KEY INFORMATION

Here is a detailed schedule of the week for each camp. Times and activities are subject to change.
ORIGINAL SCHEDULE | NEXT LEVEL SCHEDULE | ELEVATE SCHEDULE

*Due to contractual agreements, we cannot allow groups to sleep at the school/home base the night before camp begins. Check local hotels for the best rate.*

OPENING DAY:

Registration is between 12:00PM and 2:30 P.M on opening day. Please do not arrive at the school before noon as the staff are making final preparations for your arrival. Arrive with enough time to settle in, unpack and become familiar with the campus. The first program of the week begins at 3PM SHARP. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARRIVE BEFORE 3:00 P.M. We cannot begin the program without all groups in attendance.

Lunch is NOT provided on the first day of camp. Dinner will be served at 5:15PM.

Small work groups, worksite assignments and additional work related directions will be handed out on opening day.

Each participant will be working with a team of people who are not from their own church group. This may be uncomfortable for some at first, but team members quickly form friendships. For many this becomes a highlight of the week. This arrangement also provides many different experiences for your group to share when they return home. All young adults (18-20 years old) will be placed in work teams together.

The day will end with mass, which will fulfill the Sunday obligation.

DURING THE WORK WEEK:

Each day begins with a wake up call at 6:15 and breakfast at 6:45. Morning program will either consist of daily mass (at Next Level and Elevate camps) or a staff witness and/or video (at Original camps). You will be at your worksite from around 9am to 3PM Monday-Thursday. Your day consists of repairing and renewing homes by (but not limited to) painting, house cleaning, yard work, basic construction projects, and/or helping build new homes for low income families through organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. Other work projects will include helping at daycare centers for low-income families and/or helping at Social Service Centers (food pantry, homeless shelter, etc).

After arriving back at the school, there will be free time for showers, relaxation, socializing, etc. Dinner will be served and the day ends following the evening program. At Next Level and Elevate camps, there is time built into each night for discussions with your group.

CLOSING DAY:

The final day of camp, Friday morning, will consist of breakfast, the last program and presentation of the Summary Video and a closing mass. At this point you have two options: 1) leave after the closing mass and head home, or 2) participate in an optional Free Day and explore the surrounding attractions/sights with your group, return to the school that night, stay over and leave first thing the following morning.

FREE DAY:

The Free Day will be on Friday (unless you are attending a camp during the Fourth of July). Admission to activities and additional planning efforts are not included in the registration fee. When you return to the school after the Free Day, you will have time to shower and clean up your sleeping area. Departure time is between 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. the following morning (usually a Saturday). PLEASE NOTE: The last meal provided by CHWC is breakfast on the morning of the final day of camp (Friday morning). You will need to make other arrangements for lunch and dinner on the Free Day and breakfast the following morning (Saturday).

HOST SCHOOL GENERAL INFORMATION:

We realize that most people have cell phones and most of the time there is no need to use a land line but at certain locations/schools there may be limited cell phone reception. We strongly suggest that before coming to the Workcamp each group set up a “phone chain” that will allow the leader to call one person in the local parish community to let them know your group has arrived safely. That person can then contact the parents of the campers.

All participants will sleep in classrooms or a gym at the school. Bring a sleeping bag, foam padding, cot or an air mattress (twin-size only). No recreational vehicles, buses or cars may be used for lodging.

There are separate shower times for teens and adults. However, the showers are usually communal so it is MANDATORY that all participants wear a bathing suit. We recommend bringing shower shoes (flip-flops/sandals) and a bag to carry showering necessities and a change of clothing to and from the showers.

There are no facilities or time allotted for doing laundry. If it is absolutely necessary, an adult chaperone can bring what is needed to a nearby laundromat during free time. They cannot miss any programs or camp activities to do so, though.

Catholic HEART Workcamp cannot be held responsible for mail sent to campers. Host school administrators do not always deliver mail to the campers or the Workcamp Office. We suggest that parents and friends not write because mail delivery to campers is not guaranteed.

Group leaders are responsible for their own campers during free time. Sorry, Workcamp staff will not be available to act as chaperones.

If you have attended CHWC in the past, please limit references to previous summer’s camp. Refrain from saying things like, “how much more fun it was last year” or “this is how we did it last summer.” Comments such as these make first-time participants feel this camp is not as important or unique as other years’. Please enter into every activity and program with an open mind and an open heart.

Catholic HEART Workcamp cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen materials, clothing, CDs, iPods, cell phones, etc. Limit the amount of money and valuable possessions you bring. You may bring a box or footlocker that can be locked to store all valuables for your youth group. It is unfortunate that even at a Catholic camp, personal items can disappear.

If you are renting/driving a bus, make sure the bus driver is aware he/she is required to transport teams to and from worksites everyday. We cannot be responsible for housing drivers but feel free to invite them for meals. There will be a scheduled meeting with the bus drivers to go over routes, answer questions and explain their responsibilities. Bus drivers will be asked to fill out a CHWC Medical/Release of all claims form (optional).

If a Priest and/or Deacon is attending with your group, all additional information and procedures can be found on this page. The registration fee for priests at our domestic camps is only the $100 nonrefundable deposit. Priests attending international camps will receive a discounted price. Priests will be needed to hear confessions during our “Four Corners” prayer night and celebrate Liturgy. They will only need to bring their vestments to the camp; CHWC will provide the other necessary items for Mass (hosts, chalice, lectionary, alb, etc.).