UU Elementary Summer Camp

Sunday, July 9 – Saturday, July 15, 2023

Circles of Connection

Dean:  Kathleen Moscato

Registration is OPEN!

Registration Form    Scholarship Application

Our lives are connected by circles–in family, in friendship and in community. Draw your circle wider during a wonderful week in the mountains. Camp is a perfect place to feel “part of a circle” as UU’s, friends and community members. How are we alike? How are we different? When should we expand our circles to allow wonderful experiences to flow in, and when should we make our circles smaller? Each day we will explore the circles in our lives and connect with each other through exploration outdoors, games, arts & crafts, community connection and most importantly through FUUN!

Children who spend time at Camp de Benneville Pines experience the sacred in fun and kid-friendly ways. They sing, create, run, play, hike, listen to a story, build a fort, roast marshmallows on the campfire, or just take the time to be a friend. There is so much to unite them at camp, AND so many ways to find that which is special.

All campers are well cared for by trained counselors, adult program staff, a minister/Chaplain, and medical staff who are guided by Unitarian Universalist principles and work to build a loving and inclusive camp community. The richly rewarding experiences that children encounter at UU Elementary Summer Camp can be genuinely life changing. All of this plus lovingly prepared home cooked meals, the famous camp variety show, and the adventure to the “fairy forest” to build fairy houses. Summer camp is fantastical!

Do not let your child miss this opportunity to connect with the sacredness of the mountain and the experience of summer sleep-a-way camp. This camp is designed for campers who completed 2nd through 6th grades during the 22/23 school year.


The sixth grade is a critical time in a child’s development because it is a time of physical and emotional transition from childhood to adolescence. The real answer to where a sixth grader belongs at camp depends on each particular sixth grader. There are some children who are happier at Junior High Camp because they are developmentally ready to be with older campers who are completing 6th through 8th grades by summer 2023. Other sixth graders need the security of the younger crowd at Elementary Camp with campers who have completed 2nd through 5th grade.

Campers completing 6th grade by this July 2023 will have the option of registering for EITHER Elementary Camp (7/9-7/15) OR Jr. High Camp (7/16-7/22). We want all campers to have the best time possible  Parents/Guardians, YOU HAVE A CHOICE! Please carefully consider your child’s overall readiness for camp and register them in the program that would best suit their overall needs.

If you would like to discuss this option with the Camping Ministries Director, please email Marianne Swift-Gifford at cm@uucamp.org or call at 760-908-1799.

Pricing Information

Camp de Benneville Pines has moved to a self-selecting sliding fee scale. Level 1 ($749) is our minimum cost, Level 2 ($799) is what it takes for us to meet our needs and Level 3 ($849) helps to offset costs and supports camp’s scholarship fund.

Register by May 31, 2023 and take advantage of our $50 Early Bird Discount!

Pricing includes lodging, all meals, activities, supplies and trained youth and adult counselors. A $75 per person, non-refundable deposit is required to confirm registration. Full balance due one week before the start of camp. No refunds will be allowed after check-in begins on the first day of camp. Electronic invoices will be sent out periodically, allowing partial or full payment, until payment in full is received.

Click here to read more about youth camp’s current COVID policies.

Registration Form    Scholarship Application