Camp Starfish Youth Service Weekend
The Junior and Senior Youth groups at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills will be returning to Camp Starfish in Rindge, New Hampshire for an overnight of service, fellowship, and fun. This will be our sixth service trip to Camp Starfish, a summer camp for children with special needs. While we arrive after the camp season closes, our service helps to maintain the camp and provide new opportunities for children to gather and play.
In previous years we have built a Gaga Pit (Israeli dodgeball), constructed an amphitheater and stage, painted cabins and bunks, and rehabbed the “Arts and Crafts Cabin.” This year we’ll be doing some light construction/building projects, including building porches on the cabins that we missed last year. No construction experience is needed – just your enthusiasm!
In addition to service projects there will be time for fun--volleyball, basketball, and other games. Please bring sports equipment and games to share.
Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for the overnight, and will be accompanied by adult chaperones. Friends of youth associated with UU Wellesley are highly encouraged to attend.
The entire congregation (children, youth, and adults) is welcome to join us for the Saturday, September __ work day at Camp Starfish. The day-trippers will depart at 8am from UU Wellesley and return with the larger group on Saturday evening by 9pm.
Overnighters will meet at UU Wellesley on Friday, September 18 and will return around 9pm Saturday evening, September 19 . A group may be departing UU Wellesley later on Friday evening. Please let Karen Mariscal know if you may need to join this group.
We will be staying in 6-10 person cabins at Camp Starfish. Housing assignments will be decided after we have a complete list of participants. Food will be communally prepared.
The cost of the Camp Starfish excursion is only $50 for overnighters and $15 for day-trippers. Please send or bring a check to UU Wellesley with “Camp Starfish Service Weekend” in the memo line by September 7th, along with a copy of the attached permission slip and signed covenant. We will go over the covenant on Friday evening upon arriving at Camp Starfish. Please note on your form if your youth takes regular medication and if they will be self administered or if you would prefer an adult to handle and distribute all medicine. Phone numbers of all adult chaperones will be available before we depart for Camp Starfish.
All participating youths and parent's of participating youths must complete the covenant below and must have completed the registration and other RE release forms. The release forms can be found HERE.
We suggest you bring old clothes for the work projects as they may get dirty, torn, or painted on. Be prepared for a range of weather. Daytime temps should be in the 60’s-70’s, but may be cooler if it rains. Nights are likely to be chilly. Please bring only one bag for clothes, etc. and one bag for all bedding. Please label everything you bring!
Clothing (in addition to what you are wearing):
- 1 top
- 1 pair long pants (1 wind/water proof if possible)
- 1 pair shorts/capris/skirts
- 2 pairs socks (1 wool pairs for use in boots)
- 1 underwear
- Sleepwear (group overnight casual/WARM!)/light slippers
- Raincoat (depending upon forecast)
- Fleece jacket (or waterproof jacket if your raincoat can’t go over your fleece)
- Warm hat/gloves/scarf for cool mornings and evenings
- Extra pair shoes: preferably waterproof hiking/mud boots and sneakers. (If you don’t have boots, bring a second pair of shoes in case your sneakers get wet!)
- Flip flops or other shoes (crocs) that can get wet in shower
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush/comb, shampoo/conditioner, towel, washcloth
- Soap or body wash
- Other personal toiletries, including deodorant
- Personal medications (discuss with Suzanne Pettit)
- Warm sleeping bag & small pillow/pillowcase
- 1-2 fleece blankets to use inside or on top of bag
- Flashlight/headlamp and extra batteries
- Cap with visor and sunglasses
- Bug repellant, sun screen and lip balm
- Large plastic bag or laundry bag for dirty/wet laundry
- Work gloves
- hammer – labeled with your name
- Cell phone/charger/IPOD
- Guitar or other musical instrument
- Games and sports equipment
While much of the covenant uses broad language some aspects are very specific to ensure clear expectations. Failure to live into the covenant will ultimately be addressed by the Assistant Minister in conversation with Suzanne Pettit and the adult chaperones. Reprimands for minor infractions could include a conversation and additional responsibilities, but serious infractions could include the inability to participate in future service trips and being sent home. While we do not anticipate violations of this covenant, it is important to know that youth and adults will be held accountable for their actions. The covenant still leaves great freedom and opportunities for exploration during “off hours” and we hope the youth will take advantage of the opportunities available to them.