AUUF coordinates youth-oriented programs outside the regular Religious Exploration classrooms and curricula. These include programs promote self discovery, community engagement and partnerships with established youth programs that complement UU principles and values.
Children's Summer Camp
Summer Peace Camp, mid-July (Monday-Friday) - Grades 1-6
Beginning in 2016, AUUF hosts an annual week-long Summer Peace Camp, where campers have had the opportunity to grow socially and emotionally through music, the arts, outdoor adventures and social justice activities. The camp features summer fun, exploring peace ideas through movement and song and social justice projects, as well as empowering activities like bicycle repair. Camp is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Before (8:00 - 8:30 a.m.) and after (4:30 - 5:00 p.m.) camp care are also available for an additional $10 charge. The form below includes details.
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)
AUUF includes a local Young Religious Unitarian Universalist (YRUU) group affiliated with the continental Unitarian Universalist YRUU group for older youth, ages 14-20. Assisted by adult advisors, our Senior Youth Group (Wordl Makers) lead and organize a variety of programs that are overseen by the staff Youth Coordinator. The YRUU / World Makers group meets Sunday mornings during the 11:00 a.m. service to listen to speakers, engage in discussion, to plan, and to take part in other fun activities. The group also plans and coordinates social activities, service projects and other events that occur at other times.
An Adult Youth Advisor Volunteer Application is available from RE Staff
Junior Youth Group
The Junior High / Middle School group is comprised of 6th, 7th and 8th graders who meet for Sunday morning classes during the 11:00 a.m. service. As part of the Moon Spinners RE class curricula Building Bridges, this group will explore other church group in the local community. With the help of a parent advisor group, the Junior Youth also plan monthly fun activities and service projects.
Coming of Age
Youth in grades 8 and 9 are invited to participate in a year-long program exploring personal faith and values, Unitarian Universalist thought and Spiritual practice. Youth meet monthly in a group, work individually with an adult mentor, and participate in four retreats. The Coming of Age (COA) program is organized every other year. It was offered 2017-2018 and will repeat in 2019-2020.
COA youth and mentors kick off the program with an initial meeting in September.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) recognizes 35 different religious
emblem programs, which are designed and administered by each religion.
One of the recognized programs is the Unitarian Universalists Association (UUA) religious emblem program for Cub Scouts, Webelos and Boy Scouts. Visit the UUA scouting web site (click on the web address or logo at right) for more information.
There are two age-appropriate UUA programs:
Love and Help - for Cub Scouts and Webelos (ages 7-11)
Religion in Life - for Boy Scouts (ages 11-17)
The program workbook for the Cub Scout program is available for purchase online from the UU Book and Gift Shop.
The program workbook for the Boy Scout program is available for download free of charge from the UUA website.
UUA administers the religious emblems program for Unitarian Universalist scouts so that they may grow in character, citizenship, responsibility, and with the personal fitness necessary to achieve their greatest potential. Scouts who complete the age-appropriate programs will be awarded a religious emblem medal (Love & Help) or pin (Religion in Life) by UUA and receive a purple religious award square knot patch from BSA.
AUUF presents the religious emblems to scouts during a Sunday service, while the scout’s Cub Scout Pack or Boy Scout Troop presents the religious award square knot. BSA recognizes the religious award emblems to be worn on the scout uniform along with the BSA religious award square knot. Both religious emblems are available for purchase from the UU Book and Gift Shop. An optional Love & Help certificate is also available for purchase.
Contact the UU scouting mentors by using the message form below.