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Alums Power Vaccine Villages

Alums Power Vaccine Villages

5/30/2021

If you receive your Covid-19 vaccine at one of Connecticut’s large drive-thru clinics, there’s a little bit of Silver Lake in your shot! - Written by Brian Lapis


Campers in Their Communities

Campers in Their Communities

5/30/2021

Silver Lake campers are, in general, a generous, thoughtful, and creative bunch. During this pandemic year, our campers have been finding new ways to make a positive difference in their communities.


Lakers Share Mission Trip Memories

Lakers Share Mission Trip Memories

5/30/2021

Mission work is another thread woven into the history of Silver Lake as we remember it. - By Rev. Karl Duetzmann, Alumni | Chaplain/Historian/Archivist


Thank You for Keeping Camp Vibrant

5/30/2021

I know it is a bit of a cliche to say that you are Silver Lake, and yet it is completely true. - Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, Executive Director


Silver Lake Golf Tournament - Registration is Open!

Silver Lake Golf Tournament - Registration is Open!

4/25/2021

Join us for the 15th Annual Silver Lake Golf Tournament!  Tuesday, September 21, 2021 The Country Club of Waterbury $220 per golfer Includes Greens Fees, Breakfast, Lunch and Soft Beverages Learn more & register now!


Silver Lake Update - April 16, 2021

Silver Lake Update - April 16, 2021

4/16/2021

Silver Lake Conference Center Email Update to the Staff and Board of the Southern New England Conference, UCC     The SLCC year-round staff has a goal to be more intentional about communicating our programs and activities with the wider SNE staff and...


Registration is Open for the Silver Lake Award Celebration

Registration is Open for the Silver Lake Award Celebration

4/8/2021

Join us for the 2021 Silver Lake Award Celebration to honor Valerie Tutson, 2020 Silver Lake Award recipient.    Sunday, October 3 2-5 pm   $60 per person   A Villa Louisa 60 Villa Louisa Rd. Bolton, CT 06043 Learn more & Register now!


Silver Lake Welcomes a New Retreat and Finance Manager

Silver Lake Welcomes a New Retreat and Finance Manager

3/24/2021

Ashley Nichols began as Retreat and Finance Manager on Thursday, March 18. In this role, she will work with rental groups to create retreat experiences that meet their goals. From sales to booking to hospitality, Ashley will ensure that each guest feels welcomed and supported at Silver Lake, whatever the reason for their stay.

She will also be responsible for the financial management of Silver Lake, handling the budget and working with vendors.


Silver Lake Update - March 19, 2021

Silver Lake Update - March 19, 2021

3/19/2021

Silver Lake Conference Center Email Update to the staff and Board of the Southern New England Conference, UCC    The SLCC year-round staff has a goal to be more intentional about communicating our programs and activities with the wider SNE staff and ...


Connecting with Silver Lake Summer Staff

Connecting with Silver Lake Summer Staff

3/19/2021

Silver Lake summer staff are at the core of our ministry. They are the ones who bring God’s love to our campers. They rise to every challenge set before them, and they often do it while singing! 
While our summer staff will be working hard to ensure every Silver Lake camper has a safe, positive, and life-changing experience, we invite you to help us change the lives of our staff!


CT Governor Says Camps Can Plan for Summer 2021!

CT Governor Says Camps Can Plan for Summer 2021!

3/12/2021

In a statement on March 4, Connecticut's Governor Lamont announced that beginning April 2 "Summer camps and summer festivals are advised to begin the planning stages to open for the upcoming season." Read the full press release here. We are still ...


Silver Lake Sunday Worship Videos Available

Silver Lake Sunday Worship Videos Available

3/3/2021

Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer The Silver Lake Conference Center has made a complete virtual worship service available for churches that they may use - in whole or in parts - to celebrate their church's participation in outdoor ministry "...


Thank You for Celebrating Our Donors

Thank You for Celebrating Our Donors

3/2/2021

Thank you to everyone who watched and participated in our Donor Appreciation Celebration on Sunday, February 28! If you missed it live, you can watch the video here. The above link will bring you to the video on our Facebook page. You do not need a ...


Silver Lake Update - February 19, 2021

Silver Lake Update - February 19, 2021

2/19/2021

Silver Lake Conference Center Email Update to the staff and Board of the Southern New England Conference, UCC    The SLCC year-round staff has a goal to be more intentional about communicating our programs and activities with the wider SNE staff and ...


Silver Lake Day Visits Are Back!

Silver Lake Day Visits Are Back!

1/27/2021

Silver Lake is once again offering Day Visits!    Bring yourself, your family, your roommates, or your friends for some time outside surrounded by the beauty of God's creation at Silver Lake Conference Center. Available on Sundays, Wednesdays, and ...


Silver Lake Update - January 22, 2021

Silver Lake Update - January 22, 2021

1/22/2021

Silver Lake Conference Center Email Update to the staff and Board of the Southern New England Conference, UCC   The SLCC year-round staff has a goal to be more intentional about communicating our programs and activities with the wider SNE staff and ...


Silver Lake Information Sessions for Church Leaders

Silver Lake Information Sessions for Church Leaders

1/16/2021

You're invited to a special Silver Lake Zoom information session for church leaders.  For more information about summer at Silver Lake and to view the summer brochure, visit www.silverlakect.org/summercamp Come learn all the information ...


Silver Lake Update - December 18, 2020

Silver Lake Update - December 18, 2020

12/18/2020

Silver Lake Conference Center Email Update to the staff and Board of the Southern New England Conference, UCC  The SLCC year-round staff has a goal to be more intentional about communicating our programs and activities with the wider SNE staff and ...


Save the Date - Virtual Retirement Celebration for Stephanie Pitman

Save the Date - Virtual Retirement Celebration for Stephanie Pitman

11/20/2020

Join us as we celebrate Stephanie Pitman!  After 16 years as Business Manager and decades of service, Stephanie Pitman is retiring from Silver Lake. The Southern New England Conference and Silver Lake will honor Stephanie with a ...


Silver Lake Update - November 2020

Silver Lake Update - November 2020

11/20/2020

Silver Lake Conference Center Email Update to the staff and Board of the Southern New England Conference, UCC The SLCC year-round staff has made a goal to be more intentional about communicating our programs and activities with the wider SNE staff ...


Silver Lake Update - October 16, 2020

Silver Lake Update - October 16, 2020

10/16/2020

Silver Lake Conference Center Email Update to the staff and Board of the Southern New England Conference, UCC     The SLCC year-round staff has made a goal to be more intentional about communicating our programs and activities with the wider SNE ...


Year-Round Business Manager Position Open

10/6/2020

Silver Lake Conference Center and the Southern New England Conference, UCC has announced an opening for a year-round Business Manager. Stephanie Pitman, who served in the position for the past 17 years, has announced her retirement. TITLE: ...


Silver Lake Business Manager to Retire

Silver Lake Business Manager to Retire

9/30/2020

The following is a message from Stephanie Pitman, Business Manager, Silver Lake Conference Center Dear friends and colleagues, Well, the time has come for me to retire from full time work at Silver Lake. Of course I have mixed feelings about ...


Silver Lake Update - September 2020

Silver Lake Update - September 2020

9/18/2020

Silver Lake Conference Center Email Update to the staff and Board of the Southern New England Conference, UCC    The SLCC year-round staff has made a goal to be more intentional about communicating our programs and activities with the wider SNE ...


Family Retreats at Silver Lake

Family Retreats at Silver Lake

9/3/2020

Silver Lake is excited to announce the next phase in reopening: Overnight Family Retreats!  Reserve a building for your family, roommates, household  – your “quaran-team” – for an overnight stay at Silver Lake.  Walk the trails, play disc golf, ...


Update From the Lake

Update From the Lake

8/26/2020

  Greetings from the Lake and THANK YOU! We have received a record number of donations this year and we are so grateful for the incredible outpouring of support. Your gifts ensure that Silver Lake’s life-transforming ministry will ...


Silver Lake News - July 21, 2020

Silver Lake News - July 21, 2020

7/21/2020

Silver Lake Conference Center (SLCC) Email Newsletter to the staff of the Southern New England Conference, UCC  The SLCC year-round staff has made a goal to be more intentional about communicating our programs and activities with the wider SNE staff....


Silver Lake Site Manager To Join Staff

Silver Lake Site Manager To Join Staff

7/7/2020

Silver Lake Conference Center is excited to introduce you to the new Silver Lake Site Manager, Matt Taylor. Matt has decades of experience with Silver Lake, starting as a young camper, continuing through summer staff, followed by decades of ...


Silver Lake Outdoor Day Visits

Silver Lake Outdoor Day Visits

7/2/2020

Dear Friends,    Silver Lake Conference Center is excited to announce a unique outdoor opportunity for summer 2020: Day Visits!    Bring your family, roommates, household - anyone that lives with you – for a visit to enjoy the natural beauty of ...


A Ministry Needed Now More Than Ever

6/23/2020

If I have ever visited your church on a Sunday morning, or you have heard me speak at an Annual Meeting, I am sure you have heard me say, “Silver Lake changes lives.”  I believe in the deepest core of my being that Outdoor Ministry has the capacity ...


For the First Time, The Site Is Closed

For the First Time, The Site Is Closed

6/23/2020

By Jennifer Kronholm Clark The entrance hill is awash in wildflowers, pink and yellow and white. Orange traffic cones bar the driveway, and signs direct visitors to call ahead. At this time of year, the camp is usually bustling with pre-summer ...


Remembering the Vietnam Era at Silver Lake

Remembering the Vietnam Era at Silver Lake

6/23/2020

By Rev. Karl Duetzmann Alumni Chaplain/Historian/Archivist Throughout the history of Silver Lake, there have been times that reflected the history of our Silver Lake Archive A 1970s work project underway. Several conscientious objectors of the ...


Silver Lake At Home

6/23/2020

While we can’t gather together at camp this summer, we can all participate in Silver Lake At Home. The staff of Silver Lake is committed to providing an opportunity to encounter God’s love in creation, a chance to be seen and loved for exactly who ...


Valerie Tutson Recognized with  4th Annual Silver Lake Award

Valerie Tutson Recognized with 4th Annual Silver Lake Award

6/23/2020

By Brian Lapis The Silver Lake community has spoken! Valerie Tutson is the 2020 Silver Lake Award honoree. The Silver Lake Award recognizes someone whose life has been visibly shaped by the core values of Silver Lake Conference Center and who, in ...


Your Silver Lake Board Is Working Toward a Vibrant Future

6/23/2020

As we move into the summer of 2020, I am full of prayer and gratitude.  In my conversations about canceling Silver Lake’s on-site program with Executive Director the Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, I felt sad for the young people who NEED the Silver Lake ...


Important Information About Summer at Silver Lake

Important Information About Summer at Silver Lake

5/1/2020

Dear Friends,  At Silver Lake, we teach our conferees to live the “4 Loves”: Love God, Love Your Neighbor, Love Yourself, and Love Creation. At certain times in our lives, we need to focus on one kind of love above others. For example, we recently ...


Deans, Chaplains and Staff Gather for Dean's Retreat 2020

Deans, Chaplains and Staff Gather for Dean's Retreat 2020

3/11/2020

Close to fifty deans, chaplains, and staff gathered at Silver Lake Conference Center on March 6-7 to prepare for the 2020 Silver Lake Summer Camp season.


Ruth Choate Is New Administrator at Silver Lake

Ruth Choate Is New Administrator at Silver Lake

12/5/2019

By Jennifer Kronholm Clark SHARON – Silver Lake Conference Center is excited to welcome Ruth Choate to the year-round staff as Administrator. Say hi to Ruth Choate, the new Administrator at Silver Lake, when you call or come to camp. If you were...


Greg and Pam Arifian Leaving CT Conference Staff

Greg and Pam Arifian Leaving CT Conference Staff

12/4/2019

One family is leaving the Connecticut Conference - and their departure will leave two big holes on the Conference staff. Greg and Pam Arifian have announced their plans to move to Napa, California with their daughter, Lena. Greg has served as Site ...


Year-round Position Opening

10/30/2019

Silver Lake Conference Center has announced an opening for a year-round Administrator. Tom Thatcher, who served in the position in 2019, has left Silver Lake to pursue an exciting opportunity in the camping world with his wife, Lisa. “We are very ...


Silver Lake Earns Accreditation from American Camp Association

Silver Lake Earns Accreditation from American Camp Association

10/24/2019

Silver Lake Conference Center, a United Church of Christ summer camp and retreat center, has earned accreditation from the American Camp Association (ACA).


Step up, Step up!

10/23/2019

Youth gathered at Silver Lake on October 11-13 for the annual Shine 4 Justice retreat. This retreat is a component of the 'Thinking About Working For God' program that nurtures young leaders. Dr. Donique McIntosh and Rev. Alison Buttrick Patton led the racial justice training programming. They encouraged youth to "Step up,Step up." reminding them to lean in to honest conversation and to listen with compassion.

This reflection comes from Elise Kennedy, an 8th grader at First Congregational Church of Middletown, CT.


Joseph Clemmons Program Moves in New Direction

Joseph Clemmons Program Moves in New Direction

10/18/2019

The Joseph D. Clemmons Job Training Program (JCT) has taken a new direction, transforming from a 2-week training program to an leadership development initiative for youth and young adults of color.


Silver Lake Award Celebration To Honor Two Long-Time Deans

Silver Lake Award Celebration To Honor Two Long-Time Deans

8/27/2019

The Silver Lake Award Celebration will honor two long-time deans on October 5 at Brewport in Bridgeport.


Silver Lake Hosts Campers from China

Silver Lake Hosts Campers from China

7/26/2019

Silver Lake Conference Center hosted a group of 31 college students from China during week 5 of the summer season. The experience of two convening cultures had an impact on both the Chinese students and the American campers and staff.


Silver Lake Partners With Hartford’s Re-Center

Silver Lake Partners With Hartford’s Re-Center

5/9/2019

Re-Center students enjoying campfire at SLCC Video Capture Image courtesy Re-Center Silver Lake Conference Center has a new partner in its efforts to create a more just and welcome community. After more than a year of conversation and organization,...


Tom Thatcher Joins the Silver Lake Team

Tom Thatcher Joins the Silver Lake Team

3/21/2019

By Jennifer Kronholm Clark SHARON –Tom Thatcher may be new to Silver Lake – he started as Administrator on March 5 – but he has been working in summer camps since 1999 and living in the Northwest Corner for just over three years. Tom Thatcher ...


A Weekend at Winter Camp

A Weekend at Winter Camp

3/13/2019

Our outdoor ministry site at Silver Lake is more than a summer camp and Friday, March 1, was the beginning of a typical ‘off season’ weekend.  Youth and adults came from CT, MA, and RI to deepen their faith, create beloved community, learn leadership skills, and encounter God in nature.


Silver Lake Registration Opens Jan. 15

Silver Lake Registration Opens Jan. 15

1/10/2019

Registration for the 2019 Summer Camp Session at Silver Lake Conference Center opens Jan. 15, and those registering by Jan. 31st can receive a $50 discount on their registration.


Nominations Open for 2019 Silver Lake Award

Nominations Open for 2019 Silver Lake Award

1/7/2019

It's a new year, and time for you to help select a new Silver Lake Award honoree!


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