PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT ARCHIVES

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Adult Programs

Note: Most of the planned programs are multigenerational.

Early Morning Activities

Before 7:

30 AM

Sleep in or participate in early morning activities which could include yoga, bird watching, hiking, labyrinth, etc.

Breakfast

7:30 to 8:30 AM

Morning Celebration

8:45 to 9:00 AM

After breakfast each morning, the whole community will gather for an multigenerational worship service with music.

Theme Presentation

9:00 to 10:00 AM

The theme for the week is “Seeds of a Spirited Life: How to increase love, patience, kindness in a life” presented by Rev. Meg Barnhouse, our theme speaker.

Salmagundi!

10:15 to 11:45 AMA time for multigenerational camp activities

Salmagundi means a mixture of otherwise unrelated ingredients. We will meet mid- morning every day for our own Salmagundi: a mixture of people, a mixture of ages, doing a mixture of activities. The first Monday of Salmagundi we will participate in a large-group all-camper challenge. (Yes, you are all required to be there. Or be square.) The following three weekdays, folks may choose where they would like to mix. Offerings will include the challenge courses on campus, canoeing, volleyball games, organized outdoor games like capture the flag, creating a community quilt, and Eco-art projects like paper making, nature weaving, and batik.

Challenge Courses

Ropes courses for almost everyone – the camp has three different ropes courses, at different heights and for people with different skill levels. The rope course activities will be facilitated by the host camp’s professional staff. [Note: there will be an additional charge for these.] See the Challenge Course page for the schedule and fees.

Creating a Community Quilt

Our theme presenter from 2009, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons, liked Camp StarTrail so much that she’s joining us again this year and will be leading the creation of our first camp quilt. Campers of all ages are invited to participate in this process, as sew-ers, press-ers, de-pin-ers, carriers, color choosers, and other tasks at a variety of skill levels. Using quilt-as-you-go techniques, we will mostly complete the project during our time together this week. Anyone who can ride a two-wheeler can learn to use a sewing machine, and if you have ever wanted to see what would be involved in turning all your fabric scraps into an actual quilt, this is your chance.

Lunch

12:00 to 12:45 PM

Free Time

1:00 to 1:30 PM

Afternoon Workshops and Activities

1:30 to 3:00 PM

Adults and youth can choose from a variety of workshops, some of which will last through the week, others of which might be offered just once.

We expe

ct participants, too, will want to offer workshop choices. We’ll add these as we hear about them and will have a complete list ready when people arrive at camp.

The workshops we know of so far include:

Challenge Course

Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:30 PM

Youth and adults can participate in The Commitment Trail, a team building activity. The course will be facilitated by the host camp’s professional staff. [Note: This activity is included in the Youth Registration Fee. For all others, there will be an additional charge for this.] See the Challenge Course page for the fees.

Telling Tales

Becoming an effective Story Teller

What makes a good story? Most of it is in the telling and telling stories is a learnable art! We’ll spend the afternoon practicing how choose, learn and tell stories that will engage audiences of all ages. Led by Brian Eslinger.

Telling Our Stories

Are there stories about our Unitarian and Universalist heritage that everyone should know? Is there a way of sharing them that helps them stick in the mind better than recitation from a history book? Spend an afternoon sharing those histories and making them into tell-able tales. Led by Brian Eslinger.

Others to be determined.

Alternatives to workshops

Adult participants have the option to use the workshops times to socialize, read, explore the camp, practice their talent show presentation, etc.

Afternoon Free Time

3:00 to 5:30 PM

Water Activities

The camp has a swimming pool and a small lake with canoes.

Hiking and Trail Rides

The camp has hiking trails. It is located close to a state park, which has trail rides.

Field Trips

There are other opportunities within a few miles, including the Strategic Air and Space Museum, and several golf courses. See area attractions.

Trail Head

5:30 to 6:00 PM

Activity for all ages: gathering outside the dining hall for sidewalk chalk, face painting, bubbles, and other fun things.

Social Hour for Adults

5:30 to 6:00 PM

All adults are welcome to gather in Swanson Center for conversation with snacks and beverages (including alcoholic beverages) you provide. Children cannot be present.

Supper

6:00 to 6:45 AM

Vespers

7:00 to 7:30 PM

After supper each evening, we will gather for 30 minutes of storytelling and song, meditation, reflection, or prayer. Led by Rev. Mark Stringer, this participatory, multigenerational worship service will be designed to connect us to our shared camp experiences of the day and to welc

ome our evening together.

Evening Program

7:30 to 8:30 PM

A variety of multigenerational activities including a campfire, a dance, a talent show and more.

Gathering Time for Adults

8:30 to ??

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