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SUUSI 2024 Catalog will be published in Spring 2024. 

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Event # Event Type Date & Time Age Range
Saturday 13th July 2024

Board Meeting



Location:

Price: FREE
Board PreSatF Noon-2pm 0+
Sunday 14th July 2024

SUUSI Store


SUUSI Store
Location:

Price: FREE
Bookstore Sun 10am-5pm, M 9:30am-6:30pm, Tu 9:30am-6:30pm, W 9:30am-6:30pm, Th 9:30am-6:30pm, and F 9:30am-6:3 14+

Common Ground Cafe


Coffee house with coffee, snacks & games
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Price: FREE
Nightlife Sun Noon-11:59pm, M Midnight-11:59pm, Tu Midnight-11:59pm, W Midnight-11:59pm, Th Midnight-11:59pm, 0+

Pair-a-Dice Game Drop-off



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Price: FREE
Sports and Games Sun 3-5pm 14+

Workshop leader welcome


In lieu of the check-in madness, this will be the time for workshop leaders to check in and check on their workshop space. Requests to change location should be made by Sunday during or shortly after this.
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Price: FREE
Workshops Sun 4-6pm 0+

Middler Parent Meeting


Parent Meeting
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Price: FREE
Middlers Sun 5-6pm 11+

1001

YA Pizza Party


The first dinner can be hectic with groups trying to go before Ingathering. We will meet in the YA lounge and have pizza, soda, and snacks before ingathering so everyone can meet!
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Price: FREE
Young Adults Sun 5:30-7pm 18-25

OASUUS Mixer


Join us at at Blue Ridge 202 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM for social hour! Pizza and soft drinks with be provided. Here we will get to know each other and our space and be in community. As this is an OASUUS event this is for BIPOC only.
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Price: FREE
Special Events Sun 5:30-7pm 0+

Teen Parent / Guardian Meeting


All teens and their parents or guardians will gather after Ingathering to review the Teen program including rules and expectations.
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Price: FREE
Teens Sun 8-8:30pm 14+

1000

YA Town Halls


Town Halls are times for all of the YAs at SUUSI to come together. At these meetings, staff will provide information for the upcoming week, answer questions or concerns raised, and collect feedback for improvements to the program. All YAs living in the YA dorm and/or participating in YA programming are expected to attend.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults Sun 9-10pm and F 10-11pm 18-25

89

Teens Touch Group Sunday


Teen Leaders each facilitate a small group of other teens in the program, called a “touch group.” Through the touch groups, Teen Leaders help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences and offer support, as necessary. Touch groups provide a more self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of teenagers on their way to adulthood. Adult staff members give feedback and guidance throughout this process.
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Price: FREE
Teens Sun 9-9:30pm 14-17

82

Teen Ingathering


Teens will gather together to begin the intentional act of building community. This will include a discussion of norms, consent, and what it means to be a community.
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Price: FREE
Teens Sun 9-10pm 14-17

1022

Spa Night


Everyone needs a spa day. Come have a relaxing night after a long day of travel. We will have sheet masks, nail polish, and henna for everyone to enjoy.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults Sun 10-11pm 18-25

1047

Median Program (Non-Housing option)


The Median program is an age-inclusive extension of the Young Adult program. It is a space for people ages 21 and up who root their SUUSI experience in fellowship and shared experiences. It provides more extensive programming for adults and a sub-community where deeper relationships can be formed. Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median
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Price: FREE
Medians Sun 10-11pm 21+

1048

Mandatory Median Town Hall


Welcome to the Medians! This town hall meeting will kick off our week. We'll discuss what the Median program will look like this year, work on the community schedule together, and agree on a covenant towards intentional community for the week. This meeting is mandatory, with reasonable accommodations made to anyone who can't make it due to staff obligations. If you cannot make this meeting, please reach out to the Median director.
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Price: FREE
Medians Sun 10-11pm 21+

CACHE


CACHE stands for Clean Air Clear Heads Everyone and welcomes anyone age 14 and over who loves to dance. It is a fun, self-guided dance party in an alcohol and smoke free space. Our DJs will be playing the latest in dance music and invite any song requests that you have.
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Price: FREE
Nightlife Sun 11pm-1am, Tu 10pm-1am, Th 10pm-1am, and F 10pm-2am 14+

Late Night


Late night song circle
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Price: FREE
Nightlife SunMTuWThF 11pm-3am 14+
Monday 15th July 2024

602

Forest Bathing at Pinnacle Park


We start the week with an early morning reverent immersion in the forest, at the base of Pinnacle Peak near Sylva. Enjoy the silent mindfulness practice of Forest Bathing on the Bridges Loop Trail. It’s the perfect opportunity to center yourself and begin your SUUSI week energized by the coolness of the early morning in slow movement, silent meditation, and acute observation of the forest flora and fauna. Drive Time: 20 mins.
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Price: $22.00
Nature M 7:30-10:30am 14+

516

Waterfall HorseTrail Ride Monday (Family Friendly)


Horseback Riding at its finest! This 2.5-hour trail ride climbs up a mountain trail with beautiful scenery and a waterfall. Smokemont Riding Stable is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just outside of Cherokee. There is a weight limit of 240 lbs per person. You MUST WEAR LONG PANTS and CLOSED-TOE SHOES, boots would be best. A waiver is required. Drive Time: 60 mins one way. This trip is also offered on Tuesday.
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Price: $125.00
Nature M 7:30am-12:30pm 8+

560

Forest Bathing at Pinnacle Park - Register under hiking #602


Register for this trip under hiking, #602. // We start the week with an early morning reverent immersion in the forest, at the base of Pinnacle Peak near Sylva. Enjoy the silent mindfulness practice of Forest Bathing on the Bridges Loop Trail. It’s the perfect opportunity to center yourself and begin your SUUSI week energized by the coolness of the early morning in slow movement, silent meditation, and acute observation of the forest flora and fauna. Drive Time: 20 mins.
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Price: $22.00
Nature M 7:30-10:30am 14+

700

Morning Canoe (Family Friendly)


Do you want to canoe on a beautiful lake with us? Bring a family member or a friend to check out the spectacular views while paddling this mountaintop lake. Drive Time: 30 mins each way.
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Price: $50.00
Nature M 8am-12:30pm 10+

707

White Water Rafting Monday


Let's head to the river for a rafting adventure, running the rapids on one of North Carolina's ancient rivers. The Nantahala River Gorge is as scenic as it is challenging, and the morning affords more space for solitude, reflection, and the ability to experience the sights with fewer people on the river. Don't bring anything on this trip that you can't afford to lose in the river. The outfitter will provide a complimentary splash jacket. Drive Time: 45 mins each way.
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Price: $70.00
Nature M 8am-12:30pm 14+

617

Bartram Trail to William's Pulpit


From the Bartram Trail's Wallace Branch Trailhead to William's Pulpit is a 4.1 mile out-and-back hike located near Franklin, North Carolina. It is part of the 100-mile Bartram Trail that winds through northeastern Georgia and western North Carolina. This hike includes a steady uphill climb of 1100 feet. There are spring and summer wildflowers along the trail, a cascading waterfall at the bottom, and a gorgeous view at the rocky outcropping. Drive Time: 40 mins one way. Note that a lunch is NOT provided, you could bring your own snack.
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Price: $27.00
Nature M 8am-1pm 14+

Group Meditation


Join Kimi Reigel for 20 minutes of relaxation and centering.
Location:

Price: FREE
Nurture and Worship MTuThF 8-8:30am 0

520

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (Family Friendly)


Departing from Bryson City, this 4 ½ hour excursion carries you 44 miles by train to the Nantahala Gorge and back again. Travel along the Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers across Fontana Lake and into the magic of the Nantahala River Gorge. A one hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) allows for sightseeing, having lunch by the river from one of the many eateries, or just plain relaxing. Consider picking up a boxed lunch from the dining hall before leaving if you don't want to purchase lunch at the NOC (bring $$ for purchase on site). Drive Time: 45 mins one way.
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Price: $90.00
Nature M 8:30am-4:30pm 0+

49

Middler Ingathering (cancelled)



Location:

Price: FREE
Middlers M 9-10:15am 11-13

Middler programming


Middlers
Location:

Price: FREE
Middlers M 9am-Noon, Tu 9am-Noon, W 9am-Noon, Th 9am-Noon, F 9am-Noon, M 2-4pm, Tu 2-4pm, W 2-4pm, Th 2-4pm, 11-13

Youth Parent Mandatory Meeting


At least one parent or guardian of Yout participating in SUUSI Youth programming must attend this meeting when dropping their Youth off the first day of SUUSI youth programming.
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Price: FREE
Youth M 9-9:30am 0+

621

Sylva Pinnacle Trail


If a short drive, big workout, and spectacular views sound like a worthy challenge, then this 7.4-mile loop-trail is for you! The drive is only 20 minutes each way, and the high-elevation rocky pinnacle is surrounded by cliffs in three directions, with open vistas of the surrounding region, including the town of Sylva below. The first three miles are 1700 feet steeply up a mountain, so you'll need to be in very good to excellent shape for this adventure. There are creeks and boulders to explore along the way to the payoff panorama view and lunch at the top. Hiking distance: 7.4 miles with total climbing of about 2500 feet. Lunch provided, bring water. Recommended for experienced hikers.
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Price: $30.00
Nature M 9:30am-5pm 14+

SUUSI Store


SUUSI Store
Location:

Price: FREE
Bookstore Sun 10am-5pm, M 9:30am-6:30pm, Tu 9:30am-6:30pm, W 9:30am-6:30pm, Th 9:30am-6:30pm, and F 9:30am-6:3 14+

511

Foraging at Home


Join us for a Nature trip with no van ride! We will stroll around campus and explore the bounty of edibles found most anywhere. Foraging for wild edible plants is possible in your yard. If you are curious about foraging or want to learn if you have anything edible in your yard or local park (likely, yes), then join Jennifer Sanders as we explore the world of edible wild plants. We'll learn about common weeds you can eat and have time to share what's in your yard and ask questions. This walk is physically accessible. We'll end the trip by enjoying a beverage prepared from Mother Nature's garden.
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Price: $10.00
Nature M 10am-Noon 14+

551

The African American Experience in the Smokies


An initiative of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the African American Experience Project is a collaborative effort with the National Park Service, park partners, and the community to document and share the untold stories of African Americans in and outside the Smokies. The goal of the project is to add the stories of African Americans to the stories of the early white settlers and Cherokees who lived in the area, This trip will take us to Mingus Mill and the access trailhead to the Enloe Cemetery site where enslaved African Americans are known to be buried. A project facilitator will lead an open discussion on the history and current research, including a partnership with WCU, which performed ground-penetrating radar at the Enloe Cemetery. There is a very short but steep, natural, rooted trail to the site. It is recommended that you bring something to sit on. The trip departs and ends at Oconaluftee Visitor Center where there are bathroom facilities. Time permitting, some additional exploration of the area is possible. Lunch provided. Drive time 40 minutes on way. (Photo courtesy of National Park Service)
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Price: FREE
Nature M 10am-3:15pm 14+

40

13s Bonding Trip


This all-day trip is the 13s Bonding Trip and is an integral part of their extraordinary week that culminates in their Coming of Age Ceremony Friday night. Plan for a short but possible moderately strenuous hike, water fun, lunch, and a great day. You will need the correct footwear (See Shoe Requirements), drinking water, glasses strap (if you wear glasses), swimsuit, sunscreen, dry clothes, and a towel. Drive Time: 70 mins one way.
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Price: FREE
Middlers M 10am-4:30pm 13

615

Rainbow Falls and Turtleback Falls


This 4-mile round-trip hike begins in North Carolina's Gorges State Park and proceeds down to the rugged Horsepasture River, which is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River. Located on this hike is the 150 foot tall Rainbow Falls, the spray from which broadcasts a beautiful spectrum of color and mighty wind that can be felt from the viewing area near the base of the falls. The trail then continues steeply uphill to Turtleback Falls, which is an enticing 20-foot waterfall into a deep pool, which presents the opportunity to dunk, if desired!. However, SUUSI hikers must stay back from the unprotected actual falls themselves. The scenery in the gorge is breathtaking and memorable. Lunch provided, bring water. Drive Time: 55 mins one way. Elevation Gain: 900 ft.
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Price: $30.00
Nature M 10:30am-5:30pm 14+

1080

Daily Connection Circles for Adults - Lunchtime


We know that sometimes we can feel lost in the larger SUUSI community; join a connection circle and deepen your experience by making a daily connection with others in a small group. Groups are self-guided, using materials provided by the Nurture staff that will help guide conversation and create space for your spirit. Your initial meeting will be held at Noon on Monday; once you are in a group, you will determine exactly when and where to meet each day. The age limit for this event begins at 26 years old because the Young Adult program offers a similar program for adults aged 18 to 25.
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Price: FREE
Community Time M Noon-12:30pm 26+

3000

Pair-A-Dice


Pair-a-Dice is SUUSI's dedicated table-top gaming space for all ages! Sit down at a table and play a game with some new friends. Check out a favorite game from the over 100 games in our lending library and take it back to your room for the family to play.
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Price: $5.00
Sports and Games M Noon-10pm, Tu Noon-10pm, W Noon-10pm, Th Noon-10pm, and F Noon-5pm 14+

3001

Pair-A-Dice (13 and under)


Pair-a-Dice is SUUSI's dedicated table-top gaming space for all ages! Sit down at a table and play a game with some new friends. Check out a favorite game from the over 100 games in our lending library and take it back to your room for the family to play.
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Price: FREE
Sports and Games M Noon-9pm, Tu Noon-9pm, W Noon-9pm, Th Noon-9pm, and F Noon-5pm 1-13

609

Three Falls Hike (Family Friendly)


Enjoy 2.5 moderate miles of hiking to three of the many waterfalls in Western North Carolina. We will hike to the 30-foot high Juney Whank Falls, the 70 foot Toms Branch Falls and the 30 foot Indian Creek Falls. Look for the beauty of Mother Nature along these trails. You may have the opportunity to see a variety of flora - trilliums, foam-flower, galax, crested dwarf iris, beardtongue, Solomon's seal, cinquefoil, bloodroot, bluets, Jack-in-the-pulpit, wild geranium, Clinton's lily, and the large houstonia, to name a few. There will also be an opportunity to swim! Drive Time: 40 mins one way. Elevation Gain: 200 ft.
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Price: $22.00
Nature M 1-6pm 12+

101

Under the Wisdom Tree: Rain and Waterfalls


Maybe the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain, but here we get soaked in the mountains. Why so much rain, and will a changing climate dry up the waterfalls? The first of four theme talks by Charlie Grymes, who has shared his wisdom on nature trips for many years. Grab your lunch, join us under the Wisdom Tree, and be enthralled. Drop in as you can!
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Price: FREE
Nature M 1-1:45pm 0+

1013

East LaPorte Park Trip (YA/Median)


Go to a local river along with the medians for an afternoon of fun off campus. There will be some food and games. This is an opportunity to hang out with your fellow YAs off campus. Participants ages 26 and over; please register to join us under Median event #1040. Median workshop 1040 is the exact same event as this one.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults M 1-4:30pm 18-25

1040

Laporte River Access Nature Trip(Median/YA)


An Outdoor Outing to the East Laporte River Access park. Food, hydration, and outdoor games are provided. Participants ages 18 to 25 are welcome to join us; please register under YA event #1013. YA workshop #1013 is the exact same event as this one.
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Price: FREE
Medians M 1-4:30pm 26+

0

Tye Dye


This workshop is an extra opportunity to make tie-dye creations. Beginners are welcome. You may bring three (3) 100% cotton items to dye; you will go home with directions for washing them. Be creative: try underwear, shorts, socks, etc., but no towels or sheets as they take up too much dye. Once we’re finished with the dye, we’ll learn how to tie special knots (square, slip, half, and more).
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Price: FREE
Youth M 2-4pm 6-10

1

Slime


Create, Color, and transform your Slime creations. Share recipes and ingredient ideas! An afternoon of slime and science!
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Price: FREE
Youth M 2-4pm 8-10

2

Hair and Body Art


Use your own hair and body as a canvas to create your very own designs. We will use all sorts of styles of creating art, for example: face and body paint, body glitter, nail polish,temporary hair color and more! You can also make friendship bracelets to take home or give to friends!
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Price: FREE
Youth M 2-4pm 7-10

3

Outdoor Water Games


Head outside to enjoy some fun in the kiddie pools, or play water games using hoses, sprinklers, slip-n-slides, sponge balls, and other outdoor toys. You will get wet! Be sure to come wearing secure footwear that can get wet, a bathing suit, and plenty of sunscreen. Bring sunscreen, a water bottle, a dry towel, a plastic bag, & a change of clothes. We will be creating art after we dry off!
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Price: FREE
Youth M 2-4pm 6-10

3029

D&D for Beginners


Many people have heard of Dungeons & Dragons but never had the chance to play. D&D's 5th edition is the most successful fantasy role-playing game yet. Would you like to pretend to be an elf or a wizard who fights monsters? Would you like to steal an evil artifact and destroy it (or be tempted to use its power for yourself)? Are you interested but intimidated by all the dice and statistics? It’s a complicated game, but we’ll break it down into simple pieces and play a fun adventure as we learn the basics of how it works. All you need to bring is your imagination. Participants will be introduced to the various statistics that make up a character, from attributes to skills to armor class. But the numbers are always connected to the imagination, and as we fill in the details, we'll use those numbers to make choices in our adventuring. We'll explore a cave, fight monsters, try to avoid traps, etc. We'll also learn tips on where to find a game if you get hooked and want to keep playing.
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Price: $5.00
Sports and Games M 2-4pm 14+

Middler programming


Middlers
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Price: FREE
Middlers M 9am-Noon, Tu 9am-Noon, W 9am-Noon, Th 9am-Noon, F 9am-Noon, M 2-4pm, Tu 2-4pm, W 2-4pm, Th 2-4pm, 11-13

714

Teen Adventure


Teens will join us in nature as we begin our wonderful week together. Spend the afternoon reconnecting with old friends or meeting some new ones as we enjoy some outdoor time together. There will be several options for you to enjoy such as tubing down the Little Tennessee River, swimming, relaxing in the shade (or sun) with music and friends, playing interactive games, throwing around a frisbee, or playing some sports. We will enjoy a picnic dinner on site. If you choose to go tubing or swimming you will need correct footwear (see description under Nature Aquatics), drinking water, glasses strap (if you wear glasses), swimwear, sunscreen, dry clothes, and a towel. Drive Time: 45 mins one way // TEENS - Register under age group programming.
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Price: FREE
Nature M 3-8:30pm 14-17

81

Teen Outdoor Adventure


Come join us in nature as we begin our wonderful week together. Spend the afternoon reconnecting with old friends or meeting some new ones as we enjoy some outdoor time together. There will be several options for you to enjoy such as tubing down the Deep Creek River, relaxing on the beach in the shade (or sun) with music and friends, playing interactive games, hiking to view waterfalls, or playing some sports. We will enjoy a picnic dinner on site. If you choose to go tubing or swimming you will need correct footwear (see description under Nature Aquatics), drinking water, glasses strap (if you wear glasses), swimwear, sunscreen, dry clothes, and a towel.
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Price: FREE
Teens M 3-8pm 14-17

808

WCU Climbing Gym Monday


Western Carolina hosts one of the most extensive climbing programs in the East and the tallest collegiate wall in North Carolina. The Base Camp climbing wall offers 2100 square feet of climbing surface and is 50 feet tall. In addition to top-rope climbing, participants will also have the option to try bouldering. There are routes designed for the first-time climber as well as for the serious climber looking for a workout. An additional waiver is required for this trip. Please print the waiver, fill it out, and bring it to registration. For participants under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian's signature is required. Please do not arrive late to check-in for this trip, you will walk over with the entire group. The gym is within walking distance from the Nature Tent.
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Price: $25.00
Nature M 4-6pm 14+

1081

Daily Connection Circles for Adults - Afternoon


We know that sometimes we can feel lost in the larger SUUSI community; join a connection circle and deepen your experience by making a daily connection with others in a small group. Groups are self-guided, using materials provided by the Nurture staff that will help guide conversation and create space for your spirit. Your initial meeting will be held at 4pm Monday; once you are in a group, you will determine exactly when and where to meet each day. The age limit for this event begins at 26 years old because the Young Adult program offers a similar program for adults aged 18 to 25.
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Price: FREE
Community Time M 4-4:30pm 26+

Little Sing


pick up choir
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Price: FREE
Nightlife MTuW 4:05-5:30pm 14+


Addiction Recovery Space
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Price: FREE
M 5-6pm 14+

Addiction and Recovery Support Meeting


Connect with others in recovery and determine times to meet during the week (note there is one meeting already schedule on Wednesday)
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Price: FREE
Nurture and Worship M 5:30-6:30pm 14+

1082

Daily Connection Circles for Adults - Dinnertime


We know that sometimes we can feel lost in the larger SUUSI community; join a connection circle and deepen your experience by making a daily connection with others in a small group. Groups are self-guided, using materials provided by the Nurture staff that will help guide conversation and create space for your spirit. Your initial meeting will be held at 6pm on Monday; once you are in a group, you will determine exactly when and where to meet each day. The age limit for this event begins at 26 years old because the Young Adult program offers a similar program for adults aged 18 to 25.
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Price: FREE
Community Time M 6-6:30pm 26+

570

Cullowee Creek Evening Dip - Monday


Take an easy 10-minute walk on paved sidewalks and a grassy trail from the WCU campus to a small swimming hole. The water is refreshingly very cold and there is a deep section. Footwear that you can wear in the water is encouraged as the rock surfaces are slippery and a towel is recommended. Rain and/or thunder cancels.
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Price: FREE
Nature M 6:30-7:30pm 18+

509

A Natural High


The woods are known for eliciting a sense of awe and ecstasy in those who open themselves to the energies of these pristine natural settings. This guided meditation is especially appropriate for outdoor lovers who are open to the possibilities of a heightened connection with nature. The leader, Phoenix Putney, recommends the following book as being complementary to the spirit of this experience: "The Isle of Is: A Guide to Awakening" by Caroline Cottom and Thom Cronkite, published byThe Center Within, Koro Island, Fiji. The book also will be available in the SUUSI bookstore. Drive Time: 30 min one-way.
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Price: $22.00
Nature M 6:30-9:30pm 18+

Ballroom Dance Hour


Warm yourself up for clubbing with an hour of Ballroom. Every night will focus on one ballroom style but you will still have a music mix with enough variety to satisfy all Ballroom fans.
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Price: FREE
Nightlife MTuWThF 6:30-8pm 14+

45

13s Evening Programming


13s will gather to explore life outside of Middlers day programming.
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Price: FREE
Middlers TuM 7-8:30pm 13

13s Art time



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Price: FREE
Middlers M 7-9pm, Tu 9:45-10:45am, and W 9:45-10:45am 13

1043

Medians: Evening Baking


Bake cookies, brownies, and breads to share with everyone who gets hungry after the dining room closes! Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median
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Price: FREE
Medians MW 8-10pm 18+

1005

Water Worship


Water worship is a YA-specific Water Communion worship event, led by the YA Chaplain. If you are able, bring water from somewhere significant you have been in the last year; we will combine all of the water and redistribute a mixture of all of the meaningful places we come from and have traveled to.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults M 9-10pm 18-35

1011

Smash Tournament (YA/Median)


Come see who will win the ultimate Super Smash Bros battle. Will it be the fan favorite Mario, electric Pikachu, or maybe the underdog Villager. Coach your fighter as you compete in a multi stage tournament. There will be other games available for non-Smashers.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults M 10pm-Midnight 18+

Late Night


Late night song circle
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Price: FREE
Nightlife SunMTuWThF 11pm-3am 14+
Tuesday 16th July 2024

1046

Medians: Midnight Meal & Snacks


Food for hungry Serendipity returnees(YA's, you can come eat our food too). Expect Pizza! Pizza Rolls! Gluten Free Pizza! Gluten Free Pizza Rolls! Or not, we'll figure out what food we want to stock at the Monday meeting. Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median
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Price: FREE
Medians MTuWTh Midnight-2am 18+

Common Ground Cafe


Coffee house with coffee, snacks & games
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Price: FREE
Nightlife Sun Noon-11:59pm, M Midnight-11:59pm, Tu Midnight-11:59pm, W Midnight-11:59pm, Th Midnight-11:59pm, 0+

517

Waterfall Horse Trail Ride Tuesday (Family Friendly)


Horseback Riding at its finest! This 2.5-hour trail ride climbs up a mountain trail with beautiful scenery and a waterfall. Smokemont Riding Stable is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just outside of Cherokee. There is a weight limit of 240 lbs per person. You MUST WEAR LONG PANTS and CLOSED-TOE SHOES, boots would be best. A waiver is required. Drive Time: 60 mins one way.
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Price: $125.00
Nature Tu 7:30am-12:30pm 8+

504

Wildflowers North on the Parkway


Bring your camera with you as we drive north on the parkway from Balsam Gap. We will stop and explore for wildflowers at five overlooks. There are at least 35 species of wildflowers to be seen, some in as great abundance as you would see in travel brochures. At least at one stop, we will give you a chance to identify flowers yourself, so if you have a guidebook or plant app you would like to use, please bring it along. Loads of photographing opportunities! Drive Time: 40 mins one way.
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Price: $22.00
Nature Tu 8am-Noon 14+

Group Meditation


Join Kimi Reigel for 20 minutes of relaxation and centering.
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Price: FREE
Nurture and Worship MTuThF 8-8:30am 0

605

Trail Marker Trees at The Swag (Family Friendly)


For thousands of years, Native Americans have been masters of the mountains, traveling on steep and narrow trails between sacred sites, commercial centers, and other places in their vast homeland. They used living trees as markers. We will have a trail pass to The Swag Resort in Waynesville, where we will hike the nearby Cataloochee Divide trail to search for surviving marker trees. The hike will be one mile, some uphill, with views of the nearby Great Smoky Mountains. You will have extra time to explore the beautiful grounds of The Swag. A picnic lunch of culinary treats guided by fresh produce and deliveries from local farms will be prepared for us by The Swag's chefs and will include their famous Swag Bars. The resort's package also includes a Swag walking stick for each registrant to keep. Drive Time: 65 mins one way.
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Price: $75.00
Nature Tu 8:30am-1:30pm 8+

549

Asheville Music History Walking Tour


Join us for a cultural immersion in Asheville's eclectic music roots. Expect fun facts and insider insights from our host, Alli Marshall, a longtime Asheville resident and arts/music journalist. Asheville is known for its history of bluegrass, country, folk, and other forms of mountain music - but the city’s legacy, though, goes well beyond that. “People are surprised about the eclecticism of Asheville’s music scene — how many genres are represented,” says Marshall, former Arts & Entertainment editor for Mountain Xpress. “But that’s always been the case. For more than a century, Asheville has been at the intersection of innovation and sophistication as well as deep-seated tradition.” The two-hour, 1.5-mile stroll winds its way through several downtown areas such as Lexington Avenue and The Block – Asheville's historic African-American business district. We'll stop by the Moogseum, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, famed music venue The Orange Peel, and more. There will be plenty of photo ops and an accompanying soundtrack. The Asheville walking terrain is hilly - please consider your abilities. Lunch provided. Drive time 60 minutes one way.
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Price: $47.00
Nature Tu 8:30am-1pm 14+

717

Messing with Boats (Middlers 12s)


Let's go paddle! Choose your favorite boat and paddle upstream on the Little Tennessee River and then float back down. Our Nature staff instructors will teach you how to have a safe paddling experience while you learn about boats and how to paddle them. You will need appropriate footwear (see description under Nature Aquatics), drinking water, glasses strap (if you wear glasses), swimwear, sunscreen, dry clothes, and a towel! Drive Time: 45 mins one way. // MIDDLERS - Register under age group programming.
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Price: FREE
Nature Tu 8:30am-12:30pm 12

42

Messing with Boats


Let's go paddle - choose your favorite boat and paddle upstream on the Little Tennessee River and then float back down. Our Nature staff instructors will teach you how to have a safe paddling experience while you learn about boats and how to paddle them. Don't forget your towel and sunscreen! Drive Time: 45 mins one way.
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Price: FREE
Middlers Tu 8:30am-12:30pm 12

600

Jackson County Greenway (Accessible, Family Friendly)


Stroll or roll as you are able on this wide-paved, shared-use path following the forested sides of the Tuckasegee River, very close to the WCU campus. Find creatively designed bluebird houses mounted in the trees, and watch the river. The start point has ADA restroom facilities and is continuously paved between the parking lot and the path. The smooth-surface bridge over the Tuckasegee has ramp approaches. Periodically there are sitting benches. The route is out-and-back, and a group with varying physical abilities can enjoy a nature hike together. Drive time: 10 minutes. Distance: up to 2.3 miles. SUUSI can not provide ADA transport; personal vehicles will be required.
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Price: $22.00
Nature Tu 9am-Noon 8+

530

Jackson County Greenway (Accessible, Family Friendly - Register under Hiking #600)


Register for this trip under Hiking, #600 // Stroll or roll as you are able on this wide-paved, shared-use path following the forested sides of the Tuckasegee River, very close to the WCU campus. Find creatively designed bluebird houses mounted in the trees, and watch the river. The start point has ADA restroom facilities and is continuously paved between the parking lot and the path. The smooth-surface bridge over the Tuckasegee has ramp approaches. Periodically there are sitting benches. The route is out-and-back, and a group with varying physical abilities can enjoy a nature hike together. Drive time: 10 minutes. Distance: up to 2.3 miles. SUUSI can not provide ADA transport; personal vehicles will be required.
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Price: $22.00
Nature Tu 9am-Noon 8+

Middler programming


Middlers
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Price: FREE
Middlers M 9am-Noon, Tu 9am-Noon, W 9am-Noon, Th 9am-Noon, F 9am-Noon, M 2-4pm, Tu 2-4pm, W 2-4pm, Th 2-4pm, 11-13

620

Sam Knob and Flat Laurel Creek


Sam Knob is a prominent bald with views over the 6000+ foot Plott Balsam Range. But this hike is more than a climb - it also traverses dark fir forests and rhododendron stands, crosses mountain streams, bogs, and wide-open meadows. The sheer variety of natural features offered by this hike is hard to match. Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, this hike is one you will not want to miss. Drive Time: 60 mins one way. Hiking distance: 5.3 miles with total climbing of about 800 feet. (4%- 10% grade) Lunch provided, bring water.
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Price: $30.00
Nature Tu 9:30am-4pm 14+

SUUSI Store


SUUSI Store
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Price: FREE
Bookstore Sun 10am-5pm, M 9:30am-6:30pm, Tu 9:30am-6:30pm, W 9:30am-6:30pm, Th 9:30am-6:30pm, and F 9:30am-6:3 14+

13s Art time



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Price: FREE
Middlers M 7-9pm, Tu 9:45-10:45am, and W 9:45-10:45am 13

3030

WUURTH: Bodyguards & Bullywugs


The Council of WUURTH has assigned you to protect a visiting delegation of frog people. But what if they don’t want to be protected? Are they too proud, or are they hiding something? This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure to introduce new players into the setting we've created for our SUUSI D&D sessions, the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. This workshop is a great place to start for people who have never played D&D before, or never played D&D at SUUSI before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up. (Please sign up for only one session of Bodyguards & Bullywugs to allow more people to play.)
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Price: $5.00
Sports and Games Tu 10am-Noon 14+

12-Step Recovery Meeting


Come share experience, strength, and hope in this all-Program 12 Step meeting. We're here for you!
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Price: FREE
Nurture and Worship Tu 10-11am 14+

47

11s Foraging at WCU


Okay 11s, who's ready to forage? Jenni Sanders is going to lead you on a walk on WCU's campus and introduce you to the world of foraging. What can you find that is safe for consumption? How will you know? Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes as you may get off the beaten path.
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Price: FREE
Middlers Tu 11am-Noon 11

3000

Pair-A-Dice


Pair-a-Dice is SUUSI's dedicated table-top gaming space for all ages! Sit down at a table and play a game with some new friends. Check out a favorite game from the over 100 games in our lending library and take it back to your room for the family to play.
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Price: $5.00
Sports and Games M Noon-10pm, Tu Noon-10pm, W Noon-10pm, Th Noon-10pm, and F Noon-5pm 14+

3001

Pair-A-Dice (13 and under)


Pair-a-Dice is SUUSI's dedicated table-top gaming space for all ages! Sit down at a table and play a game with some new friends. Check out a favorite game from the over 100 games in our lending library and take it back to your room for the family to play.
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Price: FREE
Sports and Games M Noon-9pm, Tu Noon-9pm, W Noon-9pm, Th Noon-9pm, and F Noon-5pm 1-13

618

Black Balsam Knob and Tennet Mountain


The views can't get much better than a 360-degree panorama above treeline at 6000 feet elevation in an alpine meadow. Almost the entire 5-mile loop is the stunning Shining Rock Wilderness along sections of the famous Art Loeb Trail. We hope you won't be too distracted to look at the trail once in a while, as the terrain can be rough and unpredictable at times. Drive Time: 65 mins one way. Hiking distance: 5 miles with total climbing of about 700 feet.
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Price: $27.00
Nature Tu 12:30-6pm 14+

102

Under the Wisdom Tree: North Carolina History - Why Tar Is On the Heels


Virginia and South Carolina residents highlight their proud histories. North Carolina is, in contrast, a “vale of humility between two mountains of conceit.” Why is this state’s heritage such a humble story? The second of four theme talks by Charlie Grymes. Grab your lunch, join us under the Wisdom Tree, and be enthralled. Drop in as you can!
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Price: FREE
Nature Tu 1-1:45pm 0+

1002

YA Touch Groups


Touch groups provide an opportunity for YAs to get to know one another, help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences, and offer support as necessary. Touch groups are not required – but encouraged! – as they provide a self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of the particular people in that group.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults TuWThF 1-2pm 18-25

43

Middler Pool Time


Middlers, do you want some pool time? Join us in the pool to practice your butterfly and frogstroke, I mean, breaststroke. You can choose this as your afternoon option.
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Price: FREE
Middlers Tu 1-3pm 11-13

604

Tunnel to Nowhere and Noland Creek (Family Friendly)


We start this hike enjoying the solitude and peaceful darkness of a "tunnel to nowhere." Afterward, we will take a quick drive to our next quest. There is one short steep grade, but the majority of the 2-mile hike involves walking along a flat service road where we will experience the serene sounds and beauty of walking along Noland Creek, reaching the edge of Lake Fontana. Cooling off your feet in the water may be possible, but this is not a swimming trip. Drive Time: 50 mins one way.
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Price: $22.00
Nature Tu 2-6pm 8+

6

Tie Dye


This workshop is an extra opportunity to make tie-dye creations. Beginners are welcome. You may bring three (3) 100% cotton items to dye; you will go home with directions for washing them. Be creative: try underwear, shorts, socks, etc., but no towels or sheets as they take up too much dye. Once we’re finished with the dye, we’ll learn how to tie special knots (square, slip, half, and more).
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Price: FREE
Youth Tu 2-4pm 7-10

7

Magic Around Us!


There is magic in the world around us! Plants grow, watered by the sky and wind helps move seeds so that more plants will grow. As time has changed, we call this magic science. Let's explore the magic of the world around us! Spend the afternoon conducting experiments and exploring the magic of the world around us. This workshop will be inside and outside.
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Price: FREE
Youth Tu 2-4pm 8-10

5

Outdoor Water Games


Head outside to enjoy some fun in the kiddie pools, or play water games using hoses, sprinklers, slip-n-slides, sponge balls, and other outdoor toys. Sponge relays, splash games, and obstacle courses. You will get wet! Be sure to come wearing secure footwear that can get wet, a bathing suit, and plenty of sunscreen. Bring sunscreen, a water bottle, a dry towel, a plastic bag, & a change of clothes.
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Price: FREE
Youth Tu 2-4pm 6-10

4

Slime


Create, Color, and transform your Slime creations. Share recipes and ingredient ideas! An afternoon of slime and science!
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Price: FREE
Youth Tu 2-4pm 8-10

3031

WUURTH: Bodyguards & Bullywugs


The Council of WUURTH has assigned you to protect a visiting delegation of frog people. But what if they don’t want to be protected? Are they too proud, or are they hiding something? This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure to introduce new players into the setting we've created for our SUUSI D&D sessions, the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. This workshop is a great place to start for people who have never played D&D before, or never played D&D at SUUSI before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up. (Please sign up for only one session of Bodyguards & Bullywugs to allow more people to play.)
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Price: $5.00
Sports and Games Tu 2-4pm 14+

Middler programming


Middlers
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Price: FREE
Middlers M 9am-Noon, Tu 9am-Noon, W 9am-Noon, Th 9am-Noon, F 9am-Noon, M 2-4pm, Tu 2-4pm, W 2-4pm, Th 2-4pm, 11-13

1021

Planning for Retirement: Granny Hobby Day


Whether you haven’t started your career yet or are still fresh in your field it’s never too early to start planning for retirement. We have all wondered what it will be like to finally retire and have time to try exciting new hobbies. Enjoy that laidback lifestyle now and join other YAs in various crafts such as crochet, knitting, embroidery, and more!
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Price: FREE
Young Adults Tu 2:30-4pm 18-25

Little Sing


pick up choir
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Price: FREE
Nightlife MTuW 4:05-5:30pm 14+

703

Evening Canoe (Family Friendly)


Join our group as we enjoy a peaceful and relaxing trip to beautiful Bear Creek lake. Listen to the quiet sounds of the lake and enjoy the sights at dusk. Bring a flashlight or headlamp just in case it is dark when we get back to our take-out point. Drive Time: 30 mins one way.
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Price: $50.00
Nature Tu 6-10pm 10+

607

Black Balsam Evening (Family Friendly)


A moderate evening hike in the Black Balsam Knob area, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The quickest way to the summit of 6214' Black Balsam Knob itself is through the Art Loeb Trail at the gap. This walk is about a half-mile each way, with a gain of about 400' in elevation. It passes through beautiful open, grassy and rocky mountain meadows. Drive Time: 65 mins one way.
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Price: $22.00
Nature Tu 6:30-10:30pm 10+

1041

Medians: Blindfolded Nerf Manhunt


Blindfold someone, hand them a Nerf toy, and put them in a room full of very responsible and mature adults. What could go wrong? Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median
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Price: FREE
Medians Tu 6:30-8pm 18+

Ballroom Dance Hour


Warm yourself up for clubbing with an hour of Ballroom. Every night will focus on one ballroom style but you will still have a music mix with enough variety to satisfy all Ballroom fans.
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Price: FREE
Nightlife MTuWThF 6:30-8pm 14+

506

Campfire Fun (Family Friendly)


Great for the entire family! Join us for a campfire right on campus! Bring your songs and stories as we just let the fun (and marshmallow roasting) happen. There’s nothing like a campfire circle for creating community. It’s BYOC (bring your own chair). Bring the kids!! Walk or ride to this campus location. Children under 8 riding in a car or van must have a car seat or booster seat. Please bring it to the Nature Tent/Office 15 minutes prior to departure.
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Price: $5.00
Nature Tu 7-9pm 0+

45

13s Evening Programming


13s will gather to explore life outside of Middlers day programming.
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Price: FREE
Middlers TuM 7-8:30pm 13

1084

Adult Swim


Open swim for adults only at the Reid Pool on campus
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Price: FREE
Community Time Tu 7-9pm 18+

1085

Queer Community Mixer


Retired Rev. Dee Graham has graciously offered to host a Queer Mixer on Tuesday evening at 7 pm in Balsam 205. She affectionately named her event A "queersters" mixer. Please join her there if you identify yourself as a member of the Queer community. This will be a great chance to get to know each other and brainstorm new ways the SUUSI community can serve you as we continue to turn our world around! The Rev. Dee Graham is a life-long resident of Manatee County and a published author and journalist. Rev. Graham’s ministry is entrepreneurial in style with a special mission to serve the increasingly aging lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer families of the Gulf coast and Tampa Bay area.
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Price: FREE
Tu 7-8pm 14+

507

Creating SUUSI Campfire Memories


Join us for a campfire right on campus! Bring your songs and stories as we just let the fun happen. There's nothing like a campfire circle for creating community. It's BYOC: bring your own chair. This is an adult event. Look for the child-friendly campfire earlier on Monday evening.
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Price: $5.00
Nature Tu 8-10pm 18+

90

Teens Touch Group Tuesday


Teen Leaders each facilitate a small group of other teens in the program, called a “touch group.” Through the touch groups, Teen Leaders help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences and offer support, as necessary. Touch groups provide a more self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of teenagers on their way to adulthood. Adult staff members give feedback and guidance throughout this process.
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Price: FREE
Teens Tu 8-8:30pm 14-17

1083

Gen X Mixer



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Price: FREE
Community Time Tu 8-10pm 21+

1004

YA Coffee House


Do you have a talent you want to share with the rest of the YA community? Or maybe you just want to watch your friends show off their talents. Coffee House is your opportunity to share a song you have been working on, a dance you know, a poem you wrote, or any other skill you want to perform for your fellow YAs. Sign ups will be posted in the YA dorm!
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Price: FREE
Young Adults Tu 9-10pm 18-25

CACHE


CACHE stands for Clean Air Clear Heads Everyone and welcomes anyone age 14 and over who loves to dance. It is a fun, self-guided dance party in an alcohol and smoke free space. Our DJs will be playing the latest in dance music and invite any song requests that you have.
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Price: FREE
Nightlife Sun 11pm-1am, Tu 10pm-1am, Th 10pm-1am, and F 10pm-2am 14+

Late Night


Late night song circle
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Price: FREE
Nightlife SunMTuWThF 11pm-3am 14+
Wednesday 17th July 2024

1046

Medians: Midnight Meal & Snacks


Food for hungry Serendipity returnees(YA's, you can come eat our food too). Expect Pizza! Pizza Rolls! Gluten Free Pizza! Gluten Free Pizza Rolls! Or not, we'll figure out what food we want to stock at the Monday meeting. Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median
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Price: FREE
Medians MTuWTh Midnight-2am 18+

Common Ground Cafe


Coffee house with coffee, snacks & games
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Price: FREE
Nightlife Sun Noon-11:59pm, M Midnight-11:59pm, Tu Midnight-11:59pm, W Midnight-11:59pm, Th Midnight-11:59pm, 0+

500

Birds of Western North Carolina


We will join Ellen and Jim Shelton of the Franklin Birding Club to explore the sights and sounds along the Little Tennessee River Greenway. These folks are local birding enthusiasts who meet each week for greenway walks. Perhaps we'll see an Indigo Bunting, Northern Parula, Cliff Swallow, or an Eastern Towhee. Previous SUUSI folks have seen or heard all these and more: 36 unique species! The path is a combination of pavement, earth, gravel, and some stairs and is uneven in places. Bring your binoculars and let's go birding! Drive time: 20 mins one way.
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Price: $22.00
Nature W 7:15-11:15am 14+

623

Service Project: Mountains to Sea Trail


The Mountains-to-Sea Trail leads the hiker from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. About half of the planned 900-mile trail is ready. We will be working with the Wednesday Crew of the Carolina Mountain Hiking Club to improve a section of the trail. There will be a short lecture regarding the trail and the hands-on work we will be doing. Lunch will be provided. Bring a daypack to carry your lunch. Drive Time: 22 min one way.
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Price: FREE
Nature W 7:30am-2:30pm 16+

503

Wildflowers South on the Parkway


Join us and drive south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Waterrock Knob. We will stop and get out at 5 overlooks to see what is growing. The stops will allow us to see a waterfall in one place and a rock wall wet with water flowing from springs and covered with rare plants in another. At Waterrock, we will walk into a spruce-fir forest similar to those found in northern New England or Canada, which is a very different experience from walking into a southern forest. Drive Time: 35 mins to the parkway.
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Price: $22.00
Nature W 8am-Noon 14+

826

Asheville Treetop Adventure


Come swing with us! Enjoy climbing, swinging, rappelling, and other challenges such as zip lines in a wooded setting. Asheville's Treetop Adventures is an hour's drive from WCU. A waiver is required for this trip, and it must be signed by a parent or legal guardian for anyone under 18. Drive Time: 60 mins one way. This trip requires reservations 2 weeks in advance and may only be added through SoLIS (not available at in-person registration). EDIT: children under 14 must have a parental escort in attendance.
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Price: $77.00
Nature W 8am-1pm 8+

820

KOLO Bike Park


Want to mountain bike at SUUSI? Let’s go to KOLO at Treetops Adventure in Asheville, where you can push yourself at your own pace. Your fee includes the rental of a single-suspension bike and helmet. Here you’ll find about 4 miles of purpose-built mountain bike trails and features on rolling terrain. We like to think of it as a mountain-bike sampler pack. Designed for all rider levels, whether you’re just learning, taking it easy, or looking to push your edge a bit, you’ll find a taste of it at KOLO Bike Park. Key features include: a hand-built single track in wooded space, a machine-built flow trail with dirt berms and rollers, two pump tracks for beginner and advanced, wooden balance features and bridges, wooden step-down and gap jumps, a dirt jump area with jumps (ranging from easy to difficult), and a 180-degree wood berm. All of the trails and features at KOLO Bike Park are designed to be progressive. That means there are multiple ways to ride them, depending on your skill level, encouraging developing riders to advance their skills in a controlled environment. Children under the age of 14 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Please fill out the REQUIRED online waiver form at https://bit.ly/KOLOWaiver2023 and bring it to check-in. Drive Time: 60 min one way. EDIT: Due to bike rental limitations, this trip is only available through SoLIS and cannot be added at in-person registration.
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Price: $81.00
Nature W 8am-1pm 8+

527

Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine (Family Friendly)


Get back to nature and get a little dirty on this fun and educational trip to an authentic gem mine. This family-friendly trip is full of options during your visit. We will take a tour of the mine and learn about the geology and history of the gem-mining trade in western North Carolina. You may dig in their mine for gem ore to fill your buckets or select prefilled buckets. Sifting from the creek and exploring the nature trails are additional options. There is an animal rescue on site, and little ones can visit the petting zoo. The mine has a Dark Room where you can check your spoils with a UV light. Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is the International Gem Society’s #4 Pick in the "Top Places to Mine in the United States". You will mine for gems found only in the Cowee Valley. An array of gems have been found at this mine. Keep your eyes open for pigeon blood-colored rubies, star rubies, star sapphires, star garnets, rhodolite, pyrope garnets, rutile, sillimanite, kyanite, corundum, quartz crystals, and moonstone. Buckets of 100% on-site excavation gemstone ore – NOT “Salted”, “Enhanced”, “Concentrated”, or “Enriched” with low-grade, semi-precious stones from elsewhere are included in the cost of admission. This trip ranges from gentle to strenuous. If you plan to "dig your own" be advised this is a strenuous activity. Drive time: 45 minutes
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Price: $57.00
Nature W 8:15am-12:30pm 4+

619

Panthertown Valley


Panthertown Valley has been called the Yosemite of the East. Join us as we hike a 5-mile loop trail past incredible vistas of deep gorges, broad valleys, mountain bogs, waterfalls, and granite rock domes. The hike will take in the view from the Saltrock Gap and the sheer granite walls of Big Green Mountain. Drive Time: 45 mins one way. Hiking distance: 5 miles with total climbing of about 800 feet. Lunch provided, bring water.
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Price: $27.00
Nature W 8:30am-2pm 14+

561

Forest Bathing at Moses Creek


Refresh in the middle of the week with a deep, sensory immersion in the forest, on the side of Moses Creek not far from WCU. Enjoy the outdoor mindfulness practice of Forest Bathing on a relatively flat trail where we can commune with the living earth. Learn how to walk like a fox, listen like a deer, and see like an owl. We will spend the morning in slow movement, silent meditation, and acute observation of the forest flora and fauna. Drive Time: 25 mins.
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Price: $22.00
Nature W 9am-Noon 14+

603

Forest Bathing at Moses Creek - Register under Discovery #561


Register for this trip under Discovery, #561. // Refresh in the middle of the week with a deep, sensory immersion in the forest, on the side of Moses Creek not far from WCU. Enjoy the outdoor mindfulness practice of Forest Bathing on a relatively flat trail where we can commune with the living earth. Learn how to walk like a fox, listen like a deer, and see like an owl. We will spend the morning in slow movement, silent meditation, and acute observation of the forest flora and fauna. Drive Time: 25 mins.
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Price: $22.00
Nature W 9am-Noon 14+

512

Foraging Around Campus


Can’t get enough foraging? While still on campus with no van ride, we’ll go further afield than Monday’s class, walk some more challenging paths, and seek new forageable plants to identify. We’ll end with a taste of something foraged. Jennifer Sanders started foraging over a decade ago and still geeks out over all the weeds to eat!
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Price: $13.00
Nature W 9am-Noon 14+

Middler programming


Middlers
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Price: FREE
Middlers M 9am-Noon, Tu 9am-Noon, W 9am-Noon, Th 9am-Noon, F 9am-Noon, M 2-4pm, Tu 2-4pm, W 2-4pm, Th 2-4pm, 11-13

SUUSI Store


SUUSI Store
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Price: FREE
Bookstore Sun 10am-5pm, M 9:30am-6:30pm, Tu 9:30am-6:30pm, W 9:30am-6:30pm, Th 9:30am-6:30pm, and F 9:30am-6:3 14+

13s Art time



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Price: FREE
Middlers M 7-9pm, Tu 9:45-10:45am, and W 9:45-10:45am 13

715

Intergenerational Tubing and Cookout (Family Friendly)


Tubing on The Little Tennessee River provides excitement going through some easy, small rapids and then time to relax and play as we meander downstream with fellow SUUSI friends. Your appetite will be whetted as you get closer to the picnic area and smell the aroma from the cookout drifting upstream. This area is steeped in history and during certain water levels, you can view Native American fishing weirs along the way. The Little Tennessee River is one of the most intact aquatic ecosystems in the entire Tennessee River system. Consider bringing a tiny dry bag and a way to tie it inside your tube to stow away water, snacks, water toys, etc. to enjoy while you float downriver. Drive Time: 45 mins one way.
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Price: $55.00
Nature W 10am-4:30pm 6+

48

Middlers Tie Dye


Middlers, here's your chance to tie dye. Bring one 100% cotton item to dye. No towels, sheets or other large items that will soak up too much dye.
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Price: FREE
Middlers W 10am-Noon 11-13

3032

WUURTH: Pop Goes the Meazel


An old adversary is back, tormenting the Awakened Woods with bad dreams. Can you stop the nightmares before they transform friends into fiends? This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure for players who've already had a little experience, either inside or outside the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. Players who sign up for the level 1-2 adventure will be ready to play this adventure next, but it's open to anyone who has played D&D before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up.
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Price: $5.00
Sports and Games W 10am-Noon 14+

545

Glenville Lake Waterfall Boat Cruise Wednesday


Experience a private cruise with a United States Coast Guard Licensed Master Sea Captain with over 40 years of boating experience aboard a 28 ft. luxury pontoon yacht. Guests will enjoy a 2-hour boat cruise along 15 miles of water - on the highest alpine lake in the oldest mountains on earth. Captain Wise is entertaining and educational and delivers a phenomenal tour of some of the fantastic hidden waterfalls, which are only accessible by boat because they are surrounded by private property. Bald Eagles nest on the lake and we hope to see them. Lunch on campus. Drive time: 30 mins one way. This trip is also offered on Thursday.
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Price: $110.00
Nature W Noon-4:30pm 14+

3000

Pair-A-Dice


Pair-a-Dice is SUUSI's dedicated table-top gaming space for all ages! Sit down at a table and play a game with some new friends. Check out a favorite game from the over 100 games in our lending library and take it back to your room for the family to play.
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Price: $5.00
Sports and Games M Noon-10pm, Tu Noon-10pm, W Noon-10pm, Th Noon-10pm, and F Noon-5pm 14+

3001

Pair-A-Dice (13 and under)


Pair-a-Dice is SUUSI's dedicated table-top gaming space for all ages! Sit down at a table and play a game with some new friends. Check out a favorite game from the over 100 games in our lending library and take it back to your room for the family to play.
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Price: FREE
Sports and Games M Noon-9pm, Tu Noon-9pm, W Noon-9pm, Th Noon-9pm, and F Noon-5pm 1-13

712

Duck The Tuck 1


We will be paddling downstream in inflatable kayaks (Duckies) on the Tuckasegee River. Previous experience with basic paddling will be helpful on this trip. There will be some whitewater paddling instruction. Come ready to learn, have fun, and enjoy a scenic & exciting paddling trip. The white water rating is Class I-II+. Do not bring anything that you can not afford to lose to the river. This trip is also offered on Thursday. Drive Time: 15 mins one way.
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Price: $65.00
Nature W 12:45-5:15pm 14+

510

Fly Fishing for Beginners


Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial "fly" is used to catch fish. The fly is cast by using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or "lure" requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. SUUSI’s resident expert Mark Harris has offered to teach the basics of this technique. Join him on the river for an afternoon of adventure. The water temperature will be cool. Be advised that there can be potentially challenging wading if water levels are high, and be prepared to swim if necessary. If you drop the trip after online registration closes, the fishing license fee (included in the cost of the trip) is non-refundable. Drive Time: 25 mins one way.
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Price: $45.00
Nature W 1-6pm 14+

103

Under the Wisdom Tree: Rise and Fall of Our Forests


Modern forestry was developed in Western North Carolina, and wood is a renewable resource – but we have practiced dumb forest management, too. What’s the “wise” way to convert trees into lumber, paper, and pencils? The third of four theme talks by Charlie Grymes. Grab your lunch, join us under the Wisdom Tree, and be enthralled. Drop in as you can!
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Price: FREE
Nature W 1-1:45pm 0+

1002

YA Touch Groups


Touch groups provide an opportunity for YAs to get to know one another, help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences, and offer support as necessary. Touch groups are not required – but encouraged! – as they provide a self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of the particular people in that group.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults TuWThF 1-2pm 18-25

616

Wayah Bald and Brewery


This trip pairs a strenuous hike on the Appalachian Trail with a local brewery and food truck dinner experience. The hike climbs along a mountainous and deeply wooded section of the AT, from the Historic Site Wilson Lick Ranger Station to the Observation Tower atop Wayah Bald. The ranger station was built in 1913 as the first ranger station in the Nantahala National Forest, and the original wooden structure remains. The Wayah Bald Observation Tower was first built of stone by the CCC in 1937 at 5,360’ for forest fire detection. It burned down in 2016 and has since been rebuilt. In clear weather, the tower offers spectacular 360 degree views of the southern Appalachian Mountains in Georgia, Tennessee and both North and South Carolina. After the hike we will kick back and enjoy a well-deserved dinner, beverage, and companionship – returning to WCU after dark. (Bring money, and a driver's license if you plan on an adult beverage.) Drive time: 70 minutes. Distance: 4 miles. Climb: 1200 feet.
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Price: $27.00
Nature W 1:30-8pm 14+

8

Hair and Body Art


Use your own hair and body as a canvas to create your very own designs. We will use all sorts of styles of creating art, for example: face and body paint, body glitter, nail polish,temporary hair color and more! You can also make friendship bracelets to take home or give to friends!
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Price: FREE
Youth W 2-4pm 7-10

9

Slime


Create, Color, and transform your Slime creations. Share recipes and ingredient ideas! An afternoon of slime and science!
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Price: FREE
Youth W 2-4pm 8-10

10

Tye Dye


This workshop is an extra opportunity to make tie-dye creations. Beginners are welcome. You may bring three (3) 100% cotton items to dye; you will go home with directions for washing them. Be creative: try underwear, shorts, socks, etc., but no towels or sheets as they take up too much dye. Once we’re finished with the dye, we’ll learn how to tie special knots (square, slip, half, and more)
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Price: FREE
Youth W 2-4pm 6-10

3033

WUURTH: Deep Cover w/ Dan Dare


Rumors of a Deep Market in the dark caverns below WUURTH must be investigated. But is an overexcited kobold up to the task? Maybe you can help… This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure for players who've already had a little experience, either inside or outside the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. Players who sign up for the level 2-3 adventure will be ready to play this adventure next, but it's open to anyone who has played D&D before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up.
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Price: $5.00
Sports and Games W 2-4pm 14+

3011

Two-Player Board Games


As recent empty nesters, Kurt and Jen have tried out quite a few 2 player board games and would like to share their recommendations. Come with a partner or pair up at the workshop to try out a game or two yourself!
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Price: $5.00
Sports and Games W 2-4pm 14+

Middler programming


Middlers
Location:

Price: FREE
Middlers M 9am-Noon, Tu 9am-Noon, W 9am-Noon, Th 9am-Noon, F 9am-Noon, M 2-4pm, Tu 2-4pm, W 2-4pm, Th 2-4pm, 11-13

1020

Nature Walk


Get out in nature and explore WCU's trail system with your fellow YAs.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults W 2:30-4pm 18-25

Board Town Hall


The SUUSI Board wants your input!! SUUSI occasionally has to find a new location — whether we stay at WCU a little longer or look to move elsewhere in the Southeast, we want to know what factors matter most to you in host sites and locations. Specifically, what would make SUUSI a safe and welcoming space for you? While everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this forum, we especially encourage people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA2S+ people to attend, as we aim to center these identities and perspectives in this conversation. Hosted by Ivy Breivogel, board member and assistant director of the YA program.
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Price: FREE
Board W 4-5pm 0+

Little Sing


pick up choir
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Price: FREE
Nightlife MTuW 4:05-5:30pm 14+

Board Forum


Come learn what your Board has been up to and where SUUSI may be headed in the future. Ask questions of our current Board and this year's Board candidates. And, hear from this year's Director about big changes that may be afoot for SUUSI. Be an informed voter and SUUSI advocate!
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Price: FREE
Board W 5-6pm 0+

552

Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling (Family Friendly)


We'll go to the Qualla Boundary at the Oconaluftee Islands Park near downtown Cherokee, and join this popular community and family-friendly event. Gather around a crackling fire and hear the Cherokee people tell their story. The program is designed to inform, enlighten, and entertain. Guests are encouraged to interact with the storytellers as part of this cultural experience. Benches are positioned around the bonfire circle, and during the break, marshmallows are handed out for roasting! Be advised this is a public event, and crowd size varies and can't be determined. Please arrive early to the Nature Tent/Office if you are bringing a child requiring a safety seat. Just in case, bringing a ground cloth to sit on is recommended. Drive time 30 minutes one way.
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Price: FREE
Nature W 6:15-9:45pm 0+

Ballroom Dance Hour


Warm yourself up for clubbing with an hour of Ballroom. Every night will focus on one ballroom style but you will still have a music mix with enough variety to satisfy all Ballroom fans.
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Price: FREE
Nightlife MTuWThF 6:30-8pm 14+

1012

YA/Median Swim


What’s summer camp without a trip to the pool? There are 25 spaces open for YAs and Medians, so both of those age groups should use this event to sign up.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults W 7-9pm 18+

44

Middler Dance


Mid-week and it is time to dance! Here's your chance to dance in the same spot as the teens. Want to hear a specific song? Send your song requests to middlers@suusi.org before SUUSI so the DJs can put together a playlist just for you.
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Price: FREE
Middlers W 7-9pm 10-13

1049

Median/YA Pool Time


What’s summer camp without a trip to the pool? There are 25 spaces open for YAs and Medians, please use the YA event (YA/Median Swim) to reserve a spot!
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Price: FREE
Medians W 7-9pm 18-0

1043

Medians: Evening Baking


Bake cookies, brownies, and breads to share with everyone who gets hungry after the dining room closes! Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median
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Price: FREE
Medians MW 8-10pm 18+

91

Teens Touch Group Wednesday


Teen Leaders each facilitate a small group of other teens in the program, called a “touch group.” Through the touch groups, Teen Leaders help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences and offer support, as necessary. Touch groups provide a more self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of teenagers on their way to adulthood. Adult staff members give feedback and guidance throughout this process.
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Price: FREE
Teens W 8-8:30pm 14-17

3012

Write n Roll Board Games


Write and roll board games all involve rolling dice and filling out a game sheet of some sort, but there's quite a variety on this basic theme. After hearing some recommendations and rundowns, you'll get a chance to try some out yourself.
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Price: $5.00
Sports and Games W 8-10pm 14+

1025

Movie Night


Come watch a movie with your fellow YAs! Movie to be decided at SUUSI.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults W 9pm-Midnight 18+

Late Night


Late night song circle
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Price: FREE
Nightlife SunMTuWThF 11pm-3am 14+
Thursday 18th July 2024

1046

Medians: Midnight Meal & Snacks


Food for hungry Serendipity returnees(YA's, you can come eat our food too). Expect Pizza! Pizza Rolls! Gluten Free Pizza! Gluten Free Pizza Rolls! Or not, we'll figure out what food we want to stock at the Monday meeting. Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median
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Price: FREE
Medians MTuWTh Midnight-2am 18+

Common Ground Cafe


Coffee house with coffee, snacks & games
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Price: FREE
Nightlife Sun Noon-11:59pm, M Midnight-11:59pm, Tu Midnight-11:59pm, W Midnight-11:59pm, Th Midnight-11:59pm, 0+

1023

Mocked: Mocktail Competition


Welcome to the first ever Mocked competition. Competitors will have an undetermined amount of time to create their best mocktails from ingredients provided. Then our panel of expert judges will taste the concoctions and determine who will be crowned Mocked champion.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults W 1-2am 18-25

613

Gribble Gap Loop on WCU Trail System


This morning hike is on the well-maintained Western Carolina University campus trail system on a small mountain adjoining the campus. Enjoy a pleasant 3.2-mile lollipop-route hike in the woods with good company on a Thursday morning and be back in time for your morning workshops. Driving time to the trailhead is 5 minutes. Total elevation change of about 370 feet, with some brief but steep inclines. Be aware that the WCU hiking trails are shared with mountain bike users.
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Price: $22.00
Nature Th 7:30-10am 12+

502

Mushroom Foray


There will be a short information session of fungi facts on campus, followed by a foray into the woods to observe and collect mushrooms. We’ll end by working collectively to identify the specimens collected. Drive Time: 15 mins one way.
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Price: $22.00
Nature Th 8am-Noon 14+

702

Am Canoe & Waterfall Hike


This is an excellent trip for paddlers that like to hike. We will paddle south to an island on Bear Lake, then to a cove by a wooded shore surrounded by rhododendron and other beautiful flora where we will land our canoes. Then we will take a short 30-minute hike (mostly uphill ) to a 100+ foot pristine waterfall. We will eat lunch on the island or by the waterfall (your choice). Bring shoes suitable for both water & hiking. Drive Time: 45 mins one way, depending on rural road conditions.
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Price: $50.00
Nature Th 8am-2:30pm 14+

622

Mt. LeConte via Alum Cave Trail


This is one of the iconic mountain hikes of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with a famous and historic cluster of rustic cabins near the top. We hike both up and down on the same day, climbing almost 2800 feet over 5.5 miles. Along the way, we hike under Arch Rock, around Inspiration Point with a view of the Eye of the Needle, along the side of Alum Cave (a massive concaved bluff), following rock ledges with hand cables to hold, and up the final incline to the no-vehicles-allowed lodge area with its vegetation a relic of Northwoods species isolated since the time of the last Ice Age. For photos and more details on the hike see https://hikinginthesmokys.com/mt-leconte-via-alum-cave-trail/ After a several year long hiatus, we bring back the most challenging hike ever offered at SUUSI from WCU. Hiking distance: 11 miles with total climbing of about 2800 feet. Drive time 70 minutes one way. Lunch provided, bring water. Recommended for experienced hikers only.
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Price: $30.00
Nature Th 8am-6pm 14+

Group Meditation


Join Kimi Reigel for 20 minutes of relaxation and centering.
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Price: FREE
Nurture and Worship MTuThF 8-8:30am 0

601

Little Tennessee River Greenway (Accessible, Family Friendly)


Stroll or roll as you are able on this wide paved shared-use path following the sides of the Little Tennessee River, near Franklin, NC. Watch wildlife and the plants along the rapidly moving water. The start point has ADA restroom facilities and is continuously paved between the parking lot and the path. A group with varying physical abilities can enjoy a nature hike together. Drive time: 30 minutes. Distance: up to 2 miles. SUUSI can not provide ADA transport; personal vehicles will be required. Time permitting and/or for those who drive separately, there is a large playground near the parking lot in Big Bear Park for small children who might like extra entertainment. A little way down the Greenway and across the road (transportation needed), there is a butterfly garden maintained by the Friends of the Greenway (FROG). FROG’s headquarters has a coffee and gift shop on Main St. as well.
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Price: $22.00
Nature Th 8:30am-Noon 8+

531

Little Tennessee River Greenway (Accessible, Family Friendly - Register under Hiking #601)


Stroll or roll as you are able on this wide paved shared-use path following the sides of the Little Tennessee River, near Franklin NC. Watch wildlife and the plants along the rapidly moving water. The start point has ADA restroom facilities and is continuously paved between the parking lot and the path. There is the large Wesley’s Playground near the parking lot in Big Register for this trip under Hiking, #601 // Bear Park, in case younger hikers need to be entertained. A little way down the Greenway, across the road, (transportation required) is a butterfly garden maintained by the Friends of the Greenway (FROG). FROG’s headquarters has a coffee and gift shop on Main St as well. A group with varying physical abilities can enjoy a nature hike together. Drive time: 30 minutes. Distance: up to 2 miles. SUUSI can not provide ADA transport; personal vehicles will be required.
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Price: $22.00
Nature Th 8:30am-Noon 8+

505

Waterfalls Tour (Family Friendly)


An easy and mostly effortless way to get off campus and get your Nature on! There are some beautiful waterfalls in Highlands, NC. It is a long and winding road but well worth it to see some of the most picturesque waterfalls around. Bring your camera! Most of the waterfalls can be viewed from the van, but if time allows, we will be able to get out and walk around at some of the falls. Drive Time: 55 mins one way.
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Price: $22.00
Nature Th 9am-1pm 8+

718

Glenville Lake for Middlers


This half-day trip is open to all Middlers. Be prepared for a fun-filled morning exploring nature, swimming, and enjoying snacks. Drive Time: 30 mins one way. // MIDDLERS - You will be be registered under age programming.
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Price: FREE
Nature Th 9am-2:30pm 11-13

41

Glenville Lake for Middlers


This half-day trip is open to all Middlers. Be prepared for a fun-filled morning exploring nature, swimming, and enjoying snacks. Drive Time: 30 mins one way.
Location:

Price: FREE
Middlers Th 9am-1:30pm 11-13

Middler programming


Middlers
Location:

Price: FREE
Middlers M 9am-Noon, Tu 9am-Noon, W 9am-Noon, Th 9am-Noon, F 9am-Noon, M 2-4pm, Tu 2-4pm, W 2-4pm, Th 2-4pm, 11-13

614

Andrew's Bald


The hike starts with Clingman’s Dome at 6,643 ft. This elevation is not only the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but has some of its most famous vistas. The 4.6-mile round-trip hike descending through coniferous trees is, at times, mystical and whimsical. It ends in a mountaintop meadow (or “bald”) with a serene and panoramic view. The hike finishes with a medium-intensity 600-foot climb back up to the Clingman’s Dome trailhead. Drive Time: 70 mins each way, with spectacular views along the way. Hiking distance: 4.6 miles with total climbing of about 1200 feet. Lunch provided, bring water.
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Price: $30.00
Nature Th 9:30am-4pm 12+

SUUSI Store


SUUSI Store
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Price: FREE
Bookstore Sun 10am-5pm, M 9:30am-6:30pm, Tu 9:30am-6:30pm, W 9:30am-6:30pm, Th 9:30am-6:30pm, and F 9:30am-6:3 14+

3034

WUURTH: Death in a Northern Town


Our intrepid adventurers are called to the beautiful and idyllic town of Harbour to investigate a series of gruesome murders. Who are the real monsters? This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure for players who've already had a little experience, either inside or outside the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. Players who sign up for the level 2-3 adventure will be ready to play this adventure next, but it's open to anyone who has played D&D before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up.
Location:

Price: $5.00
Sports and Games Th 10am-Noon 14+

710

Kayaking the French Broad


It's a great day to go down the river on the French Broad River. We will eat lunch riverside on picnic tables at our outfitter's before we launch onto this scenic river, where we will float by the Biltmore House, stables, bike trails, and other beautiful spots. The wildlife and scenery make this a perfect trip for everyone! Bring extra drinking water (32oz. or more). Drive Time: 60 mins one way.
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Price: $70.00
Nature Th 11am-5pm 14+

716

Adult Tubing


The Little Tennessee River is one of the most intact aquatic ecosystems in the entire Tennessee River system. This area is also steeped in Native American history, and when the water is at certain levels you may be able to see some Cherokee fishing weirs. Come float and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We suggest that you bring some water and a snack to enjoy while you float downriver. Drive Time: 45 mins one way.
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Price: $45.00
Nature Th Noon-5:45pm 18+

546

Glenville Lake Waterfall Boat Cruise Thursday


Experience a private cruise with a United States Coast Guard Licensed Master Sea Captain with over 40 years of boating experience aboard a 28 ft. luxury pontoon yacht. Guests will enjoy a 2-hour boat cruise along 15 miles of water - on the highest alpine lake in the oldest mountains on earth. Captain Wise is entertaining and educational and delivers a phenomenal tour of some of the fantastic hidden waterfalls, which are only accessible by boat because they are surrounded by private property. Bald Eagles nest on the lake and we hope to see them. Lunch on campus. Drive time: 30 mins one way. This trip is also offered on Wednesday.
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Price: $110.00
Nature Th Noon-4:30pm 14+

548

Asheville Cultural Walking Tour


The past, present, and future of African Americans in Asheville is a story of resilience and ingenuity. Learn about this powerful story and gain new insight into this mountain town in an intimate, interactive, walking tour exploring East End Valley Street in Downtown Asheville, home to shops and galleries featuring merchandise and art from African American artisans and artists, YMI Cultural Center, Stephens Lee Community Center, The Block, and significant African American architecture.Walking distance is approximately 1.5 miles and hilly terrain at times. Drive time 60 minutes one one way.
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Price: FREE
Nature Th Noon-4pm 14+

3000

Pair-A-Dice


Pair-a-Dice is SUUSI's dedicated table-top gaming space for all ages! Sit down at a table and play a game with some new friends. Check out a favorite game from the over 100 games in our lending library and take it back to your room for the family to play.
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Price: $5.00
Sports and Games M Noon-10pm, Tu Noon-10pm, W Noon-10pm, Th Noon-10pm, and F Noon-5pm 14+

3001

Pair-A-Dice (13 and under)


Pair-a-Dice is SUUSI's dedicated table-top gaming space for all ages! Sit down at a table and play a game with some new friends. Check out a favorite game from the over 100 games in our lending library and take it back to your room for the family to play.
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Price: FREE
Sports and Games M Noon-9pm, Tu Noon-9pm, W Noon-9pm, Th Noon-9pm, and F Noon-5pm 1-13

804

Wildwater Zipline


What an adventure! Ziplines are a spectacular way to experience flight and enjoy the outdoors with an added element of adventure and excitement. A combination of trees and platforms with 13 zips and eight sky bridges combine for over 1/2 mile of high-flying fun. Waivers are required - please print the waiver, fill it out, and bring it to registration. For participants under the age of 18, a signature by a parent or legal guardian is required. This amazing experience is provided by Wildwater, Ltd in Bryson City, NC. Drive Time: 75 mins each way. This trip requires reservations 2 weeks in advance and may only be added through SoLIS (not available at in-person registration). EDIT: participants under the age of 14 are required to have an adult parent/guardian in attendance.
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Price: $115.00
Nature Th 12:30-6pm 8+

713

Duck The Tuck 2


See trip # 712 for more details. A second Duck the Tuck! Join us as we kayak the Tuckasegee River. The white water rating is Class I-II+. Do not bring anything that you can not afford to lose to the river. Drive Time: 15 mins one way.
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Price: $65.00
Nature Th 12:45-5:15pm 14+

104

Under the Wisdom Tree: Panthers and Other Critters


Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh My! We got ticks, snakes, skeeters, tweety birds – and now armadillos. We got wildlife in Cullowhee, but where are the panthers? The fourth of four theme talks by Charlie Grymes. Grab your lunch, join us under the Wisdom Tree, and be enthralled. Drop in as you can!
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Price: FREE
Nature Th 1-1:45pm 0+

1002

YA Touch Groups


Touch groups provide an opportunity for YAs to get to know one another, help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences, and offer support as necessary. Touch groups are not required – but encouraged! – as they provide a self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of the particular people in that group.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults TuWThF 1-2pm 18-25

12

Pool Time!


Pool Time! Bring your towel, swimsuit, and a change of clothes! Let's Swim!!
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Price: FREE
Youth Th 1-3pm 7-10

11

Magic Around Us!


There is magic in the world around us! Plants grow, watered by the sky and wind helps move seeds so that more plants will grow. As time has changed, we call this magic science. Let's explore the magic of the world around us! Spend the afternoon conducting experiments and exploring the magic of the world around us. This workshop will be inside and outside.
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Price: FREE
Youth Th 2-4pm 8-10

13

Outdoor Water Games


Head outside to enjoy some fun in the kiddie pools, or play water games using hoses, sprinklers, slip-n-slides, sponge balls, and other outdoor toys. You will get wet! Be sure to come wearing secure footwear that can get wet, a bathing suit, and plenty of sunscreen. Bring sunscreen, a water bottle, a dry towel, a plastic bag, & a change of clothes. We will be creating art after we dry off!
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Price: FREE
Youth Th 2-4pm 7-10

3035

WUURTH: The Price of WUURTH


Could the Council of WUURTH be harboring corruption in its ranks? Will our heroes be pitted against the very people they’ve come to trust most? This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure for players who've already had a little experience, either inside or outside the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. Players who sign up for the level 3-4 adventure will be ready to play this adventure next, but it's open to anyone who has played D&D before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up.
Location:

Price: $5.00
Sports and Games Th 2-4pm 14+

Middler programming


Middlers
Location:

Price: FREE
Middlers M 9am-Noon, Tu 9am-Noon, W 9am-Noon, Th 9am-Noon, F 9am-Noon, M 2-4pm, Tu 2-4pm, W 2-4pm, Th 2-4pm, 11-13

1024

Collaging, Vision Boarding, & Journaling


Many people find journaling a wonderful way to reflect, plan and imagine. Join us and start your own journal. Journals and other craft materials will be provided.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults Th 2:30-4pm 18-25

809

WCU Climbing Gym Thursday


See Trip # 808 for details. A waiver is required.
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Price: $25.00
Nature Th 4-6pm 14+

LGBTQIA2S+ lounge



Location:

Price: FREE
Th 4pm-Midnight, F Midnight-Midnight, and Sat Midnight-10am 14+

1010

Teen-YA Bridging


Bridging is part of a worship service that recognizes the many bridges we cross in our lives - dedicating our children, bridging our teens, new relationships, new jobs, new homes, retirement, new life stages. Part of this ceremony is welcoming 17 year-olds into young adulthood and the YA Dorm. YAs participate by having dinner with the Bridgers, then taking part in the ceremony to welcome them. There will be a sheet in the Lounge to sign up for specific Bridgers!
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Price: FREE
Young Adults Th 5:30-8pm 18-25

571

Cullowee Creek Evening Dip - Thursday


Take an easy 10-minute walk on paved sidewalks and a grassy trail from the WCU campus to a small swimming hole. The water is refreshingly very cold and there is a deep section. Footwear that you can wear in the water is encouraged as the rock surfaces are slippery and a towel is recommended. Rain and/or thunder cancels.
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Price: FREE
Nature Th 6:30-7:30pm 18+

Ballroom Dance Hour


Warm yourself up for clubbing with an hour of Ballroom. Every night will focus on one ballroom style but you will still have a music mix with enough variety to satisfy all Ballroom fans.
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Price: FREE
Nightlife MTuWThF 6:30-8pm 14+

1045

Medians: We're Not Really Strangers


Three levels of questions that go beyond get-to-know-you. Deepen your existing relationships and build new ones. A mix of carefully crafted questions and questions that you always wanted to ask your friends. Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median
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Price: FREE
Medians Th 7-8:30pm 18+

92

Teens Touch Group Thursday


Teen Leaders each facilitate a small group of other teens in the program, called a “touch group.” Through the touch groups, Teen Leaders help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences and offer support, as necessary. Touch groups provide a more self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of teenagers on their way to adulthood. Adult staff members give feedback and guidance throughout this process.
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Price: FREE
Teens Th 8-8:30pm 14-17

1044

Medians: After Dark Party Games


Play raunchy party games like Telestrations: After Dark & Five Second Rule Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median
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Price: FREE
Medians Th 9-10pm 21+

CACHE


CACHE stands for Clean Air Clear Heads Everyone and welcomes anyone age 14 and over who loves to dance. It is a fun, self-guided dance party in an alcohol and smoke free space. Our DJs will be playing the latest in dance music and invite any song requests that you have.
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Price: FREE
Nightlife Sun 11pm-1am, Tu 10pm-1am, Th 10pm-1am, and F 10pm-2am 14+

Late Night


Late night song circle
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Price: FREE
Nightlife SunMTuWThF 11pm-3am 14+
Friday 19th July 2024

1046

Medians: Midnight Meal & Snacks


Food for hungry Serendipity returnees(YA's, you can come eat our food too). Expect Pizza! Pizza Rolls! Gluten Free Pizza! Gluten Free Pizza Rolls! Or not, we'll figure out what food we want to stock at the Monday meeting. Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median
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Price: FREE
Medians MTuWTh Midnight-2am 18+

Common Ground Cafe


Coffee house with coffee, snacks & games
Location:

Price: FREE
Nightlife Sun Noon-11:59pm, M Midnight-11:59pm, Tu Midnight-11:59pm, W Midnight-11:59pm, Th Midnight-11:59pm, 0+

608

Silent Black Balsam


The sights and relative solitude offered by this moderate hike are hard to match. The view is spectacular and in all directions from the summit. We end the week with a morning half-day reverent, for some silent communication with nature. It’s an excellent opportunity to center yourself and complete your SUUSI week energized by the coolness of serene, natural beauty. Drive Time: 65 mins one way. Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
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Price: $22.00
Nature F 8am-12:30pm 14+

Group Meditation


Join Kimi Reigel for 20 minutes of relaxation and centering.
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Price: FREE
Nurture and Worship MTuThF 8-8:30am 0

606

Waterrock Knob and Soco Falls


From the Blue Ridge Parkway, we'll hike almost 500' uphill to Waterrock Knob, a 6000' peak in western North Carolina and the 15th highest in North Carolina. After descending, we'll proceed to the refreshing and a beautiful Soco Falls, where we can climb down to the foot of the falls, using ropes to guide us through. A delightful opportunity to play in the water, and only the very careful will not get wet feet (there is an option only to observe if desired). Lunch provided, bring water. Drive Time: 45 mins one way. Elevation Gain: 492 ft.
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Price: $27.00
Nature F 9am-2pm 14+

Middler programming


Middlers
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Price: FREE
Middlers M 9am-Noon, Tu 9am-Noon, W 9am-Noon, Th 9am-Noon, F 9am-Noon, M 2-4pm, Tu 2-4pm, W 2-4pm, Th 2-4pm, 11-13

SUUSI Store


SUUSI Store
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Price: FREE
Bookstore Sun 10am-5pm, M 9:30am-6:30pm, Tu 9:30am-6:30pm, W 9:30am-6:30pm, Th 9:30am-6:30pm, and F 9:30am-6:3 14+

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WUURTH: On Dragon’s Wings


There’s a whole world outside the boundaries of WUURTH, places where nobody has ever heard of intentional community. Will evil forces from outside break the very thing that makes WUURTH special? This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure for players who've already had experience, either inside or outside the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. Players who sign up for the level 4-5 adventure will be ready to play this adventure next, but it's open to anyone who has played D&D before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up. Format: Hands-On
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Price: $5.00
Sports and Games F 10am-Noon 14+

93

Teen Touch group Friday


Teen Leaders each facilitate a small group of other teens in the program, called a “touch group.” Through the touch groups, Teen Leaders help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences and offer support, as necessary. Touch groups provide a more self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of teenagers on their way to adulthood. Adult staff members give feedback and guidance throughout this process.
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Price: FREE
Teens F Noon-12:30pm 14-17

3000

Pair-A-Dice


Pair-a-Dice is SUUSI's dedicated table-top gaming space for all ages! Sit down at a table and play a game with some new friends. Check out a favorite game from the over 100 games in our lending library and take it back to your room for the family to play.
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Price: $5.00
Sports and Games M Noon-10pm, Tu Noon-10pm, W Noon-10pm, Th Noon-10pm, and F Noon-5pm 14+

3001

Pair-A-Dice (13 and under)


Pair-a-Dice is SUUSI's dedicated table-top gaming space for all ages! Sit down at a table and play a game with some new friends. Check out a favorite game from the over 100 games in our lending library and take it back to your room for the family to play.
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Price: FREE
Sports and Games M Noon-9pm, Tu Noon-9pm, W Noon-9pm, Th Noon-9pm, and F Noon-5pm 1-13

Board Meeting



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Price: FREE
Board PreSatF Noon-2pm 0+

705

Last Canoe Trip (Family Friendly)


During the last full day of SUUSI, you might want to come to enjoy this canoe trip on the beautiful Little Tennessee River. You are going to have some fun paddling and sightseeing. We will give some basic paddling instructions before we canoe downriver through a few easy-to-navigate obstacles. If time permits, we should be able to frolic and play in the stream at the takeout. Only one child is permitted if there are two adults in the canoe. Two children may go with one adult. Drive Time: 45 mins one way.
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Price: $50.00
Nature F 12:30-5:30pm 10+

612

Whiteside Mountain


Towering to 4,830 feet in elevation, Whiteside Mountain yields fantastic mountain views and is a designated National Recreation Trail. Named Sanigilâ'gi by the Cherokee people, this formation boasts the highest cliffs in Eastern North America. Finish your outdoor week with a 2.5-mile loop hike and a spectacular vista. If we're lucky, we may see the peregrine falcons that nest on the cliffs below. From vantage points, atop the 700 foot high nearly vertical cliffs, you will be able to gaze out over the mountainous Appalachian landscape and the low-lying piedmont of upstate Georgia and South Carolina. Drive Time: 45 mins one way. Elevation Gain: 600 ft.
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Price: $22.00
Nature F 1-5pm 14+

706

Stand-up Paddleboard


Would you like to learn the basics of Stand-Up Paddleboarding? Our participants will learn some basic paddle strokes and skills, paddleboard & equipment care, as well as other safety information. After a little instruction, we will put our newly-learned skills to use on the lake. For those who are interested, we will conclude with some relaxing yoga postures and time for reflection and gratitude while enjoying the peaceful waterfront. Join us as we spend an afternoon taking part in one of the fastest-growing outdoor paddling activities on the water. Drive Time: 45 mins one way.
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Price: $65.00
Nature F 1-5:45pm 14+

529

Explore Highlands: Shop and Stroll


Shopping, Shopping, Shopping – starting with a stop at Reclamations, a salvage yard to beat all salvage yards. Want a cupola for your house? A 1967 Airstream trailer? Antique hinges, bread mixing bowls, yard sculptures made out of hubcaps, and so much more? Reclamations is your spot. Afterward, we will move on to Highlands N.C. for a luxury shopping excursion with lovely outdoor restaurants for afternoon tea or ice cream. On our return, we will stop for a few minutes at Bridal Veil Falls, which is stunning AND right off the road! Drive Time: 45 mins one way.
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Price: $22.00
Nature F 1-6pm 14+

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YA Touch Groups


Touch groups provide an opportunity for YAs to get to know one another, help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences, and offer support as necessary. Touch groups are not required – but encouraged! – as they provide a self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of the particular people in that group.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults TuWThF 1-2pm 18-25

Middler programming


Middlers
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Price: FREE
Middlers M 9am-Noon, Tu 9am-Noon, W 9am-Noon, Th 9am-Noon, F 9am-Noon, M 2-4pm, Tu 2-4pm, W 2-4pm, Th 2-4pm, 11-13

50

Middlers Closing Circle


Let’s close out our week with entertainment provided by the 11s, 12s and 13s.
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Price: FREE
Middlers F 2:15-3pm 11-13

Pair-A-Dice Game Pickup


if you loaned a game to Pair-A-Dice, please come pick it up! And if you don't, we'll drop it off outside your door.
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Price: FREE
Sports and Games F 6-10pm 14+

Ballroom Dance Hour


Warm yourself up for clubbing with an hour of Ballroom. Every night will focus on one ballroom style but you will still have a music mix with enough variety to satisfy all Ballroom fans.
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Price: FREE
Nightlife MTuWThF 6:30-8pm 14+

46

13s Evening Programming


13s will gather for Coming of Age Ceremony and other end of week activities. Parents, guardians and families of 13s are invited for the first hour for the Ceremony and then 13s will go with teens and their age group leaders for the remainder of the evening.
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Price: FREE
Middlers F 6:45-11:45pm 13

1042

Medians: Nintendo and No-Chill


Find out how strong your friendship really is after taking a blue shell from your best pal. We'll play competitive Nintendo games including Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Mario Kart. Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median
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Price: FREE
Medians F 7-10pm 18+

1000

YA Town Halls


Town Halls are times for all of the YAs at SUUSI to come together. At these meetings, staff will provide information for the upcoming week, answer questions or concerns raised, and collect feedback for improvements to the program. All YAs living in the YA dorm and/or participating in YA programming are expected to attend.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults Sun 9-10pm and F 10-11pm 18-25

CACHE


CACHE stands for Clean Air Clear Heads Everyone and welcomes anyone age 14 and over who loves to dance. It is a fun, self-guided dance party in an alcohol and smoke free space. Our DJs will be playing the latest in dance music and invite any song requests that you have.
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Price: FREE
Nightlife Sun 11pm-1am, Tu 10pm-1am, Th 10pm-1am, and F 10pm-2am 14+

1003

Angel Walk


Say goodbye to all your YA friends at SUUSI before you leave.
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Price: FREE
Young Adults F 11pm-Midnight 18-35

Late Night


Late night song circle
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Price: FREE
Nightlife SunMTuWThF 11pm-3am 14+
Saturday 20th July 2024

Common Ground Cafe


Coffee house with coffee, snacks & games
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Price: FREE
Nightlife Sun Noon-11:59pm, M Midnight-11:59pm, Tu Midnight-11:59pm, W Midnight-11:59pm, Th Midnight-11:59pm, 0+

LGBTQIA2S+ lounge



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Price: FREE
Th 4pm-Midnight, F Midnight-Midnight, and Sat Midnight-10am 14+
Sunday 21st July 2024

LGBTQIA2S+ lounge



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Price: FREE
Th 4pm-Midnight, F Midnight-Midnight, and Sat Midnight-10am 14+