Step Out: Seeking New Paths

The Workcamp Office is excited to officially announce 2021 Workcamp options and Tier costs. See below for more information and complete a NEW workcamp survey to let us know what you’re interested in doing with us next summer.

Workcamp preference survey


Three rows of young adults wearing light green workcamp t-shirts in front of trees

“Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness.” (Isaiah 43:19 (CEB)

Theme statement

Stop. Put down what you are doing and pay attention. This old, stuck-in-a-rut way of living is no good. Strike a match and let the fire within you burn. See how your dry bones ignite with new life. God has made you a living sacrifice ready to transform the world. All you need to do is pack a bag, grab your favorite sweater, and follow the compass placed on your heart. Call a friend when you get lost, rest when you are weary, and celebrate each step you take, for the journey lasts a lifetime. God has given you a spirit that is powerful and a map to show you the way as you take the first step out, seeking new paths

2021 Workcamp Options

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Workcamp Office has developed alternative workcamp options for summer 2021 workcamps. Our top priority is the health and safety of workcamp participants and the communities we serve, and we hope to offer workcamp options that reflect this priority while also providing a meaningful workcamp experience. We are grateful for those who participated in our informational survey; your feedback has been valuable as we continue planning for next summer! At this time, we would like to officially announce that we will be offering four different options for 2021 workcamps. This fall, we’d like to begin planning with individuals and groups who are interested in attending a workcamp next summer.

If you are interested in participating in 2021 workcamps please be in touch with us with your Tier preference by December 1, 2020. You can either fill out this preference survey and we will contact you or you can contact us directly by emailing cobworkcamps@brethren.org or calling 847-429-4337. This will allow us to best plan for your group but will not constitute your workcamp registration. 2021 Workcamp registration dates will be announced soon – stay tuned!  

The four 2021 workcamp options, and their cost, are as follows:

Tier 1 – $75: In this tier, 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 will be expected to bring their own lunch while serving. The Workcamp Office will work with individuals and congregations to coordinate service opportunities within their local context. The Workcamp team will also provide leadership during the virtual evening meetings.

Tier 2 – $235: In this tier, 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-distant manner, for dinner, devotions, and activities. Participants will return home to sleep each night and be expected to bring their own lunch while serving. The Workcamp Office will work with the congregation to plan local service and will provide leadership and participate in-person during the week.

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

Tier 4 – $350: In this tier, participants will participate in a “normal” workcamp. 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 Office will plan and lead all service work, meals, devotions, and recreational activities.
***Please note that Tier 4 workcamps are presented as an option pending the distribution of a safe vaccine in Spring 2021. We expect to make a decision about Tier 4 workcamps by February 15th, 2021.

Please note: Tier 1-3 workcamps will start on a Sunday evening and run through Friday evening. Tier 4 workcamps will begin Sunday evening and run through Saturday morning.

This year, all workcamps will be intergenerational and open to individuals who have completed 6th grade and older. As usual, adult advisors are required to attend with groups of youth and are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the workcamp. Advisors will register at the same time as their youth and pay the same registration fee. The Workcamp Office asks that congregations send at least one adult advisor for every two to four youth participants, keeping gender in mind (i.e. if youth are all male, there should be at least one male advisor). All adults who attend a workcamp will be required to go through a background check administered by the denominational office.