Registration Open for Labor Day Camp 2022

Labor Day Camp
Fri Sept 2 – Mon Sept 5, 2022

Hello NCUUCC Family!

We are very excited to announce that registration for Labor Day Camp at Camp 2 of the Mendocino Woodlands is OPEN! Fill out your registration form HERE


Camper Fees

Early Bird rate register on or before Aug 15 Regular rate register after Aug 15
Adult $200 $225
YRUUP, Senior, Full time Student, Teen $160 $180
Age 6-12 years $100 $115
Age 2-5 years $75 $75
Under 2 years $40 $40
Staff $40 $40

You will receive your invoice 2-5 business days after filling out the form. Your registration will be finished when your payment is complete and all deposits received. All registration questions can be directed to Jane Gehrke, Registrar (registrar@ncuucc.org).

We need Staff!  At Labor Day Camp, all staff are considered Full Time, will have a shift each day, and therefore only pay the insurance fee of $40. Staff make camp happen! We currently need both cooks and dishwashers. Interested in cooking? Contact our Head Cooks, Angie Lane (angielane707@gmail.com) or Melissa Martin (mariahblue77@gmail.com). Dishwashers! Amanda Payne is your lead, but contact Amy Mosley with interest (mosleying@gmail.com)

COVID safety. Our Covid safety protocols, crafted by the Covid Cootie Committee (CCC), are considered to be a covenant/community agreement that we collectively enter. We are relying on each other to help keep us all safe, and we keep the seven UU principles in mind as we navigate both the uncertainty of these times and our strong drive to gather. Please note that there is no vaccination requirement for Labor Day Camp.

Our Covid safety protocols, crafted by the Covid Cootie Committee (CCC), are considered to be a covenant/community agreement that we collectively enter. We are relying on each other to help keep us all safe, and we keep the seven UU principles in mind as we navigate both the uncertainty of these times and our strong drive to gather. Please note that there is no vaccination requirement for Labor Day Camp.

By registering for and attending Labor Day Camp, all campers agree to the following:

  • To undergo a Covid rapid antigen test at the gate. A negative test result is required in order to enter camp
  • For campers under 2 years old, proof of a negative Covid test is required at the gate. This can either be a PCR test performed within ~72 hrs of arrival at camp, or a rapid antigen test performed at the gate
  • No unregistered visitors. Please do not encourage visitors; we do not have the personnel over this short weekend to accommodate their arrival, and since ‘no visitors’ is part of the community agreement, other campers have not agreed to their arrival either
  • All campers will test themselves at home (either by rapid test or PCR) 5 days after the end of camp. Record of this test will be submitted to the CCC via Google Form.

Childcare, Workshops and Activities. There is no childcare and no official workshops offered at Labor Day Camp. Campers are encouraged to bring a workshop to share, if able. Evening activities will include a game night, a byo mock/cocktail tasting, and hopefully live entertainment from a local group.

A message from the Dean

Hey all! 

I am honored to help make this camp happen and bring our NCUUCC family together again in the beloved Mendocino Woodlands, which are on Northern Pomo land. The many successes of Family Camp, which was a grand effort by our valiant deans and many community members, inspired me to take on Labor Day Camp leadership. Our community really stepped up and I am so proud of us! 

As we re-form our community and gatherings during the Covid pandemic, we are also stepping into a new understanding of stewardship of the woodlands. Spearheaded by the Leschyns, NCUUCC has partnered with the local Pomo through the Save Jackson Coalition to end logging in the area, and move toward full stewardship by the Pomo, known as Pomo Land Back. These efforts are a full expression of our UU principles, and are long overdue. Thank you Wade and Debby for your leadership.

For my own small effort as a steward of this land, I declare Labor Day Camp to be GLITTER FREE. When we wear or use glitter at camp, we are depositing it into the earth, the creek, and the historic buildings. As fun as it is, unfortunately glitter creates microtrash composed of plastic and metal, which simply does not go away. In order to take care of the Woodlands and protect the water, glitter will not be allowed at Labor Day Camp. Please consider compostable glitter options, and leave non-compostable glitter at home.

Looking forward to another excellent camp with you all!

Please reach out with any questions or concerns!

Much love,

Amy Mosley

Dean of Labor Day Camp 2022

Family Camp 2022 – Registration is Open!

Thank you for your patience! Family Camp 2022 Registration is now officially open! 

Family Camp Dates
Week 1: July 10-16, 2022
Week 2: July 17-21, 2022

Registration: Please review and fill out this form to register. You will receive your invoice 2-5 business days after filling out the registration form. Your registration will be finished when your payment is complete and all deposits received. 

All registration questions can be directed to Jane Gehrke, Registrar, registrar@ncuucc.org.
For scholarship, see this form also.

Check out our staff opportunities. For kitchen staff volunteer sign ups email cooks@ncuucc.org. For workshops email Angela Moffett, Workshop cordinator, acmoffett@gmail.com. For all other non-kitchen staff inquiries, reach out to our Deans Erica Hill and Tiffany Black at deans@ncuucc.org.


Community and COVID-19 Policies for Family Camp 2022:


Message from the Deans, Erica Hill and Tiffany Black

NCUUCC has to follow current compliance policies, mandates, and rules established by the Mendocino Woodlands, Mendocino County, and State of California regarding group gatherings. This includes COVID-19 pandemic regulations.

The NCUUCC Board is maintaining our values and traditions to have camps open to all peoples from the world community. It is our values to not discriminate against any person who joins our intentional group which includes discrimination of people based on vaccination status, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, mental health, politics or other social factors. For this reason camp will be open to all regardless of vaccination status in compliance with local and state regulations for group gatherings.

As policies about group gatherings have rapidly changed over the COVID-19 pandemic we ask for your flexibility and patience should we be forced to cancel Family Camp or further limit attendance. We have reduced our camper attendance for this year.

Our refund policy has always been flexible and fluid regarding major life events. This year we are also including refunds should a person or family not be able to attend camp because of getting sick or changes to regulations around group gatherings. All refunds will be at least two-thirds

We will be asking all campers to test for the COVID-19 virus before coming to camp regardless of vaccination status. We may be requiring proof of a negative test in the 72-hour window period prior to your arrival to Family Camp, regardless of vaccination status. If this proof of a negative test is not given by registration at camp, you may be asked to do a rapid test on site or to leave camp. More details will be provided.

We are a community established in the 7 UU Principles and over 50 years of tradition. We recognize these principles:
1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

News about Family Camp 2022

Dear Community,

Great news! We are excited to announce that we are having Family Camp this year at the Mendocino Woodlands!

Week 1: July 10th, 2022 to July 16th, 2022

Week 2: July 17th, 2022 to July 23rd, 2022

While the NCUUCC Board has decided to hold Family Camp 2022 in-person this year we are faced with unique planning issues from the pandemic and lack the leadership necessary to host camp. We need your help in stepping up to lead our camp this year to make it happen!

Specifically, we need DEANS, HEAD COOK, REGISTRAR who are committed to attend Family Camp for the full two weeks and pre-planning meetings on Zoom. Our community leaders in this position will need to be able to attend the first Family Camp planning meeting on March 19th from 10am to 12pm via Zoom.

Please fill out this Family Camp Leadership form no later than March 14th 2022 if you would like to step into any leadership role or be a volunteer staff member this Summer for reduced registration fee.h

Logistics about how camp will operate this year will come soon late March. Thank you for your patience!

Sincerely, 

Your Northern California Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences Board

Thanks Camp 2021 Interest Questionnaire

Labor Day Camp 2021 was a success! Campers were excited to reunite with each other under the canopy of redwoods at the Mendocino Woodlands. Now the NCUUCC Board needs your help in making their consideration to hold Thanks Camp at Camp Sylvester this year (Nov. 25th to 28th, 2021). We are asking you to complete this survey to find out your interest in attending Thanks Camp given the present COVID circumstance. Please complete this survey no later than Sept. 27th by 10pm PST.

Here’s the link to the questionnaire:

https://forms.gle/nSsexcSfi8WgNGvT9

Labor Day Camp 2021

Labor Day Camp is On!

Registration is now OPEN

Welcome back Campers!!

Due to the recent rise in Covid-19 cases and the Mendocino Woodlands policy on group camps we regret that we can only invite campers ages 12 and older who are fully vaccinated and can provide proof of vaccination.

We will gather in community Friday September 3rd through Monday September 6th.  We are planning a relaxed camp with some workshops which will include; sing-a-longs, hikes, beading, puzzles & games, archery, and whatever else YOU want to bring. So bring your favorite activity or craft to share.

Let’s get back to our Beloved Redwoods.

Deans: Marty Hoffman, martyjhoffman@gmail.com

& Fennel Schubert, Fennel.t.schubert@gmail.com

Contact Marty or Fen with workshop questions.

Registrar: Deeana McLemore, deeanamc@yahoo.com

You will not be officially registered until your vaccine is verified.

Vaccine Check: Wade Leschyn, wadel@belmateo.net

When registering, please send vaccine verifications to Wade.

Head Chief: Debby Leschyn, dleschyn@gmail.com

Contact Debby to be a part of the Kitchen Crew.

Camper Potluck Picnic July 17th 1-4p July 17th in Alameda at Franklin Park

This event is for all ages. Potluck – Bring your own food and drinks. Some plates, cups, utensils, ice, and ice chests will be provided. Tables and a grill have also been reserved. Some outdoor activities will be brought along such as hula hoops and frisbees but feel free to bring creative or crafty outdoor activities. If you are interested in helping the hosts by committing to bringing a food item or activity, please email Guy.

Franklin Park is located at 1432 San Antonio Ave, Alameda, CA. Franklin Park has a playground and ADA-compliant bathrooms. Franklin Park has been reserved for this event on July 17th from 1-4 pm.

Urgent Action Needed to Stop Logging in Mendocino!

Attention Campers!

We urgently want to inform you of the Timber Harvest Project (THP) planned to take place by Cal Fire directly on the border of the Mendocino Woodlands State Park which is causing extreme alarm to our campers, direct stewards of the Mendocino Woodlands, and numerous environmental recreational organizations.

 The NCUUCC Board voted in January 2021 to create a special committee to inform campers on this project due to the imminent threat of damage to ecological, environmental, economic, and cultural integrity of Mendocino Woodlands via large scale destructive and poorly planned logging. The goal of this announcement is to inform you of the planned project, provide additional resources, and ultimately urge you to write emails, letters, and public comments against this logging project and any future projects like it.

Our ask of you is that you craft a letter to CalTrees about concerns with the 1-20-000173-MEN Timber Harvest Plan.
To: santarosapubliccomment@fire.ca.gov
Subject: Public Comment Mendocino Timber Harvest Plan THP: 1-20-000173-MEN
Regarding: THP: 1-20-000173-MEN
Salutation: To Whom it May Concern:

The 1-20-000173-MEN Timber Harvest Plan is an initiative by Cal Fire to log areas adjacent to and on the Little North Fork of the Big River. The logging is planned for the Special Treatment Area adjacent to the Woodlands and in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest. The Mendocino Woodlands State Park is essentially the road into camp and historic campgrounds. The State Park includes a miniscule amount of protected forest land. The forested land areas campers regularly hike, bike, and do other activities and are not protected from logging.

There are numerous safety, economic, and environmental concerns but we would like to highlight a few issues with the 173-MEN THP logging here that we hope will inspire your action to write a letter.  The current logging plan includes the building of roads over steep slopes that will drastically change the natural landscape and make the area dangerous for recreational activities. The slope of the proposed logging area is a major issue and a pointed highlight to letter readers and decision makers of the fallacies of this logging plan. The creation of roads on steep slopes to log the area will cause major water, mud, and silt issues. Silt running into the creek is disastrous for the entire ecological area including the Coho Salmon which finally return to these waters to spawn. Unstable land on steep slopes logged can also cause human safety issues for recreation activities. Tractor yarding is also proposed in this plan which will essentially create a clear-cut parking lot adjacent to the creek.


Cal Fire has not yet responded to public comment. Their justification for this logging is economic and fire mitigation. However, Cal Fire has not proposed any economic or other environmental mitigation for the logging including the safety and security of our camps. Should the proposed logging plan be approved, it is likely our camps and other camps will not be able to attend the Mendocino Woodlands in recent years.  It will be another year of economic hardship for the Mendocino Woodlands State Park if camps meet at the Mendocino Woodlands.

We all want to have a safe camp experience where we make beautiful new memories and continue to cherish the 50 years of history our camp has had at the Woodlands. This will not happen should the THP go through. This project poses paramount issues for the safety of children and adults alike trying to enjoy the creek and trails, further endangers the Woodlands historic water septic system and natural waterways, in addition to many more ecological concerns that has caused the alarm of numerous government and nonprofit organizations.

We implore you to do all that you can to halt this project. Why would you want to log a seasoned and natural fire-resistant redwood forest? The idea that it is for fire prevention is misleading. 

Please consider reading others’ public comments.
The link to the CalTrees 173-MEN Record is here:
https://caltreesplans.resources.ca.gov/caltrees/urlrouting.ashx?type=1000&Module=TH_Document&capID1=REC20&capID2=00000&capID3=00A6Z&agencyCode=CALTREES

Announcement 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 canceling 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