Opportunities to Be a Part of Summer Institute
Opportunities to Be a Part of Summer Institute

This is a guest blog post by Gina Phillips

I’d like to take a moment to tell you a little about what it’s like to receive a campership for helping make SI happen. Actually, scratch that. I’d really just like to tell you what it’s like to be a part of the work that makes SI happen. The campership, while nice, is just a bonus.

The first time I received a campership, it was for babysitting infants and preschoolers in the afternoon. Since then, I have served on the planning council, lead an afternoon workshop, and been a touchgroup leader in the youth program.

Here is what I have learned about serving at SI: it enhances my enjoyment of SI a hundredfold. There is no better way to connect to the community than to work for and with it! I have met so many wonderful people of all ages through the work I have done and many have become dear friends. By doing a variety of jobs, I have had the chance to meet the littlest campers, youth, and adults. And I have learned that they are all completely delightful! There are so many opportunities for service both during and before SI, offering a wide variety of types of work and time commitments.

There is truly no better feeling than being at the closing ceremony at the end of a wonderful week and knowing that you helped make it happen. I had this feeling after being the chair of the Summer Institute Planning Council for a year, which may seem obvious, but I also had this feeling after playing with the babies during the week, and after hanging out with the youth for a week. I have seen firsthand how all our contributions, big and small, connect us to each other and our beloved community. If you have not yet had a chance to help make the SI magic through your service, I highly encourage you to give it a try.


It takes many hands to create the magic of CERSI and your hands can play a part.  That driver who takes you around in the golf cart?  Campership.  The person who teaches you a new art?  Campership.  The nurse who patches up your kid?  Campership.  Tie dye, bookstore, choir, religious education, vespers child care.  All those activities are made possible by fellow CERSIers who applied for camperships.

Each of these positions comes with a financial thank you.  The value of the campership is tied to the actual costs and to the amount of work involved with doing the job.  While the exact amounts cannot be determined until we get this year's costs from Oberlin, last year the values ranged from $115 (level 4) to $460 (level 1).

List of available camperships

Campership application

Applications may be submitted any time before Friday, February 1, 2019.

Questions:  susanrosicgno [at] gmail [dot] com

For more information contact cer@uua.org.

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