Wondering What To Do This Summer? How about going to camp? It’s not just for kids! There are several Unitarian Universalist camps and camp-like experiences available for the whole family. Information on several of these is available from Rev. Lori upon request. Here are just a few possibilities…
SUUSI – Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute
SUUSI happens July 15-21 on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. It claims to be the largest gathering of UUs outside of General Assembly! This long-running camp features morning and evening worship experiences with a variety of worship leaders (mostly UU ministers), lots of opportunities to enjoy great music during the evening Concert Hour, age-appropriate programs for children and youth, and lots of workshop opportunities for adults with a wide variety of interests. Want to take a hike up a mountain? Learn to paint? Sample wine? Or just hang out in the Coffee Shop? You can do it all at SUUSI. The theme this year is “The Light I Carry,” and more info can be found online at www.suusi.org.
The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center – Intergenerational Family Camp
The Mountain is a Unitarian Universalist owned retreat center near Highlands, NC. The Southeast chapter of the UU Ministers Association hold their twice-yearly meetings there. It offers a truly camp-like experience, with housing in cabins or The Lodge, in a natural setting. And the food is outstanding! The family camp offers traditional camp activities including music, storytelling, hiking, workshops, crafts, and more. There are other camps and conferences at The Mountain, many available to the public. More info can be found online at www.themountainrlc.org/event/intergenerational-family-camp-2018
Ferry Beach in Saco, ME was founded in 1901 by Universalist circuit-riding minister, Quillen Shinn. There are a variety of housing options, and a different camp or conference scheduled almost every week! There are Youth Camps, RE Week tailored for UU religious educators, and many more. We have a couple of brochures in the office, or you can find more info online at www.ferrybeach.org
The Rowe Center in Rowe, MA, has been home to summer camps for kids since 1924, and since 1974 has been providing weekend educational and/or spiritual workshops for adults. Rowe operates year-round. Upcoming weekend workshop leaders include people like Rami Shapiro, Ralph Nader, Starhawk, and Ysaye Barnwell. We have one copy of the Spring/Summer 2018 catalog in the office, or check out their website at www.rowecenter.org
One more popular site for summer camps and conferences for Unitarian Universalists is Star Island in Isles of Shoals, NH. Some weeks feature adult programming, others are multi-generational, all look like fun! We don’t have any printed literature in the office, but you can find them online at www.starisland.org!
If none of these appeal, check out The Council of Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences website: http://www.cu2c2.org/ They have a comprehensive list of all the UU camps throughout the U.S.