2022 Unicamp Young Adult Retreat

Unicamp of Ontario, Honeywood, ON
September 9, 6:00 pm – September 12, 1:00 pm

Registration deadline: Monday Sept 5, midnight PT

The Young Adult Retreat is back! Join UU young adults (18 – 35) for a wonderful weekend of community, conversation and outdoor adventures amidst the fall colours. Unicamp provides the perfect setting for a relaxing and rejuvenating retreat with new and old UU friends. You are welcome to stay for two or three nights, whatever works best for you. 

Back in the day, some young adults decided that they’d like to hang out at Unicamp with other young adults. The Retreat was born! After a few years as a self-organized tradition, volunteer capacity lagged, and the CUC stepped forward to hold the logistical pieces to ensure this beloved event was able to continue. This is still how it works – we do enough to get everyone together, make sure we’re well fed and cared for, and then those gathered decide how they want to spend their time together. It’s a beautiful, simple, community-led model. 

Friday evening (after dinner) we will gather for Orientation to meet each other, go over site rules, and set our goals for the weekend. Unicamp offers many options for relaxing alone or together: you can hike on the trails, swim in the pond (if you can brave the cold), gather for a workshop or discussion, or grow friendships over crafts and games, evening worship and stargazing. Depending on participant interest, the retreat may include nightly worship on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and a closing circle on Monday morning, and small and large group activities. With cars coming from everywhere between Montreal and Windsor, we can help arrange rides too.

  • Date and Time: Friday, Sept 9 to Monday, Sept 12, 2022 (3rd night optional). You are welcome to arrive at camp anytime after 1pm on Friday and stay until Sunday or Monday. Friday dinner will be around 7:00pm, for those who are there. Monday programming ends around lunchtime.
  • Cost & Financial Support: Registration is offered on a tiered sliding scale, from $65 – $155 – includes accommodations and food from Friday dinner to Monday lunch.
      • Suggested sliding scale of $65 – $125 for a Friday to Sunday stay (break-even cost per person is $95 for 2 nights).
      • Suggested sliding scale of $95 – $155 for Friday to Monday stay (break-even cost per person is $125 for 3 nights). 
      • There is also the option to pay $0, or to choose your own amount.
      • If any cost would be a barrier to you to attend, you are more than welcome to select $0. If you are able to pay at a higher tier, your contribution helps to cover the cost for those who cannot pay as much.
      • Subsidies are available to help with travel costs to and from this event. Learn more about the Dawning Future Youth and Young Adult Subsidy Fund. Applications must be received by August 14.
  • Location! Location! Location!: Unicamp of Ontario is a Unitarian Universalist camp in Honeywood, Ontario – North of Orangeville. A few of its amazing features include: a spring-fed pond, walking trails, great star-gazing, access to the Bruce Trail, outdoor showers, and comfortable cabins and facilities. To read more about Unicamp, please visit their website. To see pictures of this incredibly beautiful place, check out Unicamp’s Instagram.
  • Getting there: Directions to Unicamp can be found in the FAQs doc. We do our best to help you find a ride to Unicamp. Those who indicated that they can offer or are looking for a ride on their registration form will be added to the Rideshare Google Spreadsheet. It is then up to those folks to keep an eye on the document to find an arrangement that works for them, and to be in contact with the people they would like to travel with. For more information on Ridesharing see the FAQs doc.
  • Kids: We welcome children 12 and under to the retreat! Feel free to bring your kids with you, knowing that activities will not all be geared to their participation. The retreat is fairly free form, so you have the flexibility of doing what you need and want to do during the weekend. The cost for children (ages 5-12) to attend works out to $17/day. Please keep this in mind when choosing how much you will pay. Babies and toddlers ages 4 and younger are free.
        • Childcare is offered on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 12:00 noon – free of charge. Please let us know on the registration form if you’d like to access childcare so we can plan ahead.
        • Accommodation will be in dorms and cabins. Please contact Casey if you have questions about accommodation for families and we can make arrangements that best suit your needs.

     

        • Covid Safety: Learn more about the CUC’s COVID-19 Safety Guidance. A detailed safety plan especially for the Unicamp YA Retreat will be in place.
          • We ask that everyone takes a rapid test before leaving home to travel to camp. If you get a positive result, and/or you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please do not come. A full refund will be provided to anyone who has to cancel for medical reasons.
          • Proof of Vaccination – All participants are required to submit proof of full vaccination (or proof of medical exemption) by Monday, Sept 5. Please email a copy of your proof of vaccination along with an image of your photo ID to casey@cuc.ca.
          • Proof of vaccination could be: a provincially-issued vaccine card, a federally-issued proof of vaccination, or your wallet-sized immunization record card. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have had 2 doses (12 year olds are considered fully vaccinated with 1 dose). We highly recommend getting the most recent booster dose that is available to you.
          • More information about proof of vaccination in Ontario (note that while the Province of Ontario is no longer requiring proof of vaccination to enter businesses, events and services, the CUC is keeping this requirement for now)
          • More information about federal proof of vaccination
          • While it is very unlikely this event will be cancelled, we always recommend booking travel that is refundable or exchangeable when possible.

    More! 

    Want more information about the retreat site, schedule, activities and more? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions about the Unicamp YA Retreat

    RSVP to the Facebook Event to stay up to date. 

    You might also want to follow @yayasofcanada on Instagram, CUC Youth and Young Adult Ministry on Facebook, or join the Canadian Unitarian Universalist Young Adults Facebook group. 

    Questions, concerns, ideas? Reach out!
    Casey (she/her) at casey.stainsby@cuc.ca 

    Registration Notes
    Maximum number of registrants: Dorms can accommodate 34 people, more can be accommodated in campsites or cabins if needed
    Minimum number of registrants: 14
    Don’t forget to click the final “Submit” button at the end of the form, and watch for the confirmation email. If you don’t get a confirmation, your form may not have been properly submitted. 


    Fill in the Form to Register.
    Rgistration Deadline: Monday Sept 5, midnight PT