WorkCamp is a week-long mission trip designed to help high school students live out their Catholic faith. At WorkCamp, we meet with teens and volunteers from all across the diocese to make homes warmer, safer, and drier for families in need, right in our backyard. This is a transformative experience for everyone involved.
Each weekday at WorkCamp consists of daily mass, time at the work site with assigned crews, group discussions, games, evening program, and parish check-ins. Each teen is assigned to a parish group with teens and adults from St. Mary as well as a work crew where they will get to meet new people from across the diocese. All teens and volunteers sleep and spend the week at ‘home base,’ which is usually a closed campus school reserved only for WorkCampers.
The work we do depends on what is needed at each assigned work site, but it is typically light to moderate home improvement and/or construction. All work is well supervised and safe, and teens undergo tool and safety training prior to attending WorkCamp. Each crew is also assigned a contractor who has the knowledge and skill set to safely and effectively get the job done. Past WorkCamp projects have included building decks and wheelchair ramps, replacing windows, painting, roofing, and flooring.
WorkCamp requires a great deal of preparation and a lot of prayers! If you are only interested in completing service hours, WorkCamp is probably not for you. If you are open to God working in you and through you, and if you are interested in serving your brothers and sisters in Christ, then WorkCamp will probably be an amazing experience for you.
We also need to raise substantial amounts of money. Therefore the planning begins months in advance, and our WorkCamp Teams are solidified by February.
You can find out more here: https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/workcamp/
“I truly believe that when the poor meet the rich, riches will have no meaning.
And when the rich meet the poor, we will see poverty come to an end.” – Shane Claiborne.