Silver Lake Conference Center provides several opportunities for individuals and groups to participate in specialized programs of Christian Education and Spiritual Renewal each year. We invite young people from throughout Connecticut to meet others and to learn from these programs as they develop their faith and build relationships.
All kinds of groups looking for space in which to hold their own weekend or weekday retreat program are welcome at Silver Lake Conference Center.
"There is one body and one spirit, just as there is one hope to which God has called you." Ephesians 4:4.
Silver Lake Conference Center provides five to six Confirmation Retreats annually. If your church's Confirmation Class is too small on its own of if your class could benefit from a retreat experience with other classes, these retreats were designed for you. the purpose of these retreats is not to teach confirmation all in one weekend but to help build community and to help begin the process of asking the questions that are key to the Confirmation process. The curriculum resources used are appropriate for young people in 7th - 9th grade.
Silver Lake provides the resources and the leadership for each retreat and each group is required to bring adult advisors to facilitate the program: One male adult for every eight male youth participants and one female adult for every eight female youth participants.
Each retreat begins on Friday night at 7:00 pm and ends at noon on Sunday. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided on Saturday, and Brunch is served on Sunday. While specific retreat dates are announced annually, they are generally held in the following months: January, February, March, April, November and December. Pre-registration information is available by contacting Silver Lake at 860.364.5526.
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Held during the last weekend of April (Spring Action), and the last weekend of October (Fall Action), these work retreats are designed to provide an opportunity for young people in 9th grade and beyond to work together as Silver Lake is readied for the summer and winter months respectively. Many hands make light work! Action weekends also provide a great opportunity to meet new friends, re-unite with old friends, and work hard. They are recommended for all young people who are contemplating being on the summer staff. Actions are also a great time for former staff and alumni conferees to come back to Silver Lake and help out.
Held during the maple sugaring season (early March) each year, this weekend is designed to provide 6th, 7th and 8th graders with the opportunity to learn about tapping maple trees, boiling sap to make maple syrup, and to discover new ways to appreicate our environment and to care for all of God's Creation, in nature's resurrection: Spring!
Held during the first or second weekend of December each year, this weekend provides two separate programs, one for 5th and 6th graders and one for 7th and 8th graders. The true meaning of Advent and the Christmas Season is explored through fun activities, hayrides, games, mattress sledding, Christmas crafts, and our own Advent service. Christmas at Silver Lake is a wonderful opportunity for young people to re-unite with friends made during the summer conference program or to experience the magic of Silver Lake for the first time.
"I come to Silver Lake every chance I get!"
6th grader, Maple Sugaring.