Adult and Family Camps – A Unitarian Universalist Tradition

Unitarians are drawn to opportunities to both learn and spend time with their friends and family in natural settings. As a result, over the decades our movement has developed a number of adult and family camps – some held in more rustic surroundings than others. They all involve interesting speakers, music, fun, food and mingling. They also provide time alone in nature – a chance to get away from it all.

A brief summary of some of these opportunities follows. For more detailed info, see Related Content links listed in the sidebar or search the web.

Eliot Institute Camps at Seabeck

Eliot Institute creates and supports an inclusive community of celebration, friendship, exploration, relaxation and joy for Unitarian Universalists, their families and friends.

Eliot Institute is both a camp conference and a vacation. It is a one-of-a-kind intergenerational experience of stimulating speakers, discussions, music, activities and worship for the whole family. Eliot is a Welcoming Community for individuals, couples, and families of all configurations.

Eliot hosts three camps each year – two week-long conferences in summer and a five-day conference to celebrate New Years. All camps have a full morning program for children and youth from infants through teens.

Camps are held at Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal, just west of Silverdale, WA.

Unitarian Fellowship Camp At Sasamat Outdoor Centre


This annual camp at Lake Sasamat (near Vancouver) is the perfect, easy, no stress getaway. In 2007, all Lower Mainland churches pulled together to create a fun-filled program for all ages.

Events included a choral workshop and drumming circle. For the nature lovers there were guided nature walks, or you could choose to just lie on the beach.

Parents were happy to have planned activities for children and youth. And an extra bonus was that all meals were provided. Instead of cooking, participants could spend time with family and friends, and meet all those wonderful Unitarians from other Lower Mainland congregations.

Reasonable prices and comfortable accommodations ensured a good time for everyone. The Sasamat Camp gets better and better each year. The camps are usually held in late May.

Northwest Wilderness Camp

To really get away from it all you may wish to spend time at the Northwest Wilderness Camp. This beautiful 160-acre property on the shore of Kootenay Lake in southwestern BC is accessible only by boat. It is owned by a non-profit society, although most of the members are connected to the Unitarian Church of Vancouver. You’re bound to meet fellow Unitarians there.

The Wilderness Camp offers no programming – you have to make your own fun. But if you like hiking, reading on the beach, spending quiet time in beautiful surroundings, this may be the place for you, and/or your friends and family.

For more information, search the Northwest Wilderness Society‘s website.