Youth (0-10)

little boys hugging each other in SUUSI tshirtsThe Youth Program at SUUSI is the perfect place for your little lights to shine throughout the week. We will offer your child chances to learn, explore, create, and play. With art, music, tie-dye, class time, outdoor time and a wide variety of workshops, children will have plenty of chances to try new things. The SUUSI Youth Program is a great place for children to make new friends and long-lasting memories.

SUUSI Youth enjoy age-appropriate activities in a Unitarian Universalist environment. Guided by our  principles and sources, children and adults will create a community of sharing and caring.

Please see this important information for all parents of Youth and Middlers on expectations for children and parents at SUUSI.

A Day in the Youth Program

Morning Check-In                    8:45-9am

A parent/guardian must sign in their youth each morning. Please bring your child on time each day so they do not miss out on any of the fun. Please check with the age group leader to ensure your child has everything they will need for the day. Make sure to check text reminders each day.

Morning Programs: 9am-Noon

Each morning, children will participate in opening circle and then play cooperative games, make crafts, and enjoy outdoor time. Children between 4 and 10 will go to art, music, and tie-dye during the week. Music and art will come to the 0-3 year-olds’ classroom.

Lunch: Noon-2pm

Children’s programming ends at noon for a two-hour lunch break. If you like, you may pick up your child and accompany them to lunch in the dining hall. Youth Staff will stay in the classrooms until 12:15 to allow parents time to get to the Youth building from their morning workshops.

With permission, children ages 9-10 may sign themselves out at noon for lunch and sign themselves back in at 2pm. It is understood that these children will go immediately to meet their parent/guardian and must be properly supervised at all times outside of programming hours. Self- checkout is a privilege that can be taken away.

New this year, children aged 0-10 may also stay to have a boxed lunch provided at the Youth building. Lunch will be supervised by Youth staff. Children will eat outside if weather permits and will have the opportunity for free play and mixed-age socializing. Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children - just register in SOLIS, and a boxed lunch will be provided for you at the Youth building.

Afternoon Check-In                 1:45-2pm

If your child left the Youth building to have lunch at the dining hall, a parent/guardian, responsible adult, or older sibling will need to sign them back in between 1:45 and 2pm. 9 and 10-year-olds with self-checkout privileges may sign themselves in. If your child stayed for lunch at the Youth program, you need not return at 2pm unless your child is not registered for an afternoon workshop. 

children with bannerAfternoon Programs               2-4pm

The afternoons are filled with a wide variety of activities, including special mini-workshops for our 4 and 5 year-olds and splash time or playtime for the 0-3 year-olds.

Youth between ages 6 and 10 have a wide variety of workshops to choose from each day. These are listed in the catalog. Be sure to sign up when you register. There are no additional fees for youth workshops. Please note that some workshops may have early start times and/or alternate drop-off locations.

Afternoon Check-Out               4-4:15pm

Youth programming ends at 4pm every day and a parent/guardian, sibling, or responsible adult must check out all youth from programming each afternoon. Staff will stay until 4:15pm to give parents time to get to the youth building from their workshops. If you need to be later than that, please let us know ahead of time so we can have you meet your child in the Youth office.

Our Youth Staff

We have so much gratitude for our Youth Staff! We have staffers who return year after year and we have new staffers who grew up in the Youth Program and are now old enough to give back. There is a wide range of experience among our staff, including teachers, religious educators, social workers, parents, camp counselors, etc.

We are all focused on ensuring the safety and fun of every participant. We encourage you to get to know our incredible Youth Staff members.

Please take a moment to thank them for volunteering to work with your children for the week! If you have any questions, comments, or are interested in volunteering with Youth Staff, please contact the Youth Director, Charlotte Quandt, at youth@suusi.org.

Once you’ve arrived

Make sure to stop at the Youth Table at check-in on Sunday. We will have information about the week ahead. We will give you your children’s nametags and meal bands (our youngest children do not get swipe cards; they enter the dining hall with wrist or ankle bands). You will also want to sign up for the Youth-specific text reminders.

Meet your staff at our open house on Sunday from 3- 4pm. All are welcome to drop by the Youth program building to visit the classrooms and meet the SUUSI Youth Staff.

A mandatory parent meeting will be held on Monday morning from 9-9:30am. Each youth must be represented by one or more parents/guardians.

Special Events of Note

Youth Dance – Tuesday 6:00-8:00pm.

Baby Dedication – Thursday pm – The Thursday evening worship will be focused on honoring the various stages of life, including dedicating children. If you want your child to be included in the baby dedication, leave a note for the Minister of the Day in the SUUSI Office.

Youth Closing Circle – Friday 3:30pm –  Parents, other family members and friends are invited to watch the children’s end-of-week performances. The closing circle will take place at the youth program building, inside or outside depending on the weather.

Afternoon Workshops & Trips for 6-10 Year-Olds

Youth ages 6-10 will sign up during online registration for one afternoon workshop each day Monday-Thursday. Detailed information can be found below, and will also be available in Solis when you are registering.

Please make note of workshop age ranges, required items to bring, and those that require early drop-off or late pick-up.

  • 1: Skyvue Ranch Alpaca farmLimit 12

    Take a trip to Skyvue Ranch to meet ZoZo, Tingle, Lil Punkin, and many more alpacas. Learn about raising and caring for these beautiful animals. You will also learn about the different products that can be made from their fleece. We encourage participants to bring some money (as little as $1) to support the Ranch in their gift shop. **Early departure: 1:30pm

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  • 6: Rockhound Ridge Gem MineLimit 12

    Take a trip to a gem mine. Would you like to find a real ruby or sapphire? At the mine, you’ll get a bucket of gem dirt. You’ll be provided with a screen for washing and there is a flume – a trough of running water – with a bench along its length. The dirt goes in the screen, the screen goes in the water, and the mud is washed away. Well, it's not quite that easy but it is a lot of fun.

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  • 9: Youth Pool TimeLimit 24

    Splish, splash, it's pool time! We'll have fun at the WCU swimming pool, then move outside at 3 to play water games. Wear your bathing suits and bring a towel, sunscreen, and clothes to change into afterwards. There will be a lifeguard on duty. **Begins at 1pm at the pool. We will return to the Youth building.

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  • 37: Outdoor Water GamesLimit 24

    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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  • 3: American Museum of the House CatLimit 12

    Attention cat lovers! Take a trip to the American Museum of the House Cat. During the tour, you will see over 5,000 cat-related curiosities, including antique cat toys and dolls, cat art, carousel and carnival cats, and even a Medieval petrified cat. You may even see some live cats wandering the museum.

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  • 4: East LaPorte Park Limit 12

    Take a trip to East LaPorte Park. Explore the riverside, play basketball, sand volleyball, and field games. For an afternoon of fun, exploring, and hanging out by the river, come to the park!

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  • 10: Shadow PuppetsLimit 12

    Enter the magical world of shadow puppets! You will create your own butterfly shadow puppet and use a shadow puppet theater to make it fly through the air to music. Next, you will perform the Native American tale, How Coyote Lost His Songs, using shadow puppets created by Elizabeth Norval, the workshop leader. Elizabeth created her first puppet show when she was 11 years old, and has been hooked ever since. She has taught puppet play in an elementary school for 13 years and has worked internationally as a professional puppeteer. Parents and interested others are invited to watch the puppet show at 4pm.

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  • 5: Rockhound Ridge Gem MineLimit 12

    Take a trip to a gem mine. Would you like to find a real ruby or sapphire? At the mine, you’ll get a bucket of gem dirt. You’ll be provided with a screen for washing and there is a flume – a trough of running water – with a bench along its length. The dirt goes in the screen, the screen goes in the water, and the mud is washed away. Well, it's not quite that easy but it is a lot of fun.

    Registration Details
  • 2: Skyvue Ranch Alpaca farmLimit 12

    Take a trip to Skyvue Ranch to meet ZoZo, Tingle, Lil Punkin, and many more alpacas. Learn about raising and caring for these beautiful animals. You will also learn about the different products that can be made from their fleece. We encourage participants to bring some money (as little as $1) to support the Ranch in their gift shop. **Early departure: 1:30pm

    Registration Details
  • 11: Shadow PuppetsLimit 12

    Enter the magical world of shadow puppets! You will create your own butterfly shadow puppet and use a shadow puppet theater to make it fly through the air to music. Next, you will perform the Native American tale, How Coyote Lost His Songs, using shadow puppets created by Elizabeth Norval, the workshop leader. Elizabeth created her first puppet show when she was 11 years old, and has been hooked ever since. She has taught puppet play in an elementary school for 13 years and has worked internationally as a professional puppeteer. Parents and interested others are invited to watch the puppet show at 4pm.

    Registration Details
  • 7: Rock Climbing WallLimit 12

    You don’t need to go to Mount Everest to try out your rock climbing skills. There is a really cool wall to scale right here at WCU. Don’t worry if you are afraid of heights—there is a harness to keep you safe and lots of friends to cheer you on. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring along your spirit of adventure. *Pick-up will be at the Climbing Wall at 4pm.

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  • 8: Rock Climbing WallLimit 12

    You don’t need to go to Mount Everest to try out your rock climbing skills. There is a really cool wall to scale right here at WCU. Don’t worry if you are afraid of heights—there is a harness to keep you safe and lots of friends to cheer you on. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring along your spirit of adventure. *Pick-up will be at the Climbing Wall at 4pm.

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  • 20: Hair, Body Art, and AccessoriesLimit 20

    Back by popular demand! Use your own hair and body as a canvas to create your very own designs. We will use all sorts of things like face and body paint, glitter, and nail polish to decorate ourselves. You can also make friendship bracelets to take home or give to friends!

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  • 38: Capture the FlagLimit 24

    If you like active group games, Capture the Flag is for you. Capture the Flag originated on the battlefield of some of the most deadly wars in history. In fact, that was exactly how all the soldiers knew when a battle was over – once the enemy's flag was captured. Of course, the SUUSI version will highlight peace and good sportsmanship!

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  • 21: Dungeons & DragonsLimit 6

    Hello SUUSI Dungeoneers! Are you ready to join me on a one-shot DND adventure through the land of WUURTH? On Tuesday and Wednesday, I, Anthony Judd will be running a workshop that includes teaching DND and playing through a one-shot game. The one-shot will contain a dungeon that 3-6 dungeoneers will explore, filled with traps and treasure. I will supply character sheets, but all are welcome to bring their own 3rd level characters. I will be using the 3 basic starting books, Player's hand guide, Dungeon master's guide, and the Monster Manual. You can email me with any questions you have about the campaign. I can't wait to see you all there!

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  • 22: Dungeons & DragonsLimit 6

    Hello SUUSI Dungeoneers! Are you ready to join me on a one-shot DND adventure through the land of WUURTH? On Tuesday and Wednesday, I, Anthony Judd will be running a workshop that includes teaching DND and playing through a one-shot game. The one-shot will contain a dungeon that 3-6 dungeoneers will explore, filled with traps and treasure. I will supply character sheets, but all are welcome to bring their own 3rd level characters. I will be using the 3 basic starting books, Player's hand guide, Dungeon master's guide, and the Monster Manual. You can email me with any questions you have about the campaign. I can't wait to see you all there!

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  • 12: Tie-DyeLimit 15

    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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  • 13: Youth DanceLimit 100

    Join the youth program for a good time dancing and and singing with friends

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  • 25: Lunch at the Youth program for children (all week)Limit 100

    New this year, children aged 0-10 may also stay to have a boxed lunch provided at the Youth building. Lunch will be supervised by Youth staff. Children will eat outside if weather permits and will have the opportunity for free play and mixed-age socializing. Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children. By registering for this you are asking that a boxed lunch be provided for your child all week because they will stay at the youth program space to enjoy a picnic lunch every afternoon.

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  • 26: Lunch in the youth program for parents/guardians (all week)Limit 200

    New this year, children aged 0-10 may also stay to have a boxed lunch provided at the Youth building. Lunch will be supervised by Youth staff. Children will eat outside if weather permits and will have the opportunity for free play and mixed-age socializing. Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children. By registering for this workshop you are asking that a boxed lunch be provided for yourself all week because you will join us at the youth program space to enjoy a picnic lunch with your child(ren) every afternoon at SUUSI.

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  • 27: Lunch in the youth program for children (M)Limit 200

    New this year, children aged 0-10 may also stay to have a boxed lunch provided at the Youth building. Lunch will be supervised by Youth staff. Children will eat outside if weather permits and will have the opportunity for free play and mixed-age socializing. Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children. By registering for this you are asking that a boxed lunch be provided for your child on Monday afternoon.

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  • 28: Lunch in the youth program for children (Tu)Limit 200

    New this year, children aged 0-10 may also stay to have a boxed lunch provided at the Youth building. Lunch will be supervised by Youth staff. Children will eat outside if weather permits and will have the opportunity for free play and mixed-age socializing. Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children. By registering for this you are asking that a boxed lunch be provided for your child on Monday afternoon.

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  • 29: Lunch in the youth program for children (W)Limit 200

    New this year, children aged 0-10 may also stay to have a boxed lunch provided at the Youth building. Lunch will be supervised by Youth staff. Children will eat outside if weather permits and will have the opportunity for free play and mixed-age socializing. Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children. By registering for this you are asking that a boxed lunch be provided for your child on Wednesday afternoon.

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  • 30: Lunch in the youth program for children (TH) Limit 200

    New this year, children aged 0-10 may also stay to have a boxed lunch provided at the Youth building. Lunch will be supervised by Youth staff. Children will eat outside if weather permits and will have the opportunity for free play and mixed-age socializing. Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children. By registering for this you are asking that a boxed lunch be provided for your child on Thrsday afternoon.

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  • 31: Lunch in the youth program for children (F)Limit 200

    New this year, children aged 0-10 may also stay to have a boxed lunch provided at the Youth building. Lunch will be supervised by Youth staff. Children will eat outside if weather permits and will have the opportunity for free play and mixed-age socializing. Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children. By registering for this you are asking that a boxed lunch be provided for your child on Friday afternoon.

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  • 32: Lunch in the youth program for parents/guardians (M)Limit 200

    New this year, children aged 0-10 may also stay to have a boxed lunch provided at the Youth building. Lunch will be supervised by Youth staff. Children will eat outside if weather permits and will have the opportunity for free play and mixed-age socializing. Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children. By registering for this you are asking that a boxed lunch be provided for yourself because you plan to join you child(ren) on Monday afternoon.

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  • 33: Lunch in the youth program for parents/guardians (Tu)Limit 200

    New this year, children aged 0-10 may also stay to have a boxed lunch provided at the Youth building. Lunch will be supervised by Youth staff. Children will eat outside if weather permits and will have the opportunity for free play and mixed-age socializing. Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children. By registering for this you are asking that a boxed lunch be provided for yourself because you plan to join you child(ren) on Tuesday afternoon.

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  • 34: Lunch in the youth program for parents/guardians (WLimit 200

    New this year, children aged 0-10 may also stay to have a boxed lunch provided at the Youth building. Lunch will be supervised by Youth staff. Children will eat outside if weather permits and will have the opportunity for free play and mixed-age socializing. Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children. By registering for this you are asking that a boxed lunch be provided for yourself because you plan to join you child(ren) on + afternoon.

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  • 35: Lunch in the youth program for parents/guardians (Th)Limit 200

    New this year, children aged 0-10 may also stay to have a boxed lunch provided at the Youth building. Lunch will be supervised by Youth staff. Children will eat outside if weather permits and will have the opportunity for free play and mixed-age socializing. Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children. By registering for this you are asking that a boxed lunch be provided for yourself because you plan to join you child(ren) on Thursday afternoon.

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  • 36: Lunch in the youth program for parents/guardians (F)Limit 200

    New this year, children aged 0-10 may also stay to have a boxed lunch provided at the Youth building. Lunch will be supervised by Youth staff. Children will eat outside if weather permits and will have the opportunity for free play and mixed-age socializing. Parents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children. By registering for this you are asking that a boxed lunch be provided for yourself because you plan to join you child(ren) on Friday afternoon.

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  • Youth Parent Mandatory MeetingUnlimited

    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.

  • Tie DyeLimit 25

    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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