Casowasco News Archive

Autumn 2017 Edition of Xenia is Available

Autumn 2017 Edition of Xenia is Available



The Fall edition of our newsletter, Xenia News, is now available online. Click here to read about what’s been going in the life of Upper New York Camp and Retreat Ministries.

Posted on November 20th by Matthew Williams

Summer Camp Chapel Songs 2017

Summer Camp Chapel Songs 2017

Can’t get that song out of your head? Interested in what other songs we sang in Chapel throughout 2017? Well look no further! Below is a list of all the songs we sang in Chapel this past summer following the theme “The Vine.” If you’d like to listen to all of them on YouTube, we’ve created a Summer 2017 Chapel Songs Playlist.

1. 1000 Tongues by Vertical Church Band
2. All the Poor and Powerless by All Sons & Daughters
3. Always by Kristian Stanfill
4. Beautiful Things by Gungor
5. Build Your Kingdom Here by Rend Collective
6. Burning in My Soul by Brett Younker
7. Christ is Enough by Hillsong
8. Come Right Now by Planetshakers
9. Cornerstone by Hillsong
10. Endless Praise by Planetshakers
11. Every Giant Will Fall by Rend Collective
12. Fierce by Jesus Culture
13. Fix My Eyes by For King & Country
14. Forever Reign by Hillsong
15. From Inside Out by Hillsong
16. Happy Day by Free
17. Let God Arise by Chris Tomlin
18. Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher
19. My Lighthouse by Rend Collective
20. No One Like You by David Crowder Band
21. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong
22. Oh For A Thousand Tongues to Sing by David Crowder Band
23. Only King Forever by Elevation Worship
24. Start A Fire by Unspoken
25. Take It All by Hillsong
26. The River by Jordan Feliz
27. Thrive by Casting Crowns
28. White Flag by Chris Tomlin
29. You Will Never Run by Rend Collective

Posted on October 11th by Mike Huber

2017 Summer Camp & Retreat Programs Registration Opens!

2017 Summer Camp & Retreat Programs Registration Opens!

Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries (CRM) is excited to announce that registration is now open for its 2017 Summer Camp & Retreat programs. Program details are available online and brochures were mailed this week! Brochures were sent to past participants and campers as well as all Upper New York Annual Conference churches.

“We are excited about the high quality and excellent variety of programs being offered this summer,” said Mike Huber, director of CRM. “The CRM team, in collaboration with hundreds of volunteers, has created programs specifically designed for spiritual growth, birth, and renewal.”

CRM offers programs and experiences for children, youth, families, and adults. Summer Camp programs/week(s) will be held at Aldersgate, Casowasco,  Sky Lake & Skye Farm. Retreat programs and events will be held at Asbury, and will include adult, family, and youth retreats.

Each of our centers offer online registration for most programs, making it easy to register for a favorite or to find a new one to attend. To view programs or to register, click HERE. To download a PDF of the brochure, click HERE.

For more information, contact us via e-mail at registrar@campsandretreats.org or toll free (855) 414 - 6400 or 315-364-8756.

Posted on February 14th by Mike Huber

Summer Camp Chapel Songs 2016

Can’t get that song out of your head? Interested in what other songs we sang in Chapel throughout 2016? Well look no further! Below is a list of all the songs we sang in Chapel this past summer. If you’d like to listen to all of them on YouTube, we’ve created a playlist HERE.


1. Alive by: Hillsong Young & Free
2. All The Poor and Powerless by: All Sons and Daughters
3. Always by: Kristian Stanfill
4. Beautiful Things by: Güngor
5. Broadcast by: Fee
6. Build Your Kingdom Here by: Rend Collective
7. Burning In My Soul by: Brett Younkers
8. Cornerstone by: Hillsong Live
9. Courageous by: Casting Crowns
10. Echo by: Newport
11. Endless Praise by: Planetshakers
12. Every Giant Will Fall by: Rend Collective
13. Feel It by: TobyMac
14. From The Inside Out by: Hillsong
15. Furious by: Jeremy Riddle
16. Give Me Faith by: Elevation Worship
17. Great Are You Lord by: All Sons and Daughters
18. Happy Day by: Fee
19. Hello My Name Is by: Matthew West
20. Here For You by: Chris Tomlin (we do the Matt Redman version)
21. Indescribable by: Chris Tomlin
22. Lamb of God by: Vertical Church
23. Let God Arise by: Chris Tomlin
24. Light Up The Sky by: The Afters
25. Live With Abandon by: Newsboys
26. My Lighthouse by: Rend Collective
27. No One Higher by: Chinua Hawk
28. No One Like You by: David Crowder Band
29. Nothing Is Impossible by: Planetshakers
30. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by: Hillsong United
31. Oh For A Thousand Tongues To Sing by: David Crowder Band
32. Only King Forever by: Elevation Worship
33. Our God by: Chris Tomlin
34. Rise and Sing by: Fee
35. Stand In The Light by: Jordan Smith
36. Start A Fire by: Unspoken
37. Take It All by: Hillsong United
38. The Earth Is Yours by: Güngor
39. This is our Time by: Planetshakers
40. Unstoppable God by: Elevation Worship
41. We Are The Free by: Matt Redman
42. White Flag by: Chris Tomlin
43. You Will Never Run by: Rend Collective
44. Your Love Never Fails by: Jesus Culture

Posted on December 23rd by Mike Huber

CRM Fall/Winter 2015 Newsletter Released

To view the complete newsletter click HERE.

“Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.” - Abraham Lincoln

There are numerous references in the Bible addressing the Christian’s commitment in various aspects of
life: to our families, neighbors, employers, the church, our health, and in all things we do and say (Acts 2:42;
Hebrews 10:25; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 31). But the Bible also teaches that the chief commitment of our lives is to
God. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your
mind. This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).

Paul followed the Lord’s example of commitment in sacrifice and service. Paul said, “I have been crucified with
Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in
the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

One of my favorite things to do is read camper evaluations. This is where we learn about favorite foods,
activities, and what the campers would like us to add or subtract from our programs. This is also where we
offer the campers the opportunity to disclose how the experience at camp helped them in their commitment
to follow God. The entire reason camp and retreat centers were established was to assist the local church with
the evangelic work of renewing or creating a transformed life for Christ. All the fun activities and meaningful
learning help to create the environment where one can meet the creator and come to walk side by side in a
relationship that changes all other relationships.

Our centers are incredible places where participants on retreat or engaged in one of our summer camp
programs learn about the act of commitment. Whether it’s serving table mates, community cabin/lodge clean
up, or taking turns on a given activity, guests learn that there is a God, God loves them, and God wants a
relationship with them. We encourage campers to commit to forming genuine community, to each other, and
to creation around us. Each and every week campers are invited to make a commitment: to renew an existing
relationship with God, or to prayerfully consider making a first time commitment to follow Jesus and live as a
transformed light in the world.

Many people over the years have made sacrificial commitments to serve our centers with their time, talents,
and financial resources. Even just this summer thousands of hours were donated as service to God and
these beautiful places. Nancy prepared over 30 hand made custom stoles for Director’s Invitational and has
for many years. Jennie and John gave 47 full days and drove an hour each way over the summer months to
serve at Aldersgate as an act of commitment to God. Each and every Thursday a group of men sacrifice their
‘to do’ list at home and commit to traveling and serving at Skye Farm as volunteers. Numerous churches and
individuals commit to give to our annual funds, designated projects, or where needed most. We appreciate
you committing your prayers, your talents, and your financial resources. Our commitment to you is that we
will continue to honor the gift and the giver as critical to this sacred work for Christ that we do together.

May God continue to bless these places where Lives are Transformed.


Mike Huber
Director Camp & Retreat Ministries

To view the complete newsletter click HERE.

Posted on November 30th by Mike Huber

Summer Camp Chapel Playlist 2015

Summer Camp Chapel Playlist 2015

Haven’t been able to stop singing songs from Chapel? We haven’t either!

We sang some awesome songs in Chapel this summer, and we’ve put together a playlist on our YouTube channel so you can listen to all of them!

Click HERE to listen to the playlist!

Planetshakers - This Is Our Time
Elevation Worship - Only King Forever
Elevation Worship - Unstoppable God
Unspoken - Start A Fire
Rend Collective - My Lighthouse
Steve Fee - Rise And Sing
Kristian Stanfill - Always
Chris Tomlin - Indescribable
Hillsong - Sinking Deep
Chris Tomlin - White Flag
Hillsong - Take It All
Casting Crowns - Thrive
Hillsong - Wake
Matt Redman - We Are The Free
Passion - Burning In My Soul
Bastille - Pompeii
Hillsong - Alive
Steve Fee - Broadcast
Rend Collective - Build Your Kingdom Here
Hillsong - From The Inside Out
Jeremy Riddle - Furious
Steve Fee - Happy Day
Hillsong - Hosanna
Newsboys - Live With Abandon
Planetshakers - Nothing Is Impossible
Gungor - Beautiful Things
Chris Tomlin - Our God
David Crowder Band - No One Like You

We’re already busy planning for Summer Camp 2016 - looking forward to seeing you there!

Posted on August 31st by Mike Huber

CRM Announces Staff Transitions

This summer, thousands of children, youth, and adults have enjoyed a summer camp program, a family camp program, or a retreat program at one of the Upper New York Conference’s six camp and retreat centers.

Even as the summer season winds down, CRM has begun welcoming guests to many of its facilities and is preparing for a busy fall season of hosting guests at the six sites. The season is full of changes: soon the leaves and temperature, and then back to school for many seasonal staff and campers. With that, there are also transitions within UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries for three of its staff.

Jim Daly, Director at the Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center in Warrensburg, will retire Sept. 12. He has just completed his third summer at Skye Farm. Daly will retire after 36 years of full-time service in Camp & Retreat Ministries, having previously served in the Central Pennsylvania and Detroit conferences in addition to serving as the Director at the Asbury Camp & Retreat Center in Silver Lake.

Aliechia Post, Director at the Findley Camp & Retreat Center in Clymer, will return to full-time teaching, having accepted a position in North Carolina. Post has served as director for the past five years and, prior to that, as the seasonal program director and summer staff member at Findley.

Demetrio Beach, Director of Program & Outreach for Camp & Retreat Ministries, has accepted a position at Trinity First United Methodist Church in El Paso, Texas, where he will serve as the Associate Lay Pastor of Discipleship Ministries. Beach has served the past two years as CRM’s Director of program and outreach.

Post, Daly, and Beach have worked tirelessly to support the vision and mission of Upper New York.

“Aliechia, Jim, and Demetrio have been critical in developing programs, maintaining and upgrading facilities, and working with our volunteers and staff in ensuring quality experiences for all our campers, guests and staff,” said Mike Huber, Director of UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries.

“I have known Jim for many years; his deep knowledge and appreciation for facility management and care of our beautiful natural settings has been a rich blessing that will be missed. Aliechia has guided Findley through a significant time period and has learned a great deal and has offered herself fully to the demands of the position. Demetrio has helped develop and create new programs and outreach opportunities for our camp and retreat centers, connecting churches and families to all that we have to offer. It is sad to see Jim, Aliechia, and Demetrio go. I wish them all the best in the next phase of their journey.”

A transition plan is in place for the fall season with support from the Camp & Retreat Ministries Staff Leadership Team.

Posted on August 19th by Mike Huber

CRM Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter Released

To view the complete newsletter click HERE.

A Note From Mike Huber, Director, Camp & Retreat Ministries:

Dictionary.com defines mentor as ‘an experienced and trusted adviser.’

As I reflect on the number of meaningful mentors in my life I am overcome with gratitude to God for the people I have learned from and been blessed by throughout the years. I have had many mentors, but now and then there is a person that is more than that - a Spiritual Guide, or a Wise Counsel. There is one such person that I miss a lot. Although Sharon Fulmer served as the Director of Communications for the former North Central NY Conference and did a tremendous amount of marketing for camp and retreat ministries - as well as actively donating time, worms for fishing, Oreos for the office and financial resources to camp - she was much more a mentor, guide, spiritual counselor and friend to me. She has gone to be with God - taken too soon from us - but home among the heavenly realm. Sharon was an advocate and faithful donor. Although camp was important to Sharon, her family was most important to her. Each year prior to her granddaughter being old enough to come to sleep away camp, she would ask me how old a child needed to be to go to camp. She was so excited the year Morgen turned old enough to go to camp on her own. Morgen has come every year since, and is now a senior in high school applying to work on staff! Morgen has been a participant for 12 years and now, much like her grandmother, serves as an advocate, friend, donor and leader (and possibly a mentor) of her peers: a life transformed that is now transforming others as a Disciple of Christ.

There are tens of thousands of people like Sharon and Morgen that have experienced one of our six centers and found or strengthened a relationship with Christ and an appreciation for the Creator God. This is a relationship that affects all other relationships. For this issue of Xenia News, Morgen Fulmer agreed to offer a Story of Transformation from our Holy Grounds.

Find out how you may get involved and/or support Camp and Retreat Ministries at www.campsandretreats.org or by calling 315-424-7878 Ext. 309

Mike Huber
Director Camp & Retreat Ministries

To view the complete newsletter click HERE.

Posted on June 27th by Mike Huber

Take advantage of our Summer Camp Discounts!

Time is running out to take advantage of our discounts and special deals for Summer Camp 2015.

Reminder to Register by May 1st to receive the early bird discount and save $10!

Also don’t forget about our other discounts this year:

Refer a Friend to summer camp and save $25 for EACH friend referred!

Take advantage of the sibling discount and save $15!

Sign up for camp today! www.campsandretreats.org

Questions? E-mail us at info@campsandretreats.org or call us at 855-414-6400.

Posted on April 16th by Mike Huber

CRM Fall 2014 Newsletter Released

To view the complete newsletter click HERE.

A letter from Mike Huber, Director, Camp & Retreat Ministries:

“The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It’s a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you’ve got in as many supplies as you can. It’s nice to gather together everything you possess as close to you as possible, to store up your warmth and your thoughts and burrow yourself into a deep hole inside, a core of safety where you can defend what is important and precious and your very own. Then the cold and the storms and the darkness can do their worst. They can grope their way up the walls looking for a way in, but they won’t find one, everything is shut, and you sit inside, laughing in your warmth and your solitude, for you have had foresight.”
- Tove Jansson, Moominvalley in November

I came across this quote recently and it stirred me. It moved me in several ways as I contemplated my personal love of autumn as my favorite season of the year. This is a time of year that in our part of the world the earth is in such change and yet so beautiful. Our neighbor creatures are gathering in supplies and getting ready to hunker down in preparation for the season just around the corner. Like our neighbors, my family enjoys harvesting apples every fall and our bounty is used in many ways over the coming months, even as gifts to others. Last year my cousin Betsy, from Tennessee, came for a visit during fall for the first time since childhood. She must have taken no less than 2,000 photos of the autumn colors that week. She was astounded by the beauty and change of the landscape.

Tove Jansson’s quote also makes me think about our centers and how they have provided safety and security for so many people throughout the seasons of their life. The turbulent cold storms and darkness of our lives are made bearable because we may enter the sacred places apart and find peace, solitude, renewal and revival. A young child at summer camp as well as an adult on retreat carries burdens, questions, and anxieties on their heart that once one sits by the water experiencing the beauty of the Adirondacks, Western NY, the Finger Lakes or the Catskill Region while receiving the hospitality of Christian servants will be welcomed by the Holy Spirit.

I confess that I also considered the reality that it seems many camp and retreat centers, and for that matter many churches, have hunkered down and seem to have remained in that position unwilling to experience the fullness of changing seasons. Hiding from a storm does not mean that it is not there. We must not remain trapped in a place where we do not allow the Holy Spirit to move us and grow us. The Holy Ground of our centers are campfires
for the soul. Jesus told us to gather together to worship and praise and then to Go Out into the world. We must not sit gathered together sheltered from the world. What foresight our founding sisters and brothers had when they established our amazing sites. I don’t imagine that they intended them to be places trapped in time but rather places where we may gather together for a time and no matter what is happening in our lives we may come to the
water and be renewed in the knowledge that there is a God, God loves us and God wants a relationship with us. It is this reality that challenges us to then go and serve the world.

Contact info@campsandretreats.org for more information or to book a retreat.

Mike Huber
Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries

To view the complete newsletter click HERE.

Posted on December 1st by Mike Huber

The Bead Program

The Bead Program

For the past 20 years, the Bead Program at Casowasco has helped create significant memories for thousands of campers. It is designed to help build self-esteem and a positive self-image, and create positive reinforcement.


Upon arriving at Casowasco, each camper and staff member creates a leather nametag. These nametags are worn every day, at all times (except in the lake!). These nametags are more than merely for identifying who’s who: with all the decorations and coloring, a nametag becomes part of a camper’s identity and something they keep for years to come. In addition to just the piece of leather, beads are given to campers for performing certain activities or exhibiting certain behaviors. These beads are given each day, either in each program or during the Chapel experience.

Campers must be wearing their nametag in order to accept a bead; beads will be awarded to a camper at a later time if they do not have their nametag. Once a bead has been awarded, it cannot be taken back.



Campers will have the opportunity to earn beads in the following areas:

                                                                                                                                                           
BeadColorDescription
Casowasco AttendanceGreenYou get a bead just for attending a program at camp!
CounselorRedAwarded by counselors to recognize cooperation, improved behavior, helpfulness, etc.
Old TimerGlow-In-The-DarkEveryone gets one after spending the first night of camp.
AlumniWhiteAwarded to those to who keep coming back for more.
SwimmingTurquoiseAwarded for swim accomplishments.
BoatingOrangeAwarded for boat instruction accomplishments.
Casowasco SpiritYellowAwarded for notable camp spirit (trying new activities, friendliness, generosity, kindness to others, etc.). Counselors may suggest candidates.
Arts & CraftsPurpleAwarded for participation and completion of projects; must be awarded carefully; recognize true accomplishment, not just slipshod work.
AdventureBlackAwarded for participation in Initiatives & Adventure activities or for displaying particular leadership skills during these activities.
NatureBrownAwarded for participation in Nature/Hiking activities, and nature knowledge acquisition.
Christian LeadershipNavy BlueUsed to recognize campers who display Christian leadership within their group.
Trash BeadGlitter GreenGiven to campers “caught” picking up trash; counselor or other staff must observe
Sports/GamesOliveAwarded for participation in a sporting event or particular accomplishment in sports
Dining RoomNeon LimeAwarded for particular cooperation in the Dining Room, helpfulness at table, etc.
Special RecognitionHot PinkAwarded by staff to recognize anything that does not quite fit into another category or needs to be specially recognized.
SailingClearAwarded for sailing instruction accomplishments
FriendshipMulti-Color/MetallicAwarded to those in recognition of special friendliness shown towards a fellow camper.
Golden DustpanGolden MetallicAwarded to those who receive the Golden Dustpan, for the cleanest rooms on site!
Silver DustpanSilver MetallicAwarded to those who receive the Silver Dustpan, for the runners-up for the cleanest rooms on site.

 

 

Posted on September 17th by Mike Huber

Summer Camp Song List 2014

Summer Camp Song List 2014

We know that so many of you love the songs we sing in Chapel, and we want you to be able to listen to them whenever you want!

Here is a YouTube playlist with all of the songs we sang this year in Chapel. We’re already busy planning for Summer Camp 2015 - looking forward to seeing you there!

Matt Redman - 10,000 (Bless The Lord)
Hillsong Young & Free - Alive
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love
Steve Fee - Broadcast
Passion - Burning In My Soul
Hillsong Live - Cornerstone
Jeremy Riddle - Furious
Fee - Happy Day
Planetshakers - Nothing Is Impossible
Hillgons United - Oceans
Chris Tomlin - Sing Sing Sing
Gungor - The Earth Is Yours
Hillsong Young & Free - Wake
Chris Tomlin - White Flag
Jesus Culture - Your Love Never Fails

Posted on September 15th by Mike Huber