Thanksgiving 2017

In the Manual of the Mother Church, Mary Baker Eddy says: “Gratitude and love should abide in every heart each day of all the years” (Man. 60: 15-17). While we give daily gratitude, it is so wonderful to have an entire day dedicated to sharing and giving thanks with family, friends, loved ones, strangers, and with God.

As we gathered together in Napavi for our Thanksgiving feast, the four of us who live at CLC in the off-season acknowledged how special and important our camp family is, and how grateful we are for each other and for all that Crystal Lake Camps has given each of us.

We ate a lot of delicious food, watched the dogs play tug-of-war, took some awkward family photos, and enjoyed each other’s company. It was a beautiful Thanksgiving Day, and we would like to share some of our gratitude with you all:

“I’m so grateful to be living at such an amazing place! When campers and staff were here during the summer, I felt all of the love. Even with them not here, I still feel the love from when they were here.” –Hayden

“I am extremely grateful for our CLC family. I know I am always supported and accepted by the others living on property. Crystal Lake is my favorite place, and I am so thankful to call it home. Camp has given me so much, and I cannot express enough gratitude for the opportunity to work for this amazing, Soul-filled organization.”–Becca

“I am so thankful to be able to live in such a beautiful, loving place surrounded by wonderful family, friends, and wildlife! It’s a perfect reflection of God.” –Scott

“This Thanksgiving, I’m really grateful for many things, I’d like to specifically express my thanks for the staff who live up here at CLC.

Of course, I deeply love my immediate family – but they are mostly 2000 miles (or more) away from me, as they all live on the West Coast. So, the full-time staff that live and work alongside me become, in some very real ways, my family. They have been here for me to celebrate both CLC as well as personal successes, and have stood at my side during trying times.  Periodically we eat a meal together, and the conversation is fun and congenial, but we can also talk about interesting and thought-provoking topics. It’s just like, well, family!
Often we speak of the greater CLC community in family-like terms – and that is no accident. Like the Alford’s before us, we continue to strive to live and emulate much of what it is that it means to be a family, and for that, I am sincerely and deeply thankful.” –Nathan

 

With love,

The CLC staff