Labor of Love Weekends

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Labor of Love Work Weekends at Camp All Saints 

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2018 Dates:

  • February 9 - 11, 2018
  • April 13 - 15, 2018

 

Maintaining this beautiful asset of the Diocese of Dallas is a big job and we need everyone’s help!  You can choose to come for any part of the weekend, however in order to get fed lunch and dinner you will need to register so we know how many meals to plan.  Please call our main office at (903)786-3148 if you have any questions about how to register.

The cost is FREE for all who participate!

 

Constant Projects:  This is a list of work we do each time we gather

  • Cleaning up ladder fuels near and around our buildings.
  • Trail maintenance, removing limbs, downed trees and removing any garbage
  • Burning piles of brush from the persons removing ladder fuels
  • Cleaning windows, chairs, tables, cabinets
  • Bridge repair, and general maintenance. 

 

Specialized projects:  Takling these is dependent on EARLY REGISTRATION.  If we know there are skilled persons coming to the weekend we are ready to purchase supplies/tools to make a project come together.  Some projects we still have in front of us this spring include:  

  • Building a deck in front of the new "Adventure Shack",
  • Re-Building the deck attached to the dining Hall

We will have an opportunity to get our hands dirty! We are hoping you might want to join the efforts of others in this event at Camp All Saints.  

 

Below are a few questions and answers that may help you prepare for your time here. 

Also, by reviewing these sections you will become knowledgeable about the weekends and able to answer questions of others in the diocese.

What is the Schedule for the weekend?

Basic Schedule:

Friday:

  • 5:00 – 6:00   Registration and Check in 6:00 – 6:30   Dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:00   continued registration
  • 7:00 – 7:30   Non Alcoholic Beverages with Cheese and Crackers reception in Beck Center:
  • 7:30 – 8:30   Virtual Tour of the Camp with Pictures of Project Areas we will tackle on Saturday

Saturday:

  • 7:00 – 8:00       Breakfast and clean up 8:00 -  10:00    Work Areas
  • 10:00 – 10:15  Break – teams visit/review any safety needs
  • 10:15 – 12:00  Work areas
  • 12:00 – 12:30  Lunch
  • 12:30 – 1:00    Break  / 
  • 1:00 – 3:15     Work areas
  • 3:15 – 3:30     Water Break
  • 3:30 – 4:45     Work areas / finish up
  • 4:45 – 5:30     Clean up / Free time
  • 5:30 – 6:00     Dinner
  • 6:00 – 7:00     Free Time
  • 7:00 – 8:00     Worship
  • 8:00 – 9:00     Free Time

 Sunday:

  • 8:00 - 8:30     Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30    Finish up / clean up work areas / return all tools
  • 9:30 – 10:00  Group evaluation
  • 10:00             Close the Weekend

How do I register?

If you are coming for any part of the weekend please follow these simple instructions:

1.  Access our website at www.campallsaints.com 

2.  Under “Register Now” on the right side of this page, click on the “Labor of Love” link
       this will take you to the Log In screen. 

3.  If this is your first time registering, create an account with a Username and Password
       to be used for yourself and your entire household. If you already have an account for
       your household, enter your Username and Password here.

      NOTE:  If you need assistance with your Username or Password, please contact
      Gigi Toler, Assistant Director at: 
gtoler@campallsaints.com

4. Follow the prompts and enter your information as you will then have the option to
      register individuals for programs appropriate to their age and grade.  If you are
      signing up a child under 18 it is important to remember you may only register a
      family member.  If your child is coming with a youth group they must have a
      medical release and permission to treat form with them for each youth they are
      supervising. 

5. Select event you plan on attending.

6. Upon completing the registration process, you will receive an e-mail confirmation.

What do I need to bring:

Linens will be provided to persons who register online for the weekend.  Linens packs include: one each; set of sheets, bath towel, wash-cloth, hand towel, pillow, light blanket 
*If you do not register - you will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towels. 

Recommended:


   [ ] Long pants

   [ ] Work clothes for outside work, heavy jacket, sweatshirt

   [ ] Work boots, leather work gloves

   [ ] Long sleeve shirt (especially if working in “ladder fuel removal”)

   [ ] Change of clean, comfortable clothing for Friday evening and a second change
        for Sunday morning after we have cleaned up.

   [ ] Warm Socks and Underwear

   [ ] Toiletries: TOWELS, toothbrush/paste, comb, etc

   [ ] Pajamas

Miscellaneous:  [ ] Flashlight  [ ] Water Bottle  [ ] Shower Shoes

Optional:  [ ] Camera

Reminder:  Camp is not responsible for any lost or damaged/broken equipment. 

When should I plan on arriving?

The schedule has been created to maximize safety and efficiency of our time together.  We have found the best practice is to have volunteers and staff arrive at the camp on Friday evening to settle in, share a meal and pre-view the project you will be assigned to on Friday evening.  Our goal on Saturday is to have an early breakfast at 7:00 a.m. with work crews kicking off at 8:00 a.m.

Why are volunteers so important?

Camp All Saints is a non-profit camp on 655 acres of land owned by the Corps of Engineers which is managed by the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.  Buildings are owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.  Assets owned by the diocese are estimated at over six million dollars with its cabins, dining hall and meeting centers.  To keep up with the stewardship and responsibilities of such a large operation conventional wisdom (among camp directors) is that our maintenance budget should be somewhere between 3 – 6 % (or $180,00 - $360,000) of the developed assets (buildings).  In our case, when most of the buildings are newer the number will be closer to the 3% range. In addition to that, the stewardship of 655 acres on Lake Texoma is considerable.  With regard to the stewardship of the property our greatest concern at this time is the removal of “ladder fuels” that would make protecting our buildings from fire very difficult.

Currently our maintenance budget is set at $55,000 and our year round staff has been optimized to serve groups who use the camp with one facilities director (whose primary use of time is keeping up with day to day maintenance for our groups).  One way to respond to our need is through the intentional development of a strong volunteer base of people who are able and willing to lend a hand and help us keep after stewardship needs of the camp. We need people with all kinds of skill sets.  We have need from the most basic skills to advanced.  With your help we can narrow the gap between our maintenance budget and what we know it should be.  Along the way, you will develop a relationship with the camp which may in its own way begin to shape the future ministries which are developed here.  It is the fingerprints of those who are here who will create what will come.

Are work weekends considered a youth event?

No.  Camp All Saints is not providing staff or services for youth under the age of 18.

How are housing assignments made?

Persons who are not coming with a designated group will be assigned to cabins in a “dorm style” or boys side/girls side.  If you are part of a larger group (15 – 30) you may make arrangements with the camp office to “hold a cabin for your group”.

May a church bring a youth group?

Yes.  When a congregation brings a youth group you must make arrangements with the office (if you need housing) so we can hold a cabin for your group.  On camp, your youth must remain under the supervision of the adults from your congregation who are approved youth leaders (meeting all safeguarding requirements).  Adult leaders are responsible at all times for their youth.  Medical Information and Permission to treat forms are the responsibility of the Leader responsible for brining their youth.

What if I bring my child and am not part of a youth group?

In order to make the best use of our available sleeping space we need you to plan on having a parent who is the same gender as the youth who will be coming.  If that is not possible, the parent is responsible to seek an adult who will be responsible for their child in one of the “dorm style cabins”.

What if I cannot make it until Saturday?

No problem, when you get to camp (if you are here early) you may join us for breakfast.  At 8:00 a.m. we will open the main office where you may check in and be assigned your work area.  When you get to your area one of the team you are assisting will let you know your job.  At that point you will be able to jump right in and get to work.

What about insurance?

Camp All Saints purchases a limited coverage of secondary insurance for volunteers.  It is very limited and may only be used after the volunteers primary insurance has been billed.  If the volunteer does not have insurance, we may use the secondary insurance the camp has.  Please note it is only a small limit on the policy.  Volunteers are not covered by workers compensation.

May I bring my own tools:

Yes, volunteers may bring their own tools.  We ask that they be in good working order and that they remain in your personal control.  Camp All Saints will not assume any responsibility for tools brought by volunteers.  “If you break a tool the camp will not replace it”.  Early registration assures the camp of who is coming and how many hands to expect.  If you are worried about your tools, you are welcome to borrow the camp tools.

How do I get to camp?

Directions to CAMP ALL SAINTS

   From HWY 75 (aka Central Expressway) take Hwy 82 Exit and West on Hwy 82

   Head west toward Pottsboro

   Take the 289 Exit to Pottsboro and turn right or North onto Hwy 289

   Follow Hwy 289 to the blinking light and 2 way STOP SIGN coming from East and West directions and turn left or West onto Hwy 120W

   Remain on HWY 120W for 5.5 miles, this road turns into Cooks Corner Road.

   Turn left at on to Locust Road and continue 2.2 miles (there is an All Saints WHITE and BLUE sign at this turn aloong with many others including Camp James Ray Boy Scout Camp in RED)

   At the only STOP SIGN, turn right on Mill Creek Road (Note the small grocery/gas station in front of you)

   Camp All Saints gate is 1/2 mile on right, look for the giant orange colored “A’s