Anglican Work Camp
Participants at the 2011 Work Camp
along with the residents they help.
Fighting Poverty at Home
The Anglican Youth Work Camp is a summer service project where young people from parishes across the United States come together to build and repair homes for low income residents.
Since 2002, this program has not only helped to provide relief to those in need in communities throughout the US, it has also served to expose Anglican youth to the stark reality of material poverty, thus expanding their perspective on what it means to live the Christian life.
On the Work Camp, the bulk of their time is spent working in crews of five students and one adult supervisor. All materials are donated, and labor is free. Crews are challenged with projects ranging from interior paint to replacing faulty roofing, to the construction of wheel chair ramps for the disabled.
The experience often leaves students asking themselves the glaring questions of poverty. Why do people live like this? Why can't they get better jobs? Is painting a house really going to make a difference for this person in the long run? All this leads to meaningful reflections on gratitude, compassion and charity. This, in turn, opens up opportunities to witness to the faith and follow the example of Christ.
To find out more about the Anglican Work Camp and its mission, contact its director, The Reverend Stephen Scarlett. If you are interested in making a donation to the Anglican Youth Work Camp, or any of the other projects supported ACC, you may do so online through the link below.