In 2000, I became a Journal listed Christian Science Practitioner and opened a professional practice supporting friends, neighbours, family members and new acquaintances with prayer for healing. I became active as a Christian Science camp Practitioner for Camp Bow-Isle in British Columbia, volunteered as a Christian Science Chaplain in women and youth correctional facilities, and became the leader of our local interfaith community group for seven plus years.
Working with and caring for youth has always been my passion – I became an elementary school teacher before having children of my own and along with my Elementary Teaching Credential, studied specifically to earn my Early Childhood Specialist Credential.
We live in Oregon and Southern California because between my husband and I we have a large group of children and grandchildren. I enjoy the parenting and grand parenting that go along with it. Humbled? Definitely! Grateful? Absolutely! We are loved and capable of loving. Without a doubt, Love heals us.
Hi friends! At camp they call me Van Van. I’m currently a junior about to start my senior year at Principia College. When I’m not at school or camp, I live in Alameda, California. Most of the time, I enjoy spending my days outdoors running, hiking, skiing, rollerblading, playing games, or simply appreciating the beauty around me in a hammock.
This summer, I am so looking forward to being on staff because throughout the course of two weeks, fears will be conquered, spiritual growth will naturally take part, and your daughter will gain a whole lot of sisters to laugh and play with throughout the many activities we do at CBI. From learning how to build trust to doing duties, our programs are full of fun activities with all the friends we make. I can’t wait to meet you up the driveway to welcome you home!
Hello parents and campers! Can you wait for the amazing summer we have coming up? I can’t! I am so excited to meet those of you I haven’t met yet, and see those of you that I know already so well. This summer is going to be so much fun!
For those of you who want to know a little bit about me, I am a student at McGill University majoring Social Justice. I love the beautiful outdoors of British Columbia and am one of the few counsellors who are so lucky to live right next door to Camp Bow-Isle. I love practicing hot yoga, volleyball, hiking, travelling, volunteering and being around my family and friends, all while expressing God at the same time! I can’t wait to meet you too!
This summer 2017 will be my twelfth year at Camp Bow-Isle and my fourth year on Staff. I grew up in Seattle, WA and love laughing, and being as active as possible. Currently I am a student at Principia College in Elsah, IL, where I am majoring in Education and minoring in Art. I am also a member of Prin’s Women’s Soccer Team and enjoy trying to improve as a player, person and teammate.
This past Fall I was an Assistant Teacher in an elementary school in Alton IL and loved being able to share daily what I have learned from being a Counselor at Camp Bow-Isle. I love everything about camp, especially anything involved in the water, such as kayaking, swimming, and canoeing! When I’m not at Camp Bow-Isle, I love to read and travel. I cannot wait to see everyone’s smiling faces at camp again this summer!
Hello! I have attended Camp Bow Isle for most of life and am so grateful for the many blessing it has brought me. Coming back to camp as a counselor is a wonderful opportunity for me to repay the favor to camp by sharing my love for life and Christian Science at camp!
I am a professional ballet dancer with American Ballet Theater in NYC. The company travels all over the country and internationally to perform and it is an unbelievable joy to be a part of it everyday. I love the opportunity camp gives me to spend more time in nature doing the wonderful outdoor activities I have always enjoyed. Dancing with a company has given me lots of wonderful opportunities to demonstrate Christian Science and learn about what it means to me and how I apply it as a lifestyle. Growing up at Camp Bow Isle helped me to understand how I could use Christian Science everyday, and I hope to help campers experience the same.
Hi there! My name is Ariana Dale and I graduated from Principia College in spring of 2016 with a BS in biology and a creative writing minor. Since I’ve graduated I have been a postgraduate teaching intern at Principia and have been working to improve my writing and become a teacher in the sciences.
My free time generally consists of writing poetry, exploring the campus, and serving on the board of our Christian Science organization. Generally I enjoy spending summers in the rocky mountains, but this summer I’m looking forward to taking the time to soak in the outdoors on Bowen Island. I’m definitely excited to see what adventures we’ll have and how much everyone will grow this summer!.
Hello! My name is Elissa Matheny and I am so excited to be spending my first summer at Camp Bow-Isle. I currently live and work in Los Angeles as a second grade teacher at Berkeley Hall School. I am so grateful to do what I love—teach during the year and sail during the summer! I have grown up recreationally sailing as well as competitively racing and continued on to teach the sport for many summers in Maine, Michigan and the British Virgin Islands. I am so excited to work and grow with your daughters this summer!
Some of the countless reasons I am psyched about being on staff at Bow-Isle this summer include the beautiful island, the activities, and the close-knit Christian Science atmosphere, but mostly I am excited about the people. Though I am not currently planning on a career in education, working with kids has always been a source of joy in my life. There is little more wonderful than witnessing the willingness to learn, to love, and to choose the reality of good that children express; the line of the 23rd psalm, “He restoreth my soul,” has always resonated with me as “He makes me a child again,” and I know I will be learning as much from the campers this summer as we will be teaching them.
Hey there! I’m so very excited to be a CIT this year! I’m from Victoria, BC, and love to come and spend my summers here on Bowen Island. After being a camper for six years, I am so grateful for the opportunity to come and connect with all the wonderful campers from a new position. I’ve finished an exciting year, as I can now call myself a highschool graduate, I’ve traveled to new places with Discovery Bound’s Compass program, and now am anticipating new adventures at university this upcoming fall.
I’m an avid reader and dancer, and I love debating and participating in Model United Nations. Camp is a place I hold near to my heart, as you are encouraged to be the person you want to be. A highlight for me is seeing firsthand the growth and love in each camper and councilor, strengthening the true sense of sisterhood which is fostered throughout the weeks on Bowen. I can’t wait to see you all this summer!
I am so excited to have the opportunity to be back at camp this summer! I have been attending camp for the last eight years and cannot think of any place I’d rather spend my summer.
In my free time, I play the cello, and ride horses, and I generally love all forms of art. I love the Camp Bow-Isle family, and can’t wait to see new faces this summer!
My name is Bree Calkins, and this summer will be my 8th attending Camp Bow-isle, and my first being a Counselor! Singing, gymnastics, drawing, diving, and doing random acts of kindness for my friends are just a few of my hobbies. I love working with people and am looking forward to getting to know your camper and watching them grow this junior girl’s session!