyn served as Waterfront Director at Sky Lake Camp & …more

    With more than 125,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 800 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."