340 High St
Burlington, NJ 08016
Families with children Kindergarten to 5th Grade come together from across the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region for an unforgettable overnight retreat! The Spring Family Overnight, held at the historic Burlington Meeting House and Conference Center in Burlington, NJ, combines a sense of Quaker history with modern comforts. Our theme will explore how we create peace and make memories, recognizing and celebrating local Native American and Quaker relationships. Come ready for fellowship and fun!
We’ll prepare our meals, do crafts and activities, and worship together. We’ll gather Saturday afternoon, with plenty of time for families to settle in to their rooms, explore the meetinghouse and recreation spaces, and engage in play and activities around our theme. We prepare dinner together and eat together as a family community. In the evening we get cozy with s’mores under the starry sky and stories in front of the fire. After kids go to bed there will be space for parents to spend time with each other. On Sunday we will gather for breakfast, worship with Friends at Burlington, and finish up with plenty of time for families to get home and prepare for the coming week!
Attending a Family Overnight, Frequently Asked Questions!
Part of the idea here is an ‘It Takes a Village’ mentality that will make caring for individuals and groups easier on everyone. Younger and older kids are welcome as well! However, the activities and schedule are geared towards kids under 5th grade and their parents. We would ask each family to make the choice that makes the most sense for them. Feel free to give Melinda a call or send ChildrenandFamilies@pym.org an email to talk over details or specifics for either of these age groups.
What if I have specific needs in terms of food, schedule, sleeping arrangements, etc?
Let us know! We want to make this as possible for families as possible, and if we can help make that work, we will!
Is there scholarship or work-grants available?
Our registration includes the possibility of requesting work-grants. If you have any questions about this, feel free to email Melinda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will I need to bring?
A pillow, sheets and blankets or a sleeping bag, (beds are standard single bunk beds), flashlights, toiletries, maybe some games or toys to share. Appropriate dress for outdoor play (closed toed shoes are a must). Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast are part of the program. If you play any instruments, they can be fun to have around the fire.
Send Melinda an email and we’ll talk about trying to find someone from your area for a carpool!