About CLC

Our Camp

Crystal Lake Camps is a Christian Science camp located in the Endless Mountains of north-central Pennsylvania. The property spans over 960 acres of wooded land and includes two lakes, Crystal and Wild Rice. The Girls and Boys Camps together, located on opposite sides of Alford Hall, have a capacity of 100 campers, which gives Crystal Lake a small, family feeling. Though the camper cabins are separated, the programs and activities are enjoyed by boys and girls of all ages together. We host campers and staff from all around the world -- countries such as Russia, Mexico, England, the Philippines, DRC, and more -- which allows for a global perspective, diversity, and inclusivity.

Mission Statement

"Cultivating individual and collective growth in Christian Science through living, playing, and learning in a natural setting with a global family."


Core Values

CLC is a Christian Science organization dedicated to supporting the spiritual growth of all its participants, and in particular, to help young people become practicing Christian Scientists.

One of CLC’s goals is to help people learn to be God-dependent instead of people- or matter-dependent.

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CLC celebrates each individual, and accepts everyone as family.

We will strive to provide a place where individual creative expression is embraced, and each person has the opportunity to find their unique talents.

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The Natural Environment critically underlies the learning, growing, and healing that happen at CLC.

Outdoor-focused activities are central to the CLC program, and will constitute a significant portion of all mission-related programming.

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The blessings we receive are passed on to others. Members of our community are expected to take the growth & healing they gain at CLC and apply those lessons in their lives and subsequently the world.

It is important that CLC participants understand that the good, inspiration, healing, etc. that happen at camp are not limited or circumscribed by being at the camp facility. We will strive to help people understand that as God is good, and that good exists in all places and at all times.

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It’s important to CLC that we have a work ethic that is both holistic & spiritual.

Holistic means we understand that working for CLC encompasses all aspects of our lives, and that finding appropriate balance and scope is important. We understand Principle and Love act in unity, and we actively work to express that unification in our activities.

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The spirit of childlikeness is alive at CLC!

It is important to help people recognize that the practice of Christian Science and going to Church and/or Sunday School is fun and enjoyable.

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The property of Crystal Lake Camps was owned by Mrs. Bessie Laughlin, widow of J. Page Laughlin of Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation. Mrs. Laughlin was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Washington, DC and lived in Leesburg, Virginia. The Laughlins used the property as a summer home. During the 21 years they owned the property, they made many useful improvements by building Tawanka, White Pine, and Kiya. Laughlin Lodge, formerly known as Bena Lodge, had been built around 1900 as a hunting lodge.
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Meet Our Staff



Executive Director


Camp Director


Camp Administrator


Marketing / Outreach Coordinator


Development Director





Program Manager

Board of Trustees

Kathy Bailey, President
Ballwin, MO

Jim Keeley, Vice President
Herndon, VA

Jennifer Vomvas, Treasurer
East Norwich, NY

Katie Davis
Bend, OR

Jenna Fisher
Brighton, MA

M.J. Johnston
Lutherville, MD

Nancy Montone
East Aurora, NY

Antero Villalpando
Mexico City, Mexico

Emeritus Trustees
Dan Herr
Hal Jordan
Peter Wright

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