CER Camps and Institutes

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There are several camps and institutes that take place in the Central East Region every year. Some of these are run by the region, others are independent groups. The camps listed at the top have made a commitment to align their safety policies with CER child and youth safety policies particularly those pertaining to background checks, sleeping arrangements, and supervision.

Summer Institute

Summer Institute is a week long family friendly, multigenerational camp held at California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, in July each year. Registration opens in March. Learn about Summer Institute.

Winter Institute

Winter Institute is a schedule free, relaxing weekend usually held on President's Weekend at Salt Fork State Park and Lodge near Cambridge, OH. Learn about Winter Institute.


Unitarian Universalist Mid-Atlantic Community (UUMAC). This multigenerational conference meets for a week in July at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. Learn more at the UUMAC website. Please note it is not a program of the Central East Region, but is independent.

Sophia Fahs UU RE Camp

Founded in 1981 by the Long Island Area Council (LIAC), Sophia Fahs Religious Education Camp is held for one week during the month of August. During that week, UUs from Long Island and the Central East Region gather together to form an intentional community based on our UU values. Our mission is to create an inter-generational UU community that provides enjoyable, practical, and spiritual experiences in a safe, beautiful and natural environment that will inspire children, youth, and adults to explore their identities. Learn more at the Camp websitePlease note it is not a program of the Central East Region, but is independent.

Murray Grove Retreat Center

This is a year round retreat center in Lanoka Harbor, NJ. It is on the location where Murray preached the first Universalist sermon in the United States. They host a number of different retreats and camps along with being available for rentals. Their Camping in the Grove event is in alignment with our safety policies. Details at the Murray Grove websitePlease note it is not a program of the Central East Region, but is independent.

Independent Camps and Conferences

Please note that these groups have not committed to align with CER youth and child safety policies and we do not endorse them as such.

  • Camp Unirondack—This is a year round traditional camp located in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York. In the summer there are week long camps for youth, children and families. Other events are scheduled in fall and spring. Learn more at the Camp Unirondack website. New in 2024 - Announcing a whole season of new camping trips, just for adult campers! From canoe camping and backpacking intro trips to wilderness leadership and wilderness art programs, we’re so excited to have you join us! Meet and find belonging in the forever-wild Adirondacks alongside other adventurous folks. All trips are fully guided, with no camping experience necessary, just bring your clothes and a sleeping bag. Learn more at their website.

For a list of camps and conferences outside of our region check out the UUA's related organizations page.