2017 Alumni Work Camp

John Woolman Quaker Friends School Oak Tree Meadow

Sunday June 18th-June 24th. 

The registration window has been extended and is imperative we communicate our intentions to attend the Alumni Work Camp so organizers can adequately prepare for the experience. Registration is vital to that process. If you are reading this after June 7th and you are thinking about "dropping by" please inform the office of your timeframe. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone!   If you are unable to attend the 2017 Woolman Alumni Work Camp but are in a position to make a donation to the Woolman Alumni Campaign please know that it will help the work in every way.

Upon arrival, please check in at the Office to finalize payments and paperwork, receive orientation, and announcements. If you are staying the full week, please plan to arrive on campus after 3 PM Sunday June 18th. Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM the first night in the Dining Hall. We will gather at 6:30 PM to welcome one another back to Woolman before the evening meal. If you are staying a shorter period, check in at the Office upon arrival & departure.

Chef Anne Youngborg has been preparing healthful, generous, delicious meals for several decades. Menus are planned with variety in mind and will incorporate fresh produce and ingredients. We’ll all pitch in on prep & clean up Please let us know about food allergies or dietary restrictions ASAP. We will do our best to accommodate. If you are on a highly restrictive diet, please come prepared.

Snacks & Personal food note: No food should be stored in the cabins as it attracts critters and limited space is available in the kitchen for personal items. If you are bringing extra food or snacks and are concerned about the amount of space available please check in by email with Carl Sigmond.

Accommodations/Lodging: Housing will be in the West side cabins, camping or by alternative arrangements, such as off campus accommodations, RV or camper. Cabin assignments are “first-come-first-served”. If you have a different preference to your assignment, we’ll work it out. If you are camping or “RVing” please observe “leave-no-trace” practices.

Packing List
If you are staying in a cabin or other building, you’ll want to pack: Sleeping bag/bedding, pillow, headlamp/flashlight. For those planning to camp, bring a tent, ground cloth & sleeping pad. Optional: reading lamp, small fan, hammock or folding chair for personal comfort.

Work boots/shoes, socks, long sleeved shirts, short sleeved shirts, underwear, shorts, warm layers for cooler nights, sun hat or visor, swim suits, parka/water repellant layers for (rare) rain. Off-work wear, also!

Recommended: Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, sun blocks and lotions, lip balm, insect repellent, eye drops, sun glasses, prescription medications, towles, etc. The baths are shared. Be prepared to keep your personal toiletries contained and not in the way of others’.

Work Gear
Work gloves and tools you are willing to use or share (Ex: loppers, hand pruners, any preferred paint gear, drills/reciprocating saws-especially if cordless-, tool belts and small tools.) Sierra Friends Center has a tool inventory, but if you prefer and are willing to use your own, that is OK. Please be sure personal tools are in good, safe working order and clearly marked. The need to transport supplies may present itself. If you have and are willing to share a personal vehicle for transportation, please let Leslie Hopper know.

Daily Schedule
Each day we start breakfast at about 7:30. After breakfast clean-up we will meet briefly on the Dining Hall porch to organize the work crews and then are off to our work crews. We work until noon, take a little time to get back to the Dining Hall and cleaned up, and then we enjoy lunch starting at 12:30. Afternoons are open for rest and recreation…or more work for the enthusiastic.

The purpose of the Alumni Workcamp is multiple: First, we want to restore the cabins and bath houses to excellent condition so they may be useful into the future. In addition, there is a variety of other useful work to be done on campus indoors and out, kitchen will need to have a crew for each meal. We will be matching skill sets to the work that is needed, so if you have a special interest or skill, please let it be known. There will be a jobs sign-up sheet in the Dining Hall. The attached schedule describes three themes: Favorite Animals (Construction), Beneficial Plants (Kitchen Crew) and Lifting Sprits (Entertainment & Recreation). As the saying goes “Many hands make lighter work…”

Recreation: All work and no play make Jane & Jack dull indeed. Bring your musical instruments and fun gear. The Yuba is running high & late, thus we may plan alternatives for cooling off and recreation.

Alcohol & Drugs
Alcohol and recreational drugs are not allowed on campus. Please observe and respect the policy.

For People Under 18
If you are sponsoring someone under the age of 18 or are a participant under the age of 18 please be sure to turn in a signed waiver.  Waiver must be signed by a legal guardian.

Check out: Alumni Work Camp ends Sunday June 25th at 12:00 PM. Because the Camp Woolman kiddos arrive Sunday afternoon it is imperative that Alumni are cleaned-up and off campus no later than 12:30.

If you are unable to attend the 2017 Woolman Alumni Work Camp but are in a position to make a donation to the Woolman Alumni Campaign please know that it will help the work in every way! Thank you.