Summer Youth Work Camp

The Good Works Summer Youth Work Camp is designed to provide youth with a meaningful service experience while encouraging them to grow in their faith. Projects are chosen to provide sufficient work so that all participants will be fully engaged. In addition to accomplishing much needed repairs on homes, our youth and their leaders also get to know the homeowner who has opened their home to them for the week. Both volunteers and homeowners are blessed by this week of service – the volunteers find satisfaction with work well done and the homeowners respond to the love they have experienced by the gratitude they express to the young people who have served them so well.

Details

Dates and Location

The Summer Youth Work Camps are held every year in Coatesville, PA.
The 2017 Work Camps are scheduled for:

     * Wednesday evening, June 21 - Saturday, June 24:  Christ Community Church

     * Saturday, June 25 - Saturday, July 1:  Great Valley Presbyterian Church Youth Group

     * Sunday, July 9 - Saturday, July 15:  Church of the Resurrection in Maryland

     * Sunday, July 23 - Saturday, July 29:  Old South Union, Boston, Massachusetts

     * Sunday, August 6 - Saturday, July 11:  Crossroads Presbyterian Church

 

For Whom

Students entering 9th through 12th grades.

Cost and Registration

The cost to register for Work Camp is $350 per person.

 

The deadline for registration is February 28, 2017. A deposit of $50 per person is requested with the completed registration form. Any registrations received after February 28, 2017 will be awarded on a space available basis. A packet with more information will be sent out upon receipt of your registration.

Work Camp Registration Form
Please download this form and complete one per group.
2017 Registration Form.docx
Microsoft Word document [14.9 KB]

Adult Supervision

We require a minimum of 1 adult (age 25 or older) for every 5 teens. We find this ratio to be helpful in managing the group as well as building intergenerational relationships within your church community. While you are seeking adult attendees, please also consider their knowledge of various construction skills. By having several skilled adults and a small "Adult to Teen Ratio", teens will be better able to learn new skills which they can use at home and in subsequent mission trips with us or other ministries. At least one male and one female leader should plan to stay overnight with the group.

Work Crew Size

Work Crews should number 6 - 10 people, including an adult (age 25+) acting as Work Crew Leader and one older youth with a mature faith who is willing to serve as an Assistant Work Crew Leader.  By serving under adults who can teach them and model a servant mindset, the Assistant Work Crew Leader can gain valuable leadership experience.  For churches bringing multiple crews, Good Works recommends that work crews be formed prior to the week of camp.  

Work Crew Leaders

The Work Crew Leader and the Assistant Work Crew Leader will coordinate the repair work on their site and bring the youth and homeowner's families together during the workday.  In order for Good Works to plan the projects, each of these workday leaders should fill out a Skills Inventory.  

Good Works Skills Inventory Form
This should be completed by all Workday Leaders.
Skills Inventory.doc
Microsoft Word document [93.0 KB]

Opportunities for Church Members to Assist the Youth during Work Camp

If there are adults in the church with skills in general home repair who would like to help but cannot commit for the entire week, please invite them to join the youth during the day. The additional technical assistance is always welcome! 

Safe Sanctuary Policy

Good Works takes the safety of our young volunteers seriously; all of our Work Camp Staff have undergone a background check and have been cleared to serve with youth.  We ask that each church ensure that all adults traveling with their students have background checks completed and on file in the church office.  A letter listing the names of all adults coming from your church and stating that all people named have been cleared will be required at the time of final payment.  In addition, all participating adults are required to sign a “Code of Conduct” statement prior to the start of camp.   

Work Schedule

Each work crew works at a home for the entire week (Monday-Friday), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Transportation

Each work crew must have a vehicle to transport them and the tools needed to the worksite each day.

Good Works Support

We provide building materials, dumpsters, trucks to transport the materials, and an expert technical staff for advice on the repairs.  This staff is comprised of local carpenters and professional contractors who are also experienced Good Works volunteers.  Each project may have a full-time advisor or share one with another crew, depending on the scope of the repairs to be done.

Accommodations

Groups sleep and eat at a local church. Breakfast and dinner are prepared by the Good Works cook. Groups are asked to help with meals by setting the table, cleaning up, and washing dishes. Bag lunches are prepared by the youth and taken to the worksite. At the end of each workday, the youth are given an opportunity to shower at a local YMCA. 

Evening Program

These programs are planned, organized, and supervised by the Camp Director. The discussions and activities have proven to be an important part of the total Work Camp experience.

For more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Shanna Cornuet, at 610-383-9247 or by email.

 

Frequently asked Questions »

 

Youth Work Camp Daily Schedule »

  

Our Youth Camp Brochure is now available in a pdf format. Feel free to download it and distribute it as needed.

Summer Youth Work Camp Brochure
Work Camp Brochure.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.7 MB]