Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina. That’s the theme for next summer’s SUUSI (Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute) taking place July 17-23, 2016 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. I recently spent the weekend there touring the campus, as well as meeting with the SUUSI Board and the Core Staff. I’ve taken on the position of Youth Director, which means I’ll be managing the programming for 0-10 year-olds. We expect to have about 100 children coming to camp that week.
While there, I also met with two people from the Nature Staff to talk about day trips for the kids. We hope to offer trips to the Cherokee museum, a gem mine, a ranch with horses and hayrides, canoe trips, fishing, and hikes to waterfalls to name a few. Jaimie will be my afternoon workshop coordinator and we are discussing lots of fun ideas such as kite making, cardboard and duct tape creations, water games, wacky Olympics, body art, and jewelry making. Each evening at SUUSI after the daytime programming they have community time with outdoor fun and games. I hope to add a family swim night at the pool, multigenerational kickball game, movie night, and kids dance to the evening events. I also got a chance to talk with a member of the worship team and we plan to get the children involved in morning worship a couple of times during the week.
As you can see, there will be lots of things for the kids to do at SUUSI. SUUSI is not just for kids and families. It is for everyone! There will be nature trips, workshops, worship services, dancing, and lots of live music. The cost of registration includes all your meals, but you can always sign-up for the late night barbecue BBQuusi. I encourage all of you to join us in the beautiful Smokey Mountains for SUUSI. The scenery is breathtaking and the experience life changing.
To get more information, go to http://www.suusi.org. They are taking workshop proposals and staff applications now, registration will open at a later date. Make sure to check out their levels of credit to receive discounts on registration costs. It’s easy to go to SUSSI for free if you like to volunteer.
Nothing could be finer than a week with UU’s from across the country exploring nature, enjoying music, and worshipping together.