Sophia Fahs R.E. Camp

         Sunday August 9, 2015 to Friday August 14, 2015
NOTE: Registration is now completely electronic through the Quinipet Registration System.
Registration will open in late February or early March.
Link to registration & information page: Registration & Information Page

Link to staff information page: Staff Information Page
Link to cell phone policy (Campers, parents & staff MUST read):  Cell Phone Policy

Sophia Fahs Camp begins on the Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm and ends Friday the 14th at 2:00 pm. The closing ceremony, to which families are invited, begins at 1:00 pm.

Sophia Fahs RE Camp is held at the 25 acre Camp Quinipet on the western shoreline at Jennings Point of Shelter Island. The facility includes recreation fields, a swimming area, dining hall, recreation hall, dorms/ cabins, nurse’s station and more. It is easily reached by car via ferries from the South and North Forks. The LIRR station is close to the North Ferry with taxi service to camp

A typical day has the following sequence of activities: Wake-up call, Breakfast, Morning Worship, Cabin Cleanup, Morning Program sessions, Lunch, Circle groups, Camp Store, Afternoon Activities, Dinner, Evening Activities, Campfire, Bedtime.

Campers choose from a variety of activities such as newspaper, drawing, drama, cooking, crafts, sports, tie-dye, swimming, stamp art, evening campfires, Talent Night, and more. Campers from all age groups enjoy these and other activities.

Campers are grouped in housing units based on the grade the camper will enter in September. Our campers reside in former “Summer Homes” with multiple rooms for 2-6 people or dorm style rooms. All housing have bathroom facilities, hot showers, safety exits, warning systems and equipment. Each house has a minimum of 2 counselors. Housing assignments are based on matching the number of campers in each age group to housing capacity.

Camp costs from $625-$775 per camper (includes T-shirt). LIAC congregants: to receive the lowest rate, the entire electronic application with medical forms and payment must be fully completed by the posted deadline on the electronic registration site.
For financial aid information, contact your UU congregation Religious Educator/Minister or click link -->: Financial Aid Instructions
The actual financial aid form is ONLY available from your DRE or minister. If they do not have the current year's forms, please contact Matthew Barish at:


Please complete a separate electronic application form for each camper. They will be acted upon as follows:

1. Applications from LIAC congregations with all completed required forms will be considered preferred. Applicants from LIAC congregations will receive a $50 discount, ONLY if applications are received prior to the deadline. Note that one of the medical forms must be completed by a healthcare professional, based on the camper’s physical exam within the past two years.  Other applicants (non-LIAC) are encouraged to apply as early as possible but will be considered as space permits folowing acceptance of LIAC applications.

2. Payment options are available:

* Full payment with all forms (PREFERRED METHOD)
* 2 payments:  Deposit with all forms and balance mailed/paid by 4/1
* Full tuition rates apply for any of the following:
          - ANY forms completed after deadline
          - Balance of payment after 4/1
          - Any incomplete information or forms
* For financial aid information, contact your UU congregation Religious Educator, minister or click link -->: Financial aid Instructions
The actual financial aid form is ONLY available from your DRE or minister.

3. Cancellation Policy: Administrative fee of $50 for all cancellations. Refunds will be made after June 15, only if the space is reassigned.

4. Wait List: For incomplete camper applications and for campers applying for already oversubscribed groups. Wait list campers will be accepted as spaces become available.

5. Information packets with schedules, housing, “what-to-bring” lists and directions will be sent to each family in mid July or will be made available on this website.

Payments can be made by credit card or checks. Checks can be sent to the LIAC treasurer:

Gretta Johnson-Sally
5 Reydon Way, Commack, NY 11725

(Make checks payable to LIAC, with 'Sophia Fahs AND CAMPER NAME' in the memo.)

For more information contact:

Allyson Barish, Administrator
516 429-5289

Patsy Kaplan, Director
516 781-4319

Matthew Barish, Co-Director
631 470-9660
Fax (561) 658-4635 (NOTE: area code is 561 NOT 516)


To provide enjoyable, practical and spiritual experiences in a safe, beautiful and natural environment that will inspire children, youth and adults to explore their identities: personal, communal and Unitarian Universalist.

Children and youth from grades 3-12, from the Long Island Area, are invited to serve as campers working toward creating a UU community for one week in August each year.  Adults from Unitarian Universalist Congregations are asked to serve as staff.   Each community member is asked to sign a Covenant, code of attitude and behavior, by which to live during our week together. We can support approximately 100 campers and a staff of approximately 35 adults including a minister.

Our camp is planned and governed by a Council of 5 members hired for this purpose by the LIAC (Long Island Area Council). In all of our programs, worship and activities we try to create a special intentional community based on caring and respect.  Our staff members are chosen very carefully; many are returning staff. We support a Youth Spirit Committee and a youth leadership component. Staff live with campers, providing care, support and interesting programming while focusing on respect, cooperation, trust and communication as they interact within the community.

- To provide a safe and friendly environment
- To encourage personal exploration and creative community building in a relaxed atmosphere
- To provide positive role modeling
- To develop a caring community for all campers and staff
- To strengthen a sense of Unitarian Universalist identity
- To connect more deeply with our 7 Principles through Program, Activities and Worship.