You have found your way to the Camp “Landing” page on your journey to connect with inspiring recreational, leadership, service, educational, and social activities for Christian Scientists and their friends.
This page and the related links will guide you to choose the right camp for an experience to nurture your spiritual growth in an atmosphere conducive to learn and practice the Christian laws of healing that Jesus revealed to the world.
Please contact us at 855-544-HEAL if you need additional assistance after you click on the links below to explore these six camps:
- Adventure Unlimited
- Camp Bow-Isle
- Camp Newfound/Owatana
- Camps Leelanau & Kohahna
- CedarS Camps
- Crystal Lake Camps
Christian Science Camps have great value
What is the value of the outdoors and even more specifically, the value of camp? Why camp? Isn’t there more to do in this busy world than spend money and time on camp? Nope! And this is why…
The days that my brothers and I spent at Christian Science summer camp greatly shaped who we are today. The experiences had at camp were transformative because they led to ingenuity, discovery, growth and challenge which ultimately helped us develop confidence, courage, a clear sense of identity and spiritual strength.
Camp allows children to unplug from technology and to connect with nature, people and most importantly, God. Did you know that according to a study done by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2010, youth ages 8-18 spend an average of 7-8 hours a day using Smartphones, iPods, laptops, video games and TVs (more than 53 hours a week). Most of that time is spent “media multitasking” (let’s say texting while listening to an iPod and surfing the web), which means that the hours spent on entertainment media are actually closer to about 11-12 hours a day. Most children can identify a McDonalds or Target sign, but few can name what type of tree lies just outside their front door. A picture of an apple now reminds us of Steve Jobs and Mac computers, not a delicious fruit. Exercise translates into playing tennis with the Wii game console rather than getting out on the courts. Today youth are living in a virtual world.
Contrary to the media craze, camp supports a sense of genuine wonder or exploration, skill development, challenge, and triumph. Out of which comes confidence, grit, and independence. At camp, children learn how to build relationships and how to communicate face to face. Campers learn to think beyond themselves and instead to think of others. On an even deeper level, the joys, triumphs and challenges faced at camp allow campers to lean on God. Whether it be a camper’s first time ascending the climbing wall, peaking Mt. Washington, or swimming 2 miles to Harrison, reliance on God is at the center of every activity. Awakening to the understanding that one’s true identity is spiritual, intact and secure is a direct outcome of the spiritual growth that takes place at camp.
“Children should be allowed to remain children in knowledge, and should become men and women only through growth in the understanding of man’s higher nature.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 62)
Camp preserves and protects the childlikeness that Mrs. Eddy and Jesus so cherished. Childlikeness is man’s inherent purity and clarity of thought. It is a radical trust in God. Children have quick healings because they are receptive and trusting. They have a profound sense of the goodness in the world, which tells them that goodness is natural and to be expected. Camp reinforces and strengthens this by teaching campers to love that which is good, to do good and to uphold good. Our metaphysical theme for this summer is from Science and Health, p. 192:
“Your influence for good depends upon the weight you throw into the right scale. The good you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable.”
Setting the bar high, doing good, being the best, putting first things first and learning to be (wo)men of integrity is what camp is all about. Because God, Love, is at the helm of everything we do, campers respond to the world with kindness, poise, outreach and healing. What campers and staff learn during the summer goes with them to protect and strengthen their homes and communities. Every healing and every accomplishment is character building. The outcome is that campers and staff return home stronger mentally, physically, and spiritually. They unplug from technology, get out in nature, explore and create, challenge themselves and become thinkers. As campers and staff draw nigh to God and discover their true identities, they heal. That is the value of camp. Priceless!
By Mary Villoch