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Autumn 2017 Edition of Xenia is Available

CRM News

Autumn 2017 Edition of Xenia is Available The Fall edition of our newsletter, Xenia News, is now available online. Click here to read about what’s been going in the life of Upper New York Camp and Retreat Ministries.…

Grateful For Where We’re Going: Planning Our Church Visit Tour 2018

Sky Lake News

Grateful For Where We’re Going: Planning Our Church Visit Tour 2018It’s not all that uncommon for us to be asked: “what do you do here the rest of the year?” Some might get upset when asked this sort of question, but we hear this as a genuine invitation to share more about our ministry here at Sky Lake. (Which is also why we’ve started sharing a glimpse behind the scenes in this column each month.) Sure, we have some rather…

Grateful For Where We’ve Been: Ladies Of The Lake

Sky Lake News

Grateful For Where We’ve Been: Ladies Of The Lake We here at Sky Lake are grateful to be able to spend time with so many awesome people throughout the year. While our summer camp ministry brings a certain level of intensity to the life of our team, we’re also kept on our toes extending radical Christian hospitality to retreat guests from the end of summer camp in August until June the following year. We provide hospitality support to a wide…

Summer Camp Chapel Songs 2017

Casowasco News

Summer Camp Chapel Songs 2017Can’t get that song out of your head? Interested in what other songs we sang in Chapel throughout 2017? Well look no further! Below is a list of all the songs we sang in Chapel this past summer following the theme “The Vine.” If you’d like to listen to all of them on YouTube, we’ve created a Summer 2017 Chapel Songs Playlist. 1. 1000 Tongues by Vertical Church Band 2. All the Poor and…

The Cairn We’ve Built: Hemlock Community Values

Sky Lake News

The Cairn We’ve Built: Hemlock Community Values This past summer we made a concerted effort to better articulate and live out Sky Lake’s long-held core values of invitational Christian discipleship, connecting with God’s natural creation, and commitment to living in intentional community. To help campers better understand this last core value, we developed the Hemlock Community Values program. The Eastern Hemlock is a sturdy coniferous tree which can be found in abundance at higher elevations in eastern…

2017 Summer Camp & Retreat Programs Registration Opens!

CRM News

2017 Summer Camp & Retreat Programs Registration Opens! Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries (CRM) is excited to announce that registration is now open for its 2017 Summer Camp & Retreat programs. Program details are available online and brochures were mailed this week! Brochures were sent to past participants and campers as well as all Upper New York Annual Conference churches. “We are excited about the high quality and excellent variety of programs being offered this summer,” said Mike Huber,…

Resource of the Week: Homesick and Happy

Sky Lake News

Resource of the Week: Homesick and Happy Michael Thompson, PhD, draws upon his experiences as a father, school psychologist, and years of camping to write about something that everyone experiences at some point in their lives: homesickness. In Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow, Thompson helps parents and camp professionals see the value in helping individuals not only survive this common ailment, but to actually thrive from it. In short, to see…

The Power of Letting Go

Sky Lake News

The Power of Letting Go We’re currently in that time of year when schools and churches are starting to wind down for summer. But for those of us in the camping ministry, this is when we start to gear up for another awesome season of impacting the lives of young and old, neurotypical and differently abled individuals, first-timers and those who have been coming to camp longer than I’ve been alive! It doesn’t take…

SNAP Program 2016

Sky Lake News

SNAP Program 2016 Ever wonder what you can do to be a leader at camp? Every summer Sky Lake runs several weeks of active and meaningful Special Needs programs and we couldn’t do it without our Special Needs Assistant Personnel, or SNAPs, working with us. SNAPs are older youth volunteers. Still considered as campers, SNAPs work alongside our counselling staff to gain leadership skills, make friendships that last for life, and spend time at…

Thank You Work Day 2016 Volunteers

Sky Lake News

Thank You Work Day 2016 Volunteers {register_now_button}Over 50 volunteers arrived on Saturday, May 7th for Volunteer Work Day 2016 and managed to complete almost all the projects we had on the docket for the day! Thanks to these fantastic volunteers for helping to clear the roofs and undersides of cabins; freshen up flower beds and the trysts; assemble a GaGa Pit; install new towel dispensers; clean out a squirrel’s hoard of pinecones; and most importantly—for…

The Legend of Harvey the Hippo

Sky Lake News

The Legend of Harvey the Hippo This article originally appeared in Upper New York Advocate, Vol. 8, Issue 2: The legend of Harvey the Hippo – the unofficial mascot of Sky Lake – began with a song written by a summer staff member, Steve Hulslander, in the early 1970s. From the earliest days, countless campers have taken to this 4,618.5-pound hippo, who, according to the song, manages to consume 200 pounds of food every day. In the early 2000s, the legend began to…

Strengthening Our Connection to God’s Creation

Sky Lake News

Strengthening Our Connection to God’s CreationThanks to Joan Newlon, Executive Assistant for Upper New York Camp and Retreat Ministries, for this update: The Lakeside Nature Trail, to be named in honor of Jim Krager for his 45 years of ministry at Sky Lake, is getting some exciting upgrades thanks to generous donors.  Thirty-one (31) interpretive panels and mounting posts have been purchased and placed. The first batch of signs were placed along the trail last autumn, and the…

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