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Welcome to Unicamp: Message from the President
Camp Overview
Camp Guidelines
Pricing 6
Children’s Camps
Counselor in Training and Youth Programs 8-9
Family Camp
Discounted Work Weekends
Spring Programs
Summer Programs
Regular Summer Weekend Events
22 Map to Unicamp
Fall Programs 23-24
Meet Our Residents
Meet Our Staff 26
Staff & Volunteer Opportunities
27 Calendar
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Contact Unicamp:
Mail: 638159 Prince of Wales Road, Mulmur, ON L9V 0C5
Phone: 519-925-6432
Email: [email protected]
(registration forms at
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Program Chairs: Cathy Brown, Tracy Galvin
Program Director: Nicole Cormier
Brochure Design: Tony Rapoport
Unicamp Photography: Jeff Baker, Nicole Cormier, Larissa Manini, Michelle
McComb, Lilly Kahris, Lauren Renzetti
Art: Lauren Renzetti & Community
Paper Stock: FSC and Rainforest Alliance Certified, 10% post-consumer
Unicamp Board of Directors: Cathy Brown, Eli Campbell-Weiner, Karen
Delvecchio, Jeffery Dickhout, Tracy Galvin, Winnie Larsen, Tony Rapoport,
Lauren Renzetti, Russell Thomas-Bojin, Bert Twomey.
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Message from the President
Unicamp is a magical place that has grown
since 1969 from a Unitarian Universalist
children’s summer camp to a three-season
camp and conference centre boasting
programming for all ages. Unicamp continues
to mature from year to year and season to
season. This is not just a camp or a conference
centre but a rich and diverse Community that encourages many types of interaction.
Unicamp has three weeks of children’s camp and three weeks of family camp
along with programming for youth, naturalists, hikers, Sacred Circle dancers,
musicians, artists, writers, explorers of Unitarian Universalism and people who
want to worship in the beauty of nature. Camp is also heavily utilized outside our
regular season with many off-season rentals. You can easily immerse yourself in
fellowship, in program and in nature. You can enjoy the pond with its rich plants
and animals or simply be in the quiet, and enjoy our interconnected web.
Unicamp is very much like a conversation with a close loved one that continues from
season to season. It is welcoming and, most importantly, accepting of all people.
Past President Ellen Papenburg said it well, “Unicamp is a Unitarian community
that adheres to the seven principles of Unitarianism, and this comes with a lot of
responsibility. Unicampers are people agreeing to agree and disagree.”
The Unicamp board and senior staff have spent a great deal of time updating
everything from policies and literature to staffing models and communication.
We have tried to improve physical accommodation and group spaces but the
permanent structures are in need of more than just a patch-up. This will be the
year that decisions will be made and fundraising will be taken up a notch to start
the process of rebuilding.
If it takes a community to raise a child what does it take to raise a community? The
answer is You. We need each and every Unicamper to commit their presence, time,
energy, and funds to help Unicamp mature in its 50th year. If you are interested in
being part of raising this community please let us know, through our web site or
administration, how you would like to help.
Unicamp is the dearest place in the world to me. I have been a camper, staff,
facilitator, board member, artist-in-residence, and seasonal for more than thirty
years. The current board and staff are a remarkable group of dedicated Unicampers
and I am proud to be among them and their amazing energy.
Peace and Good Making to you.
Lauren McKinley Renzetti
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Camp Overview
Camp Guidelines
FEES, DONATIONS, and CAMPERSHIPS Canadian funds please. We pay 3% for
credit card transactions: offsetting donations appreciated. Tax-deductible receipts
for donations over $10. We charge $35 for each NSF cheque. Please contact us for
information about financial assistance if you find the cost of Unicamp a deterrent.
Donations to the Campership fund are always welcome.
RESERVATIONS and REFUNDS To reserve a campsite, dorm or cottage, to
ensure program space and to book meals, full payment must be received 7 days
prior to your arrival. Cancellations made within 7 days of booked dates will not
be refunded. Cancellations made more than 7 days before a booked date will be
refunded, minus a 10% administration fee (max $35). Reserve using a credit card.
Please call if you will be late. Reservations will be held until 8 a.m. of the morning
after your arrival date. Special rates apply for families, see page 6 for details.
CHECK IN time for all accommodations is 4 p.m. Please phone if you will be
arriving after 9 p.m. so that staff can make special arrangements to be available
when you check in.
Unicamp is a Unitarian Universalist camp that is committed to providing a safe
and welcoming seasonal camp and spiritual retreat to a diverse community.
CHECK OUT time is 11 a.m. to allow accommodations to be serviced between
visitors. Feel free to arrive earlier or stay later to enjoy the grounds.
Our high quality Unitarian Universalist values-based programs and activities are
designed to enable this community to demonstrate a respect for our natural assets,
for each other, and for the interdependent web of all existence.
PERSONAL NEEDS Unicamp has indoor and outdoor showers, several outhouses,
and washrooms in the dining hall and spiritual centre. You supply your own
bedding, pillows and towels. Drinking water is available in all washrooms, at the
outdoor sinks, and at several outdoor faucets.
Unicamp is located in Dufferin County, just north of Shelburne, Ontario, within the
UNESCO Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve. It boasts 50 beautiful, peaceful
acres of meadows, coniferous and deciduous forests, marshes, streams, caves and
two beaches on a 2.5-acre spring fed pond that is always safe for swimming. This
is a magical place to relax, explore, meet new people and reconnect with self,
community and nature.
At Unicamp we acknowledge that each of us has special qualities and talents to
share. Unicamp is based on a long tradition of cooperation and caring in a relaxed
and respectful environment. Campers are asked to help with chores such as tidying
their dorm, cottage or campsite at the end of their stay, helping us to keep the
Unicamp experience affordable for everyone. We welcome members and friends
from all UU congregations.
NO NOISE, PETS, or NUTS, PLEASE Amplified music, generators, and other
noisemakers are not allowed except for
dances and programs. Pets are allowed during
designated times only. Please contact Unicamp
if you would like help to find a kennel nearby.
Unicamp’s dining hall is peanut, pine-nut and
pistachio free.
Swimwear is required on both beaches during
Childrens’ and Junior Youth Camps.
Unitarian-Universalism is a liberal, non-creedal religion that emphasizes
the inherent worth and dignity of each individual while at the same time
recognizing the interdependent web of existence of which we are all a part.
Promoting equity, democratic justice and compassion for all living things, it
is based on respect for individuals, their uniqueness of spirit and the value of
seeking one’s own truths.
DAY VISITORS are welcome at Unicamp
between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. except during July
(the three weeks of Children’s Camp). Please
contact Unicamp’s Administrative Manager
ahead of time to book your day at camp. $10
per day for those 16 and older, $5 for those
aged 5-15.
4 Registration: (519) 925-6432 or or [email protected]
Children’s Camps
Unicamp gladly accepts cash, cheques, Certapay, VISA, and Master Card.
There is no tax payable at Unicamp as we are exempt from the collection
of HST. You therefore save 13% on your stay with us, but we do have to
pay 3% to accept your credit card payments. Making a donation of 3% of
your total bill, if paying by credit card, will help us to offset this expense
and would be greatly appreciated. A tax deductible receipt will be issued for
donations over $10.
For ages 7-13. Price Freeze for Kids
Camp (same as 2014)! Fee: $470 per
week. See page 6 for discounts.
Children under 5 eat and stay free.
Stay a week – get 1 night free.
First adult
+1 person
Dorms (3 meals included)
Child 5-15 $33
Cottage (meals not included)
Child 5-15 $18
Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
Child 5-15 $18
Children’s Camps $470 per week
Junior Youth (Jouth) Week $385
CIT Camp (3 weeks) $1,160
Out Trip Camp $725
Youth Weekend $50
Children’s Camp Discounts
Early payment by March 15th: 10%
1st time camper: 10%
Bringing new camper: 10%
2nd program: 5%
3rd camper: 5%
Children’s Camp is a truly magical time
filled with fun, friends, learning and
growth. Days at camp are full of fun
activities including morning polar bear
swims in the pond, archery, cave tours,
capture the flag, talent shows, dances,
campfires, tie dye and so much more!
Maximum 6 people per site.
Maximum campsite fee $35/
night, $210/week.
Family Weeks Meal
2nd Child in Family: 10% off.
Additional Children: Free
Family Camp
Candlelight Dinner
$30 (includes 4-course meal &
2.5 hrs of childcare)
If you love the food at
Unicamp, please consider
allocating a financial
appreciation to the capital
Accessible Cottage – Tom’s
20% discount on accommodations
during Spring & Fall
Please note that Tom’s is in high
demand and requests for Tom’s
from those with differing abilities
will be given preference. If an
accessible cottage is a need the
cost will be $39/night. If Tom’s is
a preference it will be $50/night.
6 Registration: (519) 925-6432 or [email protected]
Week I: July 5-11 Harry Potter
Back by popular demand, it’s Harry
Potter week! There will be all sorts of
magical creatures to meet this week.
This week we will get sorted into various
houses, make wands, learn spells
and brew potions. This year, working
as a team, campers will explore the
enchanted forest, hunt for Horcrux and
learn what their Patronus is. So grab
your cloaks and come on down to Hogwarts where friends and adventure await!
Week II: July 12-18 The Mighty Wilderness
This week we will explore Unicamp and beyond. We’ll hike on the Bruce Trail, travel
through caves, camp under the stars and learn about the nature around us. Along
with exploring, campers will have the opportunity to learn how to build a fire and
make food on it. This week we’ll dive into the wilderness with binoculars and an
enthusiasm for adventure!
Week III: July 19-25 Fables and Fairy Tales
Journey to magical and imaginary lands at Unicamp! We’ll explore our favorite
stories, adventure books, fables and fairy tales. Planting magic beans, traveling to
Neverland, following breadcrumbs and traveling to distant realms are some of the
adventures campers will go on this week. Campers will also explore some Unicamp
lore with Smaug the dragon, the Wild Forest Pig and the illusive Naugahyde.
Horse back riding for children 12 years and older: $60 per session. Please contact
the office for information and permission forms if you want your child to participate.
Riding programs include all equipment and gentle horses, all provided by our next
door neighbours, Rawhide Adventures: Low-heeled
closed shoes/boots required.
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CIT & Youth
CIT & Youth
Price freeze for CIT & Youth Camps (same as 2014)!
Counselors In Training (C.I.T.) July 5-25 (ages 14-15)
Year One of the program is all about leadership and will be a challenging and funfilled three weeks for participants age 14 or entering Grade 9. They will observe and
participate in all Children’s Camp activities, working with experienced counselors
and with our campers. Emphasis is on learning to be a responsible leader. Price
Freeze! Fee: $1,160. See page 6 for discounts.
Year Two will build on the skills learned in year one and will have extra emphasis
on being a counselor and working as part of the operations crew. Participants will
go off site for a 2-day wilderness camp-out. Participants must have completed Year
One of the CIT program or be 15 years of age or entering grade 10. Price Freeze!
Fee: $1,160. See page 6 for discounts.
Junior Youth (Jouth) July 26-31: Outside the Box (ages 13-16)
This incredible week at Unicamp is a chance for teens (ages 13-16) to come
together and participate in a program full of classic Unicamp activities as well as
special workshops and programs designed just for them. This year the Jr. Youth
campers will have the chance to discover what makes them unique individuals.
Together we will explore our global community and how we as individuals fit in it.
Traditional Unicamp favourites such as capture the flag, tie dye, campfires, archery,
and the dance are always an amazing time. Some of the activities teens will have
to choose from this week include silk screening, paint twister, night games, rugby,
as well as workshops in poetry, rap, and spoken word. Get ready for a fun filled
week! Price Freeze! Fee: $385. See page 6 for discounts. (Please note that Jouth
ends on FRIDAY July 31st.)
Out Trip Camp July 31-August 8 (ages 13-16)
After a successful trip last summer filled with team building and adventure, we
are pleased to offer the out trip again this summer. Participants aged 13-16
will begin the program with three days at Unicamp dedicated to team building,
leadership development, and learning skills necessary to survive and thrive in the
wilderness. Skills covered will include canoeing, portaging, fire building, knot tying,
outdoor cooking, navigation, care for the natural environment, and emergency
preparedness. After completing their time at camp participants will travel by bus to
the wilds of a provincial park where they will spend five days and four nights canoe
camping in the wilderness putting their leadership and wilderness skills into practice.
Participants will then return to Unicamp for a debriefing and celebration of their
accomplishments. A team of three leaders with lifeguarding, canoe instruction, and
wilderness first aid certifications will supervise youth. While emergency evacuation
procedures will be in place in case of medical concern or inclement weather, due to
8 Registration: (519) 925-6432 or [email protected]
the remote nature of this
program, participation is
not open to those with life
threatening allergies or
medical conditions. There
are a limited number
of participants in this
program so register early!
Price Freeze! Fee: $725.
See page 6 for discounts.
Youth Weekend
August 21-23:
The Power of
(ages 14-18)
Unicamp’s youth weekend conference is open to all high school age participants
and their youth advisors. This weekend is an opportunity to participate in
workshops, foster friendships, and explore the power of coming together as a
Unitarian Universalist Community. Special emphasis will be placed on discovering
the importance and power of community as well as the ways we can work toward
building world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. Youth in grades
9-12 (including those entering grade 9) are invited. If youth are planning to attend
this program without a youth advisor from their congregation, please contact
Unicamp so that we can connect you with a group. Price Freeze! Fees: Youth: $50,
Youth Advisors: Free.
NEW! Goldmine – Youth Leadership School: August 24-30 (ages 14-20)
“What is it for us to do? It is for us to Heal the World!” Goldmine is a UU youth
leadership development program offered across the US and in Canada with its
origins going back to the 1990s at a summer camp in the UUA’s Pacific North West
District. Youth ages 14 - 20 get to participate in a program, co-led by youth and
adults, where they will learn practical leadership skills, go deeper in to the inspiring
history of our movement, do service work, learn how to lead diverse and engaging
forms of worship and create friendships and community that will last a lifetime.
Offered through a partnership between the Canadian Unitarian Council and
Unicamp, Goldmine will house 10-20 youth in an intensive 7-day program. Please
see for
more details on the program’s content. Email [email protected] for fee
and registration info.
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Family Camp
Work Weekends
A time for families to enjoy
campfires, hikes, cave tours, Talent
Night, Comedy Night, swimming,
Candlelight Dinners and much
more. Parents: relax and enjoy 2.5
hours of programming from 9:30
to noon for children aged 3 to 12
($12 per child per day, includes a
Note: Children’s programming
is only during Family Weeks.
Additional childcare can be
arranged in advance for $5
per child per hour (if staff are
Unicamp is an affordable place
for families to vacation and we
offer great family discounts in our
dining hall. Families taking meals
get a 10% discount with their
second child and subsequent
children eat free. Meals for children under 5 continue to be free. Lunch and dinner
will also include kid-friendly foods for picky eaters! (See page 6 for details.)
August 3-7: Family Week 1
Families from Hamilton and Guelph will be our special guests this week but of
course, everyone is welcome! Book your spot early as this week is expected to fill up
early! Please check page 16 for all the special programming taking place this week.
August 9-14: Family Camp 2
Families from Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge will be our special guests during
this week, but everyone is welcome! This is also a Dog Welcome Week – please
contact admin for Dog Week conditions. Please check pages 16-17 for all the
special programming taking place this week.
Unicamp’s Community Building Work Weekends are a great way to make new
friends and make a lasting contribution to our community.
May 8-10, May 15-17, Sept. 11-13 Sept. 25-27
Reduced fees for food and accommodation in exchange for just 6 hours of work
on Saturday and 3 hours on Sunday in the spring and fall, both beautiful times of
the year when nature at Unicamp is in transition. Jobs include painting, carpentry,
cleaning, scrubbing, fixing, clearing paths and whatever we need to do to prepare
camp for summer or shutdown. This is a great time for new campers to meet others
and it is a fantastic time to connect to Unicamp, other Unicampers and old friends.
Childcare available on request. Friday night dinners are at 7 p.m. and are always
potluck. All work materials are provided. Bring old clothes, warm bedding, raingear, gloves. (labeled
tools, shears, painting
equipment would be
helpful). Fees: $35 for
2-day weekend and
$45 for 3-day weekend,
includes meals from
breakfast on Saturday
to lunch on Sunday or
Monday. These fees are
to help with the cost
of food and cooking.
Children are free.
Work Weekend – Full
work per weekend).
Apply early to [email protected]
Selection is based on
skills, experience and the
needs of the Unicamp
buildings and grounds.
Families from the Greater Toronto Area will be our special guests this week but of
course, everyone is welcome! This is also a second Dog Welcome Week – please
contact admin for Dog Week conditions. Please check pages 17-18 for all the
special programming taking place this week.
Don’t want to work?
Come just for fun:
Please come prepared
to do KP and clean your
own accommodation.
Regular fees less 20%.
10 Registration: (519) 925-6432 or August 16-21: Family Camp 3
or [email protected]
20% discount on accommodation during May and June.
May 8-10 Camp Opens/Work Weekend
See page 11 for details. Property Manager and Seasonal Unicamper Terry
O’Sullivan will prepare a list of chores that need to be completed to start the
season at camp. Info: [email protected] Fee: $35 (pays for food & hydro)
May 17: Seasonal Campers Meeting (7pm on dining hall deck)
June 5-7: Dog Lovers Weekend
This is a special weekend for dog lovers because you can bring your dog for the
weekend! Please contact camp admin for dog weekend rules and policies. Program
Fee: Free
June 12-14: Men’s Weekend
Allan Brand and co-facilitator, Paul Bognar, from First Unitarian Congregation
of Toronto, will celebrate a gathering of men. As part of the weekend, “we will
partake in activities like hiking, yoga, meditation, drumming circle, and men’s
group, discussing issues related to men. Men can choose to lead an activity of their
interest and participate accordingly.” Allan is a long-time member of Toronto First,
a social worker, and leader of the Pastoral Care Committee. Info: [email protected] Program Fee: Free
June 12-14: Bruce Trail Hiking
Frank Kuznik and David Royle will lead two hikes in the beautiful Dufferin
Highland section of the trail. The Saturday hike is about 12-15 km in length at a
moderate pace. The Sunday hike is a bit shorter. Both hikes start at 9:00 am. Info:
[email protected]
Program fee: $25.
June 16- 21: Wild Ginger (Camp closed for this private rental)
Unicamp provides the perfect setting for this Wednesday to Sunday
gathering (leaders arrive Tuesday night). This group is committed to the
Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft, a political and feminist approach to
Goddess and Earth-based spirituality. The camp provides an opportunity
to experience large group pagan rituals that connect us to ourselves, to
each other, and to nature. Wild Ginger offers small group personal growth
opportunities, a loving sense of community, chanting, dancing and fun.
This is Wild Ginger’s 17th camp. Every year, new and seasoned campers
have expressed deep appreciation for the magic of Wild Ginger. Info and
registration: or [email protected]
or 519-438-8208.
June 24-28: Big Heart Dance Camp
12 Registration: (519) 925-6432 or or [email protected]
(Camp closed for this private rental)
Singles, couples and families, we welcome you all to join us for our annual Big
Heart Dance Camp! Boogies, jams and workshops: Nia, contact improv, sacred
circle, healing arts, different paths of yoga, Dance Our Way Home, Journey Dance,
drumming, meditation and more. No prior training or fitness level required, just an
open heart wanting to explore and celebrate through movement, music, nature,
community and yummy food! Unlimited workshops. Come for all five days or just
the weekend. Facebook has loads of great photos from Big Heart 2014! To register
contact Ayrlie at [email protected]
July 3-5: Nia with Esther; Free your Soul
Celebrate the joy of movement in the pleasure-based practice of Nia. Through a
flowing blend of the healing arts, martial arts and dance arts, we will create fitness
of body, mind, spirit and emotions. Expand your sensory IQ as you follow your
body’s way and dance with your authentic self in the natural and beautiful setting
of Unicamp. Let the music captivate you and move you to free your soul. No
experience necessary. Program facilitator Esther Gieringer is a certified Nia Green
Belt Instructor who has been dancing Nia for eight years. Info: [email protected], niawithesther on Facebook or 226-664-1244. Program Fee: $75.
July 4: Seasonal Campers meet the staff and potluck lunch
July 5-31 – Children’s Camp, CIT and Junior Youth Programs.
See page 7 for details.
July 31- August 8 – Youth Out Trip Camp
See page 8 for details.
July 31-August 3: Civic Holiday Long Weekend 46th Anniversary
Come for the terrific programming (see below) or kick back, relax, and enjoy the
weekend renewing friendships or making new ones in true Unicamp fashion. This
is the weekend the board launches its Official Fundraising Capital Campaign. Join
the board for lively discussion on Saturday morning and be their special guests for
the Sunday Lunch with a FREE BBQ (please book ahead to ensure all are fed!) The
Saturday Night Dance, Sunday Service and a special Sunday Night Coffee House
round out the weekend. Program Fee: Free.
July 31-August 2: Developing your Visual Art Skills
Offered by artist Susan Davis, this program is for those who love to draw or paint
and want to improve their skills. Susan is a professional artist and a member of the
Hamilton congregation. She works in mixed media and enjoys mentoring others as
they develop their individual gifts. Bring your own art supplies. Maximum number of
participants 10 (age 16 plus.) More info: [email protected] Program Fee: Free
August 1-3: Nonviolent or Compassionate Communication (NVC)
Aukje Byker will be offering a workshop on self-compassion from Aug. 1-3. In this
workshop, based on Nonviolent or Compassionate Communication (NVC) you will
learn how to treat yourself with compassion and love while striving to be the best
you can be. The basics of NVC will be covered. Facilitator Aukje has been studying
and practicing NVC for several years. She says that learning to be compassionate
with herself has lead to the most personal change. For more information, email:
[email protected] Program Fee: pay what you can, $25- $150.
14 Registration: (519) 925-6432 or [email protected]
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August 2: Seasonal Campers meeting, 4pm at Clothing Required Beach
August 3-7: “Beyond the Talk: Sexuality and Parenting”
(Family Camp Week 1)
Every morning Tony Rapoport, long time Unicamper, will lead discussions on
healthy sexuality and the challenges and successes we experience as parents. Tony
is an experienced OWL facilitator (Our Whole Lives, the UU sexuality education
curriculum) and also a professional musician and parent of a teenager. All adults
welcome. Program Fee: Free.
August 3-7: The Wise Elder’s Circle: A Spiritual Journey
(Family Camp Week 1)
Life is lived forward, but best understood backward. Join us for a five-day journey
of discovery, sharing our stories and building relationships. We will examine how
our life experiences made us who we are. We’ll come to understand our eldership
power and wisdom to pass on to our family, community and congregation. The
tested curriculum was created by Audrey O’Callaghan and Laura McNaughton
for the Canadian Unitarian Council. Carl Ingram, PhD, is trained in the Wise
Elder curriculum. In his doctoral studies, he focused on life-long developmental
psychology with an emphasis on eldership. As well as a master storyteller, Dr.
Ingram is a subject matter expert from his past workshops on thriving as a Wise
Elder. Come prepared for self-discovery, through intimate group discussions as well
as journaling (all supplies will be provided; recommended for self-identified seniors
aged 55 and up.) Sessions take place every morning for 2-3 hours. For more info,
contact: [email protected] Program Fee: Free
August 7-9: Welcome the Crone
This is a weekend of programming for women about to embrace their Cronehood, or
those who would like to but aren’t sure, or for any woman who wants to learn more
about the Crone. There will be a Welcoming Circle introducing women to the third
phase of a woman’s life. For those who wish, there is a Deepening Circle led by Senior
Crones, for those who have already passed the threshold, and finally an Acolytes
Circle, for younger women wishing to explore the Triple Goddess archetype as a life
metaphor, and to prepare to serve at the Croning Ceremony on the final day. All
women are welcome. Facilitator Ellen Newman has served as a lay chaplain at the
Unitarian Congregation of Mississauga. She has co-created and facilitated Croning
ceremonies over the past 13 years. (15 person minimum; 35 person maximum.) For
more info, contact: [email protected] Program Fee: $65.
of Toronto. She brings a special gift of music and spirituality as a singer song-writer.
She will offer regular worship services and contemplative times, as well as pastoral
care for campers. She would like to offer a workshop on creativity as a spiritual
practice, and song circles throughout the week. Program Fee: Free
August 10-14: Queer Programming (Family Camp Week 2)
Queer Programming will be provided by Brenda Ponic and Lorraine Munro, “two
queer psychotherapist mammas in Toronto.” This is an opportunity for the LGBTQ
community to come together with pride in an inclusive space for LGBTQ experience
sharing, starting with opening exercises that often quickly go deeper. Topics that
will be addressed include Queerness and spirituality, queer families and books
and movies, with a family/kid book reading circle and talk. As facilitators, they
are knowledgeable about getting pregnant or adopting; single parenting; queer
family visibility; talking about sexual orientation and gender identity with our kids;
sex educating kids from OWL (our Whole Lives) UU curriculum for various ages;
welcoming schools and daycares; balancing parenting with our sex and dating
lives, and any topic that arises from the group. Brenda is a member of Toronto First
and the mother of a 10 year old. Lorraine is a queer mamma to 2 children. Info:
[email protected]; [email protected] Program Fee: Free
August 14-16: Bruce Trail Hiking
Frank Kuznik and Tessa Shelvey will lead two days of hiking on the Bruce Trail’s
beautiful Dufferin Highlands section. Saturday’s hike will be 12-15 km long at a
moderate pace with a drop-out point followed by a shorter more leisurely hike on
Sunday finishing in time for Unicamp’s Sunday service. Start time will be 9am both
days. Info: [email protected] or [email protected] Program Fee :$25.
August 14-16 Sacred Circle Dance
This is a program of exploration of the world around us and within through simple
movement to a variety of world music. Dances are relaxing and playful, uniting us
in mind, body and spirit. No experience or partners needed! Bring drums, stories
or dances to share, scarves and sacred objects to adorn our dance area. Facilitator
Barbara Herring has led Sacred Circle Dance since 1996. She has led dance events
in Ontario, BC and the USA. Barbara brings a sense of calm, joy and reverence to
the dance. Book early, enrollment is limited to 35. Info : Barbara at 705-748-6886
or [email protected] Program Fee: $60.
August 16-17: Everyday Rituals (Family Camp Week 3)
Lynn Harrison, our Intern Minister-in-Residence, will be here for the week. Currently
at Don Heights, Lynn has been an intern minister at the First Unitarian Congregation
Rev. Victoria Graham, minister at First Unitarian Church in Hamilton, will lead the
outdoor service on Sunday, Aug. 16. On Monday, Aug. 17, she will offer a workshop
on Everyday Rituals; designing and creating meaningful rituals for daily practice that
encourage spiritual discipline, exploration and growth. Program Fee: Free
16 Registration: (519) 925-6432 or August 9-14: Intern Minister-in-Residence (Family Camp Week 2)
or [email protected]
August 17-21: Musician-in-Residence (Family Camp Week 3)
Musician-in-Residence Susanne Maziarz, music director at Neighborhood
Congregation in Toronto, will offer daily opportunities for music making, including
singing meditation at dawn and dusk, opportunities to sing in harmony, and songleading at the campfire and musical games. Program Fee: Free
August 21-22: Living In Spirit Group
Kosu Boudreau, Buddhist Unitarian professional spiritual care provider and chaplain at
Bridge-point Hospital in Toronto, will facilitate a Living in Spirit Group. Programming
includes morning meditation/yoga practice and 90 minute afternoon Living in Spirit
group discussions for teens and adults. Info: [email protected] Program Fee: Free
August 21-23: Youth Weekend – The Power of CommUUnity
See page 9 for details.
August 21-23, Michael Moon Presents the Magic of Music
Come explore the magic of sound and its amazing healing properties. The most
primal and intimate instrument is the human voice, closest to our body and spirit.
Come learn how to use it as a simple, yet profound healing tool. You don’t have
to be a musician or singer to experience the magic. We will explore the basic
principles of sound healing, drumming, chanting, group improvisation and more.
If you play a musical instrument, bring it along. Michael shares his 25 years of
study and practice of sound healing and music production. Past participants
have said: “The best workshop of its kind,” “So much fun and so relaxing,” “An
amazing experience!” Includes a special concert with Michael on Saturday night.
Info: [email protected] Program Fee: $90.
August 22-23: Sketching Outdoors with Charcoal and Chalk Pastels
Artist Susan Low-beer, of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, also works in
ceramics and clay but is focusing here on a very accessible art form for Unicamp.
She would like people to bring their own materials, or at least a board to draw on.
When people sign up, she will send a list of materials. Susan is a professional artist
who has exhibited in Europe, the US, Korea and Japan. Her work is displayed in the
Museum of Civilization in Ottawa and the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal. She
has taught at OCAD, among other places, and also teaches privately. Workshop
recommended for people over 16. Sign up early! Info: [email protected] and Program Fee: pay what you can or $30.
and inspire. Monday
evening at 7:00
we will introduce
ourselves and the
are invited to share
a sample of writing
that is meaningful
to them. For the
rest of the week, we
will choose themes
to pursue, such as
writing. Mornings,
from 9:30-11:30, we
open the day using
music, movement or
poetry. We then write
together motivated
by timed exercises, to
create short pieces of
prose, or poetry and
then offer friendly
supportive feedback.
Afternoons are free until 4:00, when we gather to share material from our project
and get ideas for further polishing of our work. Evenings are open to enjoy camp
activities or gather informally. We close on Friday morning with a celebration of the
community we have formed, what we have learned and the work we have created.
We part with new tools and encouragement to follow our writing vocations.
This retreat is for all, from beginners to experienced writers. Please bring writing
materials, a sense of adventure and be ready to play with words! Further info:
va[email protected]; 905-643-5425. Program Fee: $150. Scholarships
are available.
August 24-30: Goldmine – Youth Leadership School
See page 9 for details.
August 24-28: 6th Annual Writer’s Retreat: The Power of Words
August 28-30: Soulful Singing, Soulful Living
Offered by Valerie Nielsen, who leads the Writer’s Circle at the First Unitarian
Church of Hamilton, this is a workshop/playshop about using words to uplift,
Wendy Luella Perkins offers this wonderful weekend of spirited song through
the practice of Soulful Singing (singing meditation). People have said, ”Love the
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spontaneity, playfulness, rhythms,
harmonies and new connections.”
“Amazed at the beauty we can
create together.” “If you value
community, creativity, fun and
spirituality on your own terms, you
will love it.” All voices are welcomed
into the circle of song. Come with an
open heart, leave with many songs
inside you, a renewed sense of vision
and deep peace and joy. Program
facilitator Rev. Wendy Luella Perkins is a UU community minister and lifelong
singer. She’s been soulful singing as a spiritual practice for over ten years and is a
prolific writer of folk songs and meditative chants. She brings a big heart, spiritual
depth and lively enthusiasm to all that she does. She will also lead us in worship
on Sunday morning, August 30. Program Fee: pay what you can, $25 - $150.
August 28-30: Relationship in Movement
In this weekend workshop, two people (in relationship) register together with
the aim to explore their relationship through dance improvisation. Romantic
relationships, friendships, family relationships, collegial relationships are welcome.
LGBT friendly. Explore your relationship through dance improvisation; a social dance
involving touch in which momentum between two or more people is used to create
and inspire dance movements. Discover and play with how dance improvisation
practices can act as metaphors for relationship dynamics. Open to people with no
previous training and people with disabilities. Facilitators: Kathleen Rea is a certified
psychotherapist with a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts. She is an award-winning
choreographer and filmmaker. Her book, The Healing Dance, was published in
2012. Her co-facilitator, Brad Johnston, is an Embodied Life Coach, and has a
graduate degree in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo. Participants
must register as couples (ie. with someone else in a romantic, platonic, family or
collegial relationship.) Min. 5 couples. Max. 10 couples. Info: [email protected]
com Program Fee: $150 per couple.
Bonus Week! August 30-September 4
Artist Retreat – Connecting with Nature
Former Unicamp Artist-in-Residence and now President of the Board, Lauren
Renzetti uses Unicamp as our inspiration with its picturesque vistas, mossy
craggy caves, dappled ponds, rolling hills, fantastic forests and expansive
skies. Create a series of works in your own media of choice with on-location
drawing and painting. Three sessions per day doing either drawing,
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watercolour, oil or acrylic painting onsite. Be introduced to a variety of
drawing techniques, strategies to create interesting compositions, and colour
theory to create depth, and have a constructive end-of-day critique. We will
explore the perfect location and capture the light of morning, sometimes
even pre-breakfast, afternoon and sunset. Discussion of art movements and
artists will also help round out this week-long immersion into the Canadian
landscape. For adults and teen-agers (age 16 and up). Bring your own
paint materials. To request a materials list or for other enquiries, email
[email protected] Lauren teaches at Art Works Art School, the
Art Gallery of Ontario and is curator of Neighborhood Gallery in Toronto’s
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Program Fee: a sliding
scale of $75-$150 per participant.
Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Mindfulness Heart Practice in Relationship
Sue Hutton, a MSW and Mindful Buddhist practitioner of 30 years, offers a series of
sessions that will deepen our practice and increase tools in accessing our connection
to ourselves and others. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with
Wellspring Cancer Care in Toronto, and leads groups with parents of youth with
intellectual disabilities/autism as well as youth and family sessions in the disability
sector in Toronto. By bringing life and joy to her groups while honoring tradition,
she helps people deepen their practice with a creative spirit. In these sessions we
will share in periods of silence in community, as well as have discussions about
bringing mindfulness to the complexity of daily life and relationship. Open to
beginners and experienced alike.
Day 1: Adults and Mindfulness Practices
Day 2: Parenting and the Mindfulness Heart
Day 3: Mindful Family. Kids and parents learn meditation together in games
and activities for all ages. Best suited for kids grade 2/3 and up. All children are
welcome with parent support. Parents and kids leave with tools to help us stay
renewed and refreshed as we get back to school and life.
Info: [email protected] 647-378-1522. Program Fee: Free
Sept. 5: Unicamp Open House
Come tour the camp, bring a picnic lunch, have refreshments and see what
Unicamp is all about. Relax, play, swim, hike. Enjoy campfires, the caves and more.
Day passes are free.
September 5: Unicamp Annual General Meeting and Forum
Join us Saturday at 10 am for our Open Forum and Visioning session and the
Annual General Meeting at 1:30 pm.
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Regular Summer Weekend Events
20% discount on accommodations during the fall (except Thanksgiving weekend).
Camp Circle: Meet other campers on the common 1 hour before dinner.
September 11-13: Young Adult Weekend
Drum Circle: 9-11pm (excluding July.) Enjoy the community of our drum circle!
Bring your rhythm and join us around the fire!
Camp Circle: Meet other campers at the lower fire pit 1 hour before dinner.
Meadow Games: 1 hour before dinner
Unicamp Dance: 8:30 pm. Great music and fun in the Dining Hall
Sunday Service: 11am. Held outside if the weather’s nice, inside if it is raining
Join UU young adults (18-35) for a weekend of community, conversation and
carousing amidst the splendors of the changing leaves. Come for a hike on the trails,
pick apples and make cider, gather a crew for a workshop, or grow friendships over
crafts and games. Whatever the weekend is, it’s up to you as participants to bring
your own gifts forward. With cars coming from everywhere between Montreal and
Windsor, we can probably help with a ride too.
Contact event registrars Melissa Legge ([email protected]) and Madeleine Shiell
([email protected]) about cost or other information. Program Fee: Free
September 11-13 Work Weekend
See page 11 for details.
September 18-20 Fiddle Camp
Anne Lederman leads a weekend of fiddle fun for grown-ups and kids (accompanied
by an adult). Friday night concert/jam, workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a
Saturday night dance, jam and campfire circle, all interspersed with great food
and lots of fresh air, hiking, swimming etc. Come camp or stay in the dorms. Min.
# of registrants: 15. Info/registration: [email protected] Fee: $275
per person includes program, meals & accommodation.
September 25-27: Work Weekend
See page 11 for details.
October 9-12: Thanksgiving Weekend
A long standing tradition at Unicamp and a time for our community to come
together to prepare wonderful food, give thanks and get camp ready for the long
winter. It’s the best time for fall colours. Enjoy hikes, campfires, fresh pressed apple
cider from our harvest and our special Sunday Celebration and Dinner. Worship
Service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Brunch at 11 a.m. Our Cook is the only paid staff
so come prepared to help with meals and some camp shut down jobs. Bring old
clothes and warm stuff as it often snows. Fees include accommodation and meals
from Saturday breakfast to Monday lunch. Friday night dinner is potluck so bring
something to share. New this year, Thanksgiving Weekend will be Dog-Friendly –
please contact admin for Dogs at Camp conditions.
Fees for the weekend: Dorm or tent: $75 adults & $45 children 5 to 15 years.
Cottage: $90 adults & $50 children. Or join us just for dinner on Sunday (see
next page).
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Meet Our Residents
Sunday, October 11: Thanksgiving Dinner
Fee for the Sunday dinner (includes a day pass to Unicamp) is $30 for adults, $18
for children 5 to 15 years. Please book well in advance to help with food planning
and to reserve your place at our festive table at 5 p.m.
Play and learn at the same time! While enjoying Unicamp, join in some free
activities organized by our Residents. Remember to check the chalkboard in the
Dining Hall for scheduled and impromptu programs and events.
Stargazer-in-Residence Mike Cormier will provide views of the cosmos through
his telescope from the common when he is at camp and the sky is clear. Mike
will provide a box filled with stargazing charts, constellation myth information,
astronomy pictures to take home, and more. Check with Admin for dates when
Mike will be on site.
Poet-in-Residence Helen Iacovino is a lifelong UU who has found
the serenity and magic of Unicamp to be an inspiration for poetry. She
frequently gives poetry readings and has published in a number of venues,
including several CUC poetry chapbooks. She will be at camp on a regular
basis over the summer (except for Aug. 14-16), and will participate by
giving readings and helping with services. For more information, contact
Helen at [email protected]
Musician-in-Residence Susanne Maziarz is the music director of Neighborhood
Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Toronto. She hopes to bring people’s hearts
and souls together in song and create community building, soulful expression,
connecting our voices with others, giving wings to the spirit, an alternative to
traditional meditation, and facilitate joy and well-being. She will offer daily
opportunities for music making and singing meditation at dawn and dusk,
opportunities to sing in harmony and musical games. Info: [email protected]
com. On site: Aug. 16-21
Intern Minister-in-Residence Lynn Harrison is currently serving at Don Heights
Unitarian Fellowship. She has been Intern minister at First Unitarian Congregation
of Toronto. As Creator/Facilitator of the course “Songwriter as a Spiritual practice,”
Lynn often combines music and spirituality. She will offer regular worship services
and contemplative times, as well as pastoral care for campers. She is also ready to
offer a workshop on creativity as a spiritual practice, and song circles throughout
the week. On site: August 9-14
Wise-Elder-in-Residence Carl Ingram, PhD, is trained in the Wise Elder
curriculum. In his doctoral studies, he focused on life-long developmental
psychology with an emphasis on eldership. As well as a master storyteller, Dr.
Ingram is a subject matter expert from his past workshops on thriving as a Wise
Elder. On site: Aug. 3-7
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Meet Our Staff
Staff & Volunteer Opportunities
Co-Director Adrian Iacovino
Adrian is a long time Unicamp staff member currently
in his sophomore year as co-director with Jenny, a
complementary counterpart. For Adrian, Unicamp
is an important natural space, open to individuals
to share in establishing meaningful connections by
finding their place in and part of a community. There is
an aspect of timelessness that accompanies summers
spent at camp. Adrian is proud to share in this feeling
and help with the creation of camp identity.
Co-Director Jenny Thomas-Bojin
Like Adrian, Jenny is a long-time Unicamp staff
member, having served 7 years as our Program
Director and other positions prior to that. A seeker, an
explorer and a lover of mystery, Jenny holds wonder at
the heart of her spiritual being. For Jenny, spirituality
is deeply tied to community and she looks forward to
getting to know each of you better as we welcome
each other into a truly special place of starry nights,
raucous dances, babbling streams, quiet forest walks,
and deeply meaningful community.
2015 staff openings Are you a fun-loving, open minded and dedicated individual?
Have you ever thought about working with children? Ever wanted to change a
child’s life—embolden, enrich and inspire them? If you are looking for an exciting,
challenging and fun-filled summer, then you should consider working at Unicamp.
Apply to work as a Counselor, Operations Crew, Maintenance, Assistant Cook,
or Lifeguard. All positions are open. A summer on staff can be a very rewarding
experience. If you are interested in being a part of the magic that is Unicamp,
or know someone who would make a great addition to staff, be sure to visit our
website and fill out an application form!
2015 Volunteer Openings Volunteer as a doctor or nurse for a week of Children’s
Camp or Jouth. This comes with a free space in camp for your children or a gift
certificate for time equal to time worked. It’s lots of fun and a great way to get to
know the children and staff of Unicamp. Volunteer as a Minister/Chaplain for a
weekend or more. Unicamp is a great place to share your UU values and beliefs.
Apply online:
Interested in offering programming for adults or kids during one of our Family
Camps? Are you able to: Lead a hike? Offer a workshop? Lead a sing-along? Or
maybe you’d like to lead a discussion on a topic you love? We welcome any and
all ideas and encourage you to share your skills and talents to help make these
Family Weeks an enriching experience. Unicamp looks to the community of family
campers to help make these weeks a success for all. Please send us your ideas for
special programs: [email protected]
Registrar & Administrator
Katya Schmied
As a seasonal camper for many years,
Katya’s love for camp has continued to
grow. Her four children have happily
grown up with Unicamp as their second
home. Katya and her family are looking
forward to sharing their love for camp
with new and returning Unicampers.
Property Manager Terry O’Sullivan
While working twenty odd years as an
Industrial Lab Technician in Guelph, Terry
got involved in social issues, organic
gardening, Permaculture, bicycling, hiking,
camping, Circle dancing and community
living. Presently semi-retired, he is busier
than ever.
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2015 Calendar
Feb 8
May 8-10
May 15-17
May 17 June 5-7
June 12-14
June 16-21
June 24-28
June 28-July 4
July 3-5
July 4 July 5-25
July 5-11
July 12-18
July 19-25
July 26-31
July 31-Aug 8
July 31- Aug 3 July 31-Aug 2
Aug 1-3
August 2 Aug 3-7
Aug 3-7
Aug 7-9
Aug 9-14
Aug 9-14
Aug 10-14
Aug 14-16
Aug 14-16
Aug 16-17
Aug 16-21
Aug 17-21
Aug 21-22
Aug 21-23
Aug 21-23
Aug 22-23
Aug 24-28
Aug 24-30
Aug 28-30
Aug 28-30
Aug 30-Sept 4
Aug 31-Sept 2
Sept 5
Sept 11-13
Sept 11-13
Sept 18-20
Sept 25-27
Oct 9-12
Unicamp Sunday – Celebrate with your congregation!
Camp Opens, Community Building Work Weekend
Community Building Work Weekend
Seasonal Campers Meeting: 7pm on dining hall deck
Dog Lovers Weekend
Men’s Weekend, Bruce Trail Hiking
Wild Ginger (private rental)
Big Heart Dance Camp (private rental)
Staff Training
Nia with Esther
Seasonal Campers meet the staff and potluck lunch
Counselor In Training Program
Children’s Camp 1
Children’s Camp 2
Children’s Camp 3
Junior Youth Camp (Jouth)
Out Trip Camp (Youth)
Civic Holiday Weekend, Sunday Free BBQ
Developing Your Visual Art Skills; Susan Davis
Non-Violent/Compassionate Communications 15
Seasonal Campers Meeting: 4pm at Clothing Required Beach
Family Camp 1 (Hamilton and Guelph)
Beyond the Talk, Wise Elders Circle
Welcome the Crone; Ellen Newman
Family Camp 2 (Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge), Dog Friendly 10
Queer Programming
Bruce Trail Hiking
Sacred Circle Dance
Sunday Service, Everyday Rituals
Family Camp 3 (GTA/Toronto), Dog Friendly
Living in Spirit Group
The Power of CommUUnity Youth Weekend Conference 9
Magic of Music
Sketching Outdoors
6th Annual Writer’s Retreat
Goldmine – Youth Leadership School
Soulful Singing, Soulful Living
Relationship in Movement
Artist Retreat
Mindfulness Heart Practice in Relationship
Open House, General Meeting and Forum
Young Adult Weekend
Work Weekend
Fiddle Camp
Work Weekend