Youth Camp Programs

2022 Summer Youth Sessions

The core focus of Youth Camp is Christian Science. Each year we base our programming around a metaphysical theme, this year's being: "Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth." (Psalms 119:151) Every day, campers will read the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson in their cabin groups, participate in a Metaphysical Activity Period, and all activities are structured around a metaphysical theme. Campers also partake in Sunday School, Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting, and mark their books.

At Crystal Lake Camps campers can experience between one and five weeks of summer camp. Our programming allows campers to explore three different activity periods during their session. Each camper has the fun of choosing from a wide array of options: archery, swimming, boating, soccer, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, tennis, gaga, horseback riding, fishing, arts and crafts, dance, drama, rock climbing, Spanish/English language classes, photography, cooking, and many more!

Session 1 

July 2-22

This three-week session includes a two night overnight, Fourth of July, World Cup Soccer Day, the Hands on Horsemanship program, and a Scooby-Doo themed banquet. 

Session 1a 

July 2-8

This one-week session is the first week of Session 1. It provides an opportunity for young, new to CLC campers, and those with a summer full of other fun activities to spend a week at camp! This session includes Fourth of July, but there is no banquet or overnight. Campers who come for this session can choose to stay for the remainder of session 1 while they're already at camp.   

Session 2 

July 23-August 5

This traditional two-week session includes a two night overnight, Little Olympics, Silent Campfire Night, and an Encanto-themed banquet. 


Summer Camp Program Add-Ons

Horseback Riding

Available: All Sessions
Ages: 7 to 17

Price: $175/session

Add horseback riding to your camp session! Participate in a daily riding lesson in the ring or on the trail. Sign up early — space is limited. For all ages and ability levels, including beginners.

Hands-on Horsemanship

Available: Session 1
Ages: 12 to 17

Price: $300

During Session 1, HOH is for advanced riders (riders who are comfortable trotting) who just can’t get enough of horses! In addition to daily riding lessons, you’ll learn about horse care through daily hands-on experience at the stables. You’ll also get to spend three days living at the barn during an extended overnight adventure.

Programs for Older Campers

*Prices for the programs below represent the total cost. "Summer Camp" rates above do not apply to these programs.

Leadership Training (LT)

Available: Check back for 2023
Ages: 15 to 17

Four Week Program: $5,400

*Campers must submit a video detailing their interest and leadership qualities by March 31. Videos can be sent to: LT@crystallakecamps.org.

Discover yourself and what you are truly capable of during this four-week program! The program is designed to challenge campers to be their best and grow spiritually. Supportive and experienced staff help Leadership Trainees (LTs) participate in an extended backpacking trip, canoe packing trip, ropes course training, rock climbing, an overnight solo, and so much more. LTs grow socially and learn about managing group dynamics, backcountry living, how to be an effective leader, and how to be a part of a team. The LT program, while not a mandatory part of the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program, is a valuable stepping-stone and foundation for the CIT program.

Counselor-in-Training (CIT)

Available: Session 1 & 2
Ages: 16 to 17

Four Week Program: $2,200

*Campers must complete an additional application for the CIT program, available on the CLC CampBrain registration page and due MARCH 31

The five-week Counselor-in-Training course prepares campers to be successful staff members in cabins, in teaching activities, or in other areas of the camp program. The CIT program is both a job training program and an educational experience. CITs participate in daily classes divided into four key areas: Staff, Camp, Campers, and Program. Topics include working as part of a team, responding to others’ needs, time management, decision making, public speaking, and Christian Science healing. Most importantly, CITs have the opportunity to daily put what is learned into practice in a supportive Christian Science environment. If you are interested in the out-of-doors, working with children, making new friends, and growing in your understanding and application of Christian Science — join us this summer. Make a difference — challenge yourself and others by being part of this year’s class.