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."

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Vision

"Empowering campers and staff to bless the world through their understanding of Christian Science."

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Core Values

Christian Science

Through our active practice of Christian Science, we support and nurture our participants’ growth. This practice allows both staff and campers to see their limitless identity. It takes away false labels that are illusions of the material world.  We provide a space where campers and staff see who they truly are through reflection.  Because of this, everyone has a stronger foundation in their spiritual identity when they return home.

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Family

Every individual is celebrated and embraced as part of the CLC camp family, just as each child of God is embraced by Love.

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Hospitality

At Crystal Lake Camps, we value hospitality because the limitless expression of generosity and selflessness leads to experiences that have a lasting impact for all who come to Crystal Lake.

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Teamwork

At Crystal Lake Camps, we value teamwork because our common purpose drives our commitment towards consistently demonstrating accountability, diversity, and clarity.

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Responsible/Resourcefulness

We are responsible for our resources at Crystal Lake Camps.  We understand we have tools, time, co-workers, and funding to further the mission of CLC.  We take care of these so that CLC can bless others in the future long after we’ve departed.  Being aware of and using our available resources is an approach we feel a duty to model and a skill campers can take with them in their individual lives.

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Agape & Philos/Phila

By truly loving our neighbor (philos), we express God’s boundless love for all creation (agape)—and through this love we witness healing.

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History

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

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Nathan
Bowen

Executive Director
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Becca
Denicholas

Camp Director
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Alex
Kamau

Camp Administrator
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Linden
Jennings

Marketing / Outreach Coordinator
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Ian
McLeland

Development Director
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Pat
Chase

Bookkeeper

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Logan
Landry

Program Manager

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Daisy

Greeting Committee Coordinator

Board of Trustees

Kathy Bailey, President
Ballwin, MO

Jim Keeley, Vice President
Herndon, VA

Jennifer Vomvas, Treasurer
East Norwich, NY

M.J. Johnston, Secretary
Lutherville, MD

Katie Davis
Poncha Springs, CO

Jenna Fisher
Brighton, MA

Nancy Montone
East Aurora, NY

Nancy Boyer-Rechlin
Franklin, WV

Emeritus Trustees
Dan Herr
Hal Jordan
Peter Wright

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