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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 ...


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!


Silver Lake Award Celebration Honors Rev. Davida Crabtree

Silver Lake Award Celebration Honors Rev. Davida Crabtree

10/18/2018

The Silver Lake community spent the afternoon of October 14th celebrating The Rev. Davida Crabtree, and supporting UCC outdoor ministry at Silver Lake Conference Center.


Silver Lake Garden Party Fundraiser Will Honor Rev. Davida Crabtree Oct. 14

Silver Lake Garden Party Fundraiser Will Honor Rev. Davida Crabtree Oct. 14

9/26/2018

The Silver Lake Community will honor The Rev. Davida Crabtree for her steadfast support on Sunday, Oct. 14, with the second annual Silver Lake Award.


'Incredible' Growth at Silver Lake

'Incredible' Growth at Silver Lake

9/14/2018

With the support of the Connecticut Conference staff and the guidance of Kaleidoscope consultants, The Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer oversaw an outreach initiative that resulted in an increase of 110 campers in 2017.  Silver Lake kept the momentum going in 2018, adding another 20 campers to the summer program enrollment.


Silver Lake Summer Season Underway

Silver Lake Summer Season Underway

7/12/2018

The Silver Lake Conference Center Summer Camp Season is fully underway.


Rev. Davida Foy Crabtree Honored with 2nd Silver Lake Award

Rev. Davida Foy Crabtree Honored with 2nd Silver Lake Award

4/27/2018

The Silver Lake Conference Center Board of Directors is excited to announce that the Rev. Davida Foy Crabtree has been
The Rev. Davida Foy Crabtree, 2nd Annual Silver Lake Award winner.


Silver Lake Welcomes Guy Gnerre as Administrator

Silver Lake Welcomes Guy Gnerre as Administrator

4/12/2018

Guy Gnerre When you call into Silver Lake, you will be greeted by a new voice. Guy Gnerre started work as Administrator on March 22 and has begun learning the ropes. “Everyone I’ve met has been so friendly and welcoming,” Gnerre said. His first ...


Silver Lake Seeks Support for New Challenge Course

Silver Lake Seeks Support for New Challenge Course

2/22/2018

Silver Lake Conference Center has announced a new campaign to raise money for a new High Ropes Course at the camp.


Nominations Sought for 2nd Annual Silver Lake Award

Nominations Sought for 2nd Annual Silver Lake Award

2/21/2018

By Brian Lapis The Silver Lake Conference Center Board of Directors is excited to announce that nominations for the 2nd Annual Silver Lake Award are open!  This award recognizes a “Silver Laker” who lives their life and faith in a way that reflects...


Silver Lake Registration Is Now Open

Silver Lake Registration Is Now Open

1/15/2018

Registration for the 2018 Summer Camp Season at Silver Lake Conference Center is now open. After a successful 2017 season, the Silver Lake staff is already busy preparing for the summer ahead.


Ruth Tyrol Honored at Fancy Camp Fundraiser

Ruth Tyrol Honored at Fancy Camp Fundraiser

11/22/2017

Southern New England's outdoor ministry glitterati were at their most sparkly on the evening of Nov 18 at Fancy Camp, a gala to benefit Silver Lake Conference Center.


Silver Lake Looking To Hire Administrator

11/3/2017

Silver Lake Conference Center is looking to hire an Administrator, The Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, Executive Director, announced Friday, Nov. 3. "This person will be key to Silver Lake's committment to radical hospitality," Gackenheimer said. "They will...


Kronholm Clark Named Silver Lake Program Director

Kronholm Clark Named Silver Lake Program Director

10/26/2017

Jennifer Kronholm Clark has been named the new Program Director at Silver Lake Conference Center, an expanded position from the Summer Staff Director position previously held by Alan Munshower.


Silver Lake Award: Ruth Tyrol to be Honored at Fancy Camp Gala

Silver Lake Award: Ruth Tyrol to be Honored at Fancy Camp Gala

10/19/2017

The Silver Lake Board of Directors is pleased to announce Ruth Tyrol as the recipient of the inaugural Silver Lake Award. Her ministry will be celebrated at Fancy Camp, a Gala to Benefit Silver Lake Conference Center, on Nov. 18.


Silver Lake 60th Celebration Draws Over 300

Silver Lake 60th Celebration Draws Over 300

8/28/2017

More than 300 people attended the 60th Anniversary Celebration at Silver Lake Conference Center on Saturday, August 26. Six generations of campers, staff, volunteers, and donors gathered together to honor the conference centers 60 years of outdoor history.


New Video: Vantage Point #23 - SLCC Development Associate

New Video: Vantage Point #23 - SLCC Development Associate

7/26/2017

The Connecticut Conference released a new Vantage Point video today. In this edition of Vantage Point, guest host the Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, Executive Director of Silver Lake Conference Center, speaks with Heather Dineen, the new Development Associate at SLCC about her work at the conference center.


Nominations Open for the Inaugural Silver Lake Award

Nominations Open for the Inaugural Silver Lake Award

7/10/2017

The Silver Lake Conference Center Board of Directors is excited to announce that nominations for the inaugural Silver Lake Award are open!


SLCC Summer Begins With Pre-Camp

SLCC Summer Begins With Pre-Camp

6/26/2017

Silver Lake Conference Center's Summer Conference Season is up and running. The first two summer conferences of the 2017 season — Pioneer and JCT — ran during Pre-Camp Week, June 18 through June 24. The camp staff spent much of the week in training, preparing for the full 7-week camp season which started Sunday, June 25.


Empowering Youth in Environmental Justice

Empowering Youth in Environmental Justice

5/24/2017

A new and engaged community was formed at the 4th Annual Environmental Justice For All! Retreat, which took place at Silver Lake Conference Center this past weekend.


Looking Back: Silver Lake in 1957

Looking Back: Silver Lake in 1957

4/26/2017

A look back at Silver Lake in its first year as a site of the CT Conference Summer Youth Programs.


Spring Action Is Right Around the Corner

4/20/2017

By Jennifer Kronholm Clark With all the rain this week, camp is greening up. Trees are budding, dafodills are blooming, and the grass is growing. It's time to get ready for summer! Twice a year, Silver Lake hosts Action work weekends. As many as 80...


2017 Summer Deans Gather for Deans Retreat

2017 Summer Deans Gather for Deans Retreat

3/8/2017

SHARON – Summer begins in March at Silver Lake with the annual Deans Retreat weekend. The volunteer program leaders gathered March 3-4 at camp, along with chaplains, guest speakers, and Silver Lake staff, to begin to create the community that will ...


Silver Lake Launches New Promotional Effort

Silver Lake Launches New Promotional Effort

1/25/2017

The January Bulletin Insert The Silver Lake Conference Center has launched an ambitious plan to add 100 new campers to the summer program in 2017, and has developed new promotional materials - including bulletin inserts for church use - to help ...


Silver Lake Registration Open Jan. 15

Silver Lake Registration Open Jan. 15

1/11/2017

SHARON -- "I love this time of year!" said Jennifer Kronholm Clark, Administrator at Silver Lake Conference Center. "For me, this is the beginning of the summer. Registration opens on Sunday!"   Though it might seem early to plan for summer camp, ...


Silver Lake Announces New Development Associate

Silver Lake Announces New Development Associate

1/4/2017

Silver Lake Conference Center announced that Heather Dinneen will be the new Development Associate.


Silver Lake 2017 Summer Brochure Released

Silver Lake 2017 Summer Brochure Released

12/16/2016

SHARON -- The Silver Lake Conference Center announced the release of the 2017 Summer Conferences Brochure yesterday. The brochure is currently downloadable on the Silver Lake website at www.silverlakect.org. Online registration for all conferences ...


Clergy Group Celebrates 23 Years at Silver Lake with Gift

Clergy Group Celebrates 23 Years at Silver Lake with Gift

11/17/2016

SHARON - Seven clergy have been meeting a couple of times a year at Silver Lake for fellowship, professional support, and peace and quiet for the past 23 years.


Fancy Camp Gala Draws Over 80 in Support of SLCC

Fancy Camp Gala Draws Over 80 in Support of SLCC

11/16/2016

From left, Andrea Olson, alumna and former dean, Allyson Gillette, alumna and former dean, Kim Eaton, friend of Silver Lake, Anne Hughes, former Co-Director, the Rev. Nicole Yonkman, Silver Lake parent, and Lynne Gillette (in front), Silver Lake ...


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