Skonewood History – A Dream

In 1969, Skonewood started with a dream.  A dream that Art and Agnes Skone had to someday establish a place where Christians could come together to experience God in a natural, God Created, setting on Pickerel Lake.

They purchased the property consisting of 120 acres plus a house, barn and cabin that was later named Linga Longa (linger longer) by Agnes.  They brought with them several horses from their Double A Bar S Ranch on the Des Moines River near Ogden, IA as well as the orange Dodge pickup. 

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Retreats And Group Camping

For Retreats & Groups

Skonewood hosts retreats and group camps throughout the year.  We have 25 electric/water hookups and 2 cabins.  There are 2 picnic shelters to serve large groups and a fellowship hall available for meetings, services, and parties.

We have youth groups, church groups, weddings by the chapel, Sunday School picnics, family reunions, anniversary parties, birthday parties, boys scouts, cadets, 4-H groups, winter sleding and ice skating. 

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-25 Electrical & Water Hookups

-Shower House and Bathrooms

-Free wood and Fire Rings

-Picnic Tables


-Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Horse Shoes

-Game room with ping pong, air hockey, foosball

-2 Picnic Shelters

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