In an effort to create an integrated religious experience for our children at our largest gathering as a faith community, the General Assembly Planning Committee (GAPC) is seeking applications for a Camp Director. The Camp Director will provide the content and implementation of a day camp that engages children in developing a spiritual practice and identity of reaching beyond the familiar in love. This builds on the 2014 theme for GA: Love Reaches Out.
The Camp Director will be responsible for both creating the curriculum and implementing that curriculum during the hours listed below. In addition, the Director will recruit, hire and supervise up to two additional volunteer assistants and will supervise the two professional (KiddieCorp) staff. After the camp, a summary report will be provided to the GAPC and the General Assembly (GA) Office no later than July 15.
The camp will be headquartered in a hotel in downtown Providence, within walking distance many activities and museums (Google Map).
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has contracted with KiddieCorp to:
Maximum number of campers: 35 (subject to change)
Age of campers: completed grade 5 – 8 or the equivalent for home schooled youth.
Wednesday, June 25, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 26, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 27, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 28, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 29, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The curriculum should actively engage children in developing a spiritual practice and identity of reaching beyond the familiar in love. Themes the curriculum should address are the changing influences of culture and context (time, location, generation, etc.) in living out Unitarian Universalism, the role of technology in church and spiritual practice, and how to live out Unitarian Universalism in the wider world. This curriculum should be grounded in Unitarian Universalism and engage children through multiple modalities.
Camps other years have included learning about our recycling and composting efforts at GA, volunteering at a local food pantry, and working in a community garden—among many other activities.
The curriculum should include plans to share and expose the activities and learnings of the children to the youth, young adult and larger GA community. Specific plans for displays, public performances, interactions with GA attendees via songs or games or other ways to educate and inform the larger community of the activities of the camp should be included in your proposal. This is intended to be an opportunity to make the children's presence known, but should not constitute the majority of the curriculum. Think about options such as creating and displaying their art work, impromptu activities that they can engage other attendees in the hallways, videos that can be put on the UUA website, petitioning attendees to take action on what they have learned, making signs for the public witness, etc. You will be able to display things in the Exhibit Hall and to engage other UUs in the hallways. You might also choose to ask the campers to attend GA communitywide events as a group.
Additionally, the GA Choir Director has agreed to include the campers in the Sunday morning worship. Therefore, you will need to provide an hour on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings for rehearsal, and plan on having the campers available for Sunday morning worship rehearsal and service. The exact time of the rehearsals will be negotiated between the Camp Director and the GA Choir Director, once those individuals have been selected.
Please refer to the GA GA schedule as you make plans for this group. There are many opportunities within General Assembly for us to truly be a multi-generational community which will benefit everyone individually and Unitarian Universalism collectively.
Your curriculum will be the property of UUA and may be distributed free-of-charge to Unitarian Universalist congregations.
You may use any of the existing UU curriculum resources and any of the local Providence resources. The total for any materials that you purchase and/or any admittance fees for all attendees and all staff must be less than $16,000.
The successful applicant will have previous experience providing day camp experiences in multi-age environments. The Camp Director will be familiar with and be responsible for implementing any and all Safe Congregations recommendations for children’s programming. The Camp Director must be knowledgeable in anti-racism/anti-oppression/multiculturalism and diversity work. Preference will be given to professional religious educators. All applicants are welcome without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, economic status, age (over 25), economic status or national origin. We deeply regret the omission of individuals with disabilities in our initial RFP.
Compensation for the Camp Director includes an honorarium of $750, six nights lodging (one room at a hotel near the convention center, determined by the General Assembly and Conference Services staff) and GA registration. GA registration is also included for up to two additional volunteers. All staff will also be fed with the children.
All applications must include:
Please assemble the materials described above and submit them to Janiece Sneegas, Director of General Assembly and Conference Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by February 15 to be considered.
Questions regarding curriculum can be addressed to General Assembly Planning Committee members Gregory Boyd, email@example.com, or Debra Gray Boyd, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions regarding compensation and budget can be addressed to General Assembly Director Janiece Sneegas, (617) 948-4207, email@example.com.
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Last updated on Monday, February 3, 2014.
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