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What’s high school youth group all about?
East Shore Youth Group is a lively, vibrant community of teens, ages 14 to 18 years old, who enjoy sharing life’s many experiences with each other. Youth Group provides meaningful events in a warm, nurturing environment for all who wish to participate. The overall program follows the guidelines set forth by the national Unitarian Universalist Association to provide youth with experiences and opportunities in the following categories: worship, learning, community building, social action, leadership and youth-adult relations.
What does a typical Sunday look like?
We gather together, light a chalice, share a song and inspirational reading. We follow that up with a highs and lows check-in for the week. We want youth group to be a safer space, where youth practice vulnerability, trust, friendship, and support. Together, the youth grow deeper in relationship with one another, and inspire each other to be whole, confident, and curious human beings.
Following check-in, we use the Tapestry of Faith curriculum, selected by the youth group at the beginning and middle of the year, to dive deeper into the questions they’re curious about. Some years, that means looking into difficult topics, learning about other religions, or practicing Unitarian Universalist traditions.
We also have service projects and social events, each about once a month, during the year.
Please get in touch with our Religious Education staff to learn more about how your youth can connect with our programs, and how we can support your family!
The Youth Group activities are planned and implemented by the youth and adult leaders with the guidance of our Youth Programs Coordinator. Amanda Uluhan is our Youth Programs Coordinator.
You can also contact Aisha Hauser, Director of Lifelong Learning.
Regional U.U. Youth Conferences:
What’s a “con” anyway? A youth conference or “con”, is a weekend long retreat planned and run as a collaboration between high school youth and supporting adults. The theme of each con informs worship, small group ministry and workshops. Youth covenant to uphold their standards; a chance for them to live within UU community as they design it. They may be held at a camp or a church and range from 60-200 people, with a youth to adult ratio no higher than 8:1. Radically Inclusive, Spiritually Deep, and Religiously Contagious.
Spring Youth Con April 3-5 Camp Cispus, Randle, WA
Fee: early bird $100 thru and $120 thru
includes program, 5 meals and cabin housing
Coordinator: Amber Alexander, firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions: Contact Amanda Radak, email@example.com.
Registration is not yet open.
Cancellation Policy: All cancellations will be subject to a $15.00 processing fee. Cancellations after the registration deadline or an event no-show may forfeit the entire registration fee, except in cases of emergencies or hardship. Please send notice of cancellation and refund requests via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Blue Boat
August 16-21, 2020 in Ellensburg, WA
Staff Application is now open.
REGISTRATION will open in late January.
PNW’s Camp Blue Boat is a Unitarian Universalist summer camp immersion experience for youth from rising 9th grade to 12th grade graduates. Campers, counselors and staff will spend time exploring being in relationship with one’s self, others, and the wider world. Understanding relationships is necessary for a healthy spirit and for saving our lifeboat Earth. At camp, youth learn about community, spirituality, justice, equality, and also have a ton of fun! UU Camp is based upon 4 basic pillars. After attending, the youth will be able to:
- Articulate beliefs grounded in UU theology and values;
- Develop spiritual discipline;
- Engage in social change rooted firmly in faith, love, and trust;
- Build personal and religious resilience.
These attributes will take hold through workshops and immersion experiences aimed at exploring a faith-centered life; through time for personal reflection and developing spiritual practice; through fun activities like field games, crafts, hikes, swimming, and bonfires; through a Wilderness Council & Council of Elders, where youth share statements of faith and insights; by engaging in ritual via daily worships and walking the Labyrinth; and through integrated leadership development training, mentoring and modeling, to mention just a few! Come change your life forever… for the better!
Ages: All youth rising to 9th grade through those who have just graduated are invited to attend PNWD Camp.
Dates: August 16-21, 2020
Location: Lazy F Camp, Ellensburg, WA
Financial Need: No one should be stopped from attending PWR events because of finances. This is a team effort. If you need assistance to attend, please complete Youth Scholarship Application. If you can contribute to the youth scholarship fund, please do so (opportunity inside registration).
July 2020 youth pilgrimage
In July 2020, Unitarian Universalist teens from the US and Canada will journey to Transylvania (a region in what is now Romania) to participate in a Transylvanian youth camp. For Transylvanian Unitarian teens, this youth camp is their key religious and community experience for the year, like Cons in the US and Canada.
Youth – want to learn about partnership? Want to experience global Unitarian community? Want to experience non-colonial international travel and community building? Want to experience the physical, tangible reality of our 500 year old Unitarian ancestry? Go on this pilgrimage. (PS – Rev. Kate Landis from Shoreline Unitarian Church is leading it!)
More information can be found on the UUPC website here.
Here’s who to contact for more info:
Melody Moberg: Director of Religious Education, University Unitarian Church