Mother Daughter Retreat: October 6-8, 2023

When Jesus enters our lives, it’s like He is entering our home. We tend to invite Jesus into the presentable areas of our lives, but we restrict the messy ones as off-limits. What parts of our lives do we keep God out of? What would it look like to invite Jesus into all areas of our life?

“And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”

Colossians 1:18


Ruthie DunkleRuthie Dunkle comes to us from Winfield, Pa, where she and her husband have retired to a cabin on Penns Creek. They served the Lord in the Pastoral ministry for 45 wonderful years. She continues to be a speaker, Bible teacher, and enjoys being a substitute teacher at Northumberland Christian School. She also loves singing with two of her sisters and brother-in-law in a gospel quartet, One Heart-One Voice. She is a mother of 3 grown children; Tim, David (now in heaven) and Rachel, and it’s her joy to be the grandma of Zack and Zoey!


Rachel GehmanRachel Gehman, daughter of Ruthie Dunkle, is a local nonfiction author (Pen Name: Rachel D. Lyne) living in Pennsylvania with her husband of 17 years and two children whom she homeschools. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies with a Concentration in Biblical Counseling and enjoys speaking to women’s groups, schools, and youth groups. She and her husband serve as Youth Directors and on the Worship Team at Manheim Grace Church. Rachel’s desire is to bring hope to the hurting and speak the truth of Jesus Christ through His Spirit and the Word. Connect @racheldlyne.

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.


October 6-8, 2023. Check in begins 7 PM Friday and event ends 2 PM Sunday.


Who’s Invited?

Moms and their daughters in grades 1 to 12. (Daughters are also welcome to attend with step-mothers, grandmothers, or “mother figures” over 18 years of age.)



$175.00 per mother/daughter pair. $84.00 for additional child. BUT, register and pay in full by September 15 to receive the discount price of $165.00 per pair and $79.00 for additional child.



Our cabins have bunk beds and sleep 12. Each cabin has its own bathroom with 3 shower stalls, 2 toilet stalls and a large double sink. For an additional fee of $54.00 lodge rooms (motel-style housing) are available on a limited basis and can be reserved on a first-come first-serve basis.

“It was fun having my mom all to myself and not having to share her with everybody else.”


— Kara, daughter retreat camper

Questions? Call us at 717-369-4539 or email [email protected].


Ready to register?

We make it simple! You may register online or call 717-369-4539 to register by phone.

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!

Home School Retreat – for students in grades 1 to 8

Mother-Son Retreat

Father-Daughter Retreat

Father-Son Retreat

Momentum Retreats – for students in grades 6 to 12

Bible Adventure Weekends – for students in grades 2 to 6