Posted for the Retreat Committee
October 21-23, 2016
Pocahontas State Park
10301 State Park Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832-6355
What to expect?
The Retreat is held at the Algonquin Ecology Camp, a group campsite, at the Pocahontas State Park. The Algonquin camp area has cabins arranged in three clusters and a main lodge with a kitchen. Each cabin cluster has a communal (but private) bathroom and shower facility (with hot and cold water). The cabins are rustic, unheated, one-room cabins with a central light and bunk beds. Cabins are often shared by more than one family depending on the size of the cabin, and cabin assignments are provided as people arrive. Families bringing dogs are grouped together. Note that only service animals are allowed in the main lodge.
The main meeting and activity area is the camp’s heated main lodge, Powhatan Dining Hall. Meals and most workshops take place in Powhatan. Each cabin cluster has a fire pit, and there are usually two campfires going Friday and Saturday nights. Canoeing and kayaking are available on Saturday throughout the day. Other activities (hiking, outdoor games, etc.) take place in and around the camp area. Worship services are planned for Saturday night and Sunday morning. Meals are provided Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast.
Come prepared to relax and get to know your fellow campers.
What to bring?
October weather is unpredictable, so please plan accordingly! Obvious items to pack and others to consider are:
- Warm sleeping bag, pillow, and extra blankets
- The cabins and bunk beds do not have sheets, towels, or pillows.
- Casual clothes
- warm clothes and a coat if it is cold
- raincoat/umbrella if the forecast calls for rain
- shoes suitable for walking and hiking
- shower shoes
- Flashlights for each member of your party
- There is outdoor lighting for each building, but paths between buildings are not lit.
- Toiletries and towels
- Travel mug for each member in your party
- Board games, cards, group games, and musical instruments
- Please leave electronic games, etc. at home unless they are designed for group activities.
- Folding chairs for campfire activities
- Snacks for your cabin
For adults of legal age, park rules state that alcohol is allowed in your cabin or around the campfire. Please do not bring it to the Powhatan Dining Hall. For adults not of the legal age and all minors, alcohol is not allowed anywhere.
Please take this time as an opportunity to disconnect from your digital life as wi-fi is most likely not available and cell phone coverage may be spotty.
Check-in starts at 3 p.m. on Friday, and we must leave Powhatan and the cabins swept, clean, and ready for others to use by noon on Sunday. For the cabins that also means that mattresses that may have migrated from their frames must be returned to their proper places.
Directions (from the Peninsula):
Take I-64 West towards Richmond. Take Exit 200 for US 60/I-295 S toward Rocky Mount, NC. Follow US 60 towards Seven Pines/Bottom Br. for 0.5 mile to the merge (from the left lane) onto I-295. Stay on I-295 S for 3 miles to Exit 25 for VA-895 W (toll road). Continue 7.7 miles to left exit for VA-150 N (Chippenham Parkway). Continue 3.7 miles to merge onto VA-10 E toward Chesterfield. Continue 6.1 miles and turn right at the light onto Beach Road. Continue 4.1 miles to the park area, and turn right onto State Park Road. Follow State Park Road less than 0.5 mile to the guard hut. If the guard hut is still open, let the guard/ranger know that you are with the UU Fellowship and going to the Algonquin Ecology Camp. Turn right from the guard hut and continue about 0.5 mile to the left hand turn into the camp area (unpaved road). Continue on the dirt road and bear to the right at the fork to continue to the Powhatan Dining Hall.