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FUS Youth Program

In this issue:

  • Registering for Youth Group
  • Water Justice Project
  • Lock-In
  • Taste of Madison
  • Chaplaincy Training in Palatine, IL

Register for Youth Group by Sept. 19

34 teens attended the Sept. 7 YG meeting. Wow! What a fun, energetic group! Great to see returning YG teens! Wonderful to welcome first-timers! Now we just need to get everyone to register officially for YG. If you haven’t already, please sign up at Registration by Sept 19. There’s a section for teens to fill out and a section for parents. It costs $35 per teen to join. All FUS high school students are welcome! Questions? Contact Kelly.

Water Justice Project

FUS’s Water Sentinel Team is looking for 4–5 teens interested in helping the team educate FUS members about water justice issues. The team will present information at Oct 25-26 services and collect money to support water justice projects. See flyer near the end of this newsletter for more information. Sentinel Dick Lathrop will be at the Sept 14 YG meeting to tell you more.

Fall Lock-In at FUS, Sept. 26–27 (Must sign up by Sept. 19)

This fall’s lock-in includes a Murder Mystery game, other games, plenty of food, and lots of fun! If you want to attend, you must be registered as a YG member and have turned in your lock-in registration form by Friday, Sept 19. The cost is $10 per teen to cover dinner, breakfast, and beverages. We’ll meet in Courtyard Rooms A-C, Friday, Sept 26, at 5 pm. Check out is in the Atrium Auditorium at 9:30 am, Saturday, Sept 27. See the copy of the registration form the end for more details.
Parents, we need chaperones to be on-site the entire time teens are there (1 adult for every 5 teens) and to bring food for dinner, breakfast, and snacks. Please sign up at Parent Volunteers at Fall Lock-In or contact Deb Lawrence about chaperoning or Sandy Ligon about food.

Youth Group at Taste of Madison

25 teens and 6 adults made this year’s beverage sales at the Taste of Madison festival a thirstquenching success! While we don’t yet have totals for the amount
raised, the money should go a long way toward paying for transportation costs for the 2015 Camp Friendship summer service project. Thanks to all who helped!

Youth Chaplaincy Training, Oct. 10-11, Countryside Church, Palatine, IL

This training teaches teens to do pastoral care within the congregation. 5-8 teens can attend. Cost is $40 per teen. Some scholarships are available. From Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 pm through Sunday, Oct. 12 at 9 am. Deadline for registration is Oct. 6. If interested, contact Kelly Crocker.

Youth Group Calendar

  • Sunday, Sept. 14, 4–6 pm, Courtyard Rooms A–C
  • Youth Group meeting—Getting-to-know-you games, water communion, and more
  • Friday, Sept. 19—deadline for registering for Youth Group and Fall Lock-In
  • Sunday, Sept. 21, 4–6 pm, Courtyard Rooms A–C
  • Youth Group meeting—Grilled Cheese competition and more
  • Friday, Sept. 26, 5 pm—Saturday, September 27, 9:30 am—LOCK-IN!!
  • Sunday, Oct. 5, Planning and Youth Group Meetings
    2:45–4 pm Teens who want to help plan YG activities should come early for the planning meeting.
    4–6 pm Youth Group Meeting—1st Sunday of month worship. Plus make tie blankets to donate to homeless teens.
  • Monday, Oct. 6—deadline for registering for Youth Chaplaincy Training
  • Friday, Oct. 10—Sunday, Oct. 12, Youth Chaplaincy Training

For More Information

Go to FUS website or contact Kelly Crocker.
First Unitarian Society Youth Group Facebook page for teens
First Unitarian Society Youth Group Parent's Page Facebook page for parents
Sign-Up List for Weekly Snacks and Parent Volunteers at Fall Lock-In

FUS Youth Group – Water Justice Project
2014-15 school year

Water is essential to all life on Earth. Water is a fundamental human right and must be provided equitably to all people. The world’s freshwater resources are limited, under stress, and being used disproportionately in different countries. Clean water is too often hard to get or unavailable for many people; half of all schools in the world do not have access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

FUS Water Justice Project description:

  • • Educate FUS Youth Group and broader FUS community on water justice by researching issues and creating presentation materials
  • • Develop leadership skills and earn volunteer service hours
  • • Support “Water Justice” church service for raising funds in late October
  • • Select water justice projects for financial support
  • • Report on progress of funded projects 


  • 4-­‐5 Youth Group “interns” will work with Water Sentinel Team advisors for four weekly 2-­‐hour sessions (hours to be determined) in late September and early October preparing Water Justice Project presentation materials.
  •  Youth Group will assist in late October weekend church services to raise funds (i.e., staff project information displays and pass offertory collection baskets during church services)
  •   Interns will educate and advise entire Youth Group in voting on water justice projects for funding during November meeting.

Internship sign-­‐up:

  • Youth Group members will indicate interest in being a FUS Water Justice intern during or soon after the Sept. 14th Youth Group meeting.
    Contact: Dick Lathrop (Tel. 831-8288; email: rlathrop@wisc.edu)
  • Registration Form for September 26, 2014 - FUS Lock-in

    Page 1 - (Please keep for your reference) Who is invited: FUS Youth Group members (Other FUS youth are welcome even if he or she has not attended youth group before, but new youth must complete Youth Group registration forms & turn them into an advisor or Kelly by Friday, Sept. 19)

What & Why: Overnight lock-in to build community and have fun When: Friday, September 26 at 5:00 p.m. to Saturday September 27th at 9:30 a.m.
Registration DEADLINE is Friday, September 19, 2014. Please turn in registration form and money to an advisor or mail it to Kellyc@fusmadison.org.
Where: Check-in will be in classroom ABC. Morning check-out will be in the Atrium Auditorium.
How Much? $10 per youth will cover the cost of dinner, breakfast, and beverages.
How can parents help? We need to maintain an adult to youth ratio of 1:5, so we will need parent volunteers to chaperone. We also need parents to bring food (ready-to-serve) for dinner, breakfast, and snacks. Please sign up at Parent Volunteers at Fall Lock-In or contact Deb Lawrence about chaperoning or Sandy Ligon about food. Thank you!!!
What to bring:
● Sleeping bag
● Sleeping pad (e.g. Thermarest)
● Pillow
● Pajamas
● Personal toiletries
● A change of clothing
● Any musical instrument you might like to play
● Card games
● Board games
● Water bottle &/or travel coffee mug
● *Please bring a favorite snack to share.*
Please Contact: Rev. Kelly Crocker 608-233-9774 x112, kellyc@fusmadison.org
FUS, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI 53705
During the Lock-in you can contact:
Deb Lawrence 608-225-0138

Registration Form for September 26, 2014 - FUS Lock-in

Youth Name:__________________________________
(Please complete & return by Friday,
Sept. 19, 2014 to a Youth Group Adviser or to Kelly)

FUS Youth Group Lock-in Youth Behavior Expectations:
No Smoking, tobacco products, illegal drugs or alcohol
No sexual behavior. No sharing sleeping bags & all shirts will remain on
No weapons, fireworks or explosives
No physical or verbal abuse will be tolerated
No pets
No walk-ins or walk-outs (no leaving the FUS building).

It is possible to leave early or arrive late, but please arrange this with an adult advisor in advance & check-in when you arrive or check-out when you leave.
Any damage incurred to property or possessions not belonging to you will be paid for by the individual or
individuals who cause the damage.

Personal listening devices are permitted, but the music must be appropriate for the group. Music listed as“ parental advisory” is considered “not acceptable.”
The use of personal listening devices should not interfere with community building.

  • I will abide by the rules of First Unitarian Society, and the laws of our city and state.
  • I will model self-care by respecting myself, recognizing my physical (sleep!), emotional and psychological needs & seeking appropriate allies and professionals (when needed) with whom to process my feelings and concerns.
  • I will manage my time in order to honor my need for physical and spiritual renewal so that my needs do not interrupt or undermine my part in this faith community
  • l will contribute to the community being created at this lock-in by actively pursuing my own faith development and enrichment.

Parental Communication Consent (Circle Yes or No for each line below)

Yes No   Do you give consent for your youth’s photo & video image to be taken during activities at the Lock-in?
Yes No   Do you give permission for your youth’s name, image, work or interview to be used in a media release?
Yes No   Do you give permission for these images to be used in congregational bulletin boards, newsletters & website?

I agree to abide by the rules stated above (youth signature)  ______________________________________________________

I understand as a guardian that if my youth violates the rules that they will be subject to disciplinary action which may include being sent home (parents, please provide contact information for the evening of the event.)

Parent/Guardian signature ____________________________________________________________________

Phone number where you can be reached on September 26 & 27: _____________________________________________