Family Workbee Weekend

The 2020 Work Weekend has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health and safety of our staff and guests are our top priority, and we have made this decision in light of current state and federal guidelines. We are so thankful for the families who had signed up to serve for this weekend to help us get ready for our summer season.

Our staff has been working diligently to prepare a Plan of Action for our summer camp season as a whole, and we will be releasing this plan on Friday, May 1.

We are praying for you and your family as we navigate through this difficult time. Although the seas may be rough, with Christ as our anchor we can weather this storm!

What is the Work Weekend?

Our annual work weekend is when we all gather to help get camp ready for summer!  Families, adults, old and young-everyone is welcome to join us.  Food, lodging, and childcare are provided by camp as a thank you for your hard work.  And we don’t just work-expect to enjoy campfire devotions, worship, and evening fellowship time.  Plus, all participants are invited to stay at camp Sunday afternoon to enjoy the day!

Where do I sign up?

Starting February 3rd, register HERE.  The registration deadline is May 1st.  Acceptance will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.  We do run out of room, so make sure to sign up early!

When does Work Weekend start and end?

Check-in is Friday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. eastern time. We will gather at 7:30 for introductions and a review of the weekend’s schedule and list of work projects. The program ends after lunch on Sunday (approx. 1:00 p.m.), but you are welcome to remain at camp on Sunday afternoon to enjoy the facility.

And if you’re not able to make it for the whole weekend, that’s okay too.  You’re welcome to join us just for the day on Saturday, or arrive later or leave earlier than our official schedule.  Just communicate with us ahead of time so we know when to expect you!

What types of projects do we do?

Possible projects include:

  • Cut/Split firewood
  • Painting / Staining
  • General Cleaning
  • Washing Windows
  • Trail Maintenance
  • Raking
  • Fold T-Shirts
  • Hanging Cabin Curtains
  • Splitting/Stacking Firewood
  • Install Swimming Dock
  • (other tasks may “support” the work of others such as babysitting or helping in the kitchen.)

Where do we sleep?

Families will either be housed in cabins (one family per cabin) or in the retreat complex (one room per family). Housing requests will be considered, but preference will be given to families with small children.

What do the kids do during Work Weekend?

Children aged 6-12: Children in this age range will form a work group(s) which will be led by one of our college-aged Camp Lakeview summer counselors. During the ten hours of work time, the children will work approximately half the time and fill the other half with recreational activities such as games, crafts, hikes, etc. The work projects they complete will be appropriate for their age and abilities.

Children aged 5 and under: We will provide day-care during the work times for children 5 and under. The care will be provided by volunteer weekend participants (moms or older youth) or by the Camp Lakeview staff. The day-care will include both indoor and outdoor activities.

Should I bring along my own tools?

Although the camp has a lot of tools, we never seem to have enough for a weekend like this. Therefore, if you could bring some from home, it would be very helpful. You may want to call the camp in advance to find out what tools would be most needed. Please label all of your tools to make sure you get them back after the weekend.

I’m skilled in carpentry/plumbing/sewing/etc.  Should I let camp know ahead of time?

Participants who possess special skills which may be helpful (carpentry, plumbing, electrical, sewing,) should let the camp know in advance so that your talents may be put to the best use.  Call our office at 812-342-4815 or email us HERE.

What is the schedule?

Friday Evening
6:30 Registration / Move-In
7:30 Welcome / Orientation
7:45 Evening Devotions
8:15 Canteen Open
8:45 Fellowship / Bed

7:30 Breakfast and Morning Devotions
8:30 Morning Work Projects
11:45 Break
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Afternoon Work Projects
4:30 Relaxation / Free Time
5:30 Supper
7:00 Worship
8:00 Canteen
8:30 Evening Games or Head to Bed

Sunday Morning
7:30 Breakfast and Morning Devotions
8:30 Morning Work Projects
11:45 Break
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Head for Home!