A retreat at camp provides your children with…

  • Time away from daily distractions to focus on building relationships with others and with God
  • Solid biblical instruction that speaks to them at their level
  • Trained, college-age counselors to mentor and role model a living, vibrant faith

Schedule: February 7-8, Thursday, 9 AM to Friday, 3 PM

Who’s Invited: Home-schooled or cyber-school students in grades 1 to 8. Join us for a unique adventure designed just for you. We pack interesting lessons on God and creation into 48 hours along with lots of great activities that you’ll find only at camp! This is a winter break time when you can lay the books aside and into nature!

Cost: $61.00 for the first child. $44.00 for additional children from the same family. Register by January 24 to receive the discount prices of $57.00 and $43.00 respectively.

Parent Note: If you volunteer to serve at this retreat weekend, you may bring one child free! Contact [email protected] for information.


John and Ynita Swomley of JandY Ministries

John and Ynita are youth evangelists who provide creation-based and apologetics ministry. They work alongside local churches, VBS programs, camp ministries and Answers in Genesis to provide children’s sessions/workshops. They use gospel illusions, balloon bending, puppets, comedy skits and more to teach the students. They provide sessions for Creation Conferences which cover dinosaurs, dragons, aliens, Noah’s ark and more. They also have sessions that look at people and places of the Bible to share God’s truths by examining the archaeological evidence.

What to Bring

Your Bible, notebook, pen or pencil, pillow, sleeping bag, enough clean clothes for the weekend, bathroom necessities and money for the camp store/canteen and friends to share the weekend with.


What to Leave Behind

Radios, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones, video games, etc.

“This retreat helped me to know God better.” 


— Rebecca, home school camper.

Ready to register?

We make it simple! To register by phone, call 717-369-4539 . Or to register online, simply click the big orange “Register Now” button below.

Prefer to mail your registration? CLICK HERE to download a printable registration form.

Registration confirmations are emailed 2 weeks prior to each event.

If you do not register prior to that time, no confirmation will be sent.

Registration fees are nonrefundable within 14 days of any event. If a cancellation is necessary in the last 14 days due to illness or accident, a written request to transfer fees to another camp event must be submitted within one week of the conclusion of the original event. A note from a physician must be included. Certain restrictions apply and a transfer fee may be charged.

Call our office at 717-369-4539  or email [email protected] for additional information.


Join us for other great Joy El retreats!

Bible Adventure Weekend – for students in grades 2 to 6

Mother-Son Retreat

Father-Daughter Retreat

Mother-Daughter Retreat

Father-Son Retreat

Men’s Retreat

Momentum Retreats – for students in grades 6 to 12

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