Family Work Camp
August 1-6, 2017
Co-led by Brad MacDonald, Kathy and Bob Runyan
Work is love made visible. ~ Kahlil Gibran
What is Family Work Camp? This week is an opportunity to invest your strength and energy into Quaker Center and life in community. Through intergenerational service work as a spiritual practice, people with all skill levels can experience the joy of community life as we work, learn, and play together.
What is the schedule like? Early risers can join Bob each morning for Bible Study at 6:30 and Family Meeting for Worship from 7:30 – 8am. Others will work on making breakfast during that time. After breakfast clean up, we will sort ourselves into our work crews for the morning and begin work around 9 AM. We’ll break for lunch at 12:30. Kathy will lead a short meeting to celebrate the day’s accomplishments and coordinate afternoon and evening activities. Afternoons are free for more community building through additional work, showers, playing games, naps, hiking, and/or jigsaw puzzles. Evening activities will be developed by participants, so please bring your ideas to share. In the past, evening activities have included stargazing and a local outing to Loch Lomond, as well as many of the same kinds of activities that take place in the afternoon.
What projects will be working on? Throughout the week, Brad will guide our work together on a wide variety of large and small projects designed with both the skilled worker and the novice in mind. Each year we work on trail maintenance, painting, and splitting firewood. We often build new bridges (literally and figuratively).
Who can participate? Family Work Camp is open to anyone interested regardless of age or skill level. Young people, accompanied by a parent or adult sponsors, are welcome and will be helped to participate in the work camp in a meaningful way.
Who are the leaders?
Brad MacDonald is Quaker Center’s Maintenance Technician, and has been assisting with the leadership for Quaker Center’s Family Work Camp since 2010. Brad has recently received his degree in Landscape Horticulture and is eager to nurture the native plant life at Quaker Center. He has a great deal of enthusiasm for his Scottish heritage and its traditional games and festivities.
Kathy and Bob Runyan have participated in and helped to lead Woolman’s Family Work Camp since 2001. They find that an intergenerational community that worships, works, cooks, eats, and plays together also builds beloved community and gives us all a touchstone to help us stay grounded in what really matters throughout the rest of the year.