Alumni Work Camp

2017 Alumni Work Camp Registration is open. Click here to register. 2017 dates are June 18-24

The 2017 Alumni Work Camp is being hosted by Leslie Birdlebough Hopper ’84, Paul Schneider ‘78 and Blair Gardner ’75. We are excited to be bringing together JWS alum who hold the campus in their hearts.

The Alumni Work Camp will be focused on the renovation of the cabins, where we shared so many experiences during our time at Woolman.

2017 Jobs:

  • A-frames: roofs, painting and floors
  • Cabins: floors and painting


Mornings are taken up with breakfast in the dining hall (7:15-7:45) and work crews (8:30-12). After lunch in the dining hall (12:30-1:30) we relax until the afternoon work period, 2:30-5. Dinner is at 5:30. There will be opportunities for visiting the Yuba, making music, connecting with old and new friends and playing games in the evenings.


We will be sharing meals and the site with Camp Woolman staff, who will be getting ready for Camp, which starts on June 25. We will be joining them in maintaining a drug and alcohol free campus. There is a smoking area down on the tennis courts.

Housekeeping and Dining:

Accommodations are simple. Depending on space, you will be either in a tent (bring your own) or in a cabin. Bring everything you need – sleeping bag and sheets, pillows, towels, and flashlight.

Food is wholesome and nourishing. Everyone participates in at least 3 kitchen crew shifts over the week, preparing breakfast, lunch or dinner, and/or cleaning-up. We can accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions – just let us know.

Finally, a note about technology: Our power is limited at Sierra Friends Center, and while the cabins have outlets, they are not designed for late-night computer use. Our internet connection is very slow and we discourage use by visitors, since it greatly impacts the normal business activities at Sierra Friends. Streaming video is not possible. If you are in a tent, you won’t have power at all. We do not provide access to computers at the Center.