Thank you for your interest in partnering with us to see lives transformed by Jesus Christ.
We couldn't do what God has called us to do without your help.

Retreat Planning Ideas, Tips & Advice for Group Leaders 

Youth Group Retreat Planning Tips and Advice

Posted by Retreat Planning on Saturday, April 16, 2016 @ 6:40 PM

Youth Group Retreat Planning Tips

Finding the perfect place for your youth group retreat is important. You need a place with enough space and activities to keep the kids engaged and entertained but also with the right accommodations to keep them focused on their spiritual growth.

You want a place that allows your youth to take a journey where the goal is to enjoy the process and where they can leave stronger and ready to face any challenge that comes their way.

America's Keswick is more than just a retreat center. It is about creating an environment where people feel safe and at home. A place where you can be open to the Spirit and find purpose.

A youth group retreat at America's Keswick focuses on taking out the stress of logistics and planning so you can focus on the kids and the journey they're about to take. You can find everything you need on the resort and information is simple and easy to acquire.

What can you expect from having your youth group retreat at America's Keswick

Accommodations to fit your needs: There are many options to choose from to fit your retreat needs. From large groups to small ones, you can choose from excellent hotel-style arrangements to traditional camping fun!

  • Saint Memorial Lodge: 21 comfortable rooms with air conditioning, free WiFi, and private baths.
  • Victory Hall: 48 rooms, hall bathrooms, located in the center of campus, and comfortable common areas
  • Raws Memorial: 33 rooms with hall bath and 16 rooms with private/semi-private baths. All with easy access to the dining hall, air conditioning, and Wifi hotspot
  • Campground: 51 camp sites by the upper lake with renovated bathhouses and it even accommodates tent and rig hookups. 

Conference and Meeting Rooms: You'll find great spaces to use for small prayer groups to large worship nights. America's Keswick has rooms that can accommodate from 10 to 1200 people for your youth group retreat. Each room has many things to offer.

  • Theater style seating
  • 8 foot long tables
  • A podium
  • Audio and visual equipment

Quality Dining Experiences: America's Keswick is committed to providing quality and delicious meals. You'll feel right at home with these options.

  • Family and buffet style food
  • Group snack breaks delivered to your meeting room
  • Dietary needs? America's Keswick will meet your food service needs

Things to Do: Of course, with any youth group retreat, you need activities to keep the kids entertained and ready to build long lasting friendships. America's Keswick has many different options to keep the youth engaged and ready to build themselves both physically and mentally. 

  • The Activity Center offers many great options: 
    • Jump on in to the competition-sized heated pool
    • Keep yourself fit in the weight/fitness room
    • Stay moving with some racquetball, basketball, volleyball, indoor tennis, ping-pong and shuffle board
  • There are also many outdoor recreations to choose from:
    • Use the lake to canoe, paddle boat or go kayaking
    • Also go swimming (Memorial Day through Labor Day), relax on the beach or do some fishing
    • Keep active with some tennis, hiking, cycling, basketball, bocce, horseshoes, shuffleboard, putting green, and the gaga pit.
    • Check out the frisbee golf and volleyball sand-court as well
  • Have some bonding time by the campfire. America's Keswick offers a beautiful campfire pit near the beachfront so you can have a relaxing and warm time

A youth group retreat is important for kids to develop inter-personal relationships with their peers and also to find their own relationship with the Lord.

America's Keswick works diligently to take out the struggle of planning and finding the right space for these spiritual experiences by doing the work for you. Find comfort in this lakeside resort that lets you focus on working with the youth in a nature-rich environment while taking out any hassles.

There are great group rates and America's Keswick will work with you to accommodate any needs you have. Living to serve is important and serving is its own reward. 

About America's KeswickWe are a ministry that teaches and models the biblical Christian Life through Christian Retreats, Events, Conferences, Concerts, Training Resources and by providing rental facilities and service to other like-minded organizations. To learn more, visit America's Keswick online or contact us at (800) 453-7942 or (732) 350-1187 for local calls.

1... 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Email A Friend
From Name
From Email
To Name
To Email

Recent Articles

Great Activity Ideas for Your Next Youth Group Retreat
If you are worried that your youth group won't have enough to do on a retreat, don't fret! Youth g
Establishing Strong Relationships Through a Retreat Experience
Retreats come in a variety of types and purposes. You may be familiar with the standard company re
How to Plan a Better Women’s Retreat
If you are pondering ideas for a women's retreat, you might feel a bit overwhelmed. You're probabl
Top 5 Ideas for Homeschool Field Trips in New Jersey
New Jersey is not a large state, but it offers a wide diversity of environments. From the Kit
Top Retreat Theme Ideas for Youth Retreats
Once you've planned a few youth retreats, it can get tricky choosing a theme that teenagers can re
Things to Consider When Selecting a Retreat Venue
There's a lot to consider when choosing your retreat venue. Planning a retreat involves so much mo
Answers to the Top 5 Questions We Receive from Group Retreat Planners
If you are considering a retreat for your youth group, church, colleagues, women’s group or
Popular Theme Ideas for A Men's Retreat
If you are in the planning stages of a men's retreat for your church, organization, support group
Popular Theme Ideas for A Women's Retreat
A women's retreat is a special time for your group to create memories, socialize and maybe even perf
Retreat Planning Tips: Check-In and Preparation
The check-in process at any retreat gives guests an important first impression of how things are g