2020 Workcamp schedule
Please see the workcamp home page for questions and changes related to COVID-19. We will be updating this page as decisions about each workcamp are made.
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 (5 spots remaining)(25 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.
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.
June 27-July 1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CLOSED)(25 participants)$285
Also known as the “City of Brotherly love,” Philadelphia is being introduced as a new workcamp location this summer! Home to the Declaration of Independence, Liberty Bell, and the Philly Cheesesteak, this city has a history enriched with culture and tradition. However, like many big cities, Philadelphia displays inequality in the sharp contrast between affluent and impoverished neighborhoods. At this workcamp, participants will partner with local organizations that provide opportunity and resources to those living in poverty and experiencing homelessness. Workcampers may also help to clean up a local park that offers vital green space in the city. Philadelphia First Church of the Brethren will host our workcamp as we explore the historical sites and learn to find our voice for peace in the hustle and bustle of this big city!
Brooklyn, New York (CLOSED)(20 participants)$285
Brooklyn First Church of the Brethren invites workcampers to explore the cultural diversity and historic legacy of the Big Apple in the congregation’s Hispanic neighborhood. Workcampers will get the opportunity to interact with the local community as they serve with some of the many organizations that address food insecurity and poverty in Brooklyn. Work projects may include serving at a soup kitchen or food pantry, visiting with senior citizens, and participating in neighborhood street clean-up efforts. From seeing the Statue of Liberty to exploring Times Square, experience all that New York City has to offer and learn how to be a voice for peace in our country’s most populated city.
Roanoke, Virginia (CLOSED)(25 participants)$285
Experience how God’s love is moving in and through others while serving in this beautiful city nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. First Church of the Brethren will host our group as we serve with Roanoke Rescue Mission, an organization that has been fighting homelessness in Roanoke for over 60 years. The Rescue Mission provides shelter for women, men, and children, serves meals, and assists thousands of families each year with clothing and shoes. Work this week may include preparing meals, cleaning the shelters, and helping in the thrift store. Learn how to speak out against systemic injustice this week as you serve others, worship together, and explore the great outdoors!
July 29-August 2
South Bend, Indiana(25 participants)$285
Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren invites workcampers to explore the theme of poverty and privilege in the Michiana (Michigan/Indiana) community. South Bend, like many other communities in the United States, struggles to address the disparity between the extremes of wealth and poverty that exist side by side in adjacent neighborhoods. At this workcamp, participants will learn how local organizations are working to disrupt the cycle of injustice in South Bend by supporting individuals and providing necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. Join us in South Bend and learn how the power of a single voice can make a difference for God’s people in this community.
Completed 9th grade – age 19
Miami, Florida(20 participants)$400
Also known as the “Magic City,” Miami is known for its beautiful beaches and cultural diversity that brings unique food, art, and architecture to Florida’s southern coast. Miami is also home to the Haitian Church of the Brethren, Florida’s largest COB with over 400 members. Located in the heart of the Haitian community, this workcamp offers participants the ability to worship with and serve alongside our Haitian brothers and sisters. Work projects may include assisting the church with improvement projects and participating in local food outreach programs. Come learn how this church is a peaceful witness in their community and explore the rich diversity and scenic shoreline of Miami.
Boston, MA (10 spots remaining)(25 participants)$425
Home to Paul Revere, the Boston Tea Party, and Harvard University, Boston is known for its rich history, legacy of arts, culture, and education, and picturesque Atlantic shoreline. 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 organizations such as the Greater Boston Food Bank, Cradles to Crayons, and Community Servings – organizations that work passionately to end hunger and provide essential resources to the Boston community. Follow in the footsteps of our founding fathers and learn how to be a voice for justice in one of the nation’s oldest cities.
Cle Elum, Washington - Camp Koinonia (3 spots remaining)(25 participants)$370
Surrounded by the Cascade Mountains, Camp Koinonia provides an idyllic place for experiencing God’s presence in the outdoors! Serving as both our home and work location, Camp Koinonia offers workcampers the opportunity to find their voice for peace while supporting camp’s outdoor ministry. Help camp with cleaning, construction, and maintenance projects that restore the land and prepare the property for summer campers and retreat groups. During our stay at camp, we won’t forget to have some fun and explore all that central Washington has to offer. From swimming, to singing around the campfire, to exploring the nearby forests and mountains, this workcamp is sure to be a blast!
BRF - Miami, FL(25 participants)$400
The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory urging citizens to reconsider travel to Haiti due to political unrest and violence. Since safety is our top concern at workcamps, we have decided to change the location of this workcamp to Miami, FL where the group will be staying and serving at the Miami Haitian Church of the Brethren. Located in the heart of the Haitian community, this new location offers participants the ability to worship with and serve alongside our Haitian brothers and sisters. Work projects may include assisting the church with improvement projects and participating in local food outreach programs. 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.
Kalamazoo, Michigan(20 participants)$350
Following Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, join us down the road in Kalamazoo for the chance to serve in southwest Michigan. Workcamp participants will have the opportunity to learn how organizations such as the Kalamazoo Boys and Girls club, the Food Bank of Central Michigan, and Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes are working to positively influence their community by offering safe spaces for youth to learn and providing essential resources to those experiencing food insecurity. The Skyridge Church of the Brethren will host us for the week as we worship together and serve side by side with a spirit of humility.
Palmyra, Pennsylvania (9 spots remaining)(25 participants)$350
Since its founding in 1985, Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA) has provided therapeutic riding experiences to individuals of all ages who are dealing with a wide variety of disabilities. Located in Grantville, PA, CATRA offers riding lessons, equestrian training clinics, and educational services to individuals and groups in south-central Pennsylvania. Participants in this workcamp will volunteer with CATRA and learn more about the benefits of therapeutic riding programs while supporting the needs of a working horse farm. Work projects may include maintenance of the stalls and paddocks, feeding and caring for the horses and other animals, cleaning water troughs, re-stocking hay stations, and assisting with riding lessons. Workcampers will stay at the Palmyra Church of the Brethren and get the opportunity to adventure into Hershey, PA - home of Hershey’s chocolate kisses and Reese’s peanut butter cups!
Waco, Texas - Family Abuse Center (3 spots remaining)(25 participants)$370
The Family Abuse Center (FAC), located in Waco, Texas, is a shelter for victims of domestic 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. Join us in Waco to learn more about how to speak up against domestic violence and support the work this organization is doing to make a difference in their community.
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 our brothers and sisters at Principe de Paz. Our service could include volunteering at soup kitchens, with local homeless outreach programs, or with children’s ministries. On our rec day we may get to hike, visit downtown Disney, and visit a local beach. Join us in sunny southern California and learn how this congregation is witnessing to God’s love by being a voice for peace in their community.
July 26-August 1
Knoxville, Tennessee(20 participants)$400
Join us for a week in Knoxville, TN for the opportunity to serve with Knoxville Dream Center (KDC), an organization that provides recovery services to the homeless population in their community. The Knoxville Dream Center addresses hunger and homelessness head on by sending mobile food trucks into food insecure neighborhoods and offering a weekly ministry where a hot meal, clothing, and medical services are provided. Work projects this week may include serving meals, sorting food, volunteering at the Under the Bridge program, and setting up food trucks in food deserts. Workcampers will learn how the KDC is serving as a faithful witness to God’s presence in this community as they join the staff in outreach efforts. Of course, participants will also get the opportunity to explore Knoxville and visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Littleton, Colorado(25 participants)$400
Located only thirty minutes from the Rocky Mountains, the town of Littleton was founded in the late 1800’s as gold-seekers rushed toward the arid land of the foothills. Consistently ranked as one of the best small cities in America, Littleton offers small-town comfort with easy access to Downtown Denver. Workcampers will serve in both Littleton and the surrounding Denver communities with a variety of organizations that provide food security and essential services to the area’s most vulnerable populations. Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren will host our workcamp as we learn how to use our voice for peace to help break the cycle of inequality in metropolitan Denver. Join us in Colorado as we fellowship and serve together and hit the local hiking trails!
Completed 6th grade & older
Keezletown, Virginia - Brethren Woods Camp & Retreat Center(25 participants)$300
Gathering together in Virginia, workcampers from all generations will serve at Brethren Woods Camp & Retreat Center! Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Brethren Woods offers a great place to be in fellowship, worship, and explore God’s creation. Support the camp’s outdoor ministry by assisting in indoor and outdoor maintenance projects, camp clean-up, and restoration. Participants may also visit New Community Project in Harrisonburg to learn how they create peace through environmental sustainability and social justice. Join us in the great outdoors as we hike, serve, and bring our voices for peace to Brethren Woods!
May 28-June 8
Often referred to as the “land of a thousand hills,” Rwanda is known for its breathtaking scenery, exotic wildlife, and safari experiences. It is also home to a new Church of the Brethren community that is actively worshipping, praying, and training students to be theologians and peacemakers. The Rwanda Brethren are rapidly growing their community by reaching out to the marginalized Batwa Pygmy community, an indigenous group from the Great Lakes Region in Africa. During this workcamp, participants will engage in relational service, getting to know the four congregations and their various ministries. Most of the time will be spent in Gisenyi where workcampers will serve alongside our Rwandan brothers and sisters as they assist in construction projects to build new church buildings.
*Please 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 ($30).
Bethel, PA - We Are Able Companions(10* participants)$385
Join the We Are Able workcamp, a workcamp for intellectually disabled youth and young adults. Participants serve as companions to the We Are Able workcampers as they serve at food banks and distribution centers in and around Hershey, PA. Have fun building relationships with the We Are Able participants, helping to care for their needs, and serving side by side with them.
*Some experience with intellectually disabled people is preferred.
We Are Able
We Are Able - Bethel, PA (6 spots left)(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 and around Hershey, PA. Workcamp participants will serve together to sort, repackage, and distribute food through several organizations in the area. Camp Swatara will host this workcamp, where participants will get to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding mountains from the comfort of the newly renovated West Retreat center. Fun recreational outings may include a bowling night and visiting Hershey Park’s Chocolate World. Join us for one of the best weeks of the summer!