Looking out at the mountains on a cold Colorado winter day, my thoughts are on WUULF 2017. I’m honored to serve as your WUULF director for a second year and pleased with the slate of programs and activities our board has put together.
The theme for this year is “Find Your Fiesta”. Our program includes fun, fellowship, and opportunities to expand your mind and share ideas with others from our faith community. We’re going to spice things up with some salsa dancing so bring your dancing shoes. We’ll have a professional instructor to lead us in some beginning moves. We’ll explore the fascinating history of spiritual groups that have traversed the New Mexican landscape with WUULF favorite, Ned O’Malia. And we’ll explore our role as UU’s in an uncertain world with our community ministers.
We are blessed this year to have both Nancy Bowen and Howell Lind as our community ministers and presenters. Nancy and Howell are well-known to the UU community from their numerous ministerial roles. I know Nancy from her work with the Mountain Desert District Unitarian Universalist Association and am looking forward to meeting Howell whose most recent post was as interim senior minister at Foothills UU in Fort Collins.
We’re having a variety of new activities this year. For the first time, we are offering an amazing opportunity to visit a sand cave meticulously sculpted by Ra Paulette. Paulette designs his caves to be transformative spaces that while underground, are filled with sunlight. We are also offering kayaking and a movie site tour around Ghost Ranch. The ranch has hosted such movies as Cowboys and Aliens, City Slickers, and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.
For those of you who have yet to experience WUULF, we gather every morning for spiritual centering with our camp ministers and again in the afternoon for social hour where we share fellowship and refreshments. Throughout the day, you can choose to attend workshops, hike the epic landscape of Ghost Ranch, or just kick back under the Wisdom Tree. We will play games, tell stories, tie dye, drum, dance and sing throughout the week.
WUULF is a family camp. We provide programming for school age kids while their parents participate in adult programming. Kids in the middle and high school programs start the week with a challenge course to build a sense of community. The kids program also includes swimming, crafts, and hiking. Our young adults have the option of joining the adult program or to do their own thing. If you sign up as a young adult, you’ll hear from the young adult group leaders to collaborate about program plans.
Registration is now open for WUULF 2017 and will remain open until May 1 or until camp fills. I am happy to report that registration fees will remain the same as last year and that we will continue to waive the registration fee for Cubs. Unfortunately, because Ghost Ranch increased their rates for the campground, we have had to increase our rates for camping, but the rates for rooms are unchanged. The room rates include all three meals per day, while campers can choose to purchase all their meals on the registration form or select specific meals directly from Ghost Ranch. We also have scholarship funds available for registration. Indoor accommodations and RV campsites fill quickly, so don’t delay if you are interested in one of those options. As always camping with a tent or a pop-up is an affordable option, and the campground has excellent amenities, such as a recently renovated bathhouse, laundry, and an ice machine.
Please ask to join the WUULF Facebook page. It’s a great way to connect with folks before and after camp. We will contact you with e-mail updates as camp gets closer. Be sure to check your packing list in the catalog. The list has been compiled through years of experience camping at Ghost Ranch. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. All of us on the board look forward to welcoming you into the WUULF community.
Clare Pramuk- 2017 WUUL F Director- Clare.firstname.lastname@example.org