Family Camp

Regarding Family Camp 2020: 

Dear Family Campers and NCUUCC Community,
We hope that this finds you healthy, safe, and supported. We are very sorry to announce that we, the NCUUCC Board, have decided to cancel Family Camp this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision did not come easily. Our primary reason for cancelling was that, amid the lack of information we have about COVID-19 and the physical closeness we have among our 120+ campers during Family Camp, we cannot ensure the health and safety of our attendees. Additionally, as we are an intergenerational community, with many of our members in higher risk populations, going forward with Family Camp this year is a risk we are not willing to take.
It breaks our hearts that we will not be physically gathering for Family Camp this year. We are staying in communication with the Mendocino Woodlands about possibly having our Labor Day Camp, but at this point it is up in the air. We will let you all know definitive information about Labor Day Camp as we learn more. We are hopeful.
In these chaotic and unpredictable times, connecting with one another is more important than ever. The Family Camp Leadership Team is brainstorming ways to bring some virtual experiences to our community this year. Some of the ideas we are discussing are:
– an online auction (with funds going toward the Mendocino Woodlands- to support them during this COVID-19 pandemic that has caused them to be closed until further notice)
– Some volunteer-led workshops over Zoom
– Online worship services
– Virtual Campfire Beatles sing-a-long nights (BYO S’mores)
– Posting our talent show acts online
– AND MORE…
If you would like to be involved in creating our virtual Family Camp experience, please let us know. We are a wonderfully creative community and we can still share our gifts with one another. 🙂
For those of you who have already registered for Family Camp, all checks will be shredded by our ultra powerful, razor sharp, rotating blades, James Bond rated shredder. If that does not work for you, please email Bernadette at DrBearsong@gmail.com and we will send your checks back to you.
Of course, the other option is to let your checks become Donations to the Woodlands…..if you are feeling extra generous, your tuition money could also be donated. I look forward to hearing from you regarding Donating funds to the Mendocino Woodlands so that they may continue despite these hard times.
We are so looking forward to uniting again for Family Camp 2021 (our 50th anniversary)! In the mean time, let’s continue to connect with one another in ways that keep us safe and healthy. Our community spirit is strong, with love and creativity at its core, and we can weather this storm.
Love,
The NCUUCC Board and Family Camp Leadership Team

Week One: July 12th-18th

Week Two: July 19th-25th

Camp Two of the Mendocino Woodlands

At the end of the road, deep in the Redwood forest, by the Little North Fork of the Big River, there is a place to go… where people are happy to welcome you for who you are, not what you are… where you are encouraged to be and let be… where you are included in the Family, not despite who you are, but because of who you are… a place where it is safe for kids to be kids. It’s a mystical place, where the simplest things are spiritual: dancing, singing, drumming, walking, and talking. Once you’ve been to Family Camp, you’ll wonder what you did without it. It is a wonderful respite in your busy life, whether you can come for one week or two, you owe it to yourself and your family to do it this year.

Camp Activities

Enjoy your day by participating in our diverse workshop offerings, hiking a redwood sheltered trail, playing music, singing (on key or off), meeting new friends and visiting old friends, sunbathing on the river, reading a book, or doing whatever suits you most. Campers are encouraged to bring their musical instruments.

Workshops are offered twice a day (10 am – 12 pm & 2 pm – 4pm) by our wonderful volunteer staff. They range from beading and gourd crafts to mushroom hikes and chess. There is also a daily lay led worship service and an on-site chaplain.

Evenings are spent enjoying multi-generational activities such as campfires, night hikes, family games, card tournaments, a birthday celebration for all, dancing and a talent show. For those who can’t sleep, activities continue into the late night: relaxing sweat lodges for adults and teens, quiet talks by the fire, midnight hikes, and of course, more music.

Wednesday is out-of-camp-day. You can enjoy the day exploring the beautiful village of Mendocino and its coastal beaches, or visiting the botanical gardens or nearby Fort Bragg. Self-prepared bag lunches are available.

Child Activities and Care

Special activities will be provided for our younger campers on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Volunteer staff members organize crafts, games and other diversions that will provide kids ages 0 to 12 multiple opportunities for out-door fun in a safe environment.

Dining at Camp

Breakfast is a delightful fix-it-yourself adventure in a chaperoned kitchen. Delicious lunches and dinners are lovingly planned and prepared by our volunteer kitchen staff.

The food is good, casual comfort food, made with fresh and mostly organic ingredients. It is usually served family style, with desserts to live for. There will always be vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, with other considerations upon request.

About Our Staff

Family Camp is run by dedicated volunteers who love our tradition of coming together in community fellowship. Members of our staff are campers too. All campers are responsible for helping with light chores and helping to build a loving and supportive community.

Some staff positions may still be available. If you are interested in joining the staff community, please contact one of the camp deans for more information.

Please note that staff are expected to arrive on the Saturday. If you have any questions about this, ask your lead staff contact person.

Lodging

Campers sleep in rustic redwood cabins with open screen windows surrounded by beautiful trees and a bubbling stream. There are 4 cabin areas, each with their own bathroom but without electricity. The camp has one main shower house with hot water and electricity. Meals and most activities take place in and around the dinning hall. The Dining Hall also provides a well lighted gathering spot for those who enjoy late evenings.

For more information about the Mendocino Woodlands, a National Historic Landmark, go to the Mendocino Woodlands web site.

Regrettably, this camp site may present accessibility issues to some persons with physical disabilities. If you have questions regarding accessibility, please contact the camp deans, deans@ncuucc.org.

Registration

Registration for Family Camp staff is open! Click here for the registration form.

Registration will open for campers March 15th.

Each week consists of four days of daily activities and child care, one free day (no activities planned), and a whole week’s worth of delicious meals and evening activities!

You should receive your invoice for payment via email within 3-5 business days.

A $50 REFUNDABLE cleaning fee is also required for each family. Campers must participate in Saturday camp clean up and be checked by a dean to be eligible to receive refund.

For scholarships, please fill out this form by 4/1.

For questions or concerns, contact our camp deans, Amanda Payne & Vanessa Rose at deans@ncuucc.org.

Photo by Tiffany Black-Darquea.