Workcamp options are announced for 2021

The 2019 workcamp group at Harrisburg (Pa.) First Church of the Brethren. Photo by Marie Benner-Rhoades

By Hannah Shultz

The Workcamp Ministry is announcing formal plans for the 2021 workcamps. We are grateful for those who participated in the informational survey last month and have taken the feedback into account while developing options for next summer. The four workcamp options, and their costs, can be found below.

This fall, we will begin planning with individuals and groups who are interested in attending a workcamp next summer. If you would like to attend a 2021 workcamp please be in touch with the Workcamp Ministry to let us know of your tier preference by Dec. 1. Those who are planning to attend a workcamp can either fill out a preference survey or contact cobworkcamps@brethren.org or 847-429-4337. Please note that filling out a preference survey does not count as registering for a workcamp.

Registration dates for the 2021 workcamps will be announced soon–stay tuned!

2021 workcamp options:

Tier 1, $75: Participants will serve in their local communities during the day, either individually or with other members of their congregation. In the evening, participants will gather virtually for devotions and activities. Participants are expected to bring their own lunch while serving. The Workcamp Ministry will work with individuals and congregations to coordinate service opportunities in their local context. The Workcamp Ministry will provide leadership for the virtual evening meetings.

Tier 2, $235: Participants will serve in their local area with other members of their congregation during the day. In the evening, they will gather together physically, in a socially distanced manner, for dinner, devotions, and activities. Participants will return home to sleep each night. Participants are expected to bring their own lunch while serving. The Workcamp Ministry will work with the congregation to plan local service activities and will provide leadership and participate in-person during the week.

Tier 3, $285: Participants will serve locally with other congregations in their region during the day. In the evening, they will gather together physically, in a socially distanced manner, for dinner, devotions, and activities. Participants will return home to sleep each night. Participants are expected to bring their own lunch while serving. The Workcamp Ministry will work with the congregations to plan local service activities and will provide leadership and participate in-person during the week.

Tier 4, $350: Participants will experience a “normal” workcamp. Participants from around the country will travel to a workcamp location, stay together in local housing accommodations (church or camp), and serve together for the week. The Workcamp Ministry will plan and lead all service work, meals, devotions, and recreational activities.*

*Please note that Tier 4 workcamps are presented as an option pending wide distribution of a safe and effective vaccine in Spring 2021. We expect to make a decision about Tier 4 workcamps by Feb. 15, 2021.

Hannah Shultz is coordinator of short-term service for Brethren Volunteer Service and oversees the Workcamp Ministry. Find out more about the Church of the Brethren’s Workcamp Ministry and a link to the preference survey at www.brethren.org/workcamps .


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