Lakeside Chautauqua has a rich history of welcoming several faith-based retreats and youth groups year-round. Experience spiritual growth opportunities, educational lectures, cultural arts performances and recreational challenges in the summer or rest and renew during the peaceful months of fall, winter and spring. To register for one of the camps, participants must contact the camp directly and obtain registration materials. Please note, Lakeside is unable to register attendees.

Reach Out

Reach Out is organized by the East Ohio Camps, a ministry of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. Mission and community define the Reach Out experience. In July, youth are invited to register and join the Reach Out camp family to celebrate God's presence in their life - the One who inspires us to love and equips us to serve. 

Open to youth starting eighth grade in fall through youth starting college in fall, Reach Out’s week together at Lakeside is centered around an off-site mission trip and small group faith study, along with amazing worship, fellowship and fun. No matter where youth are in their faith journey, they're invited to participate, grow and encounter God’s love in a new way. Youth must be registered ahead of time and confirmed for participation. For more information and to register for Reach Out, visit

Lakeside Institute

Organized by East Ohio Camps, a ministry of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, Lakeside Institute is a week of worship, fun and fellowship as youth strengthen and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Taking place at Lakeside in July, youth will feel the presence of the Lord through prayer time, small group discussions, worship and personal devotion time each morning. 

Many fun activities are planned throughout the week, which will help youth develop loving and life-long relationships with fellow Christians. Youth must be registered ahead of time and confirmed for participation. For more information and to register for Lakeside Institute, visit

Lakeside for Youth

This isn’t your typical church camp. There is praise and worship each morning, a missions update and a message to dive deeper into the Bible and start conversations for smaller group settings. Campers choose an interest group for the week that ranges from Fellowship of Christian Athletes to Magic in Ministry, with many more choices.

Afternoons are reserved for free time. In the evenings, the camp sings contemporary Christian music. This isn’t like singing hymns on a Sunday morning, but a full production band on the stage, with speakers blaring, a light show going and giving it all to God concert. The evening programs vary – a concert, magician or comedian – but always centered on living the life Christ wants for us. The week is completed with communion and a candlelight walk to the lake.

Each summer, Lakeside for Youth offers three weeks of opportunities for teens and youth to come closer to Christ. High school campers have two weeks to choose from at the end of June, and the first week of July is reserved for students going into sixth, seventh and eighth grade. Visit for more details.