Fort Parker Fall Retreat

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Date(s) - 11/02/2018 - 11/04/2018
15:00 - 12:00

Fort Parker State Park


You are invited to join us at Fort Parker State Park for our annual Fall Retreat! For more than 40 years, we’ve gathered our families and friends for a weekend of relaxed family-friendly fun. Activities include music (bring your instruments and voices!), board games, crafts, canoeing/kayaking, walks in the woods, visiting playgrounds, campfires, spooky stories, midnight graveyard walks, stargazing, and reading on the back porch as you overlook Lake Mexia. Below are all the details, including cost (very affordable, with confidential scholarships available), eating and sleeping arrangements, and general guidelines for the week. In addition, we’re excited that the Group Barracks (where we stay) have been freshly renovated for accessibility and improved heating/AC and restrooms.

Fort Parker is open to all UUs and friends, so get the word out! No reservations are necessary–just show up and enjoy.


DATE: November 2 to 4, 2018 (3 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Sunday)

PLACE: Fort Parker State Park Group Barracks (between Groesbeck and Mexia)

FACILITIES: Large recreation-dining hall-kitchen, recreation building, fishing dock, heated/air conditioned cabins, restrooms, indoor plumbing/hot showers, acres of beautiful outdoors – land, lake (w/ fishing pier). Bunk beds have mattresses – bring bedding & pillows.

PETS: Pets are not allowed in the buildings, please leave your dogs at home.

FOOD: Eating arrangements are handled by pooling. Bring food according to the following menus: Fri supper: hot dogs, veggies and trimmings (or eat before you come) Sat & Sun breakfast: usual stuff – cereal, sweet rolls, etc. / People often make eggs, other breakfast food. Sat lunch: casseroles and salads (prepared at home and refrigerated there) Sat supper: Grilled items such as hamburgers or veggies and trimmings / Between meal snacks: goodies, junk food, beer, sodas, etc.

Everyone helps w/ preparations and clean-ups. No cooking or eating utensils are provided. Bring disposable eating utensils or plan to wash your own. A large gas stove/oven, refrigerator /freezer, and icemaker are available. Those who prefer can grocery shop at nearby towns.

COST: Cost of the facilities is divided among those present and will probably run about $40/adult (no charge for children school-age and younger) for the weekend, $20/adult for Saturday only. (The additional park entry fee does not apply, but stop and check in at the park headquarters if it’s open.) [A limited number of anonymous and confidential “scholarships” are available for any for whom the fee would preclude participation; contact Kris Cervantes if this might apply to you.]

ACTIVITIES: Activities (usually unplanned!) might include MUSIC (lots!), dominoes, cards, talking, group jig-saw puzzles, rock painting, canoeing/boating, jogging, fishing, exploring nature, loafing, stargazing, hiking. Any with activities they wish to share are encouraged to do so. Over the years, we have had boat rides, magic shows, stained glass window making, peace ribbon making, treasure hunts and ghost stories. And, as usual, we’ll probably be making paper angels for our annual Angel Tree.

YOUTH BEHAVIORAL GUIDELINES: We ask that parents ensure their youth are aware of and adhere to the following guidelines for participant behavior: (1) no drugs, alcohol, firearms or fireworks, (2) no sex or patently sexual behavior, (3) children and teens must sleep in the same cabin with their parent(s) or other responsible adult.

CLEAN-UP & CHECK-OUT: By 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, the facilities must be cleaned and all items returned to their places – we must leave it as we found it. The buildings must be swept, the kitchen & bathrooms cleaned and mopped. Please plan to stay long enough to help with the clean-up, BUT DO NOT MOP THE LODGE UNTIL AFTER 9 A.M. (Also, we must pay for any missing items or damages to property.)

GENERAL INFO: Reservations/advance notice not required. You are welcome to just show up! Although organized by members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waco, it is not just for UUs or Wacoans, and it is not a “churchy” thing – it’s just fun!

Questions? Contact JANE KITTNER (254-722-7180;

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