WorkCamp 2018

When: June 22 – June 29, 2018
Where: Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg, VA
First Meeting: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
Registration due by January 22nd!

Arlington Diocese WorkCamp is an intensive service learning and faith building opportunity for high school students who have just finished 9th grade up to 12th grade graduates. Catholic Social Teaching is integrated with challenging home repair projects, music, and shared stories of faith. This summer, young people and supporting adults will have the opportunity to serve residents who are disabled mentally, physically or financially. WorkCamp is affectionately referred to by our Bishop as the “Jewel of the Diocese.”

It is an operation led by Catholic Diocese of Arlington Office of Youth Ministry. The majority of parishes in the Diocese participate with total youth numbers around 800, and 500 adults involved in various ways.

Due to the vast scope of the effort, registration fills up fast and youth must submit their Declaration of Commitment and WorkCamp Application by January 22nd!

Additionally, the number of youth participants are limited by the number of adults who are also willing to volunteer and serve!

Adult Volunteers are always being sought for the team. Needed opportunities include:

  • Adult crew leaders that drive, lead and supervise the teens all week at the worksites and in the evening.
  • Project contractors that are present during the day, lead the worksite operation as the site “handy-person.”
  • Other adults assist with other logistical functions (pre-event) and support and may include helping for one afternoon or more (site security assistance, ect). Critical assistance includes supporting the obligation each parish has to make hundreds of lunch bags to support the effort next-day and a handful of Virtus/OCYPS qualified adults to drive down and support perimeter security during one afternoon-evening!

WorkCamp will be the week of June 22 – June 29, 2018. The effort will be serving Massaponax/Fredericksburg and local neighboring areas.

Cost: Total cost is $800. As a group, we hope to fund-raise $650 to reduce this out-of-pocket cost to $150. The majority of the expense goes directly to the purchasing of building materials that will be used in the effort to make homes warmer and safer (the various work sites).

Accommodations: The local Fredericksburg community hosts the high school students and adults in a local school. Breakfasts and dinner are provided by the program and are eaten at the high school. Lunches are eaten on the worksite and are provided by local parishes.

What do we do when we’re not working? In the morning we celebrate daily Mass. Every evening there is time for spiritual reflection, as well as lively fellowship. Bands, skits, speakers, and so much more!

Basic Expectations: Youth participants must make a commitment and turn in all paperwork on time, attend team meetings leading up to the week, attend from the beginning until the very dismissal of WorkCamp, and of course fully participate and comply with all behavior regulations

Benefits: Leadership training, a great thing to put on college applications, the week itself offers 144 hours of credited service including 25 direct labor hours and over 30 service learning hours plus time for fun, food, rest and spiritual growth!

Questions? Please contact Chris Johnson at

Downloads and Promo Video

Youth WorkCamp Application and Declaration of Commitment (PDF, 434 KB)
WorkCamp Meetings Calendar – Youth (PDF, 255 KB)
WorkCamp Meetings Calendar – Adult Crew Leaders (PDF, 264 KB)
WorkCamp Meetings Calendar – Contractors (PDF, 255 KB)