Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute
a week long summer camp for UU’s   July 16-22, 2017

 

medians

Stuck in the middle with you!

Medians are a SUUSI affinity group, consisting of adults (at least 21 years old) who prefer a late-night, social lifestyle. We are all over the map demographically: college students, professionals, blue collar wage-jockeys, practicing ministers, new parents, old parents, no-chance-in-hell parents.

It’s kind of a “do it yourself ” SUUSI experience where members can create their own programming. Over the last several years, Median workshops, nature activities, and late-night gatherings have developed a life of their own with events like BBQuusi, Beer and Wine tastings, Texas Hold‘em Poker, and SUUSIToes.

Medians also have a housing option and are active in online communities that provide some solace during the other 359 days of the year that we don’t “look to” as much as the 6 days of SUUSI!

Activities

There are several workshops and nature trips that are tagged as Median-led or Median-friendly. Median-led workshops are led by self-identified members of the Median community and are open to all SUUSI participants. Medians are encouraged to plan ahead and register for Median-friendly workshops and nature trips (see above right) so that we can participate together.

We also have less formal activities including games, athletics, and social gatherings. When you arrive at Check-In, please stop by the Median table and see all we have to offer, or suggest an activity that you’d like to happen during the week.

kidsIn recognition of the unique needs and abilities of different stages of development, the Board and Core Staff have created a program for SUUSi-goers ages 11 to 13. This age group is beginning the move away from childhood and toward adolescence and the rights, privileges and responsibilities that entails.

During SUUSI, we will be creating space, opportunity and direction for each 11, 12 and 13-year-old to build community within their age group as well as with the entire 11-13s group and with the larger community. We will also be looking at ways our UU and personal values can shape our actions.

Each Middler will belong to and meet with a small group within their age group daily (much like the Teen Touch Groups) to insure that each child has a rich experience. Look at our current catalog for more information about this exciting new program.

SUUSIEldersMany seasoned people find a wonderful community and free spirits at SUUSI. A large percentage of our participants are over 40 years old and many elders grace our community with their wit and wisdom.

YAPronounsThe SUUSI Young Adult program offers a strong, caring, loving community to participants ages 18 to 25. We come together to live in a dorm for one week a year and participate in activities made by, and for young adults. It's a smaller community within SUUSI's own welcoming arms where you will meet new, interesting, and caring people every year you come.

The YA program is developed both by the staff members and the community at large.  During the year, YA's have the chance to suggest and plan activities during the week.  We try to keep the schedule as new and interesting to our members as possible.  If a workshop/activity during the week takes significant amounts of planning community members are eligible for part time staff credit to run it.

Watch out for performances: YA talent tends to surface at the coffee house, cabaret, and other more random outlets as well. The YAs also dominate the dance floors at CACHE and Serendipity. We participate in two important bridging ceremonies as well. One ceremony will be to welcome the teens that will be young adults at the following SUUSI, and the second to recognize those YAs that are 25 years old and will be leaving the YA program and transitioning in to SUUSI's median programming.

Every year, the YA Staff hopes to support the idea of existing as an intentional community within the bigger intentional community that is SUUSI. In this we hope to bring back focus on our integration into this amazing Intergenerational community that SUUSI offers us. We will be modifying old events, or offering new ones that we hope to bring to everyone in the SUUSI community. We hope to bring our community out to everyone else so that every SUUSI participant might get to experience the community bonds that have brought YA's back to SUUSI year after year after year.

Wondering what you should pack for the week? Must haves are cameras, swimsuits, music, instruments, and fans! Also, bring your games, toys, inflatable anythings, your favorite clothes for all types of weather and for dressing up, an open mind, good ideas, and great feelings. If you bring a book, this is fair warning that you will have little time to read it. That is, unless you enjoy seclusion and introversion, which is totally cool too.

One of the ways to get to know the YAs and be a part of the community before and after SUUSI is through the SUUSI YA Group on Facebook (a search of those terms should find it for you). If you would like to join and share with the community on-line, simply request to join the goup. And if you have any additional questions/concerns/ ideas about the YA program, feel free to email the YA Director at [email protected].

Can't wait to see you there!  


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The SUUSI Youth Program for 2015 is shaping up to be another great week for your children (0-10 years old) to explore new talents, make new friends, create memories, and have fun! Prepare your child to have a great time, as we discover and explore our theme, Building Bridges. This year we will be offering arts and crafts, music, and outdoor games for all ages, as well as tie-dye for the 4-10 year olds and afternoon workshop choices for the 6-10 year olds. 

 

What’s New this Year?

·  Age Groups: 0-3s, 4-5s, 6-7s, 8s, 9s, 10s

·  Youth Service Project for the Local Domestic Violence Shelter

·  Youth Morning Circle each day with Visiting Ministers

·  Exciting Afternoon Workshop choices for Ages 6-10

·  Arts & Crafts, Tie-Dye, Music, Outdoor Games, & More 

 

Youth Programming Schedule

8:45am-9:00am:    Morning Check-In

9:00am-12:00pm:  Morning Youth Programming

10:00am-10:30am: Youth Morning Circle

12:00pm-1:45pm:  Lunch with Parent/Guardian (0-1s may stay in the nursery)

1:45pm-2:00pm:    Afternoon Check-In

2:00pm-4:00pm:    Afternoon Youth Programming

4:00pm:                Pick-Up/Programming Ends

 

Youth Morning Circle

Each morning at 10 am, we will meet outside of the Youth building for Morning Circle (weather permitting) and get our minds, bodies and spirits ready for a great day! Parents/guardians are invited to attend and hear all about what the Youth will be doing that day. We will have visiting UU Ministers in attendance each day and look forward to starting the day with you. 

Age Group Programming 

The Youth will enjoy age-appropriate activities and games each morning, as well as other traditional camp activities and games. There will be off-campus trips for the 8s, 9s, and 10s, music, outdoor games, and arts & crafts for all ages, and tie-dye for the 4-10-year-olds. Please ensure that your child is on time each day, so they do not miss out on any fun. Programming runs from 9 am-noon and 2-4 pm. Please let your child’s age group leader know if your child will not be attending.

In the afternoons, the 6-10-year-olds will attend work- shops they have chosen during registration. Don’t forget to select your child’s Youth workshops during the registra- tion process, as some of them will fill up quickly! As for the younger children, they will return to their age group space, where many will participate in our most popular afternoon activity – naptime! For parents/guardians of younger ones that need to take a nap before 2 pm, there will be nap rooms available in the 2-3-year-old space. Parents are wel- come to use this space from noon-2 pm, where you can lay your child down and supervise them while napping until a Youth staff member arrives to relieve you.

 

6-10s Workshops & Tripscolors

Youth ages 6-10 will sign up during on-line registration for one afternoon workshop each day Monday through Thursday. Be sure to check the age range and requirements listed, as they do vary. Some trips may require certain equipment, or an early drop-off or late pick-up time, so please be sure to plan accordingly. The workshop options can be located here: https://solis.suusi.org/youth_workshops

The 10s will enjoy a class trip this year to Dismal Falls on Friday morning. All 10 year olds will be automatically signed up for this trip. Should your child be unable to attend or should you have a conflict, please let your child's Age Group Leader know.

Youth workshops and trips are for Youth only. If you are interested in participating in a workshop or trip as a family, please look for the Family Friendly (FF) workshops offered by the Nature program.

 

Youth Check-in/Check-out

A parent/guardian must check in Youth each morning at 9:00am for programming. Please be sure to check with the age group leader to ensure your child has everything he/she will need for the day. At noon a parent, SUUSI guardian, responsible adult or sibling will need to check the child out for lunch and then check them back in at 2:00pm for afternoon programming. For dietary reasons, Youth Staff are not authorized to take children to meals. Children ages 0-1 may stay in the nursery through the lunch break.

 

Self-Checkout for Ages 9-10

There are new limitations regarding self-checkout for 9-10 year olds. With permission, children ages 9-10 may check themselves out at noon for lunch. They must go immediately to meet their parent/guardian and must be properly supervised at all times outside of programming hours. Self-checkout is a privilege that can be taken away, so please comply with the Youth rules. While authorized 9-10s are still allowed to check themselves out for lunch, they can no longer check themselves out at the end of afternoon programming. A parent, SUUSI guardian, responsible adult or sibling must check out all participating Youth each afternoon at 4:00pm.

 

Closing Circle

Friday afternoon we will have time for our age group evaluations and goodbyes, before attending and performing at our traditional Youth Closing Circle. The Closing Circle will take place outside of the Youth building (weather permitting) beginning at 3:30pm. Parents/guardians are invited and encouraged to attend!

  

Evenings

Evenings at SUUSI are usually community oriented, and we look forward to seeing youth, parents, and other member of the SUUSI community playing, singing, and talking together at Community Time and other gatherings.

 

Meet the Youth Staff

Our Youth Staff has extensive experience working with children and includes teachers, religious educators, social workers and many are parents. We are all focused on ensuring the safety and fun of every participant. We encourage you to get to know our incredible Youth Staff members. Please take a moment to thank them for volunteering to work with your children for the week! If you have any questions, comments, or are interested in volunteering with Youth Staff, please contact the Youth Director.

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