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.

Winter Eliot 2021
In-Person at Seabeck!

Your Eliot Board has decided that given the success of in-person Creative Arts Eliot 2021, we will be proceeding with an in-person Winter Eliot 2021 at Seabeck. We are thrilled to be welcoming campers back to Seabeck as we bring in 2022 with our beloved community!

As we move through these difficult times, we are learning how to gather in-person as safely as possible. At Creative Arts Eliot 2021, campers were delighted to gather in-person, compliance with safety protocols was good, and there were no reported occurrences of covid. However, campers younger than 12 could not join us, and this vibrant sector of our community was sorely missed. Since, Eliot’s purpose is to create camps where people of all ages can come together in community, the Eliot Board has fine-tuned the vaccine requirement for camp attendance.

We are delighted that we can once again have young children back to camp, and in order to do so, we have the following stipulations for attendance:

  1. All campers who are eligible for the covid vaccine must be fully vaccinated to attend Winter Eliot.
  2. Those ineligible for vaccination, due to health exemptions or because the vaccine isn’t approved for their age group, need to provide proof of a negative PCR test that was administered no more than 72 hours before camp begins.
  3. We expect the vaccine for children age 5-11 will be authorized in the US by late October, which would mean that they, too, would be required to be fully vaccinated. If not, you would need to provide proof of a negative PCR test for your children, which was administered no more than 72 hours before camp begins.

Campers who require a negative PCR test because of vaccine ineligibility can apply to Eliot for cost recovery of their PCR test, if that financial assistance is needed. Here are the pertinent dates that must be adhered to, if you wish to attend:

  • You must have received your second dose of a two-shot vaccine or the single shot vaccine no later than December 14, 2021.
  • If ineligible for the vaccine the earliest time to have the PCR test administered is 2:00pm on December 25, 2021.

I'm sure you're wondering what camp will look like and what will be required of campers. As they did for Creative Arts Eliot, in the months and weeks leading up to camp, Eliot's Health and Safety (H&S) Committee will meet to establish protocols in our ever-changing pandemic environment. Every week seems to bring updated advice from the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health. The H&S Committee will keep a close eye on this advice and protocols for camp will be adjusted as the start of camp approaches. We want our safety protocols to always be current leading up to camp.

Because of the pandemic and our understanding that different folks have different risk thresholds, comfort levels, and work obligations, for Winter Eliot 2021, we are changing our cancellation policy to make it easy for people to register for camp early, and adjust if needed. As long as you cancel before camp begins at 2pm on December 28, 2021 your deposit and any additional payments made for camp will be fully refunded to you.

Registration for Winter Eliot 2021 is in full swing! And, since there is no financial risk in doing so, get your spot so you can put Winter Eliot camp on your calendar to fill you with warm fuzzies for the cold months ahead.

As we are fine-tuning protocols, registered campers will be kept apprised of expectations regarding masking, social distancing, ventilation, and all other requirements so that we have a fun and safe experience at camp.

See you at camp!
       The Eliot Board         

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==> So much fun, I appreciated the children's program and the variety of events for campers. I especially appreciated the Salish Sea outing, The Last Night Festival activities, the opportunities for making and sharing music, and the existence of a central gathering place for Happy Hour. The whole thing was a really great experience for my daughter and me. Thank you so much!!!
First Time Camper from Washington.