Church Camps and Retreat Centers

Church Camps, Retreat and Renewal Centers

Building community and fellowship

Human development and self and social awareness are fundamental values of the Swedenborgian Church, and those values find continued and committed expression in all of the educational programs and institutes supported by it. The Swedenborgian Church has a tradition of summer camps going back for over a century.

Almont New Church Assembly and Retreat Center

The Almont New Church Assembly and Retreat Center, in Allenton, Michigan, was founded in 1899 and provides the perfect opportunity to ‘unplug’.  Almont Summer School, held in July, is a week long family camp and has a long history of bringing together Swedenborgians of all ages, from 1 to 100, to live, play, and care for one another in a fun and safe setting.  In a world where we are often moving too fast, Almont is a great place to slow down and reconnect with what it is to come home to spiritual community.

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Fryeburg New Church Assembly

Fryeburg New Church Assembly is a 2-week, multi-generational, Swedenborgian summer camp on 20+ acres of pine forest along the Saco River in Fryeburg Maine. The daily program includes chapel for the whole camp, two lectures and a discussion group for adults, and religion classes for teens and children in the morning. Afternoon Book Club spiritual discussion group; swimming, canoeing, sandcastles, and sunbathing at the clear, cool waters of the Saco River; and rest and relaxation are in the afternoon. There are regular evening activities, like travelogs, concerts, games, crafts, camper presentations on a wide range of subjects, and the annual Lalla Searle Memorial Scrabble Tournament! Middle Saturday, participate in or help out with the Dole 3 Miler Road Race in honor of the Rev. Dr. George F. Dole to help raise funds for the Assembly, the Fryeburg New Church in town, and the rail trail across the street where the race is held. Accommodations include a baker’s dozen of family cabins overlooking the river, rooms in the main building, supervised dorms for the teens, and tent and RV sites with electricity and water hookups. Professional cooks provide nutritious meals with an extensive salad bar always available at lunch and dinner. Newcomers first impression of the camp is often along the lines of “Oh! It is SO beautiful here!” The FNCA is looking forward to it’s Centennial Celebration in 2021 when the 2-week session will be packed with daily special events marking our first 100 years together!

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Paulhaven Children's Camp

Paulhaven Children’s Camp, is a Swedenborgian Youth Camp for ages 10 to 18, in Edmonton Canada.  Camp runs the third week in July, starting on Sunday and ending on Saturday.  The week includes swimming, team games, skits, campfire/singing, baseball day, boating, church classes, services daily, free time, a full dance on the last night with a DJ, crafts, and more. This small camp can house 40 campers (16 boys, 24 girls), so it fills up pretty quickly. There is a small group of people that own cabins on the lot that house the staff for the week. All the staff volunteers their time for the week. We love having visitors from the other churches come through. Everyone always has a positive experience.

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Mosswood Hollow Retreat Center

 Mosswood Hollow Retreat Center, nestled on forty acres in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, abounds in natural beauty and grace. Founded in 1983, in Duvall near Seattle, Washington,  with the intent of fulfilling a longtime vision of providing a space for people to come to for learning, healing and renewal. The events that frequent here are primarily between fifteen and thirty-five people, although we also host day events, larger celebrations, family reunions, and weddings of up to seventy-five.

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Temenos at Broad Run and Conference Center

Temenos is a Greek word for ‘sacred space’. Temenos at Broad Run & Conference Center is an outreach of Love from Temenos Church which honors all paths in the Swedenborgian Tradition. A growing community that welcomes all who seek to be of service to the greater good by practicing kindness. Workshops on a wide variety of programs such as yoga, tai chi, sound meditations, interfaith choir, and poetry readings are presented.

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