Half Yearly Meeting
A Family Friendly Event
November 25 – 28, 2021
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, Florida
Half Yearly Meeting is a family friendly serendipitous 4 days over Thanksgiving weekend when Friends come together for good food and good company in Wekiwa Springs State Park. We have exclusive use of the Youth Camp, a natural setting with rustic cabins, ADA lodging, dining hall, kitchen, and conference hall.
There’s lots to do! Enjoy swimming in the springs, canoeing and kayaking, and biking or hiking the nature trails. (You may bring your own bikes, canoes, and kayaks, or rent them from the Park’s concession.) Volunteers lead workshops, worship sharing, crafts, and games. And on Saturday night, we have a talent show — Friends bring music, skits, poems, stories, and jokes to share. Come for an afternoon, an overnight, or the whole weekend!
GOOD NEWS! Registration Fees are Pay-as-Led! This year, Half Yearly Meeting registrants are invited to choose the amount they will pay to attend. Some registrants may be able to pay more to help cover the costs, others less or nothing. We want you to attend, whatever amount you are able to pay!
Half-Yearly Meeting kicks off with Thanksgiving dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Turkey is provided – bring a side dish to share!
We prepare all the meals ourselves – help out, get to know Friends from all over SEYM, and have FUN! We will accommodate allergies and other dietary restrictions as much as possible; indicate restrictions on your registration form, or contact HYM Food Coordinator Caroline Kaufmann as early as possible.
The Wekiwa Youth Camp has group cabins. Unfortunately, we cannot use tents in this area. Families and friends are housed together as requested. Attenders 18-35 years old can opt to stay together in a “Young Adult” cabin. Gender-neutral housing and ADA compliant cabins are available. The infirmary building has burned down, so there is limited availability of heated cabins with bathrooms. Bring your own bedding and blankets!
HYM is a great opportunity for youth and families to connect, play, and relax! Youth are welcome to attend HYM with either their parent/guardian, or an adult sponsor who will be present and is willing to be responsible for them the whole time they are there.
HYM Works Because Everyone Pitches In!!!
- Meal Preparation and Cleanup
- Sunday Cleanup: everyone, please! Sign-up in the dining hall when you arrive.
- Discussion Sessions: lead a discussion about the environment, Quakerism, spirituality. Contact Brian Olson
- Imagination Stations: bring anything that sparks creativity: crafts, games, outdoor games, science projects, etc. Contact B
- Talent Show: musical instruments, skits, or stories to share.
- Worship Sharing: set a time, bring some queries.
- Photographer: capture our memories then send your photos to the SEYM office, firstname.lastname@example.org.