By Joanne Dingus,
Director of Religious Education
There are a lot of things happening at our Fellowship all the time. In RE, I’m looking forward to our first Pancakes and Pajamas event that will be on Sunday, March 25th from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Come in your pajamas and enjoy some hot pancakes with your fellow UUs.
There are also a lot of UU things that happen beyond Young’s Mill Lane that you and your family might want to know about.
I recently met with Religious Educators from Williamsburg and Norfolk. They are both interested in doing some combined activities for our youth. We are looking into doing a high school canoe trip to Dismal Swamp, a middle school lock-in and a high school CON. If you are in high school now and want to help in the planning of the CON, let me know. In case you don’t know, a CON is a weekend long event created and led by youth with workshops, worship, and lots of fun and fellowship. More details on joint events will be coming in the following weeks.
If you would like to spend a week with youth from around the country, there are two great options. General Assembly has a wonderful program for high school youth. Check out this link about Youth Caucus. They also provide child care for young kids and a special program for middle school youth. This year General Assembly is in Kansas City.
SUUSI is a family camp for UUs of all ages. As Director for the young kids, ages 0 – 10, I organize the staff and programming for the week. Kids come in the mornings for age-group activities, art, music, and tie-dye. This year there will be a portable planetarium coming to campus. In the afternoons, children ages 6 – 10 have a variety of workshops to choose from. Younger kids have more age appropriate activities and water fun. There are also many family friendly Nature trips to explore. There is a community time each day after classes where kids slide down the giant slip and slide, make crafts, cool off in the fountain and meet new friends. Middle school kids and teens have their own special activities throughout the week. There is a family movie night and dance nights for different ages. SUUSI is also known for their nightly music events and worship services. And SUUSI is not just for kids, so check out the website to see all that SUUSI has to offer. SUUSI is held at Western Carolina University from July 15 – 21.
The Mountain is a favorite place for UU kids to enjoy a week of camp as well. It’s only a few miles from SUUSI in the beautiful Smokey Mountains. Check out their various offerings on their website.
Of course, if you do decide to stick around Young’s Mill Lane this summer, you may want to enroll your kids in the Awesome Arts and Sciences Camps in June and August. Info on our Time-traveler Camp and Sci-fi Camp will be out soon!
I’m currently working on a summer curriculum based on “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” so the children and youth will explore new ways to go beyond Young’s Mill Lane each Sunday. And they may even find the answer to the ultimate question.
See you in the RE!
Lehni Lebert3/13/2018 06:59:09 am
Joanne, you are a treasure!