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Activities and Workshops

Download the complete schedule!

Retreat_Program_2016.pdf

You will receive a paper copy at check-in at Camp Tockwogh.

Activities

Welcome Barbeque and Campfire Sing-Along

After a barbeque dinner Friday, come join in for some informal singing (song sheets available) with guitar accompaniment. We will enjoy the outdoors, talk with friends and make some s’mores together. (Hot dogs for roasting and other snacks will be available for late-comers.) (Welcome Barbeque: Inside and outside Sharp Hall, 6:00 - 7:00pm Friday; Campfire Sing-Along: fire circle outside Sharp Hall, 7:30 - 9:00pm Friday)

Yoga in the Morning

Deb Peck will lead a gentle yoga practice before breakfast to help you start the day centered and energized. Remember to bring your yoga mat! (Recreation Hall on Saturday, Athletic Field/Chapel on Sunday; 7:00 - 7:45am both days)

Welcome and Community-Building Activity

Gather after breakfast to greet old and new friends before heading off for workshops and camp activities. (Sharp Hall; after breakfast Saturday)

Middle School and High School Low Ropes Course

Teens’ team-building activity with camp staff (Meet at Sharp Hall; 9:00 - 10:15am Saturday Middle School, 10:15 - 11:30am Saturday High School)

Camp Activities

  • Archery
  • Boating – motorboat rides and canoes and kayaks
  • Swimming Pool

Archery, boating, and the pool will be available during workshop periods on Saturday (9:40 - 11:30am and 1:00 - 2:50pm). Archery and boating will also be available Sunday 10:30 - 12:00. The pool will also be open 2:00 - 4:00pm Sunday.

Childcare

During workshop periods (9:40 - 11:30am), the porch chat (4:15 - 5:15pm), and Sunday's worship service (9:15 - 10:15am), childcare for children 5 and under will be provided by one of RRUUC's own professional childcare providers, Aurora Sanchez.

Old-Fashioned Picnic Games and Kick-Ball

Saturday morning (9:40 - 11:00), come meet in the field for some old-fashioned fun with Doran Flowers – three-legged races, sack races, egg toss, and other games for all ages. On Saturday afternoon (1:00 - 2:30), Ilir Zherka will organize a kick-ball game for teens and adults.

Ministers' Porch Chat

Come join the RRUUC ministers for an informal discussion with your fellow congregants on the porch. (Sharp Hall Porch; 4:15 - 5:15pm)

Vespers Service

A retreat favorite – a meditative vespers service by the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, led by Reverends Louise and Nancy. All ages are welcome to join this special service of music and contemplation together. We end with a spiral dance as the sun sets. (Chapel and Field; 7:15 - 8:00pm)

Variety Show

Saturday night at Camp Tockwogh we create WAVES ON THE CHESAPEAKE: Live! Action! Entertainment! Calling on River Roaders of ALL ages…storytellers, musicians, poets, comedians. Seeking performers who are “outta da box” funny or seriously talented. Can you hop, bop, rap, schpiel, yodel? How about that fashion show a few years ago…all fashions made out of duct tape! Voices of sages blending with the fluidity of movement and ideas offered by our 21st century types. 20th Century “Foxes” pumping up the rec hall with the Millenials and the GenZs! Bring it ON! (Sharp Hall; 8:30 - 9:30pm)

Owl Walk

Join Doris Brody and Howard Schwartz to look for the Tockwogh screech owls. Most years we have both heard and seen these little guys. (Meet outside Sharp Hall; 8:30pm)

Sunday Worship Service

Rev. Louise will lead this special worship service for all ages under the trees. We will have Water Communion, so bring a small amount of water from any location, or use the water provided. Our Sunday water rituals at RRUUC and the Retreat will focus on honoring and preserving Chesapeake Bay. (Amphitheater, 9:15 - 10:15am Sunday)


Workshops

Nature Walk

Join Joe Saliunas for a nature walk, where we will explore some of the different habitat areas at the camp and observe, smell, and maybe even taste what nature has to offer. Past years have offered spicebush swallowtail larva, migrating warblers, ripe pawpaws, soaring bald eagles and the red fruit from Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Bring binoculars if you have them, and comfortable shoes and long pants are recommended. (Meet at Sharp Hall; 9:40 - 10:30am)

Personal Histories

You know you have a relative or friend you have been wanting to interview, to capture his or her memories. This workshop will give an overview of conducting such oral histories and then provide some hands-on experience. If you have one, bring your smart phone to do some recording. Participants will leave with a handout to reinforce techniques. Led by Joan Zenzen, a historian who has completed more than 200 oral history interviews. (Recreation Hall; 9:40 - 10:30am)

Retreat Choir

Come and help us send some sweet music out over the bay! Singers of all abilities are welcome to this relaxed time of singing and getting to know one another with RRUUC music director Clif Hardin. We’ll sing some simple things, like rounds and folk songs, just for fun. Then we'll work on preparing music for the Sunday morning service. Adults only. (Chapel; 10:15 - 11:30am)

Current Events

Veteran journalist and former Supreme Court correspondent Tim Phelps will talk about how the presidential election will impact the Supreme Court. (Sharp Hall; 10:40 - 11:30am)

Writers in the Woods

Gather to create short writings on a range of thought-provoking and fun topics led by Lis Handley. The results will be shared with the group — with no judgment or discussion. The process of writing and hearing ourselves read aloud can re-awaken us to truths in our lives. (Recreation Hall, 10:40 - 11:30am)

Build Your Own Rocket

This is a fun craft activity, open to middle school and up; elementary schoolers are welcome with an adult helper. We will build our own rockets and then launch them Sunday on the athletic field. Led by Hugh Abrams-Helde and Greg Thomas. (Sharp Hall; 1:00 - 2:30pm)

From Family Stress to Family Strength

This workshop is for adults. Leyla Kenny, Ph.D., will talk about how our high stress environment can make parenting challenging. We will discuss some common family stressors and help you think about your coping styles to foster family health. Leyla is on faculty at the Washington School of Psychiatry and adjunct faculty at Catholic University. (Sharp Hall; 1:00 - 1:50pm)

Guided Meditation

Learn about and experience mindfulness meditation with Linda Ryden. Through sound, breathing, visualization, and movement we'll learn how to get a bit of peace in a crazy overwhelming world. This session will be appropriate for children with their parents and other adults interested in learning about mindfulness. (Recreation Hall; 1:00 - 1:50pm)

Book Discussion of The Third Reconstruction by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

The Third Reconstruction, by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, tells the story of William Barber and the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina. The story he tells embeds the current movement in the larger story of racial and economic justice movements since the Civil War. He demonstrates his conviction that justice movements are born in response to local experiences of larger injustices and that such movements thrive only when those involved do the hard work of coalition building. Drawing on the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, while making room for other sources of truth, Barber challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, even when there is no reasonable expectation of political success. This discussion will be led by Rita Parks and Nancy Cedar. (Sharp Hall; 2:00 - 2:50pm)

Learn About the Bay

Young scientists and adventurers (age 6 years and above) are invited to join a hands-on exploration of the Chesapeake Bay! What animals live in the water? On the land? How have people made a living for hundreds of years? How are scientists changing the bay? Are people making a mess or are we making it better? What do the official spice and the official state cake of Maryland have to do with the bay? Come join us to find out! Led by Monika Blaumueller and John Collins. (Recreation Hall; 2:00 - 2:50)