What is there to do at Glisson? There's more to retreats than lodging, meals, and meeting space; a group needs to do things together to truly grow together. We offer a wide variety of retreat programming for your group to experience. Take a look at the following programming options to see what could enhance your upcoming retreat.
Time after time, we've seen groups grow stronger after working together to make something happen. Trust is developed; confidence is built; acceptance is felt; a team is formed through a unique shared experience. Our Challenge Course is designed to create those experiences for our guests – to foster friendships and develop trust while working as a team and enjoying an element together. To find out which element is right for your group, hover over the pictures below for info and links. For rates and reservations, follow this link: Reservations. Note: Please make requests at least 30 days in advance. Also, please review our Participant Waiver.
Built in 2008, our swimming center features a diving board and slide in a 10-ft deep end and gradual stair entry into its shallow end. The water is treated with an eye-friendly saline solution rather than chlorine, and is solar-heated to make for a more comfortable swim for more of the year. The pool is open to retreat groups from April-May and August-October. Session includes certified Glisson lifeguards. Contact Us for info on scheduling the swimming pool. Please make programming requests 30 days in advance of your retreat.
Built in 2015, the Lake Hale waterfront is open to retreat groups in April-May and August-October. Waterfront activities include a tandem zip line, Blob, and tandem Wet Willie water slides. Lake kayaking is also available on a separate smaller lake, Lake Neal, and is booked separately from waterfront activities. For local river kayaking trips, see Group Adventure Trips below. Session includes trained Glisson lifeguards. Contact Us for info on scheduling. Please make programming requests 30 days in advance of your retreat.
We're now offering fully programmed adventure retreats for groups led by experienced guides and focused on team building, spiritual development, and outdoor living skills. Groups can choose to go backpacking, kayaking, climbing, horseback riding, or to camp out at our Outpost campsite and participate in activities such as low elements, climbing tree, archery, nature hikes, and creek hikes. It's all the adventure of our Outpost summer program we offer campers...custom-designed for your retreat group. Check out the Outpost overview video for general info on the site and activities and the Outpost Adventure Retreats page for more details.
Reserve the Ball Field (in middle of camp) or full-size Rec Field (behind Lake Hale: coming April 2016) for playing large-group field games. And in case of inclement weather, you can request to use the heated Holland Activities Building or Old Rec Hall for indoor games and activities. Contact Us for info on reserving activity space at least 30 days in advance of your retreat.
Reserve a campsite for roasting s'mores or having a worship service. Swofford Amphitehater provides a peaceful setting for worship and campfires on the banks of Lake Hale; a fire pit was added to provide for evening fireside worship and group activities (see Waterfront Activities slideshow above for pictures). Fire places or rings are also available on the Dining Hall front porch, the Program Center (old dining hall) front porch, along Cane Creek, behind the Chapel, below the Ivie field, and in a few other areas around camp. The stone Prayer Chapel below the new Dining Hall is also available for smaller groups to have a time of prayerful reflection. Contact Us for info on reserving activity space at least 30 days in advance of your retreat.
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 including the trail to our Outpost Campsite and back. 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 – located in Village Camp, a short hike from Outpost. Cane Creek meanders through both Village and Outpost. In warmer weather, ask us about taking your group on a guided creek hike. Contact Us for info on these activities.
"Our camper says he feels closer to God when he is at Glisson. He says he takes that feeling home with him each summer."
Craig, father of a 2013 Village camper