Chalica Camp Guide
             by Katie Covey
Guide based on Chalica Camps since 2009 plus 12 years of              Summer Day Camps
Offer immersion experiences and create U.U. Identity
Flexible for groups of 10 to 40 campers
Based on Chalica, a U.U. winter holiday
Create revenue from Camp tuition
Includes 21 Resources in the Appendix

Table of Contents
Sample Materials
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This page was last updated on: August 25, 2016

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Camp Goals
Overview of Chalica Camp
Registration and Welcome Table
Extended Care Before and After Camp
Camp Chapels
Chapel Set Up during Counselor Orientation
Chapel Worship Associates
General Chapel Plan
Chapel Script
Morning Rotation Schedule
Morning Activities Details
Junk Sculpture
Story Time and Sharing Circle
Sharing Circle
Sharing Circle Words
Game Room
Daily Theme Activity
The Camp Café
Alternative Activities
Lunch and Play Time Afternoon Theme Activity/Presentation
Alternatives for the Afternoons
Camp Finances and Staffing
Adult Staff
Assistant Director Job Description
Counselor Meetings
Counselor Orientation and Camp Set Up
Daily Staff Meetings with Counselors
Daily Staff Meetings with CITs
Camp Budget
Free and Low Cost Favorite Activities
Financial Aid
Resource 1. Morning Rotation
Resource 2. Birth Legend Skits
Resource 3. Chalice Symbols
Resource 4. Sample Publicity Sheet
Resource 5. Sample Registration Form
Resource 6. Sample Extended Care Registration Form
Resource 7. Sample Counselor/CIT application
Resource 8. Camp Songs
Resource 9. Sample Camper Spreadsheet
Resource 10. Sample Before/After Care Spreadsheet
Resource 11. Sharing Circle for Chalica Camp
Resource 12. Chapel Stories and Sources
Resource 13. Counselor/Staff Clipboard: Camp Overview
Resource 14. Counselor/Staff Clipboard: Morning Activities Rotation
Resource 15. Counselor/Staff Clipboard: Camp Covenant
Resource 16. Counselor/Staff Clipboard: Campers and Medical Alerts
Resource 17. Counselor/Staff Clipboard: Chapel Songs
Resource 18. Chalica Camp Supplies
Resource 19. Things to do in advance
Resource 20. Sample Email Camper Letter
Resource 21. Sample Budget Spreadsheet

Note: You will receive access to the entire appendix in WORD with your order so that you may modify any form or resource!

Chalica Camp Guide offers step by step instructions for creating your own winter break 3 day Chalica Camp. The flexible format is jam packed with ideas, samples, tips and forms so that you can use it as is or modify it for your own situation.

Basic Structure:

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with Before and After Care
Three days during winter break school vacation
Kindergarteners through 5th graders
Paid High School Counselors (Create leaders)
Paid Middle School Counselors-in-Training (CIT's) (Learn and do)
Paid Adult Staff (avoid burn-out!)
Tuition suggested: $70 with Scholarships/Sliding Scale Fee

Guide includes detailed instructions for:
Morning and Afternoon Camp Chapels ( Songs, Stories, Rituals)
Creative Daily Theme Activities related to the 7 Principles, including Chalica Games, a Scavenger Hunt, and a Fire Pit.
Counselor Training and Camp Set Up/Take Down Instructions
Complete Supply List and Schedule of Preparation
And More - Everything You Need! Check out the Table of Contents

Plus the surprising benefits of offering a Camp -
How to create revenue for the R.E. Program with camp tuition.
Offering Middle Schoolers their first job.
Creating High School leaders and teachers.
Avoiding staff burnout.
Community awareness of Unitarian Universalism.

Chalica Camp Guide, 107 pages.
©2013, 8 1/2" x 11" format, Color pictures (may be printed in black and white with good results.)

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Sample Resources from Chalica Camp

1) Download the Chalica Games!

2) Check out the Chalica Camp YouTube Channel with videos of the Chapel, River Walk Challenge Game, Canvas Labyrinth and Fire Pit.

3) Check out the Chalica Camp Pinterest Board with pins of songs, ideas, and resources.
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VBS stands for "Vacation Bible School" - an acronym our Christian brothers and sisters use.
The Chalica Camp winter chalice image, "Experiment with Snowballs," is used with permission of Ceci Georgieva, enviro-artist in Bulgaria.
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A 3 day U.U. Day Camp for Kindergarten through 5th Grades celebrating the winter holiday of Chalica.
What is Chalica?
Chalica (pronounced CHA-li-ka) is an unofficial holiday in the Unitarian Universalist tradition - created by a young woman in  2005 as a way for her and her friends to specifically celebrate each of the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism - one a night for seven nights. Because Chalica Camp is designed for only 3 days, it covers several principles each day. Read more about Chalica on the Chalica UUA page.

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I love that your Chalica Camp Guide, Summer Camp Guide, and Mission Manifesto (not to mention all of your curricula) offer step by step instructions for creating immersion experiences that kids will remember all their lives. -Pat Kahn, Children and Families Program Director, UUA