St. Raymond’s WorkCamp
June 18-24, 2022
Who: Current 9-12th Graders
What: A week of service, fellowship, prayer and fun! (see “What is WorkCamp?” section below for more.)
When: June 18-24, 2022 (see “sample schedule” below for more details)
Cost: $350 (We are committed to not allowing cost to be the reason someone does not participate, so please contact Jeanne at firstname.lastname@example.org if this is an issue. Scholarships are available.)
Teens from other parishes, even non-Catholics are more than welcome to come to WorKCamp with St. Raymond’s, however the discounted rate only applies to St. Raymond’s parishioners. Teens from other parishes will need to pay the full $525.
A note on COVID for those who may be wondering: While things are a bit crazy with Covid right now, all signs seem to point to things settling down relatively soon. We are anticipating a regular WorkCamp this summer. At this point we do not expect any cancelation of WorkCamp, however, as several folks have asked me, I want you to know that in the event that WorkCamp is canceled by the diocesan office of youth ministry, you will absolutely get 100% of your money back.
Steps to Register:
- Complete & turn in all forms in the Registration Packet
- Teen Commitment
- Parent Commitment
- Sport Rock Permission Slip
- YA Info Form (does not have to be filled out if you already have on file this school year)
- COVID Waiver (does not have to be filled out if you already have one on file for Youth Apostolate activities, which is different from CCD)
- Fill out Sport Rock Waiver
- Pay $100 WorkCamp Registration Fee
- Pay online here
- Pay via cash or check made out to St. Raymond’s with “WorkCamp” in the memo line and drop it off at the parish office.
*Note: We are committed to not allowing cost to be the reason someone does not participate, so please contact Jeanne at email@example.com if this is an issue. Scholarships are available.
- Pay online here
What is WorkCamp?
WorkCamp is an intentional Christian Community that provides an opportunity for direct service to the young people within the boundaries of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.
Teens must commit to the full day for all 7 days in order to participate. WorkCamp is open to current 9-12th graders.
St. Raymond’s Teens Reflect on WorkCamp
“There is just no way to explain in words how much work camp has affected my relationship with God. There just aren’t any words good enough to describe it. Teens, this isn’t just going out to work in the heat of summer with people from other parishes you haven’t heard of. It is more about going out and helping people who are less fortunate than you are, who have suffered through hard times for as long as they could remember, who have to live in conditions where they have water coming through their ceiling every time it rains, or where it is unsafe to even step on their stairs to get outside. Truly though, this is about building your relationship with God through helping others. I’ve gone twice so far, and I am going again next year. Who’s coming with me?” -10th Grader
“WorkCamp is one week high schoolers from across the Diocese of Arlington take out of their summer vacations to serve God in the form of helping others. Each WorkCamper is assigned to a person whose home is in need of fixing (for example, a roof in need of repair or windows that need to be replaced) with the help of a crew of other high schoolers they’ve never met before. The day starts at 6:30 a.m. with a song blasting over the loudspeaker and mass at 7. Then everyone has breakfast and goes to their worksite. After hours of work, we all come back to homebase (the school we are staying at) to shower, eat dinner, and gather in the auditorium for Program where we sing songs, play games, and listen to inspiring talks. After this is all over, we reflect on the day and lights out by 10:30. Though this all sounds like a lot, it really didn’t feel like it.
Since this was my first year of WorkCamp, I didn’t really know what to expect. When I met with my crew for the first time, we didn’t bond instantly, but over the course of the week we worked very well together to complete our project and get to know our residents. On the last day, we invited our residents to eat lunch with us and get to know them and learn about their story. What really struck me was how thankful they were of the work we had done. I could feel God through them in their words of thanks. To know that I had helped to change the life of someone else in even a small way has changed my perspective on my own life and helped me further my relationship with God. On the drive home I reflected on the week and thought about how I’d miss daily mass surrounded by hundreds of teens who actually participated in singing the hymns. I’ve never seen so many teenagers so excited about God.” -11th Grader
“Earlier this summer, I went to my third WorkCamp with other teens from St. Raymond’s to spread the message of God through my work, and learn to further recognize my encounters with Him. During the week, I worked with a crew of 5 other people I had just met to repair a deck and ramp that was dangerous for the resident, who was in a wheelchair, to use. Without the use of electronics, I was able to interact with and bond with the community, as well as focus more on my work and God’s work, undistracted by all the temptations that comes with phones.
Throughout the hard work in the sun, I was reminded that although I was working on repairing this deck and ramp, God was the one working on me; to draw me closer to Him, and give me an opportunity to change for the better. Coming back from WorkCamp, according to this year’s theme- Walking Humbly with our God- I challenged myself on improving to continue to serve others, focus more on my own faults, and how to remediate them, and to be obedient to God’s will, not my own. I hope to keep the lessons learned in my heart and strive to love God more fully.” -12th Grader
“This past summer, I went to my first Workcamp along with 15 other high school teens from our parish, and about 800 more teens from throughout our diocese, to serve others and walk humbly with God. For an entire week, I experienced working together with a team of people whom I had never met before, to help make the homes of those in need within our diocese, warmer, safer and drier. Through this experience, I was able to meet and bond with so many new people and encounter Christ in a different way. I was reminded that we don’t generally seek God although He is constantly seeking and reaching out to us. We have to open our hearts and allow him to come in just as the residents accepted us into their homes. I felt God working through me and saw God in the those around me. I also had fun socializing and making friends with people who are not only fun and compassionate but who also share in and value my beliefs. At Workcamp, I felt more aware of God’s presence throughout the week and how often God was providing for me. I also revaluated my life and the way I was living at Workcamp contrasted to how I was living at home. At Workcamp we did everything with a focus on God and our community; from the way we ate, worked, and spent time with each other; it was all to praise and glorify God. After this experience, I feel inspired to bring the joy and love of Christ that I encountered at WorkCamp back to my own home, parish, school and community. -10th Grader
“Each night during WorkCamp, our parish gathered together for discussions. One of the questions that really struck me was “where did you see mercy today or this week at WorkCamp?” There were many examples but one I cannot forget is the compassion and fun my crew enjoyed with the many children surrounding our site. Before WorkCamp, I just thought it we were going to go in, fix a deck, and get out. But through the children I remembered that we are also here to bring Christ to our worksite. This years WorkCamp changed me because it showed me that we are not only physically improving our site but spiritually improving it as well.
Each day at WorkCamp brought me closer to God because it allowed me to improve the spiritual conditions of both myself and my community. Because of this I can’t stop now, I’m fueled up with all this spiritual energy to do more for my community.”-9th Grader
“The thing that really helped me talk to God and for the first time ever truly believe in his existence was Adoration. Just the amount of people that were in tears just looking at Jesus in the monstrance on the altar during Adoration. I was amazed, then when I started praying I just felt it. I felt God’s presence not only in the room but right next to me. I don’t know how to explain it, He was just there.
From then on I’ve gone to almost every youth group, I go to Mass every Sunday, and I still go to CCD and I have no plans of stopping anytime soon.” -10th Grader
The promo video below is from a past WorkCamp hosted by the Diocese to give you a general idea of what WorkCamp is like.
See above video for a recap of the Arlington Diocese WorkCamp 2019!