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Youth Group Venues and Retreat Centers

When scouting possible youth group venues, check out local community centers or universities where you’ll find a wide range of facilities for a reasonable cost. You’ll often have access to outdoor areas, athletic fields, and even tennis courts, which will come in handy for group activities. Universities and colleges can also often provide on-campus accommodations at a reasonable price plus they may help the children become better acquainted with each other.

Depending on the length of the youth camp or retreat, catering services may be necessary. This is when you want to select youth retreat centers that can provide dining options on-site because it makes the process of running the event easier. Additionally, the location of youth group venues will be a key factor when picking the ideal venue. To make the search simple, use the assisted search form to browse youth retreat centers by state. You'll also find information about specific features and options of each venue that can include A/V equipment availability, group size limits, the cost and much more.


Colorado State University

Our office proudly hosts close to 100 youth programs each year including athletics, religious, cultural and leadership. Our state of the art Recreation Center equipped with basketball courts, a pool with a lazy river, a rock wall, beach volley ball courts, various multipurpose gymnasium spaces, and intramural fields is the perfect venue for any and all athletic needs. Parents can rest assured that their children are in a safe space within our contained 1 square mile campus radius with little motor vehicle traffic.

District of Columbia

Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar

Bobby McKey's plays host to Youth Groups visiting our Nation's Capital, Washington D.C.. When the pavement has been pounded, the sites have been absorbed, and the history has been admired, bring your group into Bobby McKey's for a unique experience that will leave a lasting impression as a highlight of their trip! Just beyond the magnificent landscape of D.C. lies the beautiful National Harbor along the Potomac River, and herein you will find the DC's One & Only Dueling Piano Show. Bobby McKey's takes all of your musical requests from 'Happy' to 'Don't Stop Believin' to 'Let it Go', your group decides what we play. When looking at a well-rounded itinerary for a once in a lifetime trip, Bobby McKey's should be on your play list!

"I had a meeting with the group yesterday and one of the favorite spots of the trip after their surveys with the kids was your venue. So, needless to say, we are wanting to book again for next year, but with a bit longer time. We're looking over dates right now, and I will let you know as soon as we have an idea. Thanks." Erin, Chicago, IL


Illinois State University

Illinois State University is centrally located just hours from Chicago and St. Louis and has nearly 200 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, classrooms, and auditoriums of all sizes and configurations, plus indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, and air-conditioned residence halls in the summer months that support a wide range of youth camp needs.

Lake Williamson Christian Center

Lake Williamson, a St Louis region Conference center, offers year-round recreation and accommodations for up to 1200 overnight guests. We offer an extensive list of basic recreation activities including: 2 indoor gymnasiums, racquetball and wallyball courts, blacklight sports, fitness room, climbing wall, indoor pool with hot tub, outdoor athletic fields, gaga ball, 9 square, disc golf, mini golf, ladder golf, hiking trails, bonfires, hayrides, outdoor pool, and the lake with a beach and activities. Add some excitement to your event with Eagle Crest Adventures; offering team building and outdoor education programs. Team building programs can be hosted on the indoor high ropes course, low-to-the-ground initiatives course, climbing tower, indoor climbing gym, or Eagle's Flight zip line. All of our programs will get your group moving and working together to accomplish challenges that build relationships, confidence and group growth.

University of Illinois Conferences & Special Events

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is dedicated to providing housing, dining, and meeting space options that are ideal for youth groups. Our in house dietitian is available to assist youth participants with food allergies. Our award winning Dining Services offer healthy and delicious menu items that appeal to all ages. Our affordable rates are ideal for youth camps. We look forward to helping you with your next event!

Western Illinois University

Host your camp or conference at Western Illinois University! We offer overnight accommodations for up to 3000 guests.

Overnight accommodations include:
  • Air Conditioned Rooms, Halls, and Buildings
  • Clean, comfortable rooms that include two single beds, desk(s), wardrobe(s), and nightstand(s)
  • Linens (pillow, blanket, linens, towel, and washcloth)
  • 24 hour Front Desk Assistance
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Floor Lounges
  • Community bathrooms/shower
  • On-site Dining Center
We offer meeting spaces, electronic classrooms, auditoriums, quality food service, indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities, and much more!
  • The Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center, which offers Basketball Courts, Volleyball Court, Badminton Courts, Aquatic Center, Racquetball Courts, Ping Pong Tables and more
  • Horn Field Campus, located one mile south of Macomb, this 92 acre retreat includes woodlands, prairie, and several miles of nature trails. The atmosphere is rustic and relaxed, a perfect place for family reunions, youth group get-togethers, business meetings, weddings, professional and academic conferences, office retreats, and other gatherings.
  • We offer multiple meeting facilities across campus, with seating for ten up to 1,000.

We can also assist you in planning your group’s meal requirements for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Sodexo Campus Services provides food service for all your dining needs ranging from brown bag lunches to catered receptions.


Sunstream Retreat Center

Sunstream, a Des Moines region retreat center, offers year-round recreation and accommodations for up to 350 overnight guests. We offer an extensive list of basic recreation activities including: indoor gymnasium, blacklight sports, game room, athletic fields, basketball courts, sand volleyball, three sided climbing tower, gaga ball, human fooseball, disc golf, mini golf, archery and slingshot ranges, hiking trails, bonfires, hayrides, outdoor pool, and the Rush Mountain activity hill. Add some excitement to your event with Adventure Recreation; offering team building and zip line adventures. All of our programs will get your group moving and working together to accomplish challenges that build relationships, confidence and group growth.


University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland, College Park, is located just nine miles from Washington, DC and all the treasures of the nation's capital. Each summer we offer student residences and cafeteria style meals for meetings, conferences, and youth programs. Throughout the year, special events, seminars, weddings, trade shows, conferences, and athletic events can be arranged in one of our many outstanding facilities. Learn more at our Unique Venues profile or our website or contact Joe Criscuoli '82, Marketing & Sales Coordinator, at 301-314-7884 or


Hampshire College | Event Services & Summer Programs

Located in the scenic Pioneer Valley, Hampshire College is set on a charming campus at the foot of the Mount Holyoke Range. Perfect for youth groups and camps of all sizes, our campus offers a variety of dynamic meeting, function, and recreational facilities; comfortable overnight accommodations; as well as fresh, innovative, and sustainably sourced dining options. Hampshire College is close to major highways, airports, bus-lines, and train stations providing for ease of accessibility.

Campus facilities include a variety of: seminar rooms, lecture halls, dance studios, music rooms, theaters, and a recital hall. In addition, there are several unique and non-traditional spaces for meetings, gatherings, or brainstorming sessions. Recreational facilities include: a 25-yard swimming pool, an 8000 square-foot fieldhouse and playing floor, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, basketball courts, and multipurpose recreational/athletic fields. Participants can also enjoy our 800 acres of meadows, woods, and nature trails for hiking, biking, and exploring.

In addition, the Pioneer Valley offers an array of wide-open spaces with thousands of acres of parks, winding rivers, and mountains for hiking. Our professional culinary staff committed to providing unique dining options that are alive with flavor. Three meals per day are served daily in our Dining Commons in an “all-you-can-eat” buffet style. We offer an array of fresh breads, fruits, salad/soup bar, hot entrees, and delicious desserts. Our team also specializes in tailoring menus to meet dietary needs of all kinds.

Overnight accommodations are available in both traditional dormitory or apartment-style residence halls. The majority of overnight rooms are single occupancy with some double-occupancy rooms available in each hallway/apartment. Bedrooms are furnished and can include linen packets if desired.

Mount Holyoke College Summer Conferences

Mount Holyoke College is located in the beautiful suburb of South Hadley, MA. We are a 40 minute drive to Hartford, CT and 1.5 hours to Boston. Our tranquil setting is easily accessible by plane, bus and train as well. Mount Holyoke College has numerous green spaces for extra curricular activities as well as a superb athletic facility ideal for sports camps complete with indoor and outdoor tennis courts and indoor 8 lane-25 yard pool and dive tank. All of our classrooms are equipped with a computer, projector and screen. Computer labs and large auditoriums round out our academic spaces, but there is so much more to see and experience. If you are looking for a venue for your residential youth program, please call 413-538-2333 or visit our webpage at for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.



Faholo, a Detroit region conference center, exists to serve guests with a cheerful heart in a manner that exceeds expectations and exemplifies Christ’s love in the spirit of 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love.” Faholo features year-round recreation and accommodations for up to 500 overnight guests along with dining and meeting space for up to 700 guests.  Our retreat packages include lodging, dining, meeting, and recreation; recreation options are numerous at Faholo!  We offer an indoor gymnasium, game room, fitness room, indoor pool and hot tub, outdoor pool, lake front with beach and activities, athletic fields, indoor rock climbing, disc golf, bonfires, and hayrides. Add some excitement to your event with our high ropes course or get your group moving and working together to accomplish challenges that build relationships, confidence and group growth with our team building programs!

Lost Valley Retreat Center

Lost Valley, a northern Michigan retreat center, offers your group an away-from-it-all experience with modern amenities in a setting close to nature. Lost Valley is open seasonally from May to October and is a great venue for youth camps and retreats. Lost Valley offers accommodations for up to 250 overnight guests. We offer an extensive list of basic recreation activities including: acres of athletic fields, basketball, volleyball, disc golf, go karts, hiking trails, bonfires, hayrides, and a lake with beach and activities. Add some excitement to your event with team building programs hosted on the high ropes course, low-to-the-ground initiatives course, or the climbing tower with zip line finish. All of our programs will get your group moving and working together to accomplish challenges that build relationships, confidence and group growth.


Eagle Rock Retreat Center

Eagle Rock, an Ozark Mountain retreat center, spans 1,500 acres of gorgeous mountain vistas and offers year-round recreation and accommodations for up to 250 overnight guests. We offer an extensive list of basic recreation activities including: acres of athletic fields, basketball, volleyball, disc golf, bouldering wall, archery and slingshot ranges, hiking trails, bonfires, hayrides, and saltwater outdoor pool. Add some excitement to your event with Adventure Recreation. We host programs on the high ropes course, low-to-the-ground initiatives course, and the climbing tower with zip line finish. All of our programs will get your group moving and working together to accomplish challenges that build relationships, confidence and group growth.

New Jersey

TCNJ - The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey is proud to host the New Jersey Association of Student Councils on our campus.  This group of active student leaders comes to our campus three times a year.  Their fall conference is about to happen (next week!) and we are expecting over 1500 High School Leaders to attend and learn about best practices for debates and presentations.  This group returns in January for another well attended leadership program and Student Leadership campagining process.  In the summer we host a two week Leadership Training Camp.  We are excited to partner with this wonderful program!

New York

Manhattan College

This past summer Manhattan College Conference Services team hosted more than 3,000 youth from across the nation and around the globe. These youth programs consisted of ESL and academic development and learning programs from a variety of clients domestic and foreign. Most consisted of one to two week sessions from mid June thru mid August. Our easy access to midtown NYC from the local #1 Subway line makes travel to and from campus an MTA MetroCard swipe away, which many groups take advantage of. These groups also utilize our on campus suite style housing, resident and retail dining facilities, catering, as well as state-of-the-art classrooms and meeting spaces. Interest for summer 2016 continues to be strong with these and other youth programs seeking to return for another year of learning and sightseeing around metro New York.


Memorial University, Grenfell Campus

Grenfell's Arts and Science Residence is ideal for any kind of youth groups. Whether it is for a year end school trip, a sport meet or a special youth program, we will have all your needs covered! We will keep your group on the same floor and avoid putting other guests in the same area as your group. All rooms have semi-private bathrooms. We offer competitive group rates! We also have your catering needs taken care of by our new food provider "The Grove". Check out the website to see the menu.


Carleton University, Conference Services

Throughout the summer months, Ottawa’s Carleton University campus becomes the perfect location for your youth group retreat and camp. With newly-renovated and fully air-conditioned Residence buildings capable of housing up to 3,000 guests, on-campus meal options and 24hr reception and security services, you can rest assured that Carleton is committed to the comfort and safety of its youth guests.

Our athletics complex, located on campus a short walk from Residence, boasts a comprehensive hockey facility featuring a state of the art arena, a 4,500 square metre indoor sports field with a track, 50-metre indoor L-shaped pool with Olympic diving boards, and a variety of other sports and fitness options to keep youth entertained and challenged throughout their stay at Carleton.

Our in-house event planning team is happy to assist you in the coordination of your stay at Carleton, and can answer any questions you may have about our amenities. For more information check out

St. Lawrence College Event and Banquet Services

St. Lawrence College is the perfect venue for hosting youth-groups. Our classrooms, summer accommodations, campus grounds, and staff can provide youth-groups a terrific experience at a reasonable cost. St. Lawrence College is located in a safe, residential neighborhood right across from Lake Ontario and Lake Ontario Park. Youth-groups especially can take advantage of the recreational opportunities, parks and bike trails in Kingston, Ontario. Everything is just minutes from campus. St. Lawrence College stands out amongst the rest when it comes to planning and hosting youth-groups.


Allegheny College

The Office of Conference and Event Services at Allegheny College can help your youth group host its next program in a truly unique and historic campus setting. The College’s picturesque landscape, extensive facilities and convenient location make the campus an ideal setting for events. The historic beauty of Ford Memorial Chapel and the rustic bridge lend a touch of tradition and charm on campus.

At the same time, the College remains at the forefront of technology through:
  • video-conferencing equipment
  • several “smart classrooms”
Complemented by the campus’s extensive indoor recreational facilities and the outdoor opportunities of northwestern Pennsylvania, the College’s technological capabilities make the campus a model site for youth groups to hold conferences, programs and camps.

The summer of 2017 will include ASM Materials Camp for High School Students and programs for children and high school students on topics such as music, dance and athletics. 

Eastern University Conferences

Eastern University would love to host your youth camp this summer! Eastern University, located outside Philadelphia, is the perfect location for any mission groups, educational camps, and youth focused groups.

At Eastern University, hospitality is our ministry, and we want to ensure you have the best experience. Stay overnight in our residence halls, have meals in our Dining Commons (bagged meals available as well), and have your group meetings right on campus! Our campus is also home to beautiful walking paths, lakes, recreation spaces, a pool, and state-of-the-art Planetarium. Eastern University has been named one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country, and we wish to share that with you.

Please contact us with any questions or a request for a proposal. We hope to see you this summer!

Villanova University Conferences

“Camp Villanova” at Villanova University in the beautiful Philadelphia Main Line suburbs is a term we use to describe the wide array of organizations we host that stage their camps and summer programs for youth on our campus. Our summer camp leaders and campers prefer Villanova University as their camp site because:

• The campus consists of a pastoral, green 250 acre landscape featuring buildings of traditional stone architecture with modern camp/program amenities.
• Villanova is in an incredibly convenient location; one-half mile off I-476, 15 minutes from the PA Turnpike, 15 miles west of Center City Phila and its attractions, 20 minutes to Valley Forge National Historic Park, and, the campus has a commuter train station on campus that conveniently connects to the entire region, the Philadelphia Airport and the AMTRAK rail station downtown.
• There is a ropes challenge course available for reservation with Villanova facilitators who will consult to focus on targeted program objectives.
• Comfortable, traditional dorms are air-conditioned and include full bed linen service.
• Classrooms, lecture halls, event spaces, outdoor recreation and sports facilities all reflect Villanova’s status as the #1 ranked mid-size university in the Northeast by US News and World Report for each of the past 25 years!
• Eating, meeting and sleeping accommodations are priced at a great value, and complimentary guest Wi-Fi is available all over campus.
• The Office of Conference Service is a proud sponsor of Villanova Basketball and features the Camp Villanova brand in our advertising, which helps to recruit attendees for all of our camp guest groups.
• And, finally, our camps dine on the BEST FOOD anywhere as recently evidenced by our self-operated Dining Services’ receipt of the Ivy Award from the National College and University Food Services Association!

Contact us to hear more or come visit to see for yourself what Camp Villanova is all about!



Eastern Mennonite University

Bring your youth to campus and enjoy green space to have fun outdoor games, use our indoor climbing wall for team building and use gathering space for early morning devotions right in the residence halls. We offer a one stop shop for your group May - early August. Located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley along I-81.

Pine Creek Retreat Center

Pine Creek, an Appalachian mountain retreat center, spans 85 acres of gorgeous mountain vistas. Pine Creek offers year-round recreation and accommodations for up to 340 overnight guests. We offer an extensive list of basic recreation activities including: indoor gymnasium, inflatable obstacle course, outdoor athletic fields, gaga ball, 9 square, hiking trails, bonfires, hayrides, and an outdoor pool. Add some excitement to your event with our Adventure Recreation. We offer team building programs and zip line adventures; all of our programs will get your group moving and working together to accomplish challenges that build relationships, confidence and group growth.
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