What do we offer?

Food Service

Each meal brings a wonderful time of fellowship for our guests over healthy and delicious home-style meals prepared daily and served in our newly-renovated dining facility. Emmaus Commons can utilize up to three unique dining spaces for a total capacity of over 250 guests. Mealtimes are generally served at 8:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. on Fridays). We seek to meet special dietary needs, providing we receive notice in advance.

Challenge Course

We can offer a personalized program for your group depending upon number and ages of participants. We offer a low ropes challenge course experience with eleven different initiatives and a high ropes challenge course experience with three different elements. We also provide group activities that foster team and unity bonding, communication, cooperation and problem solving. As a group leader you can work with our staff prior to your retreat to customize the challenge course program that will work best for your group.


Casowasco has wonderful waterfront on Owasco Lake. We offer a variety of activities including boating with rowboats, canoes, pontoon boat rides and funyaks, The Blob, The Summit Slide, two floating rafts, one with a slide, and the other with a diving board. Our waterfront is open typically from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please consult with our staff for more information regarding the waterfront.

Games & Activities

Casowasco has qualified staff prepared to lead your group in an action packed game or activity. We can provide the leadership and equipment to offer an activity as a back up for a rainy day or a night game to take your event to the next level – we have just the experience for your group in mind. We also have game and activity equipment available for group use. Subject to the availability of trained staff and weather permitting for outdoor events.

Sports & Fields

Casowasco has a large sports field for large group activities and games including a soccer field and archery range. A sand volleyball court is located near the waterfront. We also have an asphalt basketball court. Sports equipment available includes footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, and frisbees.

Other Recreation Opportunities

Casowasco boasts many excellent walking trails for hiking and relaxing. Other options include ping pong, air hockey, and foosball. Our outdoor fireplaces includes an outdoor chapel and amphitheater that seats approximately 200 people. Additionally, each lodge has a private smaller outdoor fireplaces that seats 15-30 people.

Weddings & Receptions

Getting married in the Finger Lakes is breathtaking! Please contact us today to book your wedding in the Lakeview Chapel or outdoor Lakeside Chapel. Our staff will do their best to make this day special for you. Ask about our facilities for a wonderful reception, too, in our newly renovated dining room.

Audio/Visual Equipment

Audio/visual equipment available at Casowasco includes: The following audio/vision equipment is available with advance notice; additional charges may apply.

  • P.A. System (Strader Hall of Champions)
  • CD Players
  • Overhead Projectors
  • TV/VCR/DVD Unit(s)
  • LCD Video Projector
  • Portable two speaker amp system w/ microphone
  • Portable keyboard and stand

Please contact us to see how we can best accommodate you.

The Casowasco Gift Shop

The Riggall Gift Shop is open during retreats and summer camp for you to outfit yourself with your favorite Casowasco gear. We offer a selection of quality t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other mementos to help you remember your stay.

Nearby Attractions

Come and enjoy all that Casowasco has in its backyard!

Fillmore Golf Club

(Locke NY) Fillmore Golf Club is an 18-hole regulation length golf course in Locke, New York. This short layout will reward good shots and provide a fun golf outing for everyone. Wonderful views of the Owasco Valley and the Lake. Riding carts, pro shop, and restaurant. Open daily April 15 through October 15 during daylight hours. Phone: 315-497-3145

Fillmore Glen State Park

(Moravia NY) Fillmore Glen State Park is an oasis of cool, dense woods crowding into a long, narrow gorge. Its hiking trails offer spectacular views, unique geological formations, including five waterfalls, and a botanically rich glen.

Harriet Tubman Home

(Auburn NY) The Harriet Tubman Home preserves the legacy of “The Moses of Her People” in the place where she lived and died in freedom. The site is located on 26 acres of land. The Home is open to visitors Tuesday through Friday from 11 AM to 4 PM.