Alas winter was long and mighty for many in the Pacific Northwest. Spring is so welcome whether it be warmer rain, beautiful gray variations of clouds or delightful sunshine. The strong winter weather has many school districts making calendar adjustments in order (Divine Order!?!) to met the required number of school days for this 2016-2017 academic calendar. Unfortunately, Cispus Learning Center, owned and operated by the Washington Association of School Principles, is not able to adjust their calendar due to huge numbers of school districts and outside organizations using their camp. This our June 18th-23rd Unitreat occurs while many middle schoolers are in still in school.
I have dutifully searched the northwest for a different camp, for different dates. I am sorry to say I was not successful. Either the camps are also fully booked for June, July & August or their costs and activities are significantly outside our reasonable rates.
I am still in the process of seeking a camp where we can have an end of June or August Unitreat to be sure all who want to celebrate Spirit, friendship and the beauty of outdoor experiential education can do so. My search has found no place even slightly similar to Cispus, it is a gem with a shining reputation and adherence to their mission and values. I welcome your suggestions for alternate sites and I ask you to first view the Cispus web page to become familiar with this 64-acre site dedicated to environment and experiential, youth leadership development. http://www.awsplearningcenters.org/cispus/
I know some youth and families have difficult decisions ahead concerning attendance at 2017 Unitreat. In my imagination I can hear the discussions turning into discernments turning into understanding, all good parts of growing and knowing self and others although not always an easy experience.
Myself and a dedicated group of Unitreat volunteers are holding space and prayers for this year’s Unitreat. It is planned, it is happening. If we miss you in June please know we are here for Multigenerational Camp at Cispus August 24-27 for all ages and stages, and for Fall Unitreat November 10-12, 2017. Email me for further information.
In Love and Service,
Chris Castaldi -Cbchris.firstname.lastname@example.org - 503 913 0898
Unitreat Consultant and Multigenerational Camp Coordinator – Unity Worldwide Ministries, NW Region