Learning Through Creation

BeccaAlumni, Personal Growth

On May 3 2018, a year ago, I performed a one-woman show called Walking In Their Shoes at Principia College. Leading up to this day I worked from January through April at Principia to create the show. When I was younger and as I journeyed through my college career I felt like I needed a creative project. Yes, I had … Read More

Celebrating Easter Everyday

BeccaPractitioner Insights, Seasonal

  Mary Baker Eddy gave her church a Church Manual. The Manual gives lovely provisions for Mother Church members. Mrs. Eddy specifically gives a provision for Easter when she writes, “Easter Observances. Sect. 2. In the United States there shall be no special observances, festivities, nor gifts at the Easter season by members of The Mother Church. Gratitude and love should … Read More

Alumni Spotlight: Ginny Tonkin

BeccaAlumni, News

Hi CLC Family! This month I was featured on “Women Really Mean Business” a podcast presented by ATHENA International. How fun is that? I love podcasts, and this was a really fun opportunity to share my story. I chat with host Jeff Biletnikoff about my career: from building an international career in Vietnam & China to jumpstarting a marketing career … Read More

Celebrating MBE this International Women’s Day

BeccaHistory, international, News

Happy International Women’s Day! I love that this day exists for us to celebrate all kinds of diversity and women who are making an impact around the world. One of those women, one who I’m so glad we have to celebrate today, is Mary Baker Eddy. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the impact that Mary Baker Eddy has … Read More

Four ways CLC prepared me to be an actor

BeccaUncategorized

On the surface, spending a summer at camp and performing a play are very different activities. For example, at camp we try to unplug from gadgets and get outside, while plays are (usually) indoors and often require quite a bit of technology to pull off. But as a professional actor in Chicago for the past six years, I’ve found many … Read More

Winter Camp Reflections

BeccaNews, Seasonal, Special Programs

“You’re going to spend New Year’s at camp?” my friend said,”Isn’t that gonna be a little cold?”   Well, honestly, yes.  It was a bit cold.  But it made the hikes around the lake invigorating and the light dusting of snow beautiful.  The lodge and Alford Hall were nice and toasty, though.  With fires crackling, we toasted marshmallows for s’mores, … Read More

The Gift of Truth

BeccaPractitioner Insights, Seasonal

This morning while driving to an early meeting I was listening to a program on NPR.  The topic was having a “no gift Christmas.” — the basic idea is that people have enough stuff and maybe the gift of time or presence is worth considering.  I didn’t hear the end of the program, but the idea kept coming back to … Read More

South America 2018

Beccainternational, News

In mid-November, Becca and I headed down to JFK Airport in New York to begin a 16-day trip to share about the activities and opportunities at Crystal Lake Camps with Christian Science church members and attendees in several cities in South America. We had a wonderful time meeting lots of new people, sharing about the impact and mission that a … Read More

Session 1, 2018

BeccaNews

Week 1 of CLC’s 70th summer is coming to a close. We’ve had an amazing start of Session 1 with classes such as cooking, horseback riding, dance, boating, archery, school of rock, and STAR! Our evening programs were full of energy and excitement. The Barn Dance was a blast; we played mouse-trap, musical chairs, and even learned a line dance! … Read More

Easter Camp 2018

Beccainternational, News

If you’re reading this post, you probably already know that one of the key components to Crystal Lake Camps is our international program.  You may also know that Becca and I this past December were fortunate to be invited to be part of a group that was in the Philippines to celebrate a century of First Church, Manila being open … Read More