The Appalachia Service Project (ASP) repairs homes for the poorest families in Central Appalachia with the vision that substandard housing in Central Appalachia might be eradicated and everyone who comes into contact with this ministry will be transformed.
Project/Focus: ASP is a relational ministry that repairs homes for low-income families throughout Central Appalachia (Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia). The goal is to make homes warmer, safer and drier.
Locations: Opportunities are available in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia). All locations are scheduled by ASP National Offices via above information.
Cost: Cost per volunteer per week is $325 for the summer program. Cost for the year-round program is $65 per person per day.
NOTE: All locations are scheduled by ASP National Offices via above information.
Contact: Rev. C.L. "Curly" Stumb
Mailing Address: 1055 Niley Cook Road
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Site Location: 6211 Highway 90
Collettsville, NC 28611
Johns River Valley Camp (JRVC) hosts an outdoor ministry site of the Southern Conference United Church of Christ. JRVC is an accredited camp of the American Camp Association. JRVC hosts 150-200 campers during the summer in addition to providing a ministry of hospitality for retreats throughout the year.
Project/Focus:The JRVC program has identified a cross-section of needs where campers, with hands-on encounters, can address housing, food, clothing and environmental issues. Projects include home paint and repair, work in thrift shops and food pantries, and F.A.R.M. (Feed Regardless of Means), helping elderly neighbors with lawn care, building trails, restoring animal habitats and performing river clean-ups.
Educational/advocacy Components: JRVC camp staff (along with work camp team leaders) provide oversight and direction in guiding the project experience, and help facilitate reflective prompting toward discoveries from the work encounter. In addition to the project focus areas listed above, which center on both human needs and environmental issues, the JRVC program incorporates a faith development component. A Chalice Press Resource for Outdoor Ministry offers a curriculum foundation for the week. This material is designed and published in an ecumenical partnership that includes the United Church of Christ. In 2017, with the Summer Camp Option A and utilizing the curriculum "Branching Out: Connecting through Christ," the camp experience will remind campers they can take the camp feeling of "fun and engaging" with them everywhere they go.
Option A: Johns River Valley Camp schedules and formats a Youth / Work / Mission Camp as part of its summer camp program offerings. JRVC invites and welcomes small youth groups to register and participate in this program. This particular summer program offers a community component of working side by side with other youth groups. 2017 dates for Option A June 11-17 and July 9-16. (Contact camp director and/or website for 2018 dates and further information.)
Option B: Contact camp about available dates for your group to have a dedicated work-camp experience in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, including spring break and summer scheduling options
Group Size: 6-40 per youth group (optimal work camp summer session (Option A) will have a total of 30-40 people). Small groups from different regions can be integrated nicely into “Option A.”
Minimum Age: Rising 7th graders (Program is designed for youth from rising grades 7-13 (including persons just graduating from high school)
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:6
Accommodations: Classic summer camp cabins that each sleeps 8-10 persons. Cabins are clustered around two separate bathhouses similar to facilities found in a camper travel park. The camp also has one handicap accessible cabin with bath facilities. The bathhouses, dining hall, and various other program spaces are also accessible. Adults not functioning as cabin counselors have an option of lodging in modern "Boger Site" rooms that part of the camp's newer 40-bed year-round retreat facility.
Option A: 2017: $440.00 per youth camper; no charge for adults within the prescribed 1:6 adult/youth ratio.
Option B: 2017: $280.00 per person (all participants: youth and adults / based on a week-long experience) using Mainsite cabins for lodging with group planning and preparing own meals. Adults not functioning as supervisors for youth lodging can pay a small supplement ($120.00 / room / week) for upgraded “Boger Site” lodging.