Retreats are designed to be a relaxed time

Lakeside cabin in winter covered with snow

Retreats are designed to be a relaxed time for teens, young adults, families, and couples to receive rest, fellowship, and solid teaching from Scripture. Retreats are normally held in the fall, winter, and spring seasons.

Teen Fall Retreat

Ages: 14-19

Sunset on the lake

Camp length: 3 days, 2 nights (weekend)
Cost: No cost. Learn more

Teen Fall Retreat is a camp favorite that happens in mid-September. This is a weekend of Bible teaching, relaxation, and a time of connection for teens as they enjoy canoeing and kayaking, sports, hiking, group activities, and more. Teen Fall Retreat is the first retreat of the season, giving encouragement and a spiritual boost as teens take a break from their busy lives to enjoy nature, friends, and teaching from the word of God.

Family Fall Retreats

Ages: all ages

Family Fall Retreat out on the lake

Camp length: 4 days, 3 nights (long weekend)
Cost: No cost. Learn more

Because of such high demand, there are three Family Fall Retreats offered each year: First, Second, and Third Family Fall Retreat. This retreat is an opportunity to bring the whole family for a relaxing weekend of fellowship, fun, and teaching from the Word. Children enjoy games and engaging Bible messages, and adults are provided extra opportunities for fellowship and encouragement from the Word. Many enjoy hiking in the woods or canoeing and fishing on the lake as they admire the brilliant fall foliage.

Winter Retreat

Ages: 15-19

Chapel during winter with snow

Camp length: 6 days, 5 nights.
Cost: No cost. Learn more

Winter Retreat starts the day after Christmas and goes until New Year's Eve. Teens and young adults can enjoy a week of Bible teaching, delicious food, quality fellowship, and winter activities (including daily skiing trips to Giant's Ridge ski resort!)

This week is a chance to unplug and reconnect with friends, mentors, and most importantly, the Lord. Sound Bible teaching bolsters spiritual growth, and there is plenty of time to reflect, discuss, and deepen friendships.

While the gym is almost always busy with basketball, volleyball, or dodgeball tournaments, the outdoors provides opportunities to sled, trek across the frozen lake, go ice fishing, or play broomball and snow football. If you want to warm up, there are often board games and hot beverages in the dining hall or impromptu music sessions in the chapel.

Each day there is an opportunity to go to Giant's Ridge for skiing or snowboarding. Bring your gear or rent from the resort; you will also need to purchase your own lift ticket each day.

Couples Retreat

Ages: adults

Couples enjoy spending time together at SBL

Camp length: 3 days, 2 nights (weekend)
Cost: No cost. Learn more

A yearly couples retreat is an excellent time for married spouses to relax, enjoy solid Bible teaching and grow together in the Lord. Usually held in February, couples can come prepared for indoor activities like board games in the dining hall, and pickleball and volleyball in the gym. There are outdoor activities as well like hiking and enjoying the fresh pine air. Couples Retreat is a great opportunity for couples to connect with each other and with other couples. Husband-and-wife speakers provide mentoring and practical insight from God's word.

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Men's Retreat

Ages: all ages

Men's retreat fishing

Camp length: 3 days, 2 nights (weekend)
Cost: No cost. Learn more

Men's Retreat is a great time for men to enjoy some guy time! Held in the middle of May, Story Book is thawing out and getting ready for the summer camp season. At this retreat, guys of all ages can expect plenty of fishing, sports, kayaking, archery, lots of good food, and time to hear and discuss God's Word.

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I love Story Book! It is basically a second home in the summer and a great getaway in the winter. Everyone there is super kind and willing to do whatever to serve the Lord. The worship is always inspiring and uplifting, The messages are always very intelligent and thought through, and the food is fantastic! I really enjoy Swimming, Sports, Games, and hanging out with friends there. Overall a great experience with great people!

Isaac T. - Teen Camper

Story Book Lodge is the most unique place, because all who visit are equal. It does not matter if you show up in a fancy car, or a rust bucket. Once that bell rings at 5:30 for supper Sunday night, all in attendance quickly feel welcomed and accepted. You find yourself quickly forgetting about the world you left back home, and are showered with truth from the Bible about all things eternal. Stuff that really matters.

Peter and Joanna K. - Parents/Staff

SBL has been an amazing place to send our children. We love that our kids have been able to develop relationships with other Christians from different places and backgrounds. The time away from normal distractions of life to focus on spiritual things is invaluable in this day and age. Not only have our kids enjoyed being campers, but they have had the amazing opportunity to apply what they have learned as camp staff.

Carolyn S. - Parent

Storybook Lodge is one of my favorite places to be. It has influenced my life incredibly. I would not be able to go to Storybook if it was not a free camp, thanks be to God. I was saved at Story Book when I was eleven, and have continued to grow in my faith whenever I come to Story Book. I have not found a more loving and accepting place on earth than Story Book. The counselors and speakers at Storybook meet you where you are in your faith, and always give you something to encourage you, convict you, or just something to think about more. I'm so thankful for Storybook and everything it provides.

Chloe H. - Teen Camper