Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin presents this year’s summer camp with a new curriculum for Kindergarteners through 6th graders. Explore issues of our interconnected web and climate with a focus on justice and hope. The activities during the week include drama, art, community building, energetic daily worship, games, and community service.

Counselor in training positions available for 7th – 8th graders at 1/2 the registration fee. 9th – 12th graders can apply for paid counselor positions. Acceptance of counselors determined by Camp Directors. Rev. Marcus Liefert and Rev. Lynne Scarpa.

Dates: June 19th – 23rd, 2023

Location: 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, CA

Regular hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Early Bird registration through 2/28 $350. Regular Registration $400

Extended care available from 8:30 to 9:00 am and 5:00 – 5:30 pm for an additional $50

Chalice Camp III responds to the realities of climate disruption that all of us, including our youth, are facing. Evidence suggests that children are highly attuned to the feelings and worries of the adults around them. While some younger children may not have much understanding of climate change, they are likely aware that people are worried about it. For older youth, the realities of the climate crisis may already be apparent in their lives and the lives of those around them. 

Chalice Camp III is designed to engage our young people about the present and future impacts of the climate crisis in a way that bolsters their resilience, sense of efficacy, and practice of hope.  Throughout the week, Rev. Marcus and Rev. Lynne will offer accurate information about climate disruption and how it intersects with other forms of injustice. We will share how hope, and action are a vital part of who we are as UU’s and feature the many ways individuals and communities can address climate change and justice, and create hope.  Campers and counselors will experience all this and more through games, community building, drama, art, and other activities while having abundant fun. With the mornings engaged on exciting activities focused on what we can do, the afternoons will incorporate more playfulness with opportunities such as table top role playing games, camp and nature crafts, and water/splash play.

Contact revlynne@uumarin.org with any questions.

Come join us for fun and creative ways to

  • Bolster resilience
  • Explore possibilities
  • Feel hopeful

Chalice camp is a fun and meaningful week-long summer day camp for 1st through 6th graders. It deepens our youths’ understanding of themselves and Unitarian Universalist values while expanding their knowledge and capacity to be articulate about their values. For 7th and 8th graders they have the opportunity to deepen their understanding while learning leadership skills.

High school youth work as camp counselors. Together with the Camp Directors they cultivate safe spaces for children to learn and grow. We find the camp works well with three or four circle groups, each led by counselor and supported by the directors. The groups are by age and range in size from 4 – 8 kids. Much of the curricular content happens in groups of a similar age.

Each Chalice Camp follows the same core principle:

“It’s a blessing you were born and it matters what you do,
what you know about God is a piece of the truth,
let the beauty you love be what you do,
and you don’t have to do it alone”

Camp Directors

Rev. Marcus Hartlief
Marcus Liefert

Rev. Marcus Liefert (he/him) was one of the inaugural Chalice Camp counselors as a high schooler. His passion for building playful and nourishing community is at its peak when the joy of summer camp and the values of Unitarian Universalism collide. He serves as Developmental Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin and is thrilled to support this year’s Chalice Camp – Climate, Justice and Hope.

Lynne Scarpa

Rev. Lynne Scarpa (she/her) has been a camp director of Nature Camp and Chalice Camp at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, and is ecstatic to co-direct Chalice Camp again this year with Rev. Marcus. She loves play-based learning to deepen kids understanding of our UU values and history in environmental justice. Presently she serves as Director of Family Ministries at UU Marin.

Other Chalice Camps locations and themes this summer

Chalice Camp I: History and Identity will be at UUC Santa Rosa

Chalice Camp II: Identity and Justice will be in the East Bay.

Both the Santa Rosa and East Bay Camps are June 26th – 30th. Each have the same educational styles, but follow different content.