UCM SUUMER CAMP ~ August 19-23, 2024

☀️ UCM SUUMER Camp ~ Friends & Fun in the Sun ☀️

Monday, August 19 – Friday, August 23 ~ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM daily

Registration closed June 30th ~ VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED!

Additional Details, Schedule, and Volunteer Needs:

UCM SUUMER Camp is all about having fun, making friends, and practicing spirit ~ we follow the UCM Mission Statement as our guide for the week: “We welcome all as we build a loving community to nurture each person’s spiritual journey, serve human need, and protect the earth, our home.”

We welcome all: youth who are rising kindergartners through rising fifth graders will be participating in UCM’s first-annual ‘pilot’ camp ~ for this year, participation is limited to 12 youth. Families have submitted a deposit of $50 to hold a spot, with the full program fee of $200 due by July 15th, and no refunds given after August 1st. No one will be turned away due to financial hardship ~ any questions about making payments can be directed to Emily Seifert.

As we build a loving community: our time will be centered around building loving community together … campers & youth leaders will be creating and building friendships through activities including: arts & crafts, music, games, and storytelling. Activities will take place at UCM, on church grounds, and/or on short walks in the neighborhood. Adult leaders will always be present to supervise and ensure safety. Campers will bring a bagged lunch each day, and snacks will be provided each day as well.

To nurture each person’s spiritual journey: we will nurture our spirits with morning chalice lightings, afternoon reflections, stories, and songs that reflect our Eight Principles and Unitarian Universalist (UU) values.

Serve human need, and protect the earth, our home: we will learn together through simple service projects about the many ways to help others and protect our earth.


Daily Schedule ~ Subject to Change

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

Enter & Settle: Campers arrive & answer a daily question.

Opening Circle: Light chalice, create covenant together, share stories & songs

Let’s Think About It: Explore the Topic of the Day (using the Soul Matters Magic Summer curriculum as a guide). Topics may include:

  • Explore Water Justice
  • Create Book Notes
  • Treats for the Humane Society
  • Cards of Encouragement for Elders
  • Fair Trade Chocolate

Snack Break: Snacks provided may include: muffins, fruit, cheese, yogurt, or granola bars.

Music: Sing all types of silly songs and action songs.

Something Special: A Special Guest or Special Activity

Lunch & Free Choice: Campers will bring a bag lunch, which we may enjoy as an outdoor picnic.

Rest, Relax, or Read: Break to practice self-care with a brief time of quiet.

Arts & Crafts: Enjoy the benefits of a longer period of time for completing projects and exploring self-expression.

Cold Snack Break: An afternoon snack may be a cold/frozen fruit/juice bar/treat.

Movement Activity: Games & recreation; a time to move our bodies!

Daily Challenge: In mixed-age groups, campers will face a challenge together each day, such as: building a tower with marshmallows & toothpicks; a water race to fill a container quickly while trying not to spill much; a scavenger hunt; etc.

Closing Circle: A brief closing session each afternoon with time to reflect on all the fun we’ve had together!


If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to join us as a youth or adult camp counsellor, or “Special Guest,” to share a unique talent or skill with the group, send your questions and ideas to Sally Armstrong or Rev. Joan at ucm.summercamp@gmail.com. Thank you for helping to create a magical week of building and nurturing multi-generational connections and friendships!