Casowasco News Archive

Summer Camp 2020 Registration Now Open

Summer Camp 2020 Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for our exciting slate of 2020 summer programs at Casowasco, Sky Lake, and Skye Farm! Additionally, Asbury Retreat Center will continue to offer exciting retreat opportunities for children, youth, and adults throughout the summer season. Information on program opportunities at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center will be available in the coming weeks.

We are also excited to announce some changes to our available discounts for 2020!

summer camp discounts

Early Bird Discount:
-Register by March 1st and get $50 off!
-Register by April 1st and get $25 off!
-Register by May 1st and get $10 off!

Refer-a-Friend Discount:
-Refer 1 new camper and receive a YETI water bottle!
-Refer 2 new campers and receive a free gift AND $50 off!
-Refer 3 new campers and receive a free gift AND $100 off!

Sibling Discount:
-Each sibling who attends camp receives $40 off, this is applicable across all Upper New York Conference camps.

Also new for 2020 is a decentralization of our registration process for summer programs. Each site will be handling their own registrations, which means all registration forms, paperwork, and payments should be sent to the local site. Contact information for each site and the link to register is listed below:

Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center:
Coming Soon!

Asbury Retreat Center:
To look at the full list of programs and to register:
REGISTER HERE!
PO Box 218
Silver Lake, NY 14549
585-237-5262 (phone)
585-237-6863 (fax)
info@asburyuny.org

Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center:
To look at the full list of programs and to register:
REGISTER HERE!
158 Casowasco Drive
Moravia, NY 13118
315-364-8756 (phone)
315-364-7636 (fax)
info@casowasco.org

Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center:
To look at the full list of programs and to register:
REGISTER HERE!
501 William Law Road
Windsor, NY 13865
607-467-2750 (phone)
607-467-4612 (fax)
info@skylakecenter.org

Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center:
To look at the full list of programs and to register:
REGISTER HERE!
1884 East Schroon River Road
Warrensburg, NY 12885
518-494-7170 (phone)
800-627-0052 (fax)
info@skyefarmcamp.org

Posted on January 15th by David Wood

Final Installation of 2019 Advent Series

Final Installation of 2019 Advent Series

The final installment of our 2019 Advent Study is based on Luke 2:1-20.

https://youtu.be/emiKMZkGyg8

The gospel of Luke is the only gospel that provides us with a full birth narrative of Jesus Christ. This story tells us of peace. Peace on earth. Peace to all whom God loves. We can imagine the peace Mary must have felt finally holding her son, or the peace the shepherds experienced when they saw that what was spoken to them by the angel was real. This was the promised messiah, here in the flesh.

God choose unlikely people to announce the messiah’s birth. The shepherds! They were seen as lowly and unimportant. Yet God uplifts them to share the good news that the messiah has come!

Guiding Questions for small Group Discussion:
1. As Shepherds were keeping watch over their flocks by night, they were probably fairly peaceful, before the angel of the Lord appeared. But what kind of peace must they have experienced after meeting the Messiah? Would it have been the same peace Mary felt?

2. What does this statement mean to you?
Peace among those whom God favors (NRSV)
Peace to all men & women on earth who please him (The Message)
Peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased (New Living Translation)

3. Why would it have been shocking for people to hear news about the messiah’s birth from the shepherds? Who do you think would announce a messiah’s birth in our generation?

4. Mary and Joseph were turned away at the inn in Bethlehem. This was because of the census being taken. All of Joseph’s family was in town! Have you considered they must have been turned away by family? How must have Joseph felt?

Posted on December 20th by David Wood

Advent with Casowasco: Week 3 - Joy

Advent with Casowasco: Week 3 - Joy

The third installment of our 2019 Advent Study is based on Isaiah 11

The book of Isaiah foretells the coming Messiah that we know today as Jesus. The ancient Hebrews were faced with turmoil, conflict, oppression, and it was often hard to look at their circumstances and feel joy. Yet in these times where it would be easy to despair, they were given the promise of joy to come.

The image of something new coming from the roots or remains of the past is one that we can take solace in when we struggle to find joy in our daily lives. We know that we are part of a lineage of faith, that salvation is promised and joy is ours for the taking because of Jesus.

Guiding Questions for Small Group Discussion:

1. Knowing that the one we anticipate has a Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and fear in the Lord, what joy does this give you?

2. What does it mean to delight in the fear of the Lord?

3.Where have you found joy this advent season? From what stumps/roots of the past has this joy grown from?

 

Posted on December 13th by David Wood

2nd Installment of Advent with Casowasco Released

The second installment of our 2019 Advent Study is based on Luke 1:26-56

This week we reflect on Mary, the mother of Jesus. While Mary is strong in her faith, and sure of the love of God, she does what we all would do, she questions how she it is possible that she of all people is chosen by God for this work.

As we continue our journey, we should take time to reflect on the times in our life that we have felt God’s call to action. What holy work has God set aside for us to complete? Do we feel worthy of the call? Do we feel capable of completing it?

The answer? On our own, it’s no. However, we as people of faith know that we are not called to this work alone. We have a covenant with the God of creation, a covenant of love. Our God pledges to work with us and through us on the journey.

Guiding Questions for Small Group Discussion:

1.Reflect and discuss the above questions in relation to calls you have felt from God.

2.Mary finds herself facing a great amount of social criticism, yet still is able to praise and love God in the face of it all. Have you ever found it difficult to praise and love God in the face of overwhelming obstacles?

3.Have you ever experienced God’s love in a surprising way? Was the experience overwhelming? Did you doubt yourself or your worthiness? How did you respond?

Posted on December 6th by David Wood

First Installment of Advent Study - Hope

First Installment of Advent Study - Hope

Advent with Casowasco: Stories for the Season: Week 1 - Hope

The first installment of our 2019 Advent Study is based on Mark 1:1-8.

We begin our advent study with John the Baptist and the message of hope he brought, fulfilling the Old Testament prophecy and preparing the way for the coming of Jesus. This is the start of a journey, and while we know that journey leads to the Cross and ultimately the Resurrection, the people who heard John speak had no clue where this journey would lead them.

As we begin our journey through Advent, we do not yet know where it may lead, or where we may find ourselves at the end of it. However, God has prepared a way for us, and will guide us along the way.

Guiding Questions for Small Group Discussion:

1. Who has been the John the Baptizer, the voice crying out in the wilderness in your life?

2. What have you anticipated for in the wilderness?

3. What does it mean to you to have a living hope?

4. How did John the Baptist provide hope? To the Judean countryside? To Jerusalem? To you today?

5. What doubts do you think were in the hearts and minds of the people who heard John’s message of hope but could not yet see how it would come to be fulfilled?

6. What messages of hope has God been sending you lately? Have you doubted them because you do not yet see how they may be fulfilled?

Posted on November 29th by David Wood

Casowasco Announces 4-Part Advent Video Series

Casowasco Announces 4-Part Advent Video Series

Join us each Friday throughout Advent as we explore Stories for the Season! Each video will be published Friday afternoon and contain music and story to help us in this season of preparation, as we journey towards the celebration of the birth of Christ! Churches, Sunday School Classes, Youth Groups, Families, and anyone else who would like are invited to not only join us each week, but to use these videos as a resource this advent season! Our first installation will be on Friday of next week (11/29) and will be posted on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, and casowasco.org. We hope you’ll join your hearts with ours this Advent season!

Posted on November 22nd by David Wood

Mike Huber Reflects on 27 Years of Ministry at Casowasco

Mike Huber Reflects on 27 Years of Ministry at Casowasco

By now, you may have heard that after almost 30 years of ministry at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center, Mike Huber is transitioning to focus entirely on his role as Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries for the Upper New York Conference. There are more details in the linked article here: https://www.unyumc.org/news/article/new-structure-in-uny-camp-retreat-ministries. The following is a message from Mike:


Posted on October 30th by David Wood

Casowasco to Offer American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

Casowasco to Offer American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

Casowasco is offering an American Red Cross Lifeguard & Waterfront Certification Training this spring! The course is from Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, May 31 and will include classroom learning in addition to practical training in both a pool and waterfront setting. Overnight housing and meals will be provided at Casowasco for the duration of the course.

This course will be FREE OF CHARGE for anyone who successfully completes the course and serves a full summer as a Lifeguard at any Upper New York Conference summer camp this season!

Call 315-364-8756 or email dave@casowasco.org to register today!

Posted on April 25th by David Wood

Spring 2019 Edition of Xenia is Available

Spring 2019 Edition of Xenia is Available



The Spring 2019 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 April 2nd by Matthew Williams

Corrections to Program Poster

Corrections to Program Poster

The following information was incorrectly listed on the poster for Summer Camp 2019. It is corrected below:

1. Game On! will occur from Sunday, July 21 through Friday, July 26, 2019. (Poster listed July 28 - August 2)

2. Master Chef will occur from Sunday, July 21 through Friday, July 26, 2019. (Poster listed July 22 - July 27)

3. Motor Madness will occur from Sunday, July 28 through Friday, August 2, 2019. (Poster listed July 21 - 26)

4. Art Gallery ‘46 will occur from Sunday, July 28 through Friday, August 2, 2019. (Poster listed July 21 - 26)

5. Circus of the Kids is for campers ages 9-14. (Poster listed ages 13-18)

6. Lights, Camera, Action is for campers ages 11-14. (Poster listed ages 13-18)

We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have questions, please feel free to call us at 315-364-8756.

Posted on April 1st by David Wood

Committee on & Director of CRM Publish Letter In Response to Special Session of General Conference

Committee on & Director of CRM Publish Letter In Response to Special Session of General Conference

Click here to view a full screen version for easier reading


CRMletter

Posted on March 18th by Mike Huber

Be A Donor 2018

Be A Donor 2018

What does it mean to be a donor?

It means actively engaging with the ministry of Casowasco and Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries. It means doing something more than just supporting this ministry with your voice and your prayers (both of which are immensely important.) It means actively underwriting the operational and program costs associated with offering a ministry that truly transforms lives.

Beginning with #GivingTuesday on November 27, 2018, and continuing through the remainder of this year, we invite you to Be A Donor to the Casowasco Annual Fund.

Over the coming weeks, we invite you to stay tuned to our Facebook page to learn more about what your generous financial donation supports.

Whether you ultimately decide to give $5/week, $15/month, or a one-time gift of $5000, we thank you in advance for choosing to Be A Donor!

BE A DONOR!

This link will take you to the Upper New York Camp & Retreat Center’s donation portal. Please select “Casowasco Annual Fund” from the drop-down menu at the top of that form if you would like your donation to be used specifically for Casowasco. Donations to the “CRM Annual Fund” will be used where most needed at the end of the year.

Posted on November 22nd by Matthew Williams