Now that the difficult decision to cancel in-person camp for 2020 has been made, Silver Lake staff are turning to their next project: creating a new Silver Lake at Home program.
I hope that, at the end of this shelter-at-home experience, our families are able to look back at this time and think, “Silver Lake was a bright spot.” We are in the process of figuring out what kind of program we can provide this summer to offer our campers connection to a community, an opportunity to explore faith questions at home with their families, and fun, outdoor time.
I hope you saw the survey that Ruth Choate, our Administrator, sent out on Thursday, May 7, inviting all members of our community – campers, parents, volunteers, staff, alumni – to weigh in on what they would most like to see this summer. We will compile all of your ideas, talk with our Deans and Summer Staff, lean on our partners in the Outdoor Ministry Association and the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, and craft activities and opportunities that will give you a uniquely Silver Lake experience.
If you have never been to Silver Lake before, I invite you to dream with us as well. What sort of camp activity could we bring to you at home this summer?
I am imagining that we will come up with a mix of self-study, recommended outdoor activities, group challenges, Zoom meetups, silly videos, maybe even care packages from the Lake. Or something we haven’t thought of yet, a great idea that you come up with.
Whatever the format, I know that our program will cover Creation Care activities, including updates from the Silver Lake Garden, songs, games, opportunities to meet new people, and ways to explore your faith through your connection to the world around you.
Summer is going to look very different this year. Though we are very sad not to be able to welcome each of you to our site, I am very excited by the opportunity we have to create something new, together.
So head over to the survey and let us know what you think. What does Silver Lake mean to you?