A Letter from Senior Camp Director Nathan Bowen
It’s exciting to share some of our thinking about summer 2018 with you. First off, it will be CLC’s 70th summer – which is really remarkable! How valuable the experiences at Crystal Lake Camps must be that children continue to come from all over the globe to our little slice of Pennsylvania every year!
As we prepare for our 70th summer, we are focusing our spiritual efforts with our summer theme from I Corinthians 12:
“…there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit….For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.“
I’ve already had a couple of wonderful conversations where this passage has been incredibly useful as we craft our programs and thinking about goals for the summer. The overarching intent is obvious – for our summer together at CLC in 2018 to help us see that we are all unique and special. And, the rich variety of each of us working together makes us strong – and that unified strength, when brought together, is the strength of Christ – of Christianity in action.
The opportunities and lessons afforded by working together to see this Christianity in action is done intentionally at Crystal Lake Camps in order to emulate the activity described by the definition of Church in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (see pg. 583). In that definition, she talks specifically about “elevating the race” – making mankind better, healthier, and holier – and we look forward to putting that into action this summer. Our ultimate goal in making this effort includes at least two important elements:
- That Christian Science healing is real, available, and present now and forever for everyone; and
- That cooperative working together makes our communities – and ultimately all of mankind – better. So the lessons learned at camp are ones that can be taken home and put into practice at school, sports, and in local communities and branch churches.
So with this in mind, we hope you’ll take some time to pray together with us using the theme to catapult your individual inspiration for the summer and your child’s (or your own) participation! We have our three 2-week youth sessions – with two separate one-week options, and we have two one-week Family Camp programs – in early July and early August. Please know you are warmly welcomed to join us at any of these events!
We hold a tremendous sense of appreciation and love to each member of our wide and strong CLC family, and are looking forward to another amazing summer up ‘on the mountaintop’ at Crystal Lake. We are grateful and blessed to have you join us.