Letter from the Camp UniStar Foundatioon
We are pleased to offer our 2017 Annual Report to the Community from the Camp UniStar Foundation (CUF).
In 2017, Camp UniStar welcomed 730 campers during program weeks in addition to 117 Youth Week campers, completed renovations to a new Children’s Program space and housing facility for our UniCorps volunteers, and introduced our updated Vision Statement to the intergeneratioinal community of campers who helped contribute to its development through our strategic visioning process. As always, we want to thank our Donors, Volunteers, Staff, and Campers for their passionate support of Camp UniStar and its transformative impact on all of us and our surrounding communities.
Management Committee Chair
2017 proved to be another exciting season at Camp UniStar. We welcomed leaders each week to guide programming in a wide array of subject matters including Work Week and Youth Weeks I&II, as well as Guide My Feet: Justice on the Prairie, Animals and Landscapes of Star Island, Clean Energy Revolution, Everyday Joy: Dance, Music and Story, Win, Lose or Draw?, Poses and Prose: Yoga and Writing, Bread for Body and Soul, and The Gospel of Mary Oliver weeks.
In addition to many improvements made throughout the season and with support from contractors as well Work and Youth Week Campers, a few property highlights emerged:
- We managed a construction crew to convert the bunkhouse into the new “Star House” for our Children’s Program and our UniCorps volunteers.
- Converted a large bedroom in the lodge upstairs into two smaller rooms for increased camper housing flexibility.
Additional highlights from the summer are noted below:
- Overall, including water opener, opening and closing weekends, and Youth Week, there were 106 volunteers during the 2017 season.
- We purchased Native American books from the Birchbark Bookstore to add to the library at camp.
- On July 4th, Campers celebrated with a children’s parade, a youth floatilla and strawberry shortcake for everyone.
These are just a few of many the many fun highlights from 2017.
BUILDING UPON OUR VISION
During the summer of 2017, the Camp UniStar Foundation introduced our updated Vision Statement to our camp community, many of whom who helped inform our strategic visioning process the prior year. The updated Vision Statement is: Belonging at camp; cherishing the island; inspiring action in the world.
This year, we are working to define a number of strategic goals we can set in support of our collective vision and will continue to welcome input from the community this summer. In addition, we have initiated some work we feel aligns with our direction, for example by awarding more scholarships, developing out our UniCorps and Summer Internship programs, and continuing conversations with the Star Island Protection League and Leech Lake tribal leadership. The organization has also started the process of transitioning our funds from a bank to a credit union we have selected. We look forward to supporting this work into the future. On behalf of the entire Camp UniStar leadership, we thank you all for your continued support. We hope to see you on the island again this season.
Jenna Courtney Evan Heier
Food Service Director
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Children’s Program Director
Youth Program Director
Libby Parker Simkin
Management Committee Chair
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Abigail Olson Ann McCully Bernadine Joselyn Bob Friedman Chris Bremer Katherine Little Lily Lamb Lois Hamilton Marla Siegler Morgan L’Argent Nick Briggs Randall Sanderson Scott Devens Sharyn Barney Sonja Blackstone Steve Schreurs Susyn Stryk Suzann Whilhite Theresa Nelson
NANCY HEEGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN ACTION
In partnership with the MidAmerica Region, in 2016 we established a multi-generational family scholarship fund to honor Nancy Heege, a long time contributor to the Prarie Star UU District who served as a liason between the camp and Prairie Star. We are pleased to report the first scholarships for families to attend were awarded in 2017 and the scholarship fund continues to grow.
As has been true in previous years, In 2017, we awarded financial aid to families wishing to attend Camp UniStar and in need of financial support.
SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
Whenever possible, Camp UniStar is committed to supporting the local community in Cass Lake and surrounding cities. In addition to sourcing goods and services from area businesses, in 2016 Camp UniStar donated goods and funds to these external beneficiaries:
- The Leech Lake Tribal College ($1000)
- The Leech Lake Boys and Girls Club ($2000 in addition to food and clothing)
ABOUT CAMP UNISTAR
The mission of Camp UniStar is to nurture intergenerational community that lives Unitarian Universalist principles while promoting personal and spiritual growth and love of nature.
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