Lebanon Valley Camps Gretna Glen and Kenbrook Offer Fun for all Ages

May 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm EST
Recreation and Family-Fun Activities


Whether hosting wide-eyed children on a summer afternoon or corporate executives retreating from the hectic pace of the office, Lebanon’s lush hills and valleys provide a welcomed respite.

No fewer than five camps call the Lebanon Valley home, including Kenbrook, Gretna Glen, YMCA Camp Shand, Camp Kirchenwald and Bashore Scout Reservation. Each serves the community, as well as visitors escaping more crowded municipalities. Gretna Glen and Kenbrook began as church-founded summer camps for children, but have grown to encompass much more.

Gretna Glen Camp and Retreat Center is a 200-acre facility located near Mount Gretna. Founded by the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of United Methodist Church, the camp has been serving the outdoor needs of Pennsylvania children since 1892.

In the summers, those needs continue to be met through its various camping programs. Whether day campers or overnight visitors, children can take part in a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities, including swimming, archery, boating, crafts and challenge courses of various levels of difficulty. During the other three seasons of the year, Gretna Glen is turned over to adults – for retreats, meetings or simple leisure in the camp’s scenic forest.

New to Gretna Glen is Team Builders Training, a program serving corporate, and school and community groups with a wide variety of staff development and life skills training options. Team Builders Training offers one-hour to multiple-day programs that are custom designed to work at the group’s goals and in such a manner that the learning experiences are inclusive to all members of the group.

At Kenbrook, founded in 1949 by the Fairland Brethren in Christ Church, children and adults find much to do among the rolling hills and woodlands. The facility offers hiking trails, a canoeing lake, swimming pool, gymnasium/game room, ropes courses and full dining facilities. Adults who visit for corporate training, meetings or retreats find motel-style accommodations and a conference center. The sleeping areas for the children are more rustic.

Besides the summer camp opportunities, Kenbrook also allows its youth to “Venture Out,” a program of high-adventure trips that include backpacking in the White Mountains or canoeing on the Potomac.

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