Camp StarTrail LogoAshland, Nebraska August 1–6, 2010

Theme

The theme for the session is “Seeds of a Spirited Life: How to increase love, patience, kindness in a life.” Our theme speaker, the Rev. Meg Barnhouse, will explore the following questions:

What might a spirited life look like? How do we know if we are growing one for ourselves and those who are in relationship with us? As those seeds grow, what does the flowering look like? What fruit do they produce? Not all spirited lives are the same. What is the one you would like to grow?

Featured Speakers

Meg Barnhouse Theme Speaker Rev. Meg Barnhouse, a UU minister, singer, songwriter, and humorist, will be the theme speaker. A popular presenter at UU summer camps, Meg is the author of a number of books and has released two CDs of her music.

Chaplain and Vespers Leader Rev. Mark Stringer will return for a second season.

More information about our speakers can be found on the Camp StarTrail Staff Page.

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Ropes and Challenge courses are available for almost everyone – the camp has three different ropes courses, at different heights and for people with different skill levels.

The rope course activities will be facilitated by the host camp’s professional staff. Ropes and Challenge courses will be offered Tuesday through Thursday mornings during Salmagundi. A special course will be available Wednesday afternoon. Rope Course

Schedule

Tuesday morning

10:15 to 11:45 AM
Grades 6 through adults

Zip line
The Zip Line will send you soaring off the edge of Angel’s Cliff, a nearly 22 foot drop-off, and across the depths of the ravine, in a heavy-duty safety harness and helmet; a ride that’s 200 feet long. Up to 20 participants, $10 per person. Sign up when you arrive at camp.

Wednesday morning

10:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Grades 1 through adults

Low ropes
Fun games and activities that require the entire group to work together as a team. Swinging ladder; Tarzan swing; Spider’s Web; River crossing; Wild woozey; Trust Fall. Up to 30 people, $10 per person. Sign up when you arrive at camp. Wednesday afternoon

1:30 – 4:30 PM
Grades 6 – adults

Commitment Trail
A 3-hour team building activity. Groups will be challenged both individually and as a group on the ground and up to 40 feet in the air. Cargo Net; Double Zip line; Wild Woozey; Horizontal Crisscross; Pipeline Transfer. Up to 20 people, $20 per person for adults. The Youth Registration Fee already includes this activity. Sign up when you arrive at camp.

Thursday morning

10:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Grades 1 – adults

Summit Course
Four different climbing activities: rope ladder, climbing wall, tube net, and vertical play pen, plus high wire activities for people grades 4 and older. Up to 20 people, $10 per person. Sign up when you arrive at camp.

Children’s Programs are designed for preschool-lower elementary children ages 4-7 years, and upper elementary, ages 8-12 years old.

Each child who attends the Children’s Program needs to provide an adult for one day, to assist the children’s counselors.

Infants to children age three will have access to a nursery room with manipulatives and basic art supplies and can spend time there with a parent at any time during the day.

See Children’s Programs (link at right) for details about children’s activities.

AM
7:30 – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 AM Attend Morning Celebration with whole camp
9:00 – 10:00 AM Children’s Morning Program: Organized outdoor adventures
10:15 – 11:45 AM Salmagundi: Participate with whole camp in multigenerational activities
12:00 – 12:45 PM Lunch
PM
1:00 – 1:30 PM Children’s Choir
1:30 – 2:15 PM Children’s Afternoon Program: theater or art (depending on age)
2:15 – 3:00 PM Children’s Afternoon Program: theater or art (depending on age)
3:15 – 5:00 PM Afternoon Free Time for activities with family
5:30 – 6:00 PM Trail Head for all ages: a time to reconvene outside the dining hall for kite flying, face painting, bubbles, and other fun things.
6:00 – 6:45 PM Supper
7:00 – 7:30 PM Vespers: multigenerational worship service
7:30 – 8:30 PM Evening Program: A variety of multigenerational activities including a campfire, a dance, a talent show and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to register for just a day or two?

Partial week registration will open later in the spring if there are places still available at the camp.

Can I bring my pets to camp?

Guest pets are not allowed.

Where can I go for groceries, gas, cash, medications, etc?

Amenities in Ashland, Nebraska (about two miles from Camp):

  • No Frills Supermarket, 2301 Silver Street
  • Reid’s Variety Store, 1401 Silver Street
  • Ashland Pharmacy, Inc, located in Reid’s Variety, 1401 Silver Street
  • Ashland Care Clinic, 705 N 17th Avenue
  • U-Stop gas station and convenience store, 502 Highway 6
  • Great Plains Service [propane], Highway 6
  • Farmers & Merchants National Bank [ATM], 1501 Silver Street Centennial Bank, 2433
  • Silver Street Dairy Cone, 1609 Silver Street
  • Iron Horse Golf Club [public course]
  • A variety of antique and gift shops and restaurants

What else is available to do in this area?

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Location

For our camp, we are renting Carol Joy Holling Conference and Retreat Center from the Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. CJH is located on 317 acres, just off I-80, west of the Platte River between Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. CJH is located at the end of Ranch Road off Highway 66 between Interstate 80 and Ashland, Nebraska. Look at http://www.nlom.org to see more photos of the camp’s features.

Directions

If you are coming on I-80, take Exit 426 off I-80. Turn toward Ashland and go 2.5 miles past Mahoney State Park to the Ranch Road access road. Watch for the “Carol Joy Holling Center” directional sign. If you are coming from north of Ashland on Highway 66, come through Ashland, cross Highway 6, and continue 1.25 miles, then turn onto the Ranch Road access road. Watch for the “Carol Joy Holling Center” directional sign. Map Need a ride to camp? Or would you like a passenger to share the cost of gas? Use our carpool map!

Arrival Schedule

Camp StarTrail begins on Sunday, August 1, 2010

Plan to arrive between 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. for sign in and directions to your housing. We’ll offer tours of the camp and an orientation session before Trail Head [outdoor activity for all ages] at 5:30 and supper at 6:00 p.m.

Departure Schedule

Camp StarTrail ends before lunch on Friday, August 6, 2010. Box lunches will be available for those who would like to take them for the trip home.

Meals

Meals will be served in the dining hall (located in Sjogren), a new and accessible building. Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Lunch is at noon. Supper is at 6:00 p.m. Food, served buffet style, is delicious and plentiful. Vegetarian meals are an option; indicate your preference on the registration form. The kitchen staff are willing to work to accommodate special needs. Snacks for youth and adults are not available between meals unless you bring your own. Children will be provided snacks during the Morning and Afternoon Children’s Program. Got an Idea for a Workshop or Activity?

Participants are invited to list on the registration form workshops or activities they’d be willing to lead at camp. The Program Committee will contact them.

Watercolor classKibbetzing at BridgeWatercolor class

Bridge: Start ’em young!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alcohol use

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries has a strict alcohol use policy. Because of the policies of the camp we are renting, these procedures for the use of alcohol must be followed:

Adults may bring alcohol for their own consumption to Camp StarTrail. All alcohol must be signed in at the time of arrival. All bottles and cans will be marked with the owner’s name. Alcohol will be stored in a secured area at Swanson Center. Alcohol will be made available to the owners between 5:30 and 6 p.m. each afternoon, and between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. each evening, and must be consumed during that time, in one designated Social Room at Swanson Center. No children or youth may be present during the consumption of alcohol. Volunteers will be needed to rinse containers and take them home for recycling. Non-smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed in buildings at Camp. There are smoking towers outside some of the buildings. Fire is a hazard at camp. Use the receptacles provided.

Quiet Hours

Quiet hours begin at 10 p.m. Be respectful of families with children asleep before 10. Quiet hours are in effect in all buildings and public spaces, including outdoors.

Age Requirements

StarTrail welcomes adult singles and couples and families of all ages. High School age and younger participants are welcome as part of a family group.

Special Needs

There is ADA accessibility and an elevator in Swanson Center. There is a paved walk between Swanson Center and the dining hall (located in Sjogren). Most camp activities will take place in or near those buildings. Most other locations accessible by car on gravel roads, and the CJH staff will transport people in golf carts or a van, if needed.

Please let us know your needs on the housing form. That information will help us decide on housing assignments.

Medical Personnel

A meeting of participants with medical training will be held early in the week. As needs arise, those people may be called on for first aid or assistance in assessing emergency situations.

Questions?

If you have questions, call or email the District Office

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Meals will be served in the dining hall (located in Sjogren), a new and accessible building. Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Lunch is at noon. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. Food, served buffet style, is delicious and plentiful. Vegetarian meals are an option; indicate your preference on the registration form. The kitchen staff are willing to work to accommodate special needs. Snacks for youth and adults are NOT available between meals unless you bring your own. Children will be provided a snack during the Children’s Program in the morning.

(Photos courtesy of Mark Seaburg, Julie Enersen and Nancy Heege.)

Camp StarTrail 2010 Photos

Rev. Meg Barnhouse
Theme Speaker, Leader for the Morning Celebration and a workshop in the afternoon Meg Barnhouse

Meg Barnhouse grew up in North Carolina and Philadelphia, and she has lived in Spartanburg, SC since 1981. After graduating from Duke University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she worked as Chaplain to Converse College for six years, teaching Public Speaking, Human Sexuality, and World Religions, trying not to get them mixed up. Meg has been active in the community, helping to found the SAFE Homes Network for battered women. Credentialed as a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, she retains a small private pastoral counseling practice while serving as the full time minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg. She travels nationwide as a speaker, singer/songwriter and humorist. Meg is the mother of two wise, funny and handsome sons, ages 18 and 21. She has a second-degree black belt in karate, and is a commentator for NC Public Radio on a segment called “Radio Free Bubba.” She has also been heard on National Public Radio’s “Weekend All Things Considered.” Her books, “Rock of Ages at the Taj Mahal,” “The Best of Radio Free Bubba,” “Waking Up the Karma Fairy,” “Return of Radio Free Bubba” and “Did I Say That Out Loud?” are compilations of stories from the radio. Her CD, “July Blue,” is a mix of 12 original songs and 3 stories. The newest CD, “Mango Thoughts in a Meatloaf Town,” contains more original songs, including “All Will Be Well.”

For additional information about Meg see her website http://www.megbarnhouse.com/

Read Meg’s article Who says Unitarian Universalism’s Principles are easy? from the UU World.

Mark Stringer

Rev. Mark Stringer
Chaplain and Evening Vespers leader

Mark has served as minister of the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, Iowa, since August 2001 and is delighted to return to Camp StarTrail for a second season. He has been an active leader in the central-Iowa Industrial Areas Foundation affiliate AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) and has served as a board member of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, an organization he chaired from 2004-2006. On August 31, 2007, in the front yard of his Des Moines home, Mark had the honor of officiating Iowa’s first (and for 15 months, only) legally recognized same-sex wedding. He received the UUA’s 2007 Westwood Grant, an award that “goes to a UU minister who has shown an exceptional entrepreneurial spirit in congregational leadership over a period of five years.” Mark and his wife Susan are proud parents of their daughter, Leah.

Kiya Heartwood
Music Director working with the Morning Celebration, the Children’s Choir, and other musical eventsKiya Heartwood

Songwriter/ composer Kiya Heartwood is half of the folk duo Wishing Chair. Kiya’s larger works include song cycles for Women's Chorus, operettas for young people, soundtracks for independent films and The Gaia Psalms, an earth-based mass for Unitarian Universalist congregations with narration by Rev. Meg Barnhouse. Kiya is currently a Graduate student in Music Composition at Westminster Choir College in Princeton.

For additional information about Kiya see her web site http://www.kiyaheartwood.com

Bruce VanBronkhorst
Accompanist working on the Morning Celebration, the Children’s Choir, and other musical events

Bruce has been the music director at Michael Servetus Unitarian Society in Fridley, Minnesota (a suburb of the Twin Cities) for 27 years. He directs the choir, the wind ensemble, leads and performs in the Delphi Jazz Trio, Class Act Quartet, MSUS Vocal Quartet, and occasional drumming groups. The church also has a fun bluegrass group. Not bad for a church of less than 100 members!

You will quickly find out that Bruce loves to share his joy of music in many ways.

Susan Stringer

Susan Stringer
Children’s Program Coordinator

Susan brings a variety of teaching experience to work at Camp StarTrail. She has taught public school, as well as theater workshops in Chicago, Illinois, and created and taught nature programs for the City of Des Moines, and the Des Moines Public Schools in Des Moines, Iowa. She has a B.F.A. in Musical Theater and is in the middle of a Master’s at Drake University in Des Moines, in Elementary Education.

Ginny Malcomson
Children’s Program Naturalist

Ginny is returning for a second year.

Liz VanBronkhurst

Elizabeth VanBronkhorst
Children’s Counselor

Liz, a student at University of Wisconsin-Stout, is returning for a second year as a Children’s Counselor.

 

Morgan Watters
Children’s Counselor

Morgan is returning for a second year.

Sherry WarrenSherry Warren
Youth Coordinator

Sherry is the PSD Youth and Young Adult Specialist. She also has served the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence as their half-time Director of Religious Education since 2002. Sherry has worked with youth across PSD and is always looking for ways to bring relevance to the lives of young people while having fun and growing relationships. She taught a combined adult and young adult Our Whole Lives class at last year’s Camp StarTrail, spent time at Camp UniStar during Youth Week 1 the past two summers, and is faculty at MidWest Leadership School for Youth. She is looking forward to the relaxed and fun week that she is sure is waiting at Camp StarTrail and hopes there will be lots of facepainting opportunities so she can work on her art skills.

Beth ChronisterBeth Chronister
Youth Advisor

Beth Chronister

Beth grew up in Topeka, KS and has been a lifelong participant at the UU Fellowship of Topeka. She graduated from Kansas University with her degree in Social Work before moving to Paraguay for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in education. Her next big plans are seminary at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado where she plans to prepare for UU parish ministry.

 

Activity Leaders

Brian EslingerRev. Brian Eslinger
Afternoon Workshop Leader

While spending 13 years as the minster at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger fostered his passion for story telling both in the congregation and in his academic pursuits. His Doctorate of Ministry focused on using storytelling and folklore in all aspects of ministry. Along with teaching a class about storytelling and the oral traditions at Meadville Lombard Theological School, Brian also teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Iowa State University.

 

Kendyl Gibbons

Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Salmagundi! Activity Leader

Rev. Kendyl Gibbons is a spare time fabric artist, who has led baby showers to create a quilt in an afternoon, and helped her two pre-teen nieces make a quilt together. She is a life-long Unitarian Universalist, who currently serves as senior minister of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. She creates liturgical stoles for her congregation’s graduating interns, of which there have been 19 to date.

Fritz HudsonRev. Fritz Hudson
Afternoon Workshop Leader

Rev. Fritz Hudson is minister of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Nebraska. His ministerial career has spanned 32 years in five parish settlements. He’s been a summer camp participant in three UU Districts.

District Staff Members at Camp StarTrail

Nancy HeegeNancy Heege
District Executive

Nancy Heege loves to go to camp with other Unitarian Universalists. She enjoys the program, the music, and the community of campers of all ages that develops over several days together. She’s been District Executive since 1995 and is happy that the dream of having a camp to serve UUs in the southern part of the District has been realized and is now in its second year.

 

Rev. Phillip Lund
Lifespan Program Director

 

Camp StarTrail Planning Committee

Chris Bremer, Coordinator of Camp and Retreat Program Area for Prairie Star District, Minneapolis MN
Barb Gutsch, Salina KS
Rev. Fritz Hudson, Lincoln NE
Bob Miller, Kansas City MO
Rev. Mark Stringer, Des Moines IA
Susan Stringer, Des Moines IA
Julie Enersen, Lincoln NE
Rev. Phillip Lund, Prairie Star District
Nancy Heege, Prairie Star District

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Campers will be able to choose from a number of activities from early morning through the evening.

** When you register, you will have an opportunity to list programs you’d like to lead, and the Program Team will contact you. All program leaders will need to register (and pay!) to help us meet our bottom line.

For information about the activities currently scheduled, see the Children’s, Youth, and Adult Programs pages.

 

Time Adults and Youth Children
?? – 7:30 Early morning activities ** [could include yoga, bird watching, hiking, labyrinth, etc.]
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Morning CelebrationThe whole community will gather for a multigenerational worship service with music. Children will be part of the Morning Celebration, but if needed, a room nearby for parents and toddlers will be available.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Theme PresentationYouth and Adults: together for the presentation by the Theme Speaker, Rev. Meg Barnhouse. Meg’s theme is “Seeds of a Spirited Life.” Children’s Morning Program
[Each child who attends the Children’s Program needs to provide an adult for one day, to assist the children’s leaders.]
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Salmagundi!A time for multigenerational camp activities. Salmagundi means a mixture of otherwise unrelated ingredients. We will meet mid- morning every day for our own Salmagundi: a mixture of people, a mixture of ages, doing a mixture of activities.
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Free Time Children’s Choir
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Workshops and Activities ** Children’s Afternoon Program
3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Free Time for outdoor activities that will appeal to all ages, such as swimming, boating on Crystal Lake, Challenge Course on Wednesday, trip to Air and Space Museum, horseback riding at nearby state park, etc. **
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Trail Head for all ages: gathering outside the dining hall for sidewalk chalk, face painting, bubbles, and other fun things **
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Social Hour for adults only. All adults are welcome to gather in Swanson Center for conversation with snacks and beverages (including alcoholic beverages) you provide.
6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Supper
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Vespers led by Rev. Mark Stringer
We will gather for storytelling and song, meditation, reflection, or prayer. This participatory, multigenerational worship service will be designed to connect us to our shared camp experiences of the day and to welcome our evening together.
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Evening Program for All AgesVarious activities such as campfire, talent show, dance, etc. **
8:30 p.m. – ?? Gathering Time for Adults ** andGathering Time for Youth **  

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Note: Most of the planned programs are multigenerational.

Early Morning Activities

Before 7:

30 AM

Sleep in or participate in early morning activities which could include yoga, bird watching, hiking, labyrinth, etc.

Breakfast

7:30 to 8:30 AM

Morning Celebration

8:45 to 9:00 AM

After breakfast each morning, the whole community will gather for an multigenerational worship service with music.

Theme Presentation

9:00 to 10:00 AM

The theme for the week is “Seeds of a Spirited Life: How to increase love, patience, kindness in a life” presented by Rev. Meg Barnhouse, our theme speaker.

Salmagundi!

10:15 to 11:45 AMA time for multigenerational camp activities

Salmagundi means a mixture of otherwise unrelated ingredients. We will meet mid- morning every day for our own Salmagundi: a mixture of people, a mixture of ages, doing a mixture of activities. The first Monday of Salmagundi we will participate in a large-group all-camper challenge. (Yes, you are all required to be there. Or be square.) The following three weekdays, folks may choose where they would like to mix. Offerings will include the challenge courses on campus, canoeing, volleyball games, organized outdoor games like capture the flag, creating a community quilt, and Eco-art projects like paper making, nature weaving, and batik.

Challenge Courses

Ropes courses for almost everyone – the camp has three different ropes courses, at different heights and for people with different skill levels. The rope course activities will be facilitated by the host camp’s professional staff. [Note: there will be an additional charge for these.] See the Challenge Course page for the schedule and fees.

Creating a Community Quilt

Our theme presenter from 2009, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons, liked Camp StarTrail so much that she’s joining us again this year and will be leading the creation of our first camp quilt. Campers of all ages are invited to participate in this process, as sew-ers, press-ers, de-pin-ers, carriers, color choosers, and other tasks at a variety of skill levels. Using quilt-as-you-go techniques, we will mostly complete the project during our time together this week. Anyone who can ride a two-wheeler can learn to use a sewing machine, and if you have ever wanted to see what would be involved in turning all your fabric scraps into an actual quilt, this is your chance.

Lunch

12:00 to 12:45 PM

Free Time

1:00 to 1:30 PM

Afternoon Workshops and Activities

1:30 to 3:00 PM

Adults and youth can choose from a variety of workshops, some of which will last through the week, others of which might be offered just once.

We expect participants, too, will want to offer workshop choices. We’ll add these as we hear about them and will have a complete list ready when people arrive at camp.

The workshops we know of so far include:

Challenge Course

Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:30 PM

Youth and adults can participate in The Commitment Trail, a team building activity. The course will be facilitated by the host camp’s professional staff. [Note: This activity is included in the Youth Registration Fee. For all others, there will be an additional charge for this.] See the Challenge Course page for the fees.

Telling Tales

Becoming an effective Story Teller

What makes a good story? Most of it is in the telling and telling stories is a learnable art! We’ll spend the afternoon practicing how choose, learn and tell stories that will engage audiences of all ages. Led by Brian Eslinger.

Telling Our Stories

Are there stories about our Unitarian and Universalist heritage that everyone should know? Is there a way of sharing them that helps them stick in the mind better than recitation from a history book? Spend an afternoon sharing those histories and making them into tell-able tales. Led by Brian Eslinger.

Others to be determined.

Alternatives to workshops

Adult participants have the option to use the workshops times to socialize, read, explore the camp, practice their talent show presentation, etc.

Afternoon Free Time

3:00 to 5:30 PM

Water Activities

The camp has a swimming pool and a small lake with canoes.

Hiking and Trail Rides

The camp has hiking trails. It is located close to a state park, which has trail rides.

Field Trips

There are other opportunities within a few miles, including the Strategic Air and Space Museum, and several golf courses. See area attractions.

Trail Head

5:30 to 6:00 PM

Activity for all ages: gathering outside the dining hall for sidewalk chalk, face painting, bubbles, and other fun things.

Social Hour for Adults

5:30 to 6:00 PM

All adults are welcome to gather in Swanson Center for conversation with snacks and beverages (including alcoholic beverages) you provide. Children cannot be present.

Supper

6:00 to 6:45 AM

Vespers

7:00 to 7:30 PM

After supper each evening, we will gather for 30 minutes of storytelling and song, meditation, reflection, or prayer. Led by Rev. Mark Stringer, this participatory, multigenerational worship service will be designed to connect us to our shared camp experiences of the day and to welcome our evening together.

Evening Program

7:30 to 8:30 PM

A variety of multigenerational activities including a campfire, a dance, a talent show and more.

Gathering Time for Adults

8:30 to ??

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