Confirmation Retreats

Bring your confirmation classes to Holmes for a weekend full of exploring faith and enjoying fellowship with youth from other churches from the region!

We will spend time together as a large group, divided into small groups that represent all the participating churches, as well as some time for camp fun!

All retreats will be held in Nunemaker, our youth retreat building with cabin-style rooms of bunk beds and shared bathrooms, with common areas for our sessions and fellowship.  Church groups will be divided by gender, with youth staying in rooms immediately next to rooms of their adult leaders. Church groups will be split as evenly as possible to create the small groups for the retreat. Meals are provided by Chef Bobby up the hill at Agape, Friday dinner through Saturday dinner.  As weather permits, we will also be able to hike and play!

Check-in will be Friday at 6 pm at Nunemaker, with dinner served at Agape at 7:00 pm.  The retreat will end Saturday with dinner, which will be served at 6:00 pm.

What to pack:

Clothes: The temperature at Holmes is often 10-15 degrees cooler, so pack clothes, jackets, etc that are appropriate for the weather! As we’re able, we will be outside for games and free time.

Linens: Sleeping bag or sheets/blankets, pillow , towel, washcloth

Miscellaneous: Toiletries, Bible, flashlight, notebook/paper, pen/pencil

We encourage participants to leave their phones/tablets at home, or at least packed away for free time. We find that these are distractions to fellowship and conversations.

2018 Dates

March 2 – 3, 2018

“Finding Your Part in the Family of God”

Leaders: Timothy Wotring, New York City Young Adult Volunteer Site Coordinator; Maura Drewery, Simon Doong and Patrick Long, New York City Young Adult Volunteers

The family of God has many parts, with many different roles and responsibilities.  We’ll explore how God calls us to use our gifts in serving God and the family of God.



March 16 – 17, 2018

Leader and Theme to be announced


April 13 – 14, 2018  

“Within Me and All Around Me:

Leader: Sarah Lucas, Farmer and Educator at Yarrow Hollow Farm, Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center

Beginning and ending with faith, we will consider the relationships between a seemingly broad range of topics including religion, science, personal health, environmental ethics, food systems, and social justice. Together we will establish the perceptual tools with which we may each go forth in meaning, recognizing and sustained by the Divine within and all around us.



Retreats will be limited to 75 participants; a minimum of 20 participants is needed to run a retreat.

Each church is expected to bring at least 1 adult for every 7 youth of the same gender.  Adult leaders will be expected to help facilitate small group discussions and activities, using topics and supplies provided.  Adult leaders have found these retreats as great opportunities to get to know their youth better, and have gained as much faith development as their youth!  If you have any questions or concerns about being able to fulfill this role, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Natasha Taylor, Summer Camp and Youth Programs Director at

Registration for these retreats must go through your church! Please print the 2018 Confirmation Retreat Brochure, making a copy for each youth and adult participant and submit them, and church check made out to “Presbyterian Conference Association” to Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center, 60 Denton Lake Rd, Holmes NY 12531.

If your church is registering online, please contact your Confirmation leader for your group’s Group Hold ID number.  You must use your church’s Group Hold ID when registering for Confirmation Retreats!  If you have created an account to register for previous retreats OR Summer Camp, please use the same log in – if you have forgotten it, please contact us and we can retrieve it.  You can register online here.