2017 Workcamp schedule

Picture key to ID different types of work

Please use this key as a rough guide to what kind of work will be available each workcamp. Keep in mind that work projects at any site are subject to change.

Hand
emphasis on relational service
Plant
gardening and eco-service
Hammer
construction, painting, etc.
Soup
food bank, soup kitchen
Box
thrift store, packaging clothes

Jr. High

Completed 6th – 8th grade

  1. June 11-15
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    (20 participants)
    $275

    Beginning right after National Junior High Conference, and only 30 minutes away, this workcamp partners with On Earth Peace to serve the Brethren Housing Association (BHA), which has a long history in the community. BHA helps to provide housing and social services to homeless individuals and families in the Harrisburg area. BHA also aids in the transition to permanent housing, continuing or completing educational goals, and job placement. Work with BHA could include renovations, yard work, painting, and cleaning. There may also be a chance to work with a local soup kitchen. Time will be split between working and adventuring in peace education. Workcampers will stay at Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren and will get the opportunity to explore Pennsylvania’s capital city.

  2. June 15-19
    Broadway, Virginia - John Kline Homestead (6 Spots Remaining)
    (12 participants)
    $275

    When the Civil War began in 1861, Virginia was at the heart of this struggle between neighbors. Elder John Kline devoted his life to a ministry of healing and peacemaking during the Civil War era. He crossed the boundaries between north and south, caring for all in the body of Christ. Experience John Kline’s homestead and help preserve his home and property as a historic landmark. Work may include cleaning, painting, and doing yard work, as well as spending time learning about deep-rooted Brethren heritage.

  3. June 24-28
    Harrisonburg, Virginia - New Community Project
    (15 participants)
    $275

    Come venture to the Shenandoah Valley to work with New Community Project (NCP) at their Sustainable Living Homestead! NCP is working to rehabilitate and build up local homeless and refugees by providing shelter, skills training, and an opportunity to heal by working with nature. At NCP, we will learn about sustainable practices, garden at the community farm, hear the stories of transformation from residents, and greet new friends!

  4. July 16-20
    Baltimore, Maryland (CLOSED)
    (25 participants)
    $275

    This workcamp partners with Baltimore County Christian Workcamp, a church-run organization dedicated to improving the lives and homes of impoverished residents in Baltimore County. Work will focus on repairing homes in Baltimore’s neighboring communities. Learn home improvement skills, possibly including building wheelchair ramps, installing railings, painting, re-tiling floors, gardening, or clearing out yard debris. Build relationships with home owners by working with them and hearing their stories. Mays Chapel United Methodist Church will host this workcamp as participants work to repair homes in a city with one of the highest poverty and crime rates in our nation. Explore Baltimore, the Inner Harbor, and all that the city has to offer.

  5. July 18-22
    Roanoke, Virginia
    (25 participants)
    $275

    Greetings from Roanoke! In this city nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, workcampers may serve with some of the following agencies: Roanoke Rescue Mission, Samaritan Inn, and RAM House. The Roanoke Rescue Mission was founded over 60 years ago and works to serve meals, provide shelter for men, women, and children each day, and assist thousands of families each year with clothing and shoes. RAM House works to help those that are homeless and poverty-stricken to move from dependency to self-sufficiency through financial aid, employment counseling, and a hot meal daily. The Samaritan Inn is an organization that provides daily meals as well as a daily worship service. Come to Roanoke to be hosted by First Church of the Brethren and to live in community with people from all walks of life.

  6. July 24-28
    Milford, Indiana - Camp Alexander Mack
    (25 participants)
    $275

    Join us amidst the golden cornfields and idyllic lakes of Indiana at one of the largest Church of the Brethren camps. Since 1925, Camp Alexander Mack (Camp Mack for short) has provided a safe place for ministry, experiencing nature, and connecting with friends—what started as a cornfield, this place holds special memories for so many people. We will work at camp and spend some time together in the great outdoors and camp buildings. Come say hello to the friendly staff and wildlife at Lake Waubee!

Sr. High

Completed 9th grade – age 19

  1. June 7-13
    North Fort Myers, Florida - ECHO
    (25 participants)
    $375

    For youth who want to discover practical and innovative ways of producing food in impoverished lands, this workcamp offers fresh and challenging insights into agriculture and the environment. Mission and development staff from around the world travel to Florida to learn from ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organizations). Work alongside staff and interns to aid in construction projects and work in ECHO’s fields and gardens to grow and harvest crops. The Saving Grace Church of the Brethren will host this workcamp as participants enjoy the natural beauty of south Florida and cultivate determination to see global hunger turned around.

  2. June 8-14
    Santa Ana, California
    (25 participants)
    $425

    Located in beautiful Santa Ana, Principe de Paz is a Hispanic Church of the Brethren that reaches out to its neighborhood by helping the homeless and the hungry. At this workcamp, we will live, serve, and worship with Principe de Paz. Our service could include volunteering at soup kitchens, with local homeless outreach programs, or with children’s ministries. We will spend time worshipping and fellowshipping with the people of Principe throughout the week. There may even be time to enjoy the beach! Come to California for a meaningful week of service, worship, and fun.

  3. June 16-22
    New Meadows, Idaho - Camp Wilbur Stover
    (25 participants)
    $325

    Camping is a wonderful, strong tradition in the Church of the Brethren, providing opportunities to learn about God in nature. Camp Wilbur Stover in the Church of the Brethren’s Idaho District is nestled at the wooded base mountains of the Payette National Forest. This 2.3 million acre forest is the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. Camp Stover will serve as the home base for both living and working. Be ready for a week of physical work to serve with the Idaho Brethren. Help Camp Stover with refurbishing, cleaning, and painting the cabins and buildings. Experience living in a wilderness community and enjoy the Payette National Forest through hiking and swimming.

  4. June 21-27
    Lybrook, New Mexico
    (25 participants)
    $425

    Hello from New Mexico! Hosted on a reservation, this workcamp will serve Navajo families through Lybrook Community Ministries, a current Brethren Volunteer Service project site and a mission originally formed by the General Board of the Church of the Brethren in 1952. Lybrook Community Ministries is now an independent non-profit organization called to revitalize the Lybrook Mission within the Navajo community, striving to create positive relationships and support the Navajo people. Come learn and work with us!

  5. July 2-8
    Flint, Michigan
    (20 participants)
    $350

    After Annual Conference in Grand Rapids join this workcamp by taking a quick road trip to Flint, Michigan! In the 1960’s Flint was a booming town with nearly 200,000 inhabitants, but that has drastically decreased over the years, leaving the city with under 100,000 people and a lot of vacant land and homes. In April 2014, Flint experienced a water crisis and its effects are ongoing. Participants will be working to ease the burdens of those affected by the decrease in population and the water crisis. There will be opportunities to learn about the troubles of Flint and do something very real to help solve those problems. Participants will get to transport clean water to various gardens, package needed donations, perform clean-up, and work with vacant land reclamation projects.

  6. July 2-8
    Waco, Texas - Family Abuse Center (8 Spots Remaining)
    (25 participants)
    $350

    The Family Abuse Center (FAC), located in Waco, Texas, is a shelter for victims of domestic violence. FAC “exists to eliminate domestic violence in Central Texas by offering a free, safe, and confidential place for families to begin to experience life without violence.” During a client’s stay in the shelter, FAC provides meals, clothing, case management, legal advocacy, information and referral, domestic violence education, and individual and group counseling for both adults and children. While serving at the Family Abuse Center work may include childcare, kitchen help, gardening, physical labor, repair, or helping at their thrift store. Learn about how domestic violence affects families, while working with a nonprofit organization that is doing wonderful things for its community and those in need.

  7. July 10-16
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    (25 participants)
    $375

    Tucked in the foothills of the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Knoxville provides an idyllic place for this meaningful workcamp. Participants will likely assist Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM), Knoxville Dream Center, and The Love Kitchen, working alongside the homeless community to provide recovery services in the name of Jesus in attempts to break the cycle of homelessness. This may include serving meals, sorting food, serving at the Under the Bridge program, sorting items at KARM thrift store, going to set up Food Trucks in food deserts, along with other needed outreach.

  8. July 16-22
    Perryville, Arkansas – Heifer International (CLOSED)
    (16 participants)
    $450

    Heifer International is an organization that has deep roots in the Church of the Brethren. Dan West, a member of the Church of the Brethren, founded Heifer International nearly 70 years ago. He is still the inspiration for the work that Heifer does today in working with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. This workcamp will be serving at Heifer Ranch, a working farm in Perryville, Arkansas. Participants’ time there may include working with Heifer’s livestock crew repairing fences, clearing brush, working in the pasture, and helping with different animal chores. Workcampers will also get to experience Heifer’s Global Gateway which creates an existence in which participants prepare a meal with limited resources and spend a night in the Global Village – living in conditions similar to what could be found in other countries around the world.

  9. July 23-29
    Perryville, Arkansas – Heifer International (1 Spot Remaining)
    (16 participants)
    $450

    Heifer International is an organization that has deep roots in the Church of the Brethren. Dan West, a member of the Church of the Brethren, founded Heifer International nearly 70 years ago. He is still the inspiration for the work that Heifer does today in working with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. This workcamp will be serving at Heifer Ranch, a working farm in Perryville, Arkansas. Participants’ time there may include working with Heifer’s livestock crew repairing fences, clearing brush, working in the pasture, and helping with different animal chores. Workcampers will also get to experience Heifer’s Global Gateway which creates an existence in which participants prepare a meal with limited resources and spend a night in the Global Village – living in conditions similar to what could be found in other countries around the world.

  10. July 24-30
    Washington, D.C.
    (20 participants)
    $325

    Come explore the nation’s capital! This workcamp will focus on serving our impoverished and hungry brothers and sisters in D.C. Participants will spend time cooking, serving meals, and organizing donations at multiple food and clothing banks. The Washington City church of the Brethren will be hosting the group; it will serve as our housing and a worksite during the day. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Public Witness, an organization closely tied with the Washington City Church of the Brethren. Be a part of the work the church is doing with local organizations for peace and justice in Washington, D.C.

  11. July 30-August 5
    Portland, Oregon (5 Spots Remaining)
    (20 participants)
    $385

    Salutations from the Pacific Northwest! Portland and the surrounding area is beautiful and outdoorsy, known for its gardens and its eco-friendliness, but not unlike other cities, a good deal of its population is dealing with poverty and homelessness. Workcampers will be serving with different organizations that serve Portlanders who are in need; these likely will be SnowCap and Human Solutions, two Brethren Volunteer Service projects. Possible projects include sorting food, sorting clothes, working outside in the garden space, working relationally with the homeless community, as well as other needed outreach. Time will also be spent with Peace Church of the Brethren, the church that is hosting the workcamp, and there will be opportunities to explore the outdoors near Portland. Travel to Portland for a fun, meaningful week!

  12. August 5-12
    BRF – Cañon City, Colorado – New Horizons Ministries (CLOSED)
    (25 participants)
    $335

    This workcamp, co-sponsored by the Brethren Revival Fellowship (BRF), is for those youth who identify with the views of the BRF. Conservative, evangelical ideals will be emphasized during the week under BRF leadership. New Horizons Ministries is a not-for-profit organization that provides services for women in the prison system and their children. This ministry works to be the hands and feet of Christ through sharing the gospel with inmates and providing full-time care for their children. Work with this organization and explore the beautiful, natural surroundings of Cañon City.

Intergenerational

Completed 6th grade and older

  1. June 12-17
    Hooversville, PA – Camp Harmony
    (30 participants)
    $325, $850 for family of 3 ($100 for each additional family member)

    Camp Harmony, the oldest Church of the Brethren camp, is located in the Laurel Highlands near Hooversville, Pennsylvania, and is just a mile from the Quemahoning Dam. Camp Harmony will be our home and work site for our time there. Work may include refurbishing cabins, painting, and working with trail development and the challenge course. Possible recreational activities are Horseshoes, Cornhole, and a GaGa Pit, as well as hiking and swimming. Help Camp Harmony kickstart their summer camping season.

  2. July 15-22
    BRF - Lewiston, Maine
    (15 participants)
    $325

    This workcamp is for those who identify with the views of the Brethren Revival Fellowship (BRF). Conservative, evangelical ideals will be emphasized during the week under BRF leadership. Experience a taste of day-to-day life on Horton Street in Lewiston, Maine, by interacting with the community. Work with Root Cellar, an inner-city ministry that connects local churches with social, economic, and spiritual needs in the impoverished downtown neighborhood of Lewiston. Spend time working at the Good Shepherd Food Bank, which provides approximately 36,000 meals per week throughout the entire state. Additionally, help local church families and play with children who live in the neighborhood. Join this workcamp for a week of working, playing, and spreading the love and teachings of Jesus with the community of Lewiston.

Young Adult

Ages 18-35

  1. June 1-11
    Nepal (2 Spots Remaining)
    (18 participants)
    $650

    On April 25, 2015 a massive earthquake struck Nepal, devastating tens of thousands of families. This workcamp will partner with Heifer International to provide some relief to families in the Dhading district outside of Kathmandu. Work will reflect the need at the time of workcamp, but could range from constructing a goat shed or residential houses to community structures or schools. There will also be plenty of opportunity to interact with the people of the villages, explore the diverse cultures of Nepal, and hike through the beauty of the Himalayas.

    * These dates are the arrival in and departure from the city of Kathmandu. Please take into account that travel time will add to these dates.

  2. July 10-13
    We Are Able Assistants - Elgin, Illinois
    (10 participants)
    $380

    Join the We Are Able workcamp, a workcamp for intellectually disabled youth and young adults. Participants serve for the week to assist the We Are Able workcampers as they work at food banks and distribution centers in the Fox River Valley of Northern Illinois. Have fun spending time with those with disabilities, helping to care for their needs, and serving side by side with them. Help to make it a great week for the We Are Able campers who are coming.

    *Some experience with intellectually disabled people is preferred.

We Are Able

Ages 16-30

  1. July 10-13
    We Are Able - Elgin, Illinois
    (10 participants)
    $380

    Recognizing that everyone has gifts to share, this workcamp gives youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to serve at food banks and distribution centers in the Fox River Valley of Northern Illinois. Workcamp participants will serve together to sort, repackage, and distribute food through several organizations in the area. There will also be fun recreational outings which may include a bowling night, attending a concert or movie, or visiting a nature center. Join us in one of the best weeks of the summer!