PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT ARCHIVES

Because Prairie Star District has become part of MidAmerica Region, this page has been archived as of July 15, 2013, for reference purposes. It will not be updated in the future, and some links may no longer work properly.  For more up-to-date information, please visit the Mid America UUA site.  Thank you!

Adult Programs

Note: Most of the planned programs will be 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 “Poetry and Justice” presented by Rev. Meg Riley, our theme speaker.

Workshops and Activities

10:15 to 11:45 AM

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 expect 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.

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.

Monday through Wednesday the option of a Challenge or Ropes couse will be available with pre-registration and additional fee.

Workshops

Book Discussion Group

Led by Bob Miller

The book for an afternoon discussion group is by Chet Raymo titled Skeptics and True Believers – The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and Religion.

We’ll start each session by reading a passage that captures the main points of a particular chapter and then opening up a discussion about it.  Those who have read the book will have a deeper context for the discussion but anyone can come and join in and anyone can come to any session, each will be an independent discussion.

Here’s an except from the jacket: “Acknowledging that the scientific and the spiritual communities are increasingly split, Raymo builds strong bridges between them.  He illustrates his argument with an array of thought provoking stories such as the remarkable migratory flight of a small bird called the red knot and the long glorious glide of the comet Hyatutake across the night sky.  Together, they are compelling evidence that religion should embrace the reliable knowledge of the world that science provides, while at the same time science should respect and nourish humankind’s need for spiritual sustenance.  “ Miracles are explainable”, Raymo paraphrases the writer Tim Robinson, “it is the explanations that are miraculous”.

Writers' Group

Conveners: Steve Enersen and Sondra Smalley

An informal group of writers will gather together at Camp StarTrail again this year. Writers are encouraged with prompts to write something each day to bring the next day to share. Could be a poem, an essay, a short play, a dialog, fiction, non-fiction—whatever the writer chooses. Each writer has the option of requesting feedback from the rest of the group or not.

 

Alternatives

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

Lunch

12:00 to 12:45 PM

Free Time

1:00 to 1:30 PM

Salmagundi!

1:30 to 3:00 PMA time for multigenerational camp activities

Salmagundi means a mixture of otherwise unrelated ingredients. We will meet after lunch every day for our own Salmagundi: a mixture of people, a mixture of ages, doing a mixture of activities. Folks may choose where they would like to mix.

The Commitment Trail will be an option on Wednesday with pre-registration and additional fee required for adults.Afternoon Free Time

3:30 to 5:15 PM

Water ActivitiesThe camp has a swimming pool and a small lake with canoes.

Hiking and Trail RidesThe camp has hiking trails.

There are guided horseback trail rides at nearby Platte River State Park.

Field TripsThere are other opportunities within a few miles, including the Strategic Air and Space Museum, Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, and Mahoney State Park with an Aquatic Center and an Activity Center with indoor playground. There are also several golf courses.

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.

Dinner

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. Kelli Clement, this participatory, multigenerational worship service will be designed to connect us to our shared camp experiences of the day and to welcome our evening together.

Evening Program

7:30 to 8:30 PM

A variety of multigenerational activities including a hootenanny/sing-a-long, campfire, dance, talent show, and more.

Gathering Time for Adults

8:30 to ??