Cape Cod Retreat 2017

One of the UUCIA’s favorite traditions is the all ages annual retreat.

Members and friends of the UUCIA are invited to share a fun, relaxed weekend Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11 2017 at Cape Cod Sea Camps, on the shore of Cape Cod Bay in Brewster, Massachusetts. See our Facebook Group for many more photos.

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Activities include beachcombing, tennis and biking to evening conversation and a talent show. For many, the highlight is an outdoor worship service on Sunday morning.

What are the accommodations and how much does it cost?

For the first time this year, we’re presenting all inclusive per person fees that include 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts in the dining hall and a 1 “catered” pizza and salad dinner at the boat house.

Veterans of our annual retreat will notice a new surcharge for the private option in the Health Center dorm. This increase is necessary because our retreat hosts – Cape Cod Sea Camps – have changed their fee structure. CCSC now charges groups like ours a fixed rate per CABIN rather than per PERSON. So our tradition of placing couples in upstairs Health Center rooms with 4 bunks — would no longer cover our costs. Our solution: A surcharge for private rooms. Example: If a couple opts for the semi-private room in the Health Center dorm, they will most likely end up sharing the 4-bunk room with a another couple. And two persons of the four of you would be on top bunks. Also, NOTE: Families of 4 or larger who want to be in the Health Center will not need to pay the privacy surcharge

We have three lodging options:

Very Private The familiar “Health Center” is a heated dorm-style cabin with private accommodations (your family/party guaranteed their own room), bunk and twin beds; bathrooms and showers down the hall. No top bunks. $200 per person (includes 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts and 1  pizza and salad dinner) 

Sort of Private The same “Health Center” as above with semi-private (4-6 per room) accommodations, bunk and twin beds; bathrooms and showers down the hall.  $160 per person (includes 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts and 1  pizza and salad dinner)

Less Private Just down the road past the Dining Hall is a “Convenience Cabin” that features all the facilities of the Health Center, but with  less privacy: All the bunk beds are in a large shared area. $130 per person (includes 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts and 1  pizza and salad dinner)

Most of the group opts to have three meals in the camp’s dining hall. Saturday and Sunday morning break fasts cost $12 each per person and Saturday night dinner costs $15 per person.

Lodging and meal costs should not be an obstacle to anyone’s attendance. Financial assistance is available.

The weekend schedule:

Friday

People arrive at different times. (Room are available at 3pm.) Most of us go out to dinner at area restaurants. Two popular places are The Lobster Claw Restaurant on Route 6A in Orleans and JT’s Seafood, 2689 Main St, Brewster. Unload your gear and find people to go with to dinner. There may already be people at the restaurant.

8:30 to 9:30: We will socialize on the upper level of the Health Center. We will discuss and adapt the schedule at this time.

Saturday

8:00 – 8:30: Breakfast is served in the dining hall. They stop serving by 8:30am, so get there early! There’s a hot entree such as scrambled eggs and bacon, or pancakes and sausages, plus various cereals, fruits, toast/bagels/English muffins, juices, coffee, tea and milk.

9:30 – 2:00: Bike trip to Coast Guard Beach with lunch at Arnold’s Clam Shack or Hang out at CCSC at the beach, play tennis, walking, swimming, reading, conversation

5:30 – 6:30: Fellowship in the area near the Infirmary. Bring beverages and appetizers to share.

6:30 Dinner: In the boat house, we’ll enjoy a “catered” dinner that features pizza and a selection of salads.

The breakfast fare is typical camp food, but most families sign up for dinner plus the two breakfasts because these are good times for socializing and planning activities.

8:30 – 9:30 Talent show in the dining hall. Following the talent show, there will be games and conversation.

Sunday

8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast is served in the dining hall. See Saturday above.

9:00 Preliminary cleanup of cabins

9:30 Worship Service

10:30 We must be out of the cabins, but we can stay on the grounds for the rest of the day.

How do I sign up?

Please complete  the reservation form — you may submit your reservation and payment electronically, or print the form and send it with a check via snail mail.

Include a deposit of 50% of your estimated bill. If you prefer, you may send a check for the amount in full. I will return, by e-mail, a confirmation of your reservation and a final bill. Please make your checks payable to: Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover.

  • April 9: Reservation must be received with 50% deposit or, if you prefer, full payment
  • April 20: Final bill will be emailed
  • May 7: Remainder of payment is due
  • June 9: Cape Cod Weekend Retreat

How do I get there?

Sagamore Bridge to Route 6 (Mid-Cape Highway), take exit 10 (Rte. 124), turn left on Rte. 124 to Rte 6A, go approximately 2 miles and you will see Cape Cod Sea Camps (CCSC) entrance on the left. Go straight on the dirt road as the driveway turns right. The Infirmary is the first large building on the left side of the road, just after the parking lot. A copy of this schedule (see other side), a map of the grounds, and a sheet with room assignments will be posted by 5pm Friday on the Infirmary porch.

What do I bring?

CCSC provides pillows, pillow cases, and bottom sheets. Bring other bedding, sleeping bags, towels, toiletries, and a FLASHLIGHT. Bring athletic equipment (including tennis racquets and baseball gloves), games, bicycles, sun screen, and something use for sitting on the beach, if you would like.

What else do I need to know?

CCSC is open at 2pm on Friday. Check out of CCSC cabins is 10:30am on Sunday, but you can use the facilities all day.

Are there any rules?

Of course! Keep track of your kids. In particular, keep them off the stage and watch them in the water.

No gum. No pets. Smoking only in designated areas. No soda or food in the cabins. Keep off the sand dunes. No beer or wine on the beach. We can have beer and wine in the Infirmary area during Saturday dinner. Quiet from 10 PM to 7 AM. No fires or fireworks. Respect neighbors’ property.

Park cars in the upper lot. You may drive to the cabin to unload and load only. Drive slowly – 10 MPH limit.

Any questions? Contact David Grober at retreat@uuandover.org.

Still not sure if you want to join us?

Check out these highlights from one of our previous retreats:

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