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Tom commends Jim with appreciation for his attendance at all 47 annual Family Conferences.


Listen to the 2016 messages below:


Since 1970 we have sponsored a Monday to Friday summer Family Conference. Currently the conference is held at the Tuscarora Inn and Conference Center located on the banks of the Delaware River in the wooded foothills of the Pocono Mountains. There are 12 messages from four pastors or missionaries, two in the morning and one each evening with significant leisure and sports activities in the afternoon. Special age appropriate classes and crafts are designed for children up to the age of 12 and teenagers have special events as well. In recent years several hundred individuals from over 40 different churches have been blessed by the week of fellowship, fun and family time.

Tuscarora Inn and Conference Center is located on a country road running along the banks of the Delaware River in the wooded foothills of the Pocono Mountains. The scenic park-like setting offers a wonderful retreat atmosphere for a family vacation. On the grounds are a fine swimming pool, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor basketball courts as well as canoeing on the Delaware. The 2015 gathering was our 46th annual Conference.



2016 Family Conference: June 20-24

2016 Family Conference speakers

Keynote Speaker:
Rev. Geoff Thomas,
Pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK

Pastor Geoff Thomas


Morning Speakers:

Mark Raines
Grace Reformed Baptist Church, East Haven, CT

Gordon Taylor
Retired minister, Rockford, IL

Chad Bennett
Grace Fellowship Church, Hazelton, PA


Registration Fee
$40.00 per person, for those age 3 and older, prorated daily for those not attending the full week.

Registration information and fees are due by June 1st, 2016. Registrations made before September 1 are refundable if cancellation is made before April 1, 2016. All registrants must pay the $40.00 fee when registering.

First time attendees will receive a $10.00 per person discount applied to their room charge. Those who refer first time attendees will also receive a discount, applied to their room charge.  For example, if a family of 4 refers a family of 5, the referring family will receive a $40.00 discount on their room bill.  The family of 5 will receive a $50.00 discount. The family of 5 refers a family of 4, then both families will receive a $40 discount on their room bill. Write registrar.rbfc@gmail.com for further explanation.

Accommodations & Room Rates
estimated prices)







 Riverside Manor II






 Riverside Manor I






 Hillside Manor



















Rates are weekly, per person, and include meals.
A 25% surcharge is added for single occupancy.
A 10% discount is offered for each adult in a room with 3 or more adults.
Note: Credit card and PayPal payments are not an accepted form of payment for the room and board fees.

Tuscarora provides a special discount for large families:
Maximum Family Charge.  To calculate the Maximum
Family Charge each member of the family is allocated a fraction based on age as shown below:

Adults: 1 point
12-18 yrs: 0.75 point
6-11 yrs: 0.5 point
3-5 yrs: 0.25 points
0-2 yrs: 0.1 points

Simply add up the number of points your family receives and your maximum rate is 3 times the adult rate and does not go higher regardless of the number of children you have.

Riverside Manor II (RMII): Modern motel, tastefully decorated, with spacious rooms.  Each room has two queen size beds, phone and television.

Riverside Manor I (RMI): Modern motel, tastefully decorated, with spacious rooms.  Each room has two double beds, phone, and television.

Hillside Manor (HM): Motel style nearest the dining hall.  Rooms have two double beds and phone.

Cottages & Inn (CTGS): Cozy duplexes near the pool and playground.  Most Inn Rooms have one double bed and one twin bed.  Phones are included.

Dorms (DM): Dormitory style rooms with bunks and shared bath.  Dorms are available for youth slated for high school graduating classes of 2014 – 2018.

Camping (CMP): Driftstone Campgrounds is located less than one mile from Tuscarora on River Road.  It offers approximately 170 campsites, many along the river.  Recreation at the campground includes swimming pools, playgrounds and horseshoe pits.  Call the campground direct at 570-897-6859 to reserve a site.  The campground has no affiliation with Tuscarora Inn.

Those NOT staying at Tuscarora may purchase meals:


12 & under










Daily registration: $25.00 per person.

If you have any questions about registering, please phone or email the registrar:

777 W. North Street
Carlisle, PA 17013

Tuscarora Inn
River Road, RD #1
Mt. Bethel, PA 18343

To get the regional weather, directions, and learn more about Tuscarora Inn & Conference Center go to www.Tuscarora.org..

More about the Facilities

Tusarora Inn & Conference Center is operated as a independent affiliate ministry of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren.

Meetings: Services are held in Olaf B. Olsen Auditorium (or Chapel).  All children under 18 must sit with their parents or in the first six rows.

Classes: Children ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 will have classes Tuesday through Friday during the morning services.  Only 9-12 year olds will only have classes from 9:00-10:45 AM.

Nursery: Open daily during all services.  All mothers with nursery age children are required to assist.  Volunteers are also welcome.

Prayer: Morning prayer meetings will be held for men and women.  Meeting places will be announced during the first day of our conference.

Recreation: Basketball, bicycling, boating, bowling, canoeing, fishing, golfing, hiking, horseshoes, ping pong, horseback riding, roller skating, shuffleboard, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, tubing, volleyball, water-skiing and outlet shopping.

Other Facilities: Book and gift shop, snack bar, swimming pool, shuffleboard, basketball courts, softball field, soccer field, docks and waterfront.

Here is a layout of the Tuscarora Inn grounds that you may want to print:
Tuscarora map (pdf)


From East: Follow Rt. 80 West to Exit 4 (Columbia-Portland).  Follow signs to Portland.  Cross toll bridge and make first right turn.  At stop sign turn right and follow River Road for three miles to Tuscarora Inn.

From South: Follow 611 North.  When 611 exits before Portland toll bridge, make right turn at end of ramp (instead of following 611 N.) follow River Road for 3 miles to Tuscarora Inn.

To get the directions to Tuscarora Inn & Conference Center go to www.Tuscarora.org.

Read what others have said about Family Conference

“The Lord has used the conferences to richly bless our family. I met my wife at one of the conferences and now my entire family looks forward with great anticipation to them each year.”
– A husband and father of four children

“I’ve been attending this conference since age 4. Many of my childhood friends continue to attend as singles or with their own families. It’s great to see them again each year for a special time of Christian fellowship.”
– A young, single man

“I am thankful for the continuing blessing of bringing my own children to the conference. God is working through the conference in the lives of the next generation.” 
– A wife and mother of three children

“Three conferences ago, Dr. Fred Malone preached in the evening services. His sermons titled, “Road to Calvary,” really got me thinking about being a Christian. The following November, I was baptized.”
– A girl, age 13