All-Church Summer Camp at Seabeck
Seabeck is a place where members and friends of University UCC have been gathering since 1968. This beautiful natural setting provides an ideal opportunity to nurture deep and lasting friendships and strengthen the bonds within the University UCC community. Some who came to Seabeck as teens in the 1970s attend now with their children or grandchildren. Individuals and families new to the church who venture out to Seabeck leave with a sense of belonging and engagement.
This year, because of the COVICD-19 pandemic, we are unable to get together in person for camp. But we are still planning to hold camp – online! We hope that you will consider joining us for this new experience. Whether you come every year, haven’t been since the kids were home, or never even considered it, we would like everyone to join the fun.
Whatever barrier you may have – financial, technological, or something else, the Seabeck Committee is determined to overcome it and include you.
Earthkeeping: A Christian Call to Care for Creation
Earthkeeping is a Christian response to humanity’s troubled relationship with God’s good Creation. We will learn about the science of Conservation Biology, and about key Faith traditions related to Earthkeeping (ranging from Judeo-Christian Stewardship to non-Christian paradigms like Buddhism). We will also discuss the contemporary challenges of environmental racism, and explore how Christians can creatively and effectively leverage their faith to facilitate ecological reconciliation.
The Children and Youth morning programs will follow the themes in the adult program in a way that is developmentally appropriate
July 5-10 – online
Registration is open now – sign your family up to join the fun!
>> 2020 Seabeck Registration
Come to everything or pick and choose!
- Sunday worship will feature speaker David Roon as our preacher and camp musician Betsy Rose.
- Morning devotions will be offered at 8:00 am each weekday morning, followed by coffee hour at 9:00 am.
- The Adult and Youth programs will run from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, with a break for lunch.
- The Children’s program will run from 9:00 – 9:30 am for the “littles” and 9:30 – 10:30 am for Elementary ages.
- Each afternoon will include the traditional talk-back session with speaker David Roon at 4:00 pm, plus some additional programming.
- And don’t miss the intergenerational fun and entertainment, at 7:00 pm each evening:
- Sunday – Welcome Campfire
- Monday – Campfire with Sunnyside Joke-Telling
- Tuesday – Concert with Betsy Rose
- Wednesday – Talent Show
- Thursday – Shared Meal and Contra Band Concert
- There will be additional evening programs for Youth and Youth Adults.
- On Wednesday, the Adult and Youth program will take the shape of workshops with opportunities to connect, serve, and learn on your own or with others.
- Tuesday afternoon will feature a book discussion led by Beth Bartholomew of the first 3 chapters of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. You can access those chapters on Google Books here.
There will be lots of other activities for all ages – and everyone who registers will have access to ALL of the supporting activities so that you can choose as many as you like. When you register, you will get the Zoom and other links needed to participate plus anything else we can think of to send you to add to the fun (including activity materials).
This year we have a lower price overall, and tiered pricing, so that every one who is interested can attend. The choices are as follows:
- Adults: $90.00, $60.00, $30.00 or $0.00
- Youth: $45.00, $25.00 or $0.00
- Children: $45.00, $10.00 or $0.00
If you are able, please consider making a donation to Seabeck Conference Center by clicking on “give” at the top of this page, and selecting “Seabeck Conference Center Donation” from the Fund list. They are experiencing a huge financial loss by not being able to host camp this summer.
If you have questions about how this is going to work, how to register, how to participate, or you have great ideas to share about cool things we could do to connect with each other, please join us on a “What’s Up With Seabeck?!” Zoom meeting this Sunday at 3:30 pm (June 28). To get the link, you can email gro.ccuytisrevinu@mooZ, or find it in both the Monday and Friday emails.
David Roon teaches in the Natural Resources and Society department at the University of Idaho and directs the University of Idaho’s undergraduate Ecology and Conservation Biology major. His past research has focused on the genetics of endangered species, ranging from bears in Glacier National Park to bats in Ecuador. David also holds a Master of Fine Arts in studio art, with a focus on ceramics, printmaking, and the communication of ecological concepts through the use of these media. Christian approaches to Earthkeeping are a long-time area of academic and personal interest for him. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Moscow, Idaho.
Betsy Rose is a singer, songwriter and community activist whose insight, warmth, humor, wit and wisdom have added a wealth of songs to the world of folk and progressive music for over forty years. She has been our Seabeck Camp Musician for a number of years, and we are thrilled she will be with us for our first “virtual camp” experience.
The below information gives you an idea of what UCUCC All Church Camp is typically like – when we can be at Seabeck in person. We are hopeful that we will be together again in July 2021!
A typical day at camp
A morning walk or devotions start the day for many, followed by breakfast in the communal dining room. Then the morning is devoted to programming for all ages—from pre-school to adults. A guest speaker is engaged each summer to lead the adult programming and establish a theme for the week. Programs address wide ranging topics over the years, from theology to issues of social justice.
Afternoons start with an hour of quiet time. Naps for kids and adults alike, reading or quiet conversation. The rest of the afternoon is filled with a rich array of camp activities—swimming, boating, tennis, softball, Frisbee, sitting on the porch to visit or read, playing with kids on one of the playgrounds, ping pong, discussion groups, yoga, tie dying. There’s something for everyone here, whether solitary or in a group.
Evening activities include campfires, vespers, a talent show, folk dancing and a snack before bed, including an ice cream social.
Music and community at Seabeck
Music is an important part of camp. Each year a designated camp musician leads communal singing at meals, campfires, vespers and song circles. Many people bring their musical instruments to camp to participate in afternoon jam sessions and perform at the annual talent show.
Details about Seabeck Conference Center
Seabeck Conference Center is located on the Kitsap Peninsula, about an hour and a half from Seattle by car and/or ferry. It is a comfortable, spacious facility with a variety of accommodation types, from cabins to larger houses. Nutritious meals with varied options are served in a central dining hall. Seabeck provides an opportunity for adults to relax for five days without concern about shopping, cooking and cleaning up.
July 5 – 10, 2020
Earthkeeping: A Christian call to care for Creation
2020 Seabeck Registration
Registration will remain open through July 10
Printable daily schedule
A schedule with Zoom links will be emailed to each registered person.
A summer camp for all ages – a place to relax, grow, play and enjoy the warmth of close community