About Gretna Glen 

Gretna Glen is one of four camps in the conference of The United Methodist Church. Together as camps we share this mission and vision.


The Eastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries is to provide transforming experiences in sacred spaces with God’s creation that bring diverse people to new and renewed life in Jesus Christ.


We are a primary resource for churches and communities for making, connecting, equipping, and renewing disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Our Purpose

Gretna Glen Camp and Retreat Center, near Mt. Gretna, PA is about 15 minutes east of Hershey, PA. Gretna Glen grew from the roots of Mt. Gretna Campmeeting that was founded in 1892 by the United Brethren Church. The success of that Campmeeting, along with many committed leaders and volunteers, provided for the journey into a new ministry built at our current location in 1959 as a part of The United Methodist Church. We celebrate the wisdom and commitment of those who planned for a place for all people to come and find joy in this sacred space.
Our campers and retreat guests come from all walks of life, denominations, and other organizations to enjoy our facilities and programs. We are grateful for the diversity of opportunities that abound from this space and enjoy being about to meet the needs of a variety of children, youth, adult and special needs groups.
Gretna Glen has a year round staff of 8 dedicated people, a summer staff team of 45 and over 150 volunteers that serve with us throughout the year. Together we provide a safe environment that gives opportunities for growth in relationships for self, community and with Jesus Christ.

American Camp Association

Gretna Glen is proud to be an American Camp Association accredited camp. Developed exclusively for the camping profession, this nationally-recognized program focuses on program quality, health, and safety, requiring a review of every facet of the operation. The sites have voluntarily submitted to this independent appraisal done by camp experts and have earned this mark of distinction. Gretna Glen is also a member of the Christian Camp and Conference Association and both the Lebanon and Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.