During these trying times, our local churches, non-profits, and services organizations have been forced to make many difficult decisions. All of these congregations and service groups have made the necessary and proper decision to either work off-site or take an indefinite leave from face-to-face service. This shut-down has, of course been extended multiple times and now extends into late April and will quite possibly be extended to the middle of May.
The months of March and April are vital to the functionality of Knoxville Work Camp, as KWC’s organizers normally use this time to work with KWC partner organizations to finalize work sites for our crews, discover new places that are in need of our assistance, and walk through our various work locations to determine work locations that are both safe for our participants and beneficial for our ministry partners. Due to the fact that the churches that employ KWC’s organizers have rightly decided to take an indefinite leave combined with the same decisions being made by our ministry partners, we are currently unable to assess possible sites to ensure the productivity and safety of Knoxville Work Camp 2020.
We have also considered the likelihood that the spread of COVID-19 will not subside by the end of the month of April. Even when the government lifts the restriction of gatherings for 10 or more people, we are unsure what the next step will be to ensure the spread of the virus is contained. KWC wants to make decisions that will be best for all involved.
Taking all these factors and more into consideration, Knoxville Work Camp has been cancelled. We know how meaningful KWC has been to many of you in the past. We are already working to find ways to help you serve from your homes. Please remember, that we hold you close in our hearts and minds, despite our social distancing. We will continue to pray for you and your influence on those around you. Please call us if you need someone to listen.
If you have already paid for Knoxville Work Camp, you will receive a full refund.
We will be working diligently to discover new and creative ways to serve in our community. Please check back periodically to find suggestions for blessing others around you.
KNOXVILLE WORK CAMP
June 7-11, 2020
Knoxville Work Camp is a collaborative effort of youth groups in the Knoxville, TN area and beyond. We combine efforts to use our many God-given talents and gifts to serve our community in a big way. In recent years groups from middle Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama have joined us. The cost is just $60 for early registration (on or before April 26) and $75 for late registration (through May 10). Knoxville Work Camp has been serving neighbors since 1996.
Sunday, June 7
5:30-8pm Dinner, Worship, & Crew Mixers at
Hardin Valley CoC
Monday - Thursday, June 8-11
8:15am Student Rise & Shine at Laurel
Crew Leader Meeting at Laurel
8:45am Depart for work sites with crew
12:00pm Lunch on site (packed & brought
from home; put in crew coolers)
12:30pm Resume work
3:00pm Back from work for pick up from Laurel
6:00pm Dinner & Worship at Hardin Valley
8:00pm Depart HVCC for rest
ALL participants must register as individuals.
STUDENTS AND ADULT VOLUNTEERS, CLICK THE LINK TO GET STARTED
Please be sure to have your parent or guardian present when you start your registration. We will take your preferences and their limitations into consideration when we place you with a crew. There are so many options for amazing areas of service at Knoxville Work Camp!
All youth ministers/church leaders must register your group here. This will allow us to be sure student and volunteer numbers match up and that supplies and transportation are covered. Youth leaders who register their group by Monday, April 23 will receive a free gift from Knoxville Work Camp. Students, tell your youth minister to sign up now.
HELP SUPPORT WORK CAMP!
There are many different things that come together to make work camp successful but there are ways that we can still use help! Whether you are a part of a youth group coming to Work Camp or someone who just wants to support the cause we are always looking for different things!
If you are willing, we would love to borrow Extension Ladders, Step Ladders, Cordless Drills, Air Compressors & Accessories (Nailer), Pressure Washers, Trailers, and Vehicles.
If you are able to donate items we are also looking for Coffee for one morning, Donuts for one morning, Time to help organize/plan/shop.
If there are any other ways you would like to help please contact Jonathan or David. We are all thankful for you willingness to help make Knoxville Work Camp successful!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS THERE A CHARGE FOR ADULTS TO PARTICIPATE IN KWC?
We realize that many of our adult volunteers are giving up vacation time at work or valuable family time to join us at Knoxville Work Camp, and we want to express our gratitude to them. With that in mind, we have chosen to allow all adult volunteers attached to our participating churches to attend free of charge. We ask that ALL adults complete an individual registration form and inform the home congregation's youth leader they will be attending.
WHAT MEALS ARE PROVIDED DURING THE WEEK?
Dinner is provided each night, and donuts will be available during our morning program each day. Group are required to bring supplies and assemble each participants' Monday through Thursday. Group leaders may choose to buy lunch supplies when you arrive in Knoxville. Local participants will simply bring lunch from home each day. Lunches must fit in ice chests provided to each crew.
IS HOUSING PROVIDED FOR OUT-OF-TOWN GROUPS?
Limited free housing will be available through a local school on a first come-first served basis. Those accommodated at our free location will need to bring air mattresses and bedding. Several hotels are available in the Turkey Creek and Cedar Bluff areas and may be willing to work with church groups on pricing.
WILL STUDENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE WITH STUDENTS FROM OTHER YOUTH GROUPS?
Absolutely! Thursday, May 14 youth ministers will collaborate to divide our students into 12-15 crews that will include students from most youth ministries involved in KWC. The requests our students make on their applications will be considered as we shape our crews. All parental limitations indicated on student applications will be honored.
WHAT TYPE OF WORK DO KWC CREWS ACCOMPLISH, AND HOW LONG DO THEY WORK EACH DAY?
We are involved in several different styles of work, including pre-school and elementary day camp partnership, urban farming, minor building projects, yard work, painting, food pantry organization, and more. We typically work from 9 AM until 3 PM each day. Click here to check out a sample schedule.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO KNOXVILLE WORK CAMP?
All participants need to bring lunch and a water bottle (KWC water bottles are available for just $2) to their work sites each day. Out-of-town participants should pack work clothes, including closed-toed shoes and socks for each day - KWC will provide two work t-shirts for each participant (wash one, wear one). Families from Knoxville will be assigned to wash t-shirts of our guests who have traveled from long distances. Out-of-town groups should also bring bedding if they are assigned to our free housing. Each work crew will be provided with one large ice chest (for keeping lunches fresh) and one 5 gallon water cooler.
WILL TRANSPORTATION TO THE SITES BE PROVIDED?
Each youth ministry involved is expected to bring or make provisions for one 12-15 passenger vehicle for each group of 12-15 participants they bring. Each crew will be assigned a vehicle and driver that will take them to their sites after our morning meeting and back each work day. Students will not be permitted to transport other students to and from work sites.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
We can always use help with organization, supply runs, and logistics leading into the week of Knoxville Work Camp. If you're willing to help, please contact Jonathan Thomas or David Schilling.
Can’t find the answer you were looking for? Email or call Jonathan Thomas or David Schilling at the numbers listed, and we'll get back to you as quickly as we can.
“I PRAY ALSO FOR THOSE WHO WILL BELIEVE IN ME THROUGH THEIR MESSAGE, THAT ALL OF THEM MAY BE ONE, FATHER, JUST AS YOU ARE IN ME AND I AM IN YOU. MAY THEY ALSO BE IN US SO THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE SENT ME.”
Request a KWC crew to volunteer at your organization or home. Our 2018 application will be available soon. JT or David will visit your site to evaluate our ability to provide help.