Nature Thought for December: Snowflakes!


Coming into December got me thinking about snow and the intricate little flakes that make up snow. Snow is a big deal at Crystal Lake Camps. It is what fuels the cross country ski season and entices hundreds of visitors to come and enjoy the winter beauty of our camp.


The snow itself is an accumulation of zillions of tiny ice crystals, each one almost always a unique individual in shape and structure. Their coming together in an aggregate mass creates an environment where all kinds of fun and adventure can take place, like cross country skiing or sledding on the hills of camp, building snow forts, having ruckus snowball fights, making delicate snow angels, or simply sitting in the quiet of the snow laden woods and enjoying the stillness and serenity of an early twilight.


What is important to remember is that this new environment, this winter wonderland, is the result of many, many unique individuals coming together. This is like when staff and campers come together each summer and create an awesome, special environment where there is a lot of fun and adventure but also, and most importantly, a lot of love and sharing of what each unique individual is learning about God and their relationship with God. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:

“The one Ego, the one Mind or Spirit called God, is infinite individuality, which supplies all form and comeliness and which reflects reality and divinity in individual spiritual man and things.”


Each one of us is “God’s spiritual idea, individual, perfect, eternal.” (Science and Health 115:15-16). We each have our own special qualities and a uniqueness that God has provided us as his refection. What is so cool is that we can bring these special unique qualities together at a place like Crystal Lakes Camp and each year create a new, unique environment in which to grow spiritually and have all kinds of fun doing it!

You don’t have to wait until this summer to accumulate fun, joy, and spiritual uplift by coming together at camp. Winter Camp 2015/16 is just around the corner at the end of this month! 

As the winter snows come upon us and you are indoors warming up, take time to stop and smell the Christmas Cactus flowers.

Mark Catlin
Summer Camp 2015 CIT co-director


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