MOUNTAINCAMP 2021 REGISTRATION IS FULL
For 42 years, The Mountain has provided enriching Unitarian Universalist youth summer camp programs filled with recreation, adventure, education and creativity. The low camper-to-counselor ratio and professionally trained staff create a safe environment where campers are treated with respect, kindness, consideration, and are celebrated for their individual talents.
The Mountain places a strong emphasis on being an inclusive, noncompetitive environment where youth can develop a deeper understanding of themselves and form lifelong friendships. Campers learn to advance their communication skills and resolve conflicts—skills they will use the rest of their lives.
Camping sessions are offered for youth aged 7-17, divided into age-appropriate groups. Some of the exciting activities and workshops campers experience while at Mountain Camp include: arts and crafts, drama, music, campfires, outdoor survival skills, field games, low-ropes challenge courses, whitewater rafting, swimming, canoeing and hiking.
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Making Connections & Memories to Last Generations
Frequently Asked Questions
What does my child need to pack?
How does the packing list differ for youth coming to the CIT, ASCENDER, Outdoor Skills & Adventure, or multiple sessions?
How many campers live in each cabin?
Where do the counselors sleep at night?
What happens if my child gets sick while at camp?
How will my child maintain their medication schedule?
What if my child needs medications other than prescribed meds while at camp?
How do you deal with a homesick child?
What if there is a family emergency – how do we contact our child?
Will my child be permitted to call home while at camp?
May I come visit my child when s/he is at camp?
Do I have the ability to contact or visit my child participating in the ASCENDER or CIT (Counselor-in-Training) program?
Where do I send letters and care packages to my child?
Please send them to the street address of:
How will my child be supervised during daily and evening activities?
What kind of activities will my child be involved in and how do they choose them?
What do I need to know about camp check-in and pick-up days?
Why is the left-over camper bank money not refunded to my child?
Does MountainCamp provide transportation to and from camp?
How will my child maintain their medication schedule?
How can my child apply for the ASCENDER or CIT program?
What kinds of discounts are available on payments?
Still not finding answers to your question?
MountainCamp Considering Covid
We will only be offering 2-week sessions (CIT/ASCENDER excepted, as they are summer-long programs).
This is to minimize camper contact and the influx of new campers on site, to help preserve the overall health of the camp group. With fewer instances of changeover and new arrivals, we can mitigate potential exposure, and will have an advantage in monitoring any symptoms that arise if campers are not leaving and arriving on a short schedule.
We have chosen to suspend the Explorers program.
We have also chosen to suspend the Beginning Camp program.
This decision was also made due to staffing constraints, and with the best interest of future programming in mind.
Campers will be in cabins of no more than 4 campers total, with 2 counselors to supervise.
This cabin group will be considered a “household” or “bubble.” Masks will not be required for sleeping, but will be required at all other camp activities.
We will require that campers and staff have a negative COVID test within 48 hours of their arrival to The Mountain.
This measure is to help ensure the safety of these cabin bubbles and camp as a whole. We have not yet made a decision on requiring vaccinations, as the vaccination roll-out plan is in flux and it is unclear what will be available for youth by June.
We will cross-train each counselor in how to instruct all activities, to minimize contact.
Instead of having leadership who oversee discrete activity areas that they instruct for all campers, such as arts and crafts or athletics.
We will hold as much programming outside as possible.
We will implement a new sanitization protocol.
Incorporating it as a part of daily cabin inspections to promote enhanced health and safety.
We will be employing a zero-tolerance policy for flagrant, purposeful, and repeated COVID protocol violations.
This will be communicated to campers upon their arrival and reiterated throughout their session.
Waiting list for 2021
Enrollment for camp this year is first come first serve. Many sessions are already full and you may be asked to enroll in a waiting list. Open spots are dependent on other campers on the waiting list relinquishing their spots. We thank you for your support and cooperation. We hope that we will have many more camper spots available in 2022!
We are committed to creating an emotionally and physically safe environment through our interpersonal relationships, our activities and within the larger Mountain Retreat & Learning Center community. We do this by promoting the Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles and The Mountain’s Big Four Rules for youth programs. All participants of youth programs are expected to abide by this commitment to our community.
HEALTHY CAMPER POLICY
MountainCamp Cares very much about the health and wellness of your camper and in an environment with a lot of children we want to be proactive about keeping our campers, staff and volunteers as healthy as possible. We have created this healthy camper policy to keep you informed on how you can help us before you drop your camper off for the summer camp experience of a lifetime.
This policy includes specific information on how we ensure your camper arrives healthy, enjoys camp and leaves camp after having a great experience.
Cancellation 15+ days before start of session: Payments made minus the non-refundable deposit and a $35 per camper administration fee
Cancellation 1 – 14 days before start of session: 50% of payments made minus the nonrefundable deposit and a $35 per camper administration fee
Select Cancel Registration from the dropdown list on our Contact Us page
No refunds will be available* if a camper cancels on arrival day, fails to attend their session or has to leave early under any circumstance
* If you need to cancel for a medical reason, please contact us with a valid doctor's note. If your cancellation is due to possible exposure to COVID, we will work with you on a case-to-case basis
Help Kids Go To Camp Through Our Camperships
We strive to make Mountain programs affordable for everyone to enjoy this special place. This is especially important for MountainCamp families. The Mountain Campership Fund provides a number of camperships annually to help make summer camp possible for children and youth who may not be able to participate without the financial support. Camperships are awarded based upon applicant need and the amount of funding available. Typically, Campership awards are 50% of a one week session.
Become MountainCamp Staff
Are you interested in changing the life of a youth by being a positive Unitarian Universalist role model? Do you want to motivate and inspire a camper to be the best that they can be? If you are, then you may be a good fit for a Summer Staff position at MountainCamp!
MountainCamp is one of several youth programs offered by The Mountain Retreat and Learning Centers Inc. At The Mountain, each camper is treated with respect, kindness, and consideration; we celebrate their individual gifts. A balance is maintained between establishing structure and boundaries to keep youth safe and creating opportunities for them to “test their wings.” MountainCamp fosters belonging and acceptance.
During MountainCamp, several opportunities for rewarding experiences and possibilities for personal growth exist. Salaries run from $145 to $250 per week, dependent on position and experience, plus room and board.
Counselors and Program Staff
Outdoor Adventure Staff (Will work with Outdoor Adventure Lead, apply as Outdoor Adventure Lead)
Program Leads (21+)
Health Center Coordinator (EMT certification or Higher)
Outdoor Adventure Lead
Training for the Program Leads begins May 31, 2021. All staff training will begin on June 5, 2021. Our first campers will arrive on June 13th. Summer camp ends for most staff on July 24. Some staff will be invited for a voluntary opportunity to join us for Intergenerational Camp based on summer performance and needs of MountainCamp. Employment will end on July 26th. There are only a limited number of positions available for qualified individuals, to apply as soon as possible.
A Youth CONference is a gathering of Unitarian Universalist youth and advisors from congregations all over the southeast (and sometimes beyond!) for a weekend program filled with a variety of workshops, activities, good food, a safe environment and warm, cozy cabins. Youth participate in all the activities, share with new friends in small get-to-know-you groups, bond during free time, contribute to times of fun and reflection and grow spiritually through worship.
Children and youth participating in Youth CONferences attend as a part of a congregational sponsored group. Volunteering adult advisors, volunteering Peer Advocate Leaders (PALs), volunteering PAL Mentors, and Mountain Staff work together to supervise the youth.
Peer Advocate Leaders
The Mountain Youth CONferences also offer leadership experiences for teens and young adults ages 16– 24 as Peer Advocate Leaders and Mentors.
Youth CON Dates:
UPDATE SpringYouth CONs Have Canceled
What Should I Know Before Coming?
Advisor Participation Form – Required
In compliance with our Youth Protection Policy, a congregational staff member must complete an advisor participation form for the advisors to attend our Youth CONs.
Download the Advisor Participation Form (PDF)
Print the form
Complete all the information
Submit to The Mountain via Mail or Fax no later than 2 weeks prior to the CON
Youth Protection Policy
The Mountain recognizes the importance of fostering and creating communities where everyone, especially our most vulnerable populations such as children and youth, are protected.
We seek to preserve that spirit of welcome, respect, and trust in balance with our concern for the safety of our children, applying the test of “reasonable precaution” to any policies or guidelines we adopt. We further acknowledge that institutions operating in the best possible manner with all due concern still cannot guarantee an absolutely risk-free setting.
In this spirit, we adopt this policy statement and apply it to all events conducted under the purview of The Mountain.
The PAL program is a leadership experience for youth and young adults to gain experience in program planning, implementation and leadership.
Applications must be filled out completely and PALs / Mentors will initially be added to a “waiting list” in which the Program Director and CON Leadership will choose PALs /Mentors based on their application and need based on the CON registration numbers. PAL /Mentors should apply early and will be notified of acceptance no later than 3 weeks prior to their chosen CON.
PAL /Mentors pay no fee to attend a CON but must follow certain expectations while volunteering their time during the CON.
In our registration system,
select Mountain Program
The Mountain’s Youth Protection Policy requires a background check for anyone age 18 and over working with youth. Each PAL Mentor MUST go through a background check to participate in Youth CONs. See the steps below.
Download the Authorization for Consumer Report (PDF)
Print the form
Complete all the information
Send to Program Director via Mail or Fax
Learn what is involved with participating as an advisor
Becoming a PAL and PAL Mentors
Peer Advocate Leaders ages 16-17 and Mentors ages 18- up
Becoming a Youth Con Advisor & Pertinent Information
You’re the ones that make participation in the CONs possible! This link contains important information regarding The Mountain’s Youth CONferences and your role in the success of the weekend.