Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Summer Camp Planning
I am making yet another plea to the UUA to develop a summer camp curriculum. It is desperately needed. How do I know this? I am getting an increasing number of hits by people searching for UU summer camp curriculum. My congregation puts on a camp every summer and it is very well attended. And every summer we develop it from scratch based on a theme. While we have a general format, the content is developed fresh each year. This is a lot of work! I can't believe that the UUA couldn't have a few basic curriculums developed as a basis for congregations to adapt. Almost every other major religion has something easily available for its members. I feel this is even more important as many churches tend to be less formal during the summer months. Bible camps are ubiquitous in my area and my children want to go to them to be with their friends. It is almost a cultural norm. Our children should have this opportunity. My church is around 550 members and has the volunteers available to make a camp happen. Not every congregation does. If there was already a prepared curriculum that only required modifications, a camp could be possible in many more congregations. So, PLEASE, PLEASE, UUA, consider developing one. Maybe you already are?