What are the requirements for adult crew leaders (chaperones)?
One adult is required for every five teens who are participating in the WorkCamp. Parishes need to provide chaperones that match the gender of their participants. For example, if a parish brings both male and female teens, there should be male and female chaperones. Crew leaders are responsible for looking out for the well-being of all teen participants both at homebase and at work sites.
Knowledge of home improvement is not needed to serve in this role. Because of the work being done, adults should be able to work in environments that do not have air conditioning and be able to lift light-weight items. Crew leaders must be at least 25 years old and be approved to drive by the Archdiocese.
An adult leader from each parish is required to attend several WorkCamp orientation meetings; dates and locations to be announced later.
Each adult crew leader must be in compliance with the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Policies, which includes completing the following:
- Archdiocesan driver approval
What are the requirements for contractors? What is a contractor?
Contractors are men and women with special skill in home repair who will serve as troubleshooters for various work crews throughout the week. Parishes are encouraged to invite suitably experienced individuals to serve as contractors. Contractors must be STAND approved. Contractors are not required to stay overnight, but will have the option for overnight accommodations at home base. Contractors must attend one required meeting in the spring. The date and location of this meeting will be announced later.
What kind of transportation is needed?
Transportation to and from WorkCamp is the responsibility of each parish to coordinate. Additionally, adult participants will be responsible for transporting their work crews to and from work sites each day during WorkCamp. For every 5 teen participants from each parish, 1 vehicle (a mini-van with 7 functioning seatbelts or a SUV with 7-8 seatbelts) is required. Please keep in mind that space will be needed for the participants’ work gear and WorkCamp supplies both to and from the work sites. As a reminder, the use of 10 - 15 passenger vehicles is strictly prohibited.
What do parishes need to bring?
Each parish must provide a van for every 5 teen participants (see above).
Each parish is also ask to bring a supply of general tools with them. This may include items like paint brushes and rollers, post hole diggers, wasp spray, shovels, etc. A detailed list of parish tools will be provided in the spring.
Each parish is also asked to bring fans, drying racks, and a number of 5-gallon water coolers. The final number of coolers will correspond to the number of teens the parish brings.
Collecting tools to borrow for WorkCamp from parishioners is both a great way to involve the entire parish and to eliminate the need to purchase tools.
For more information, take a look at this flyer.
What do WorkCampers need to bring?
All WorkCampers (teens and adults) are required to wear sturdy work boots on the job site. Boots must have sturdy soles and cover the ankles—tennis or running shoes are not permitted on the worksites). Participants must also bring OSHA approved eye protection, work gloves, and a water bottle. WorkCampers are also encouraged to bring the following personal tools: Philips and standard screwdrivers, hammer, and tape measure.
Modest dress for all is required. No sleeveless t-shirts or short shorts are allowed. Personal electronic devices are to be left at home. A complete list of what to bring and what not to bring will be provided in the spring.
Participants are asked to bring their pillow plus bed linens or a sleeping bag. In limited situations, participants may be asked to bring a twin sized air mattress or camping mat. Participants must also bring a towel and individual shower items.
How do Parishes prepare their teens for WorkCamp?
Materials will be provided to help facilitate preparation for participating in WorkCamp. Preparation materials will cover tool safety, what to expect at WorkCamp and on the work site, what to pack, and how to prepare spiritually for the week, to name a few topics. Participating parishes will coordinate parish meetings to cover this material prior to WorkCamp.
Are volunteers needed?
YES! In order to have a successful week at WorkCamp we need the help of many volunteers to assist us with everything that takes place each day. We ask participating parishes to let parishioners know about volunteer opportunities related to WorkCamp.
- Security, volunteers needed Monday-Friday. Tasks: Check-in visitors at front desk; provide security in assigned locations as specific times.
- Medical staff, volunteers needed Monday-Saturday. Tasks: Nurses needed to assist participants as needed; coordinate distributions of prescriptions.
- Contractors, volunteers needed Tuesday-Friday. Task: Troubleshoot for crews throughout the week. Contractors must have a good knowledge of general home repairs and be willing to work with a team of teens and adult participants
- Cleanup Crew, needed Friday and Saturday. Task: Assist in cleaning up home base at the end of WorkCamp.
- Site Clean-up, needed Friday. Task: Help remove debris from work sites; a large vehicle (pick-up truck) would be a special help.
My parish is not planning on attending this year’s WorkCamp, but how can we help?
There are several ways in which parishes can help support the Baltimore WorkCamp:
- Pray. Pray for all the participants, parishes, volunteers, residents, and staff involved in WorkCamp.
- Volunteer. Let your parish know about WorkCamp, and ask if anyone would like to volunteer. We each have a unique set of gifts and talents and individuals may want to share theirs with the community. We are especially in need of volunteers with home improvement experience and knowledge.
- Collect Tools. Help support participating parishes by helping to collect tools needed for the work projects (lists will be available in the spring).
- Donate. Financial donations are always welcome, as are ‘in kind’ donations. Your parish can also sponsor a work project through a financial donation.
The Baltimore WorkCamp is organized by St. Anthony's Shrine located Emmitsburg, MD.