2018 Program Topics

June 9 - 16
Helping Hands

Program Leaders: Sonja Blackstone, Bob Friedman, Morgan L'Argent, Katherine Little, Steve Schreurs
DISCOUNT: Reduced fees this week, plus additional discounts for young adults (age 18 to 35).

 Afternoon workshops will be offered on practical skills you may find useful at home. In the mornings you can use some of your new skills helping to get our buildings and grounds ready for the summer season. Project teams may include carpentry, plumbing, painting, electrical, grounds keeping, waterfront, and more. We'll have projects for campers of all ages and abilities. A major task this year is to put a new metal roof on the recently renovated StarHouse.
There are no formal youth or children's programs, but enthusiastic young workers are welcome. Camp fees are reduced and participants may apply for another program week as well. Join the UniStar family and participate in projects that will benefit camp for years to come while making memories you can cherish forever!

June 16 - 23, Youth Week 1

June 23 - 30, Youth Week 2

June 30 - July 7
Right of Passage: Immigration Then & Now

Program Leaders: Cory Caouette, Mick Caouette
 Of all the issues currently facing our country, immigration is one of the most debated and divisive. PBS filmmaker Mick Caouette, and immigration attorney Cory Caouette will take campers beyond the headlines to explore the powerful and dramatic personal journeys of courage and heroism of those longing for a better life. Through the perilous passage of our earliest immigrants to the current plight of undocumented workers, Mick and Cory will use film, interviews and personal experience to illuminate and discuss the past and present stories of those coming to America.
Cory Caouette practices family-based and employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant law in California. He is a visiting professor speaking on immigration issues and has chaired several national committees for the American Immigration Lawyers' Association. Mick Caouette has taught at Hamline University, lectured at many colleges and produced films for PBS and other organizations. Mick is currently producing a biography of Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, who combined immigration and naturalization into one department during the Roosevelt administration.

July 7 - 14
Games Inside & Out

Program Leaders: Jackie & Dave Smith
 Come play community games for all ages and abilities for this fun week at UniStar. Inside we will play traditional community games as well as learn new games from one another. Outside we will play kubb, frisbee golf, bocce, croquet and other games. Both inside and outside games will be played daily, and campers will be encouraged to initiate their own games all day long!
Dave and Jackie Smith are teachers in St. Paul, Minnesota. They play games with their children, friends, and anyone who will join them. While they are generally not very competitive, Dave refuses to play Bananagrams with Jackie.

July 14 - 21
Kick Up Your Heels

Program Leader: Caren Grantz Keljik
 Drawing on village and celebration dances from around the world and the U.S. we will spend the week learning a variety of line, circle, and set dances. The emphasis will be on upbeat, beginner-friendly dances. No dance experience is required, but we will work on a few challenge dances. From the Virginia Reel to Greek Miserlou to Albanian Pogonishte, we will learn a variety of steps and dance to music from many lands. Get ready to experience the community and camaraderie of folk dance!
Karen teaches and leads folk dancing at Tapestry Folkdance Center in Minneapolis and the Northland Recreation Lab near Amery Wisconsin, as well as at community events and private parties. She spent two weeks this year dancing in Albania and has done the same in Turkey in the past.

July 21 - 28
Pattern & Form: Mosaics & Yoga

Program Leaders: Ann Klefstad, Sheryl Furness
 Mosaics are the slow and deliberate accumulation of parts, creating patterns, lines, movement and form. Participants will learn about the long history of mosaic art, and then try their hand at creating original mosaics using tile, stone, glass, and found materials if desired. Daily yoga classes, including breathing exercises, yoga postures, meditation and relaxation techniques will also be offered. Yoga can help us become more aware of our holistic nature and the realization that we are made of mind, body and more.
Ann Klefstad is a sculptor who does public art commissions. Lately she's been fascinated with mosaic and has been working in the medium. She is excited to share her interest with you, and help you start making mosaics too!
Sheryl is a certified Yoga Teacher in the Viniyoga tradition. She completed a 200 hour, two year, training program led by Maggie Kessell with her training in the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar from India. This tradition provides unique tools that are adapted to fit a person's individual needs, conditions and life stage. She has taught for over 20 years in various settings including corporations, YWCA's, community education and hospitals.

July 28 - August 4
Triangles & Squares: Sailing & Stitching

Program Leaders: Sean Brown, Rev. Laurie Bushbaum
 Let the summer wind blow away your worries and cares. Whether you are a veteran sailor or a beginner, Sean's patience and enthusiasm for sailing will help you reach your sailing goals. Enjoy the beauty of Cass Lake from a whole new viewpoint. If you prefer land-based fun, join us to make tiny quilts (12 inches or smaller). Whether you have made several quilts or want to try quilting for the first time, this will be a relaxed and creative time with fabric. Each day will begin with a meditation as we prepare to put together scraps to make a new creation of beauty.
Sean has been sailing competitively each summer for the last 10 years. He has taught sailing at Camp UniStar and with the Twin Cities Sailing Club. Sean has also coached youth athletics, lead wilderness trips, and competed in national regattas.
Rev. Laurie Bushbaum is a UU minister who has been serving in the Upper Midwest for more than 30 years. She started quilting when she was 13 years old by inheriting an unfinished quilt from her great grandmother. She received a grant from the UU Women's Federation to create a show of 12 quilts about the spiritual journey which traveled to congregations for 3 years. She has taught quilting to inner city kids, in UU congregations, and women's groups among others.

August 4 - 11
Into the Woods: Walden as a Spiritual Guidebook

Program Leader: Rev. Bruce Johnson
 While Henry David Thoreau's Walden has long been considered a literary classic, it can also be read as a spiritual guidebook that deals with issues and questions as current and important to us as they were to Thoreau and his contemporaries. Walden invites us to consider, among other things, the practices of simplicity and right livelihood; mindfulness and meditation; community and solitude. A pioneer of environmental spirituality, Thoreau was also among the first to introduce the American public to ideas from Buddhism, Hinduism, and other eastern religions. We will take our time with Thoreau's dense text, using it as a starting point for our own dialogue on living deliberately.
Rev. Bruce Johnson has been a UU minister for 35 years, with a focus on adult religious education. He currently ministers to the UU Congregation of Duluth.

August 11 - 18
Eyes on the Island: Drawing, Painting, & Photography

Program Leaders: Araby Kelley, Diana Grandy
 Using the natural beauty of Star Island and Camp UniStar as an artistic muse, campers will explore composition and color theory. We will experiment with techniques including drawing with graphite and charcoal, painting with acrylics, and digital photography, to create artworks representing the beauty of camp. The content this week will come from camper's engagement with the world around them as they explore the island.
Araby Kelley is a Documentary video journalist, experimental filmmaker, avid photographer and Rhode Island School of Design graduate. Araby also loves drawing and painting in her free time. She grew up going to Camp UniStar, and still dreams about camp regularly.
Diana is a long-time Camp UniStar camper. Having grown up in Cass Lake, she has a good knowledge of the history of the island and the surrounding area. She has taught painting at Pinote's Pallatte in Edina, MN and has made watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings for over 25 years, taking many classes and professional workshops.

August 18 - 25
History of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe: Legends, Treaties, and Today

Program Host: Bernadine Joselyn hosting local presenters
 This week will feature presentations and conversation led by native and non-native local people with special knowledge and experience about the history and culture of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, including the history and impact of treaties on the band's relationship to the land and to the White Europeans who arrived beginning in the 18th century. In a seminar-like format, different presenters will visit camp to present throughout the week: Frank Bibeau (Ball Club), an attorney working extensively with Chippewa treaty and civil rights; Elaine Fleming (Cass Lake), Chair, Arts & Humanities Department, Leech Lake Tribal College and a former Mayor of Cass Lake; Doug Thompson (Cass Lake), Tribal Relations Specialist, Chippewa National Forest; Sean Dunham (Bemidji), Heritage Program Manager, Chippewa National Forest; and historian Cecelia Wattles McKeig (Sugar Point).

August 25 - September 1
UUs & Public Policy

Program Leader: Dane Smith
DISCOUNT: $40 discount per person for double (or more) occupancy; applies to cabin/lodge rooms and tents. We encourage you to invite friends or family members to join you for a fun week at UniStar!

This week is reserved for adults (age 18+).
 We will explore our faith's connection to politics and public policy throughout our history, with special emphasis on Minnesota. Each day's program will address different themes, including racial equity, foreign affairs, the environment, gender issues, and labor rights, considering how UUs have participated as leaders, organizers, and citizens.
Program leader Dane Smith has served as president of Growth & Justice, a progressive research and advocacy organization, for over 10 years. Previously he was a newspaper journalist, covering politics and public policy at the federal, state, and local levels for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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