Youth (0-10)

Two young boys in a small swimming pool

 The 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

Youth Morning Gathering

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 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.

This year our 9 year-olds will go to Sharp’s Berry Farm on Wednesday morning (9am-noon). Our 10 year-olds will go to Skinny Dip Falls on Thursday (9am-2pm).

Lunch Check-Out            Noon

At noon, all children 0-8 years old and those who do not have permission to self-checkout must be signed out by a parent/guardian, a responsible adult with permission, or a sibling with checkout privileges. Staff will remain in their classrooms until 12:15 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 pick your child up in the Youth Office.

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.

Lunch                                             Noon-2pm

Afternoon Check-In                     1:45-2pm

At 2pm, a parent/guardian, responsible adult or sibling will need to sign children 0-8 (and 9-10 year- olds without sign-out privileges) back in.

Afternoon Programs                   2-4pmImage of over a dozen children in inner tubes on the river

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 described beginning on the following page. 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

Older white woman wearing a SUUSI staff shirt holding paper decorated chalices

Many adults, young adults and teens will carry their lights to the program this year. 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.

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, Joanne Dingus, at youth@suusi.org or 757-604-5643.

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

Movie Night – Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm. Movie TBD.

Planetarium – Wednesday am – Many of the youth will visit the WCU portable planetarium during youth programming on Wednesday morning for a special show.

Youth Dance – Thursday 6:30-8:30pm.

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 on Solis when registering or in the catalog.

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