General Information

F.A.Q.

Overview

Silver Bay YMCA – Conference and Family Retreat Center on the shores of Lake George is the ideal location for your next conference, family reunion, family vacation, wedding, or team building & leadership training.  Whether you’re bringing your board of directors or a scout troop, Silver Bay has activities and programs for each member of your group. Silver Bay’s waterfront campus is 700-acres of fun within the Adirondack Park of New York State.

Silver Bay has a variety of accommodations to fit all groups’ needs and budgets, from private-bath rooms and shared-bath rooms in historic buildings to private cottages located on the periphery of the campus. 

At the heart of Silver Bay are dozens of activities for all ages. Learn activities including archery, boating, crafts, music, and much more. As a guest of Silver Bay YMCA, you can swim and paddle on one of the cleanest lakes in the world, hike our many groomed trails, or relax on the Inn porch in one of our famous rockers.

Silver Bay also offers an array of meeting spaces to fit the needs of your group; ranging from quaint enclosed pavilions and historic halls to a 700 person Auditorium. As a courtesy to all conferences and groups, Silver Bay provides standard audio/visual as well as conferencing equipment and set up at no additional charge.

As a community outreach organization, we provide services to our regional youth, adults and seniors through our:
 

  • Silver Bay YMCA Teen Center Ticonderoga
  • Youth & Government Program
  • Fitness and Social Programs
  • Pastoral Respite Ministry
  • Military R & R Program
  • Silver Bay Cancer Respite Program
  • Vacations Made Possible

Silver Bay YMCA does not sell information about our guests to any third-party. Your information is used by Silver Bay YMCA only.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Silver Bay is designed for enjoying the beauty of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains, rest, relaxation and reconnecting with friends and family. In order to maintain a tranquil atmosphere, rooms are not equipped with phones or televisions. Cancellation penalties may apply. Please see our Reservations page for more information.

Check In: Starts at 4:00 p.m. at the front desk located in the Inn
Check Out: By 11:00 a.m. at the front desk located in the Inn

For more information about our Accommodations, click here.

ADULT BEVERAGES

We offer beer and wine receptions in select locations on campus by application only. A Silver Bay catered menu item must be served at the event. The alcohol is provided by Silver Bay and served by a member of the Silver Bay staff. Bottled beer, wine and champagne only.

Contact the Conference Services staff for more information about how you can incorporate beer and wine into your conference, wedding, family reunion or other special event at Silver Bay.

For guests lodging on-site, a complete copy of Silver Bay’s alcohol policy may be viewed at the Front Desk or online here.

BADGES
At check-in each guest listed on your reservation will receive a badge to be worn while on campus. This badge is used for admission to program areas and to the dining hall if your reservation includes meals.

BAG LUNCHES

Bag lunches are great for hiking days, Silver Camp lunches, or for your road-trip on departure day. Bag lunches can be ordered at the Front Desk during our off-season or at the Concierge Desk during the Summer season no later than 1:00 p.m. the day before it is needed.

BOAT SLIPS

See our forms section for a boat slip application.

DINING

Meals are included in the rates for guests staying on the Silver Bay Campus unless otherwise indicated or arranged. We offer delicious, well-balanced, buffet-style meals for our guests served in our Dining Hall. Food and snacks are also available at The Store and Fisher Lounge.

DRONE POLICY
The use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), including, but not limited to, drones and radio-controlled aircraft and devices, in airspace above Silver Bay YMCA requires advance written approval. Silver Bay YMCA places the highest priority on the privacy and safety of guests and staff, as well as avoiding disruption and maintaining tranquility throughout the property. To this end, personal drone use is not permitted on property or in the airspace above Silver Bay YMCA. For catering, conference and wedding events contracted on property, professional vendors may request Silver Bay YMCA’s advance written permission for drone photography and filming exclusively within the contracted event venue.

FITNESS CENTER

Located in Fisher Gymnasium, the Fitness Center offers the freedom of individual workouts for those who are ages 16 and up.

The cardio equipment includes Precor treadmills, elliptical, and exercise bikes. The strength training includes free weights and Precor equipment. During the summer, the Fitness Center is staffed with professionally trained individuals.

During the shoulder seasons, registered guests ages 18 and over are given a key to the Fitness Center. Please see the Front Desk for more information.

FIRST AID STATION
During the summer season a health care professional is on call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week for first aid and emergencies. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with a signed consent for their treatment.
GIFT SHOP

The Gift Shop, located in William Boyd Center, has a beautiful array of Silver Bay mementos, t-shirts and sweatshirts, toys, books, decorative home items, handcrafted jewelry, clothing, and more! For hours please see THE BREEZE or look for the sign on the door.

LAUNDRY
There is a coin operated laundry room available to all guests located on the lower level of the Administration building.
LEADERSHIP & TEAM BUILDING

For Leadership & Teambuilding program rates, group rates, or for additional information please feel free to contact the Conference & Sales office today at conference@silverbay.org or at 518-543-8833 extension 345.

PROGRAM PARTICIPATION

Silver Bay YMCA is part of the national and international YMCA Movement. We subscribe to the principles of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our Silver Bay mission is to foster a lifelong sense of belonging, strengthen relationships, and nurture spirit, mind, and body for all.

The Silver Bay YMCA is a non-profit, charitable organization comprised of and governed by its program pass holders. Program participation at Silver Bay YMCA represents not only an acknowledgment of our mission, principles and structure; it also demonstrates a willingness to personally endorse and encourage them. All who come to Silver Bay YMCA are required to be a program pass holder or registered program participant. Silver Bay YMCA expects its guests to respect other program participants, guests, staff and the Silver Bay YMCA property, and to comply with policies and practices established for the Silver Bay YMCA community. Program participants and/or groups who fail to adhere to requirements, policies and practices (which include adherence to all local, state and national laws) or whose behavior does not adhere to the Mission of the Silver Bay YMCA may be asked to leave Silver Bay YMCA without compensation and may have their membership and program privileges terminated.

Determinations regarding program participation status are at the sole discretion of management and subject to change without notice. A condition of the program participation is the awareness and understanding of the Silver Bay YMCA Mission, values, practices and policies. However, no statement, regardless of how well written it is, will encompass all that is deemed unacceptable in our community. If program participants have questions or concerns, management will promptly respond. We appreciate your understanding and hope that together, we can make every experience at Silver Bay YMCA a positive one.  Additional details about program participation including a complete list of program fees, are available on our website or at the front desk.

PARKING

When you arrive on-campus please proceed to the front desk to check-in, pick-up your badge and obtain a parking tag.

For those staying in cottages, Spruce Mountain Lodge, Paine Hall, Trinity House and Brookside Community House, your parking is next to/nearby your accommodation. The remaining guests are invited to unload/load at their accommodation, where there is designated parking for a maximum of 15 minutes. After unloading please park in the new main lot located at the end of the service road, near 9N.

For our off-campus guests there are several designated day-use lots located at Archery, the Children’s Pavilion, the Ice Cream Store, the Tennis Backboard and Fisher Gym. If those areas are full, you are invited to utilize our new main lot parking area.

Handicap parking spaces are located across campus from Slim Point to Archery, behind the Dining Hall and also in the new main parking area. For those who have a physical limitation and/or during inclement weather, a shuttle service will be available for transport. Please let a staff person know and they will arrange for a pick-up.

Please do not parallel park on the service road, in the Inn Circle, or any other spot that is not designated for guest parking.

PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

Plan your stay by visiting our website to become familiar with all that Silver Bay has to offer. Please note there are some programs that require registration and additional fees. You are welcome to sign up prior to your arrival for these programs. A schedule of program hours and activities can be found in The Breeze. Our program guide is available at the Front Desk, Concierge, or on our website.

PHONES

Due to the limitations of cell phone use in the area, phones are located in the Inn lobby and on the front porch which can be used with a calling card or credit card. If a family member needs to reach you, our number is 518-543-8833, press 8.  A message will be taken and can be retrieved at the Front Desk. 

WIFI / INTERNET

For those guests who wish to stay a little more connected, we have wireless internet access across most of the campus.

SPECIAL EVENTS & CATERING

Silver Bay is the ideal location for your special event. Let us host your family reunion dinner, wedding, rehearsal dinner, reception, or other catered event. Hold your event overlooking the lake in the stately Inn, at our historic Boathouse, or in the air-conditioned William Boyd Center. Our experienced event staff is available to help you plan your special day.

We also offer s’mores set-ups, BBQs, private ice cream socials & more. Ask at the Front Desk for an appointment with a Conference Coordinator or call 518.543.8417

SMOKING

Fire regulations prohibit smoking in all rooms and buildings on campus. Guests may smoke at the flagpole in front of the Inn. Please dispose of your cigarette butts in the receptacles located at the designated smoking area.

VISITORS

Visitors are welcome to purchase a daily program pass to enjoy the Silver Bay campus. Passes are purchased at the Front Desk during the off-season and at the Concierge Desk in the William Boyd Center during the Summer season.

VENDING MACHINE

Vending machines are located on the 1st floor of the Inn and guest laundry room.

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