UBarU Family Camp

Spend time with your family in the beautiful Texas Hill Country! This Memorial Day weekend of camp will offer opportunities to learn, grow, and share as a family, as well as opportunities for parents to enjoy some free time and activities designed just for them. Kiya Heartstone and Rev. Betty Skwarek will lead the musical programming and worship.  Other activities will include cookouts, campfires, archery, swimming, games, nature education, and star party (pending conditions).  Programming is being planned for kids and adults. Cost is $180 for adults until 4/15 (then $200) and kids ages 5-12 are $90 until 4/15 (then $100).  Kids 4 and younger are free.  Arrive after 4:00 for dinner on Friday evening.  Weekend includes lodging accommodations in the Dwight & Marie Brown and all your (on-campus) meals from Friday dinner to Monday breakfast.  A field trip to Kerrville on Sunday morning for church and/or lunch is often part of the weekend as well. Well-behaved, vaccinated canines are welcome this weekend.  Dogs must relate well to other dogs and humans, be supervised by their owners at all times and leave no "gifts" for anyone to step in.   Full schedule below. 

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Kiya Heartwood (Stealin Horses, Wishing Chair) is an award-winning UU singer-songwriter. Kiya tours nationally and internationally as a solo artist and as the "band" for her life partner Rev. Meg Barnhouse. Originally from Kentucky, Kiya makes her happy home in Austin, TX. Kiya has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the Honors program at the University of Kentucky, a B.A. in Music Composition from Converse College in South Carolina and a M.A. in Cultural Studies (Folklore) from Norwich University in Vermont. She is currently studying at Starr King School for the Ministry in their MDiv. program.

Rev. Betty Skwarek is a community minister affiliated with Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church in Cedar Park, Texas.  Her ministry, Unitarian Universalist Free Range Ministry, reaches out to everyone who wants to explore religious ideas, organizations, and practices from a liberal perspective and is not able to do that effectively in traditional religious settings. Her Masters of Divinity is from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Ministry is her third career. The first was teaching elementary school, and the second was serving Unitarian Universalist Congregations as a religious educator.

Accommodations: We will be sleeping in the new Dwight & Marie Brown Center, primarily in bunk beds, although there are also a few queen-sized beds in each suite (available if you added that to your registration). Tent camping (bring your own tent) is also allowed. Each bunkhouse suite has central heat and air and one common bathroom. Additional bathrooms, sinks, and shower stalls are available one door down. Due to the communal sleeping arrangements, this event is not suitable for infants who are not sleeping through the night. There is an option to reserve one of the 8 private rooms in the Dwight & Marie Brown Center for you family of up to 4 people (queen bed and 2 bunks). Please look for that option when you register, if you like.

What to bring:


    Towel & washcloth

    Pillow, sheets & blanket (or sleeping bag)

    Comfortable clothing

Sturdy, comfortable shoes (especially if you plan to hike, as the terrain is rocky. Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended for outdoor activities.)

sun screen

water bottle

    Flashlight (with a red light option preferred)



        Swimsuit, water shoes & beach towel


        Anything you would enjoy doing during free time: reading, journaling or drawing materials, puzzles, cards, board games, etc.

        Snacks and/or beverages

  We have a microwave and refrigerator available if you chose to bring supplemental foods.

Friday May 24 - Monday May 27, 2019

Please feel free to contact Robyn Stout director@ubaru.org or 830-460-6002, with any other questions or concerns you may have about the retreat. We are looking forward to spending a relaxing and spiritually rich weekend with you!