Is Chalice Sparx camp for only members of a particular Unitarian Universalist congregation?
No! It was started by a task force of members from congregations in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan but is welcoming to all Unitarian Universalist families whether or not they attend a congregation in the Midwest.
How is Unitarian Universalism part of the camp experience?
Instead of being whisked away by camp counselors for an experience in nature, at Chalice Sparx Family Camp and Retreat families worship together, learn together and play together. It is a time out of time and place out of place experience with multigenerational Unitarian Universalist worship services, faith development for families and a way to make connections with other Unitarian Universalist families in the Midwest.
Do we have to pitch at tent?
Overnight accommodations include tent or RV camping but we also have rooms available in one of the many lodges of Camp Friedenswald. Families can stay in a private room with a bathroom or choose to tent or RV camp. Tent campers can use the showers and bathrooms of our rented facility where we meet as a large group for faith development activities and fun. Worship services are held in the Nature Center.
What camp activities are available for families?
Afternoons at camp are opportunities for canoeing, swimming or archery. Evenings are spent at Popcorn Hollow where we enjoy fresh popcorn popped in a iron kettle over a campfire or around a campfire roasting S'mores.
What will the money be used for?
The money will be placed in a special scholarship fund that will allow up to four additional families with a Trans* or non-binary member to attend Chalice Sparx camp. Attending camp as a trans or non-binary person can be challenging with bath room requirements and cabin assignments by gender. But at Chalice Sparx camp, being Trans* or non-binary is just another way of being and our welcoming atmosphere (plus unisex bathrooms) allows people to be themselves and welcomed because of their identity not excluded for it.
What happens if we can't meet in person next summer?
In summer of 2020, the camp was held online but still included excursions outdoors for chalk drawings, a scavenger hunt in the neighborhood, and S'mores cooked over a candle flame.e used for? If the pandemic does not allow us to meet in person next summer from July 9 -12, 2021, then we will hold another online camp. In that event, we will mail out a box of supplies for families to participate in the crafting activities.