Eliot Institute creates and supports an intentional, inclusive community of celebration, friendship, and joy with opportunities for exploration, spirituality, and growth for Unitarian Universalists, their families and friends 

Who Comes to Eliot?

People young and old come to Eliot, from infants to seniors. Most are from Unitarian Universalist churches in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon.

Our camps are fully accessible to campers of all physical abilities.

Usually 20 or more churches will be represented. Some people come in extended family groups as large as 12, including non-church members. Many others come as singles. The summer conferences usually have around 250 participants and can be as high as 40% children and youth. Winter Eliot is especially popular with young adults. Most campers have attended in the past, but there are always newcomers as well.

Eliot Response to COVID-19

Dear Elioteers,

Your Eliot board and staff are thinking of you and hoping that you and your families are able to be together and support one another during this difficult and uncertain time. I hope you are reaching out to your Eliot community as well.  Social distancing is something we Elioteers are familiar with, we have to do it every year after camp, yet magically, when we come together again, it’s like no time has passed.

We would like to assure you that Eliot will remain viable into the future.  Due to excellent governance and stewardship over the years, we are financially strong and able to withstand the possibility of not being able to run camps in the near future.

Your Executive Committee has met to discuss what the ever-changing COVID-19 situation means for our upcoming camps. We cannot predict what will happen, and how this will impact our coming together in community at Seabeck this year. However, as of today, here is our plan and we will keep you informed as things transpire over the coming months:

As of today (March 23), your Eliot Board intends to proceed as planned with summer & winter camps.

  1. In the event that Seabeck Conference Center is closed this summer, we will cancel any summer camps the closure would impact.
  2. In the case of cancellation, all deposits and additional funds already paid on camp invoices will be repaid to you. If you wish to designate all or part of that refund as a donation to support Eliot and/or Seabeck, we will transfer those funds accordingly.
  3. If cancellation becomes necessary, your Eliot Program Committee will plan and arrange an alternate, technology-supported program for you to participate in if you wish.
  4. If camp proceeds as planned, we understand that some of you may still feel it necessary to stay home and cancel your attendance. Therefore, for summer 2020 camps, we have revised our cancellation policy.  If you feel you need to cancel, for any reason, up until the time that camp begins, you will receive a full refund of both your deposit and any additional funds already paid.  Again, if you wish to designate all or part of that refund as a donation to support Eliot and/or Seabeck, we will transfer those funds accordingly.

Seaback has an excellent relationship with Kitsap Public Health District, and they are in constant talks with them to keep apprised of emerging information and recommendations in order make decisions in the best interest of Seabeck user groups.  Eliot will remain in close discussion with Seabeck as well.

In keeping with the strong spirit of our Eliot community, please stay in touch with each other with words of support, connection, and inspiration during these challenging times. Please look for the Eliot Institute Facebook page as one way to stay in touch.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.  Stay safe, informed, and healthy.

All the best,
Rachelle Lee
Eliot Board President 2020
Email:  [email protected]; Phone:  403-680-2250

Newcomers are always welcome!

Eliot adds so much to our lives. Help us sustain and strengthen this wonderful camp experience.  Grow Eliot 2019 is a four-day event to raise money to enrich our Eliot experience without increasing camp fees.  Click on the "Grow Eliot" logo to donate.


    April 19-22, 2019

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==> Eliot is magical. Caring people, love, music, intimacy, children and adults together. What more could anybody want?
Longtime Elioteer from Oregon