Teens (14-17)

teen worshipThe SUUSI Teen program is an exciting intentional community for people ages 14-17. Teen Leaders and adult staff members work together to create a fun, safe, and healthy place in which teens explore and grow. There are a combination of guided and spontaneous activities with large and small groups. We develop and practice UU principles, explore ideas, and share in growing and maintaining a vibrant community. In the SUUSI Teen Program, friendships are made that often last a lifetime! The life of the Teen program centers on the dorm where teens live (and play) for the week of SUUSI.

Please see this Important information for all parents & Guardians of Teens on expectations at SUUSI

Teen Leaders & Touch Groups

The heart of the Teen program is the opportunity for teens to lead and be led by peers in a mindful and deliberate way. In previous years, the teens have elected next year’s leaders at SUUSI. This year, we encourage teens to use the staff application in SOLIS to apply for Teen Leader positions. This group of dynamic teens will come to SUUSI early for leadership training with adult staff and has responsibilities in the dorm throughout the week.

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.

Life in the Teen Dorm

teen coffehouseThe Teen Dorm is the center of all teen life even as Teens participate in the wider SUUSI community. This is where we share worship, space, laughter, tears, hugs, ideas, music, and games. The Teen Dorm is a busy place with some sort of activity going on at all hours of the day and night. The degree to which a teen participates is up to the teen and their parent(s)/guardian(s).

Each day, teens can decide how to spend their time, but they are required to attend their afternoon touch group meetings, the evening Teen Dorm activity, and 1 am check-in.

They are also strongly encouraged to attend a workshop or activity during the day. Throughout the week, we offer workshops exclusively for teens.

Teens can register in advance for workshops or nature trips in the greater SUUSI community, or they can wait to see what workshops will be offered at the Teen Dorm during the week. A few afternoon workshop highlights for this year are aquatic activities at the WCU pool, Teen Nature Adventure, yoga, a thrift store run, and the ever-popular henna!

In the evening we have a required activity that either takes place in the dorm and is just for teens or is a shared experience with the wider SUUSI community. This year we are resuming our wonderful worship tradition of Teen-led evening worship for the entire SUUSI Community. A highlight of that service will be the Bridging Ceremony for our 17-year-olds.

Nights are the time when the Teen Dorm truly comes alive! Teens can hang out in the dorm, play games, make and listen to music, or attend CACHE, the teen-friendly dance party. For teens who want to perform, they are encouraged to participate in Teen coffeehouse as well as Cabaret.

After curfew there are always plenty of people awake for an all-night gaming marathon or a late night culinary adventure in our kitchen. There will be interesting, challenging and fun things to do 24 hours a day!

Look for a draft Teen Program Schedule in your arrival packet. Teens are welcome to suggest workshops and activities prior to SUUSI by sending a message to teens@suusi.org.

Teens are not required to live in the dorm, but teens not living in the dorm must be with their parent(s)/guardian(s) during curfew hours (1 am – 6 am). If a teen decides to stay with his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) during curfew hours, or if they will miss a required meeting for any reason (nature trip, workshop, etc.), staff needs to be notified in advance.

For everyone’s safety, access to the Teen Dorm is limited to teens and staff. Parents/ guardians are encouraged to stop by at any time (and leave something in their teen’s mailbag), but only those with SUUSI name tags will be allowed in and will be escorted by a staffer at all times.

TWOB seussicalTeen Way Off Broadway

A tradition that began in 1987, TWOB is a highlight of the week for people of all ages. SUUSI teens, with the support of a dedicated staff, put together a musical from scratch over the week, and perform it for the whole community on Friday evening. The show runs a little less than an hour and is fun for all ages. The title and theme is a closely-guarded secret—watch the SUUSI NUUS for hints throughout the week.

Teen Dorm Guide for Parents

The Teen Dorm program provides an experience that is distinct from either home or a summer camp. For the week, teens have a wide degree of autonomy, with peer and adult social supports in place. Teens dictate their schedules according to their interests and family expectations. 

As a middle ground between home life and future autonomy, the teen program has a few very strict rules. The core regulations teens must respect are the 1-6am curfew throughout the week; no alcohol, tobacco or nicotine products, illegal drugs or misuse of legal drugs; and no violence. Teens who break these rules are required to leave SUUSI for the year.

The Teen Program is committed to supporting teens who may struggle to remain substance-free at SUUSI, and teens and their parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the Teen Directors (teens@suusi.org) before SUUSI to plan for adequate support.

Sexual contact is also not acceptable within the teen community. Beyond this, teens are free to socialize at length, sleep when and where they want and show affection in respectful, non-coercive ways. We ask that parents/guardians have constructive conversations with their teens about expectations and hopes for how they will relate to other teens in this environment. Parents need to talk with their teen before SUUSI about situations such as friends and guests in the dorm room; where, when and with whom it is appropriate to sleep; how to get along with roommates; and how to assert themselves positively in social situations. These answers will vary.

These conversations will also take place in the Teen Dorm. Parents who are concerned that their teen is not ready for such a wide degree of self-guided latitude may elect to house their teens with them during SUUSI. Those teens will be welcome and included in all other teen program activities outside of curfew hours.

The Teen program offers a unique midpoint in the evolution of teenagers into adults. Adult staffers are available to organize activities as well as provide mediation for issues. We seek to create a community that encourages communication and models respect, while offering freedom to its members in preparation for the independence that is not far off in their lives.

Event # Event Type Date & Time Age Range
Sunday 17th July 2022

Teen Parent / Guardian Meeting


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

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Teen Ingathering


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

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Teens Touch Group


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.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens Sun 9:30-10pm, Tu 8-8:30pm, W 8-8:30pm, Th 8-8:30pm, and F 8-8:30pm 14-17
Monday 18th July 2022

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School of Rock


Want to experience putting together a rock band and perform a show in less than a week? This workshop will provide Teens and Young Adults with the opportunity to perform in a rock band during Cabaret. Participants must bring their own instrument(s), amplification, cables, and accessories. This workshop is led by former School of Rock participants who are passionate about the music and this experience for the Teens and YAs.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens M 1-2:30pm, Tu 1-4pm, W 1-4pm, and Th 1-4pm 14-25

80

Teens Creating SUUSI Worship


TEENS! Bring your passion for Unitarian Universalism to the entire SUUSI community through worship. Collaborate creatively as part of our dynamic Wednesday evening worship team to share your stories, your songs, and your faith. You will be creating worship for our Wednesday evening service.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens M 2-3pm, Tu 2-4pm, and W 6-8pm 14-17

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Teen 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.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens M 3-8:30pm 14-17

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Teens Ice Cream Social


Tired after the Teens Outdoor Adventure? Join other teens for a little ice cream and a chance to swap stories after your adventure. This is a great opportunity for NUUbie Teens to interact and meet other Teens.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens M 9:30-10pm 14-17
Tuesday 19th July 2022

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School of Rock


Want to experience putting together a rock band and perform a show in less than a week? This workshop will provide Teens and Young Adults with the opportunity to perform in a rock band during Cabaret. Participants must bring their own instrument(s), amplification, cables, and accessories. This workshop is led by former School of Rock participants who are passionate about the music and this experience for the Teens and YAs.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens M 1-2:30pm, Tu 1-4pm, W 1-4pm, and Th 1-4pm 14-25

80

Teens Creating SUUSI Worship


TEENS! Bring your passion for Unitarian Universalism to the entire SUUSI community through worship. Collaborate creatively as part of our dynamic Wednesday evening worship team to share your stories, your songs, and your faith. You will be creating worship for our Wednesday evening service.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens M 2-3pm, Tu 2-4pm, and W 6-8pm 14-17

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Teens Coffeehouse


Teens - Here's your chance to share your talents. Whether it is song, dance, poetry or stand-up, you will have a chance to strut your stuff. Be sure to bring whatever you need to perform with you to SUUSI. Look for a sign-up sheet starting Sunday during arrival and ending Tuesday at 1pm.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens Tu 7-8pm 14-17

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Teens Touch Group


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.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens Sun 9:30-10pm, Tu 8-8:30pm, W 8-8:30pm, Th 8-8:30pm, and F 8-8:30pm 14-17
Wednesday 20th July 2022

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School of Rock


Want to experience putting together a rock band and perform a show in less than a week? This workshop will provide Teens and Young Adults with the opportunity to perform in a rock band during Cabaret. Participants must bring their own instrument(s), amplification, cables, and accessories. This workshop is led by former School of Rock participants who are passionate about the music and this experience for the Teens and YAs.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens M 1-2:30pm, Tu 1-4pm, W 1-4pm, and Th 1-4pm 14-25

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Teen Thrifting


Come reduce, reuse, and recycle with us at local thrift stores! Find some tremendous duds for any event. Don't miss this tried and true teen tradition. Required equipment: Cash for purchases
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens W 2:30-6pm 14-17

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Teens Creating SUUSI Worship


TEENS! Bring your passion for Unitarian Universalism to the entire SUUSI community through worship. Collaborate creatively as part of our dynamic Wednesday evening worship team to share your stories, your songs, and your faith. You will be creating worship for our Wednesday evening service.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens M 2-3pm, Tu 2-4pm, and W 6-8pm 14-17

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Teens Touch Group


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.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens Sun 9:30-10pm, Tu 8-8:30pm, W 8-8:30pm, Th 8-8:30pm, and F 8-8:30pm 14-17

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Teens Car Wash


Join other teens in this heartfelt expression of how each teen fits into the Teens community.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens W 8:30-9:30pm 14-17
Thursday 21st July 2022

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School of Rock


Want to experience putting together a rock band and perform a show in less than a week? This workshop will provide Teens and Young Adults with the opportunity to perform in a rock band during Cabaret. Participants must bring their own instrument(s), amplification, cables, and accessories. This workshop is led by former School of Rock participants who are passionate about the music and this experience for the Teens and YAs.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens M 1-2:30pm, Tu 1-4pm, W 1-4pm, and Th 1-4pm 14-25

85

Teens Touch Group


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.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens Sun 9:30-10pm, Tu 8-8:30pm, W 8-8:30pm, Th 8-8:30pm, and F 8-8:30pm 14-17
Friday 22nd July 2022

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Teens Touch Group


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.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens Sun 9:30-10pm, Tu 8-8:30pm, W 8-8:30pm, Th 8-8:30pm, and F 8-8:30pm 14-17
Sunday 24th July 2022

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Teens Angel Walk


A touching way to close the week.
Price: FREE Registration Details
Teens Sat 2-3am 14-17