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 you are. Focusing on the Silver Lake Loves — Love God, Love Your Neighbor, Love Yourself, and Love Creation — a new kind of Silver Lake experience is available to all who want to participate.
“I really don’t like the phrase ‘virtual camp,’” said Jennifer Kronholm Clark, Program Director. “And that’s not what Silver Lake At Home is. We can’t recreate a week of Silver Lake online. Instead, we are bringing the core of the ministry to our families.”
The new program offers an “a la carte” menu of program options, allowing each family to customize their experience and engage in a way that works best for them.
“It was really important to me to ensure that those who don’t want to sit in front of a computer all summer have a way to experience Silver Lake this year,” said Jenn.
The program will run over four weeks in July. The Silver Lake At Home Box
($30), available to purchase online, will equip conferees to explore the weekly themes through journaling, activities, graces, and recipes. An older camper can enjoy the box independently; younger, non-traditionally aged Silver Lakers can get a lot out of the box with the help of some older family members. Churches can use the materials in the box to supplement or replace a Vacation Bible School program. They can host their own video calls with their church members to enrich the activities they are doing on their own.
“There are so many ways to engage with the activities in the box,” said Jenn. “This would be a great thing for a grandparent to give to campers.”
For those who would like to participate in a virtual community, Cabin Groups
will meet twice a week for four weeks. The cost to participate is $10.
There will be additional “add-on” options offered each week, with no fee attached, that anyone can join. During Week 2, Love Your Neighbor week, our mission partners, Church World Service and Simply Smiles, will offer virtual programs as well.
Each week will culminate in an “all-camp” virtual campfire worship service on Friday at 7 p.m. All are invited. At the end of the summer, on Aug. 1, will be the final event: the Super Mega Jumbo Praise Saturday End of Summer Celebration.
The Silver Lake Board of Directors is creating a parallel Silver Lake At Home experience for alumni, which will be organized by decade.
More details and how to register for events can be found at silverlakect.org/silver-lake-at-home