2019 Workcamp schedule
Registration opens Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7 p.m. (Central time)
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.
Completed 6th – 8th grade
Rodney, Michigan - Camp Brethren Heights(30 participants)$285
Nestled along the shore of Michigan’s Jehnsen Lake, Camp Brethren Heights sits on 65 acres of ecologically diverse land. Since 1949, this Church of the Brethren camp has been a fun place for ministry, connecting with others, and experiencing the outdoors. Camp Brethren Heights will act as both the home and worksite for participants of this workcamp. We will assist with various projects that clean up the camp and improve the land. Come to this workcamp ready to experience “Pure Michigan” and enjoy camp activities like swimming, canoeing, and hiking.
Harrisonburg, Virginia(20 participants)$285
Come venture into the Shenandoah Valley to volunteer at New Community Project’s Sustainable Living Homestead! New Community Project seeks to find practical and creative ways to support the local homeless community. They do this by providing skills training, spiritual grounding, and an opportunity to heal while gardening and working with nature. They model a unique way to provide outreach to people on the margins of society and teach energy efficiency and sustainability. At New Community Project, workcampers will learn about eco-friendly practices, garden at the community farm, hear the stories of transformation from residents, and build new friendships!
South Bend, Indiana(25 participants)$285
Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren welcomes workcampers to explore the theme of poverty and privilege in the Michiana (Michigan/Indiana) community. Like many others in the United States, the South Bend community displays the extremes of wealth and poverty side by side in adjacent neighborhoods. Learn how local organizations work to disrupt the cycle of poverty through programs that provide support and mentorship to individuals so that they may flourish and live into their fullest potential. Work may include serving at the Unity Gardens, Food Bank of Northern Indiana, and Center for the Homeless—all of which exemplify positive social change inspired by the model of Jesus.
Roanoke, Virginia(25 participants)$285
Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Roanoke strives to meet the needs of all people living in their community. Many agencies including the Roanoke Rescue Mission, Samaritan Inn, Roanoke Area Ministries (RAM), and Salvation Army provide shelter for men, women, and children, supply clothing and shoes, serve daily hot meals, and offer financial aid and employment counseling. As we serve with these organizations, workcampers will become part of Roanoke’s mission to help those that are homeless and poverty-stricken move from dependency to self-sufficiency. Come to Roanoke to live in community with our hosts, First Church of the Brethren, and to connect with people from all walks of life.
Petersburg, Pennsylvania – Camp Blue Diamond(18 participants)$285
Join us in Pennsylvania’s Rothrock State Forest to experience the great outdoors! Camp Blue Diamond, the Middle PA District Church of the Brethren camp, provides a safe space to encounter nature, explore God’s presence in your life, and build new friendships. During our time at the camp, we will participate in indoor and outdoor maintenance projects, camp clean-up, and restoration. We will also venture into the surrounding community to serve at Centre Peace, an organization that runs a used goods recycling project that aims to keep trash out of landfills while providing employment and life skills classes for Centre County inmates. And, of course, we won’t forget to have some camp fun—swimming in the lake, singing, exploring the forest and mountains, adventuring on the climbing tower and zipline, completing the challenge course, and much more!
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania(20 participants)$285
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, the continuation or completion of 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 learning about peace education, as well as assisting with Harrisburg First COB’s summer Vacation Bible School. Workcampers will stay at the Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren and will get the opportunity to explore Pennsylvania’s capital city.
Completed 9th grade – age 19
New Meadows, Idaho – Camp Wilbur Stover(30 participants)$335
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 in the wooded 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 with the Idaho Brethren. Help Camp Stover with refurbishing, cleaning, and painting their cabins and buildings. Experience living in a wilderness community and enjoy the Payette National Forest while hiking and swimming.
Miami, Florida(20 participants)$400
The Haitian Church of the Brethren in Miami is the largest Church of the Brethren congregation in Florida, with over 400 members. Located in the heart of the Haitian community, this workcamp offers participants the ability to learn about our Haitian-American sisters and brothers while serving together and celebrating in Christian fellowship. Service projects will include assisting the church with improvement projects, participating in a local food outreach program, and volunteering at Feeding South Florida. Come see and feel the vibrant, passionate witness of the Haitian Church!
Lybrook, New Mexico(20 participants)$400
Hello from New Mexico! Hosted on a reservation, this workcamp will serve Dine’ 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 nonprofit organization called to revitalize the Lybrook Mission within the Dine’ community, striving to create positive relationships and support the Dine’ people. Come learn and work with us!
Knoxville, Tennessee(20 participants)$400
After Annual Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina, take a road trip to Knoxville, Tennessee to join this workcamp! Tucked in the foothills of the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Knoxville provides an idyllic place for this meaningful workcamp. Participants will stay and serve at the Knoxville Dream Center, working alongside the homeless community to provide recovery services in the name of Jesus. This may include serving meals, sorting food, volunteering at the Under the Bridge program, going to set up Food Trucks in food deserts, and other needed outreach. Workcampers will also work with other organizations in the area such as the Knox Area Rescue Ministries or the Love Kitchen, have the chance to explore Knoxville, and visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Boston, MA(20 participants)$425
One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is known for its rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, and education. It was the scene of many key events during the American Revolution, has beautiful outdoor spaces including its Atlantic shoreline, and is regarded as the seafood capital of America. Yet, as a city with one of the highest costs of living in the U.S., many individuals and families struggle to make ends meet. On this workcamp, participants will partner with the Greater Boston Food Bank, Cradles to Crayons, Community Servings, and Haley House—organizations that work passionately to end hunger and provide essential resources to all people living in the Boston area. Join us as we serve the Boston community and explore New England!
Waco, Texas - Family Abuse Center(25 participants)$370
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 how domestic violence affects families while working with a nonprofit organization that is doing wonderful things for its community and those in need.
July 28-August 3
Perryville, Arkansas – Heifer International(16 participants)$460
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. Today, he is still the inspiration behind Heifer’s programs that aim to end world hunger and poverty through economic development, food security and nutrition, and environmental sustainability. Participants on this workcamp will serve at Heifer Ranch, a working farm in Perryville, Arkansas. Work may include partnering with Heifer’s livestock crew to repair fences, clear brush, work in the pasture, and help with different animal chores. Workcampers will also get to experience Heifer’s Global Village comprised of international homes and gardens that represent the countries in which Heifer works. In this space, workcampers may spend the night or prepare a meal with limited resources to experience what it is like to live in other countries around the world.
July 29-August 4
Portland, Oregon(20 participants)$400
Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Portland is known for its gardens and eco-friendliness, but like many other cities in the United States, it has a large population of individuals living in poverty or homelessness. On this workcamp, participants will serve with SnowCap, a current Brethren Volunteer Service project site, and other local organizations that work to discover and meet the needs of Portland residents. Projects may include sorting food and clothing, working in garden spaces, building relationships with the homeless community, and other outreach. Time will also be spent with the Peace Church of the Brethren and in exploration of the coast and mountains near Portland. Travel to Portland for a fun, meaningful week!
BRF - Cañon City, Colorado - New Horizons Ministries(25 participants)$365
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.
Washington, DC(20 participants)$335
Come explore the nation’s capital and join with the Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy to serve through legislative action! Workcampers in Washington, D.C. will volunteer at local organizations and learn how their service experiences directly correlate with U.S. policy making. Participants will learn how the lobbying process works and will have the opportunity to meet with a member of the U.S. Congress. This workcamp is a wonderful opportunity to not only engage in physical service within the Washington, D.C. community, but to also engage in civic activism that may influence a broader community.
May 31-June 10
Join us in Shanxi, China. We will partner with You’ai Care and You’ai Hospital, organizations inspired by the Church of the Brethren mission which began here in 1910. Their current work includes cancer treatment, and hospice and mental health care. During the workcamp, participants will engage in relational service with the patients, as well as work that reflects current program needs. That may include making yogurt, delivering food and tea to patients, participating in training with volunteers, as well as some landscaping around the hospital and possibly some work with the local church. Participants will have an opportunity to visit some sites related to the earlier Brethren mission and may even meet people who knew our Brethren missionaries. Of course, we will also hike on the Great Wall!
*These dates are the arrival in and departure from the city of Beijing, so take into account that travel time will add to these dates.
**Please also budget for the cost of a passport (if you don’t already have one) and a visa (about $140).
We Are Able Assistants* - Elgin, IL(10* participants)$385
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
We Are Able - Elgin, IL(10 participants)$385
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!