Silver Lake Update - April 21, 2023

April 21, 2023

Update From the Lake

A monthly email update from Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center 
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Welcome New Silver Lake Staff!


Morgan Aery Hired as Retreat and Business Manager

"Silver Lake has lived in my heart since 1996, and I'm excited for the opportunity to now live at Silver Lake while serving as the Retreat and Finance Manager," Morgan Aery said. "Silver Lake creates and sustains communities of caring individuals, and I look forward to serving in a position that can actively encourage both the development of new communities and facilitate opportunities for its deep-rooted existing community to gather." Read more


Aila Brennan hired as Program Director

"Silver Lake is my foundation. My first summer job was at the Lake and to have the opportunity to help foster a new generation of campers and staff will be a life goal achieved. I have so much hope for the future of Silver Lake and it's an honor to be in this role," Brennan said. Read more


In case you missed it - Rev. David Camphouse started as Director of Outdoor Ministries on January 1, 2023.


Summer Camp at Silver Lake


Summer camp registration is open!

5 1-week sessions of overnight camp for grades 4-12
1 week of day camp for grades 1-3
PLUS half-week programs for families

Learn more about summer camp & register today!


Join us for a week (or more!) as a summer volunteer counselor!

Counselors are age 16+ and are responsible for the campers in their cabin or bunkroom -- a maximum of eight -- through a week-long program. Counselors sleep in a counselor's bunk in or adjoining the campers' cabin or bunkroom, share their meals, and lead them in activities throughout the week. Learn more about counseling here.


Summer Staff Positions are Still Available!

Make friends, learn new skills, change lives - apply today for the 2023 Silver Lake Summer Camp Staff and join us for a life-changing summer.


Upcoming Events at Silver Lake


Spring Action Weekend

April 28-30, 2023

Grades 9-12, adults 18+

Catch up with old friends, make new friends, and work hard to prepare YOUR camp & retreat center for the coming season.  From chopping wood to repairing buildings, moving picnic tables to raking leaves, there’s a project for everyone, high schoolers through adult. Learn more and register now.


Women's Yoga and Music Spirit Retreat

May 5-7, 2023

Whether you’re a yoga devotee or a novice, a seasoned singer or shy about your voice, we have a special place for you in our circle!

Join us for the entire weekend, or just for the day on Saturday!
$235 full weekend
$100 Saturday only

The retreat is open to all who identify as women, age 18+
Learn more and register now


SNEUCC Environmental Justice Youth Retreat

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Registration deadline is TODAY - April 21.

Now open to all ages, middle-school through adult!

Nature & Neighbors is a day-long environmental justice retreat which will include exploration of environmental racism and environmental justice; engaging scripture and spiritual practices that inspire and sustain action; and experiencing God’s Creation firsthand at Silver Lake.

Program cost is $75 per participant – please contact Noah Brewer-Wallin ( for sliding scale rates. We want you to participate and cost should not be a barrier!  Learn more and register now


Counselor Retreat

May 19-21 - ages 16+

Learn how to make the magic of camp happen for your campers, while keeping them safe.
Learn more and register now.

This retreat is open to all who will be or are interested in being counselors at Silver Lake.


Open House

Sunday, May 21, 1-5 p.m.

A visit to Silver Lake before camp is the best way for a first-time camper to know what to expect — you might even run into a new friend who will be in the same program this summer! We’ll provide the cookies; you bring your questions. Learn more and RSVP now


Upcoming SNE Conference Events


SNEUCC Sending Youth to General Synod 

The Southern New England Conference is accepting applications from youth who want to take part in Youth @ Synod, the national gathering for young leaders ages 14 to 18 who want to connect with teens from around the country while experiencing the vibrant diversity of the wider church.

The event is part of the United Church of Christ General Synod, taking place in Indianapolis, IN, June 30 to July 4. Significant scholarship support is available. Learn more


4th Annual Meeting of the Southern New England Conference

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 4th Annual Meeting of the Southern New England Conference, to be held June 17 at the DCU Center in Worcester. An online option is also available.

The meeting will include messages by UCC General Minister and President Nominee Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson and SNEUCC Executive Conference Minister the Rev. Darrell Goodwin; engaging worship; and two sets of breakout sessions, one on " Mapping Your Church's Path Forward" and one on "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion." There will also be a Children's Program, a Marketplace and some pre-meeting events. 

Find the details and register at:


2023 Justice Summit

The second annual Justice Summit will take place on October 7, 2023, in Boston, MA, and online. This year’s Summit centers on Trans and Nonbinary Belonging in the Church. Learn more and register now

SNEUCC Event Calendar:

New! Read the latest SNEUCC Upcoming Event Newsletter


We are honored to be in ministry with you, striving to make disciples of Jesus, form covenant partnerships, make God’s love and justice real, and bring new life as agents of change.
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Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center

Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center is a ministry of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ.
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