Need help planning your youth retreats, adult retreats, or family retreats?
Inquire with Justin at [email protected] or call 717-360-7812.

Overview and Mission

Joy El Camps and Retreats, one of the premier Christian retreat centers in PA, provides that feeling of being a million miles away and is the perfect getaway camp location for, Christian youth group retreats, Christian youth summer camps, and Christian adult retreats.  Close to the Maryland state line, the town of Greencastle, PA is located in the south central area of Pennsylvania which is within driving distance for much of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Joy El, one of the largest Christian retreat centers in Pennsylvania and close to retreat centers in Maryland, can comfortably accommodate 300 over-night guests and offers several brand new and newly updated meeting rooms for groups of all sizes including a separate dining hall and a full size indoor air conditioned and heated gymnasium!

Our sole purpose and mission is to “provide opportunities for people  to experience life-change through personal encounters with God”. This process begins from the moment you call… doesn’t ever really end, does it? If we are both successful at in our missions, then a “personal encounter with God” is something that lasts for eternity!

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Free Ride!

Book your group for 2 nights and round trip transportation is FREE!

Escaping the crazy time-sucking vortex of everyday life so we can unite with God and each other is something we just don’t do enough of…then when we do, it becomes a huge “AH HA” moment that surprises us every time!

At Joy El Camps and Retreats, a provider of Christian retreats in PA and close to retreat centers in Maryland, we take “AH HA” moments seriously as our purpose is to provide people with opportunities to experience life change through a personal encounter with God.

So whether it’s an “AH HA” moment, or an entire “AH HA” week, the Joy El Camps and Retreats team is ready to provide offer you opportunities for spiritual retreats that are life-changing. So, whether you’re looking for space for youth retreats, adult weekend retreats, or family christian retreats, we’re waiting to serve you!


A simple and affordable rate gets you FREE round-trip transportation* for your entire group PLUS…

  • All your meals while on site
  • Meeting Space
  • Crazy fun Recreation
  • The Joy El Team that cares about things like “AH HA” moments!

(FREE Transportation offer is for NEW retreat groups – *Some restrictions apply. You MUST call to book your FREE ride to have it built into your contract.)

Get your group’s FREE RIDE “AH HA” filled experience under way by calling Justin at 717-360-7812  or email [email protected].

Prefer to simplify doing youth retreats? Check out our programmed Momentum Retreats!

Looking for retreat options for younger students? Check out our Bible Adventure Weekends!

Ready to make your group retreat the best it's ever been?