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Ferry Beach Weekend Retreat 2019

NSUU Ferry Beach Retreat will take place the Weekend of October 4-6, 2019. Church Members and friends are invited and encouraged to come .  Registration forms are due soon.  June 2nd, 2019.  You may download the form here and send with check for lodging costs to: Cheryl Ferris at:  1 Blaisdell Terrace, Ipswich, MA 01938…..or give directly to Cheryl at church.  Please don’t just leave at church.

These links will download the forms as Microsoft Word documents.

Ferry Beach Registration Form 2019

NSUU Ferry Beach Scholarship Request Form




Friday, October 4-Sunday, October 6, 2019



WHAT IS FERRY BEACH?:  Ferry Beach is a UU owned conference facility on the coast in Southern Maine.  NSUU has a long history of going there for an annual weekend retreat for fellowship, fun and relaxation.  This will be our third year sharing our weekend with the North Parish UU church of North Andover.  They are a large, good natured bunch of folks.  There is usually a pretty busy schedule of activities for the weekend including games, a talent/no talent show, a dance, an evening fire, bike rides, kayaking, swimming (maybe not in October), meditation walk, Sunday worship, etc. More specific detail to come.  You can do all of it or none and just hang out and relax.  A good time to get to know other church members too.


WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE CHANGES?:  Because of health and safety regulations and need to upgrade facilities, policies have changed.  More accountability, changes up and down with some of the pricing, more restrictions on reporting our numbers and cancellations, changes in dorm and bed configurations and changes in dining options.  It’s not all bad…they are upgrading the rooms, dining prices for 9-17 yr olds are down, under age 8 are free and there are promises to offer better vegetarian options for meals.



LODGING:  For us, we stay in the Underwood dormitory.  Maximum 3 per room, a single bed and set of bunks in each room and one queen bed room for 2 (1stcome, 1stserve).  Families or groups over 3, speak to Cheryl Ferris directly at church or at 978-660-7104 to see about alternative arrangements. Shared bathrooms with showers. Bring your own linens or sleeping bags. CAMPSITES:  Each campsite has a 5 person limit.  There is electricity at each site and two bath houses with shower and toilets.


Dining:   Friday night is on your own.  We will not be allowed to bring or keep any outside food into the DeWolfe dining hall. However, we will be checking people in Friday afternoon/evening at the Quillen house Dolphin room and food will be allowed there. Many people do take out. There will be a 4 meal buffet food plan and “a la carte meals” for Sat. lunch and dinner only.  Each person will receive a non-transferrable wrist band for meals.  ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED for adult consumption, cannot be stored in FB refrigerators so should be stored in coolers and locked up in cars.


Check In/Check Out:  Check in anytime after 4 pm on Friday at Quillen/Dolphin Hall.  Check out is by 10 am on Sunday but you can move your things to your car and stay on the grounds until 4 pm. Also, dorms will be locked at 10 pm and you will be given a code to get in.  Please let us know of late arrivals (after 8 pm)


NSUU Ferry Beach Things to Know


SATURDAY COMMUTERS:  There is now a $10 day use fee not including any meals.  You must register. For the day and meals


NO PETS:  Except for service dogs with appropriate certification. Not a new policy.




SUPERVISION:  Youth and children under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult at all times and will not be permitted to be in any building, on the beach or swimming (there is no lifeguard) without an adult.  Parent/Guardian with teens must sign a “Teen Agreement” if that group wants to allow teens to have unsupervised time and will be responsible for them.


REGISTRATION, PAYMENT AND CANCELLATIONS:  We will have to report our lodging/campsite numbers sooner (please see deadlines for registration and payment on registration sheet). Please see cancellation policy as well.

SCHOLARSHIPS:  NSUU is able to provide some scholarship money for those who could not attend otherwise. Please fill out scholarship form and give or send to Cheryl Ferris, 1 Blaisdell Terrace, Ipswich, MA 01938 by May 29th.  If anyone is able to help out with a donation, that would be appreciated as well.


FIND OUT MORE:  For more information about Ferry Beach, visit their website at:

https://www.ferrybeach.org or call Cheryl Ferris 978-660-7104 or email cbferris@gmail.com