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.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we were unable to get together in person, but held our camp anyway – online! We are very excited to get back together in person this year – our 2022 All Family Camp will take place July 10-15, 2022 at Seabeck Conference Center. We hope that you will consider joining us. 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.
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. For more details click here: Seabeck Conference Center. On their website, you can find a map of the facilities as well as details about each type of lodging.
One of our most important considerations is the health and safety of our community while at camp, so the UCUCC Covid Committee will continue to monitor the track of the disease, government requirements, and the best science. The Seabeck Conference Center staff are also keeping abreast of the situation, and before camp begins, the Seabeck Committee will provide all campers a list of suggestions and requirements for Covid safety.
A summer camp for all ages – a place to relax, grow, play and enjoy the warmth of close community.
For more information about the Conference Center, including the layout of each of the housing choices, please go to the Seabeck Conference Center Website