There’s more to retreats than lodging, meals, and meetings; a group needs to do things together to truly grow together. We offer a wide variety of retreat programming to enhance your group’s experience.
Our Challenge Course is designed to help groups develop trust, build confidence, feel acceptance, and foster friendships.
Options include a multi-event low elements course, a two-event high elements course, a 50-ft Alpine Tower, an auto-belay climbing wall (converted water tower), and a 600-ft tandem zip line.
Filled with saltwater and solar-heated, our swimming center features a diving board and slide in a 10-ft deep end and gradual stair entry into its shallow end.
The pool can be used by retreat groups in April-May and August-October. A pool session includes certified Glisson lifeguards.
“I was a little scared on the high elements course, but I did it (and I am glad I did)!”
– Glisson Camper
The Lake Hale waterfront is open to retreat groups in April-May and August-October. Waterfront activities include a tandem zip line, the Blob, and tandem Wet Willie water slide.
Lake kayaking (on nearby Lake Neal) is also available but booked separately from the Waterfront. Catch-and-release fishing is also an option during retreat season.
The Glisson archery range features four targets and multiple types of bows. A separate archery range is available at the Outpost campsite.
Fields & Gyms
The Ball Field and Rec Field are perfect for large-group field games. Or use the heated Holland Activities Building for indoor games and activities. The Old Rec Hall is also available as a rain-plans location.
Reserve a campsite or fire ring for roasting s’mores or having a worship service.
Amphitheatre & Prayer Chapel
Swofford Amphitheater provides a peaceful setting for worship and campfires on the banks of Lake Hale.
The stone Prayer Chapel (underneath the new Dining Hall) is available for smaller groups to have a time of prayerful reflection.
We have a variety of hiking trails across our nearly 400 acres that walk along creeks and a waterfall and up, down, and around Falls Mountain.
Cane Creek Falls is a beautiful, 45-ft cascading waterfall that offers a tranquil location to be still and appreciate the power of God’s Creation. It is located on our main campus (a short hike from Outpost).
Group Adventure Retreats
Led by experienced guides and focused on team building, spiritual development, and outdoor living skills. Go backpacking, kayaking, climbing, horseback riding, or camp out at our Outpost campsite.Learn More