Workcamps 2020

Voices for Peace

Virtual Workcamp Announcement

The workcamp office is excited to announce that we will be holding seven weeks of virtual workcamps this summer! Virtual Workcamps will be held from 4-5 pm EST every Monday from June 22nd - August 3rd. Each week will focus on one of our daily themes from our workcamp devotional book. You’ll hear a short reflection from one of our awesome workcamp directors, engage in small and large group discussions, and play some fun games with us!

Here is the schedule of our weekly themes and who you will get a chance to connect with this summer:

June 22, 2020: Deanna Beckner – Voices for Peace

June 29, 2020: Marie Benner-Rhoades and Jenna Walmer – Identifying Injustice

July 6, 2020: Ben Bear – Receiving the Call

July 13, 2020: Marissa Witkovsky-Eldred – Bringing your Voice

July 20, 2020: Walt Wiltschek – Building the Body

July 27, 2020: Eric Landram – Singing in Harmony

August 3, 2020: Lori Walmer – Going out with Joy

Each week, participants who registered for 2020 workcamps will receive a Zoom link via email to join these gatherings. If someone who was not registered for workcamps would like to join the Zoom calls, they can be in touch with the workcamp office at for the link and to receive an electronic version of the devotional book that will be followed in the sessions. We will record the director’s reflection and post it on our Facebook page so that participants who can’t join the call can watch later. Participants have also been sent a link to an electronic copy of our workcamp participant devotional book. This book includes daily themes and scriptures, reflection questions, and some fun activities. Participants are encouraged to use this resource and follow along as they join our Zoom sessions and learn how to be a Voice for Peace in their communities!

Our team wants to connect with all of our workcamp participants, friends, and supporters during this time! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cobworkcamps), and Instagram (@cobworkcamps) to get announcements from us, learn how to cook and do crafts with Kara and Liana, and explore different ways to serve during COVID-19.

We miss all of you! Stay safe and healthy!

COVID-19 Updates

It is with a heavy heart that we are writing to announce the decision to cancel all workcamps this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In cancelling workcamps, we are choosing to prioritize health and safety and protect workcamp participants, local communities, and service site partners from unnecessary risk. Please know that this was not an easy decision to make and that we will greatly miss serving alongside each and every one of you.

Although we cannot gather in person, we are excited to announce that we have a new plan to stay connected to all of you this summer. We will be offering weekly times of connection, reflection, and fellowship from the end of June to the beginning of August. Stay tuned for more information to come!

What about money? You have three options when it comes to the money you’ve already paid toward workcamps:

  1. You can donate any portion of what you have already paid as a gift to support Church of the Brethren ministries. We will refund anything beyond what you would like to donate.
  2. If you make a donation of $75.00 or more, you will receive a 2020 workcamp t-shirt as a “thank you” for supporting the workcamp ministry. If you make this donation, you may also choose to receive a printed version of the 2020 participant devotional book in addition to the digital copy mentioned above.
  3. You can choose to receive a full refund of all money that you paid, including your original deposits.

If you haven’t received a refund yet, please take a minute to fill out this short form so we know which of the above options works best for you.

If you’ve already received your workcamp refund, but would like to donate please do so here. Under “Fund” please select “Core Ministries” and under “Additional Gift Notes” please type “Workcamp Donation” and the name of the workcamp participant who was registered for this summer.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of this please don’t hesitate to reach out to the workcamp office at or 847-429-4337.

We continue to pray for all of you, for those who are ill with COVID-19, for their families, and for the front-line workers who are responding to this crisis. May we find healing in each other, peace in God’s everlasting presence, and hope in the ways that God continues to move in and through all of us.

Summer Program

Workcamps are short-term service trips that challenge us to be more aware of ourselves, our communities, and our world so that we may learn to participate in God’s vision of justice for all people.

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Spring Break 2020

Brethren Volunteer Service now offers a spring break service trip for college students. Check back in the fall for information about the 2021 spring break trip.

Theme Scripture: Romans 15:1-6 (The Message)

Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, "How can I help?" That's exactly what Jesus did. He didn't make it easy for himself by avoiding people's troubles, but waded right in and helped out. "I took on the troubles of the troubled," is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it's written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we'll be a choir - not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!