West River offers a number of activities for retreat guests to enjoy. All activities are weather-dependent and most require staff supervision, so please let us know in advance if your group is interested in any of these activities.

All adventure activities required a individual signed waiver. Minors must have parent/guardian signature.


Our archery range is open seasonally (closed for the winter) and is available to groups of all ages. An instructor will guide your group in basically archery safety and skill as you practice your shot. The archery range is best for groups under 20 and there are 3-6 actively shooting or retrieving arrows at a time with benches for the other participants to wait on.

Giant Swing

The Giant Swing is just that — a huge 40-foot swing! It is considered a high-ropes element and requires all participants to be harnessed and helmeted. Participants will climb a ladder to be connected to the apparatus then their team will raise them up to their comfort level, (total height is 40-feet in the air), once stopped the participant will pull a release cord and then free fall for about 6-10 feet before the apparatus catches and they swing.

Climbing Walls

This is a great activity for groups of all sizes and ages. All participants are harnessed and helmeted. The bouldering wall offers guests some time to practice and challenges them to climb side-to-side. The Climbing Wall offers three sides, one slightly angled for beginners, one straight with overhangs and a cargo net. The wall reaches 30-feet high and is good for climbers of all abilities.

Bungee Trampoline

The bungee trampoline lets 2-4 participants at a time soar to new heights. Each participant is harnessed in and connected to bungee cords that let them jump far higher than normal. Our activity leader rotates participants through the trampoline, securing them to the bungee cords and monitoring the activity. The bungee trampoline is open seasonally.


This is a series of games and low ropes elements that help small groups focus on communication, trust, problem-solving and leadership skills. Groups travel through the course overcoming different obstacles that include some physical skills. This does require staff supervision and leadership. Participants are not harnessed into any safety equipment and remain under 8 feet off the ground. Depending on needs, we can run multiple groups at the same time.

Boating on the West River

We offer small watercrafts for individuals and groups to rent. All life-jackets and paddles/oars are supplied.  The West River Center does NOT provide any lifeguarding supervision for water activities — groups should provide their own adult supervision.

  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Stand up Paddleboards

Swimming Pool

Open between Memorial Day and Labor Day only, guards are provided.

Outdoor Event Rentals during this time include 2 hours at our pool, Saturdays 2-4 pm, for groups requesting it.

Other Opportunities

The following opportunities are available for all groups on site at no additional charge. All facilities are outdoors.

  • Basketball court
  • Beach volleyball court
  • Ga-Ga Ball pit
  • Frisbee Golf Course
  • 9-Square in the air
  • Human foosball
  • Large recreation field
  • Nature trails

The West River Center has been owned and operated by The United Methodist Church since 1951. Come and enjoy the peace and solitude of God’s creation.

  • Location 5100 Chalk Point Road, West River, MD 20778
  • Mailing P.O. Box 429, Churchton, MD 20733
  • Phone (410) 867-0991

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