2022 Summer Break Camp for Adults

Living Our Faith Out Loud

Friday, August 12 to Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Dean: Marge Wurgel

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Attend Summer Break—a summer camp for adults — where UUs and like-minded friends commune with nature and each other. Our keynote speaker, author Laila Ibrahim, will lead us on her path of Living Our Faith Out Loud: Personal Journey from de Benneville Pines Camper to Successful Activist-Author.

Laila Ibrahim (pronouns: she/her or they/them)

Laila is a devout Unitarian Universalist active in the First Unitarian Church of Oakland.  She fell in love with Unitarian Universalism at de Benneville Pines at a Jr. High Camp in 1979.  Camp was the center of her life through high school–she even worked in the kitchen for a summer after she graduated. Living in Berkeley has kept her body but not her heart from camp.  Laila has been a religious educator and was one of the co-authors of the Chalice Camp curriculum which has been used by dozens of UU churches.  She summarized UU theology in these four brief sentences: “It’s a blessing you were born. It matters what you do with your life. What you know about god is a piece of the truth. You don’t have to do it alone”. Laila lives in a small co-housing community with her wife and a Toy Aussie puppy. Her adult children are a great joy. She is blessed to be a full-time writer focusing on themes of social justice and resilience.  Her novels have been translated into 10 languages, reaching more than 1.5 million readers, and include Golden Poppies , Paper WifeMustard SeedLiving Right and Yellow Crocus.  You may learn more about Laila Ibrahim here.

Over the days of camp get a privileged insider’s look at Laila’s journey to becoming a well published author, hearing fascinating stories of her path from being a junior high camper at de Benneville to her devoting her life to writing compelling books about social justice matters. She’ll share how she chooses themes of the role of faith and family in resisting systemic oppression, how she does research and fact-checking for her books, and what her publishing process has been as she brings forth issues important in the history of our country. Come to camp ready to think, talk and even write about the historically and currently relevant topics raised in Laila Ibrahim’s novels. Laila also loves answering questions, so you will get a rare chance to ask such a significant author and UU leader about her life and work.

If you can take the chance to read some of Laila’s books before camp, you will find them captivating! From Yellow Crocus, set on a plantation in antebellum Virginia, to the recently published Scarlet Carnations, set in World War 1 era California, Laila explores how the United States caste system has been both systematically dismantled and perpetuated. She brings our history to vibrant life in ways you didn’t get in school!

Early bird registration ends June 30, 2022. Note that in past years this camp has sold out very quickly.


Base price: $555 per person includes lodging, programming and all meals

Craig’s Cabin: An additional $60/person for double bed accommodation (2 persons required), and an additional $50/person twin bunk accommodation

Cabin 6: An additional $50/person

Double Beds (Cabin 5, 7 and 8): An additional $50/person, 2 persons required

Early Bird Special Discount: Register by June 30, 2022 and receive a $50 discount

Submit registration with a $75/person non-refundable deposit, full balance due one week before start of camp. No refunds will be allowed after Check-in begins on first day of camp.

For general information, contact Janet James, Executive Director, director@uucamp.org or call (909) 435-6298.

For information on 2022 UU Summer Break Camp for Adults, contact Marge Wurgel, Dean, margewur@gmail.com.

For information on registration, contact Laura Chamberlin, Registrar, registrar@uucamp.org or call (909) 794-2928.

Registration opens at 10 pm Pacific and Arizona time on Friday, April 15

and at 12:01 AM Central time on April 16th.