I (or someone I know) have a house that needs painting. How do I get this done?
There is no end to the number of people who would gladly let us paint their home for free. But, Wichita Workcamp is a need-based program that primarily seeks to serve those individuals in the Wichita area who are 1. physically unable to scrape or re-paint their own home and 2. financially unable to hire the work to be done. All homes must be owner-occupied. If you (or someone you know) is physically unable to paint their home and is financially unable to hire the work, please contact us give us your name, house address and best contact phone number. Once the house has been inspected and the degree of need has been assessed, we will put it on our list of potential worksites. Homes are listed in order of greatest need first. We never guarantee a house can be done until after our registration deadline has passed because it depends on how many workers we have register. You will be notified about 2 weeks prior to Workcamp if we can paint your home or not. Also, there are only two color options: white and beige.
Do adults & sponsors need to pay?
Yes. Your registration fee pays for the individual supplies & food necessary for your arrival. In this regard, adults & sponsors cost just as much as kids do. That being said, we do want to encourage groups to come and we need lots of adults to come to make Workcamp happen. So, if this is cost prohibitive to your group, contact us and we can make necessary arrangements as needed to ensure your participation.
How much does WWC Cost?
The Wichita Workcamp is priced per person. Price is based on whether or not you need housing & meals. Out of town workers pay for their extra meals & housing.
$60/person (Registered by May 2nd)
(Does not include lunch or housing)
$80/person (Registered by May 2nd)
(includes all meals, housing, T-shirt and all workcamp supplies.)
All registration is done online. So look into that here
What do I need to bring?
If you registered at the “In-Town” rate, you’ll need to bring a sack lunch everyday. But, if you have registered at the “Out-of-Town” rate, there is nothing else you need to bring. Leaders should double check the leaders guide as there are things (trailers, vans, coolers, etc) that groups need to bring.Click Here for the Leader’s Guide
What will I be doing?
Worksite crews will be scraping off old paint and re-painting homes in the Wichita area. As groups are able, they may decide to do some “extras” for their homeowner, such as planting flowers, purchasing a welcome mat or signing a card. In some cases, special projects will need to be done, but those will be arranged on a case-by-case basis and worksite leaders will be notified ahead of time.
If your crew gets done early, your crew will be moved to another worksite in progress to help that crew along.
What is the schedule?
How do I register?
Registration is done online. To register online, click here
Where is Wichita Work Camp?
Wichita Work Camp is hosted by the Wichita area churches of Christ.This year, the Northside church of Christ will be hosting the event at their building located at 4545 N. Meridian, Wichita, KS 67204.
Click HERE for a google map.
All of our meetings, meals & devotional times will be here. Actual worksites will be at various locations throughout the Wichita area.
Why can’t our kids be together on the same team OR Can we request that Jimmy be with Susie?
Your kids are together all the time, they just won’t all be on the same workcrews throughout the week. We want to encourage students to meet new people and get to know other Christian teenagers. It is a powerful opportunity to open up new relationships and build new bonds. As the body of Christ, we need to get to know each of the other parts.This is why we intentionally divide up the workers. It’s a little awkward at first, but after a week of working and sharing together, you’ll have formed some good friendships. Team assignments are done randomly.
In addition, your kids are only separated during work times, they will have plenty of opportunities to be together during meals, devotionals & recreational activities. If you are from outside the Wichita area and need a place to stay, you will be with other people from your group in your host home.
How do I prepare our kids?
We recommend that you spend some time teaching them about the Biblical commands & examples of service and also the attitude with which you are to serve. You can also spend some time doing some practical service projects that will help prepare your teens (repainting a room in your church building, scraping & painting one of your member’s homes, etc.)
Where will we stay?
If you live in Wichita, then you can stay at your own home. If you live outside of Wichita, then you have the option of staying with a host family during the week.Your host family will provide a breakfast meal and a sack lunch for your worksite lunch. You indicate whether you need housing or not in your registration. Regardless of where you live, you will be expected to go to the worksite with your work crew.
What if I don’t have health insurance?
All attendees to Wichita Workcamp must have health insurance of some type. We are taking every precaution to make sure you are safe while you are here. However, in the event that something does happen, we need to make sure that everyone is covered against a serious injury and any complications that may arise.
If you do not have health insurance, check online. There are several sites that offer temporary health insurance ($75-100) at reasonable prices. We do not endorse any particular one, so you’ll have to do your homework.
In the event that you do not have health insurance and can’t afford a temporary policy, contact us and we’ll see about finding an individual who can buy you one. We can’t guarantee anything, but we’ll try.
What if a student registers, then can’t go?
Registration fees are used to purchase supplies based on our registration numbers. So, if you cancel, you’ll just lose your registration money. However, if you registered with a group, someone else can go in your spot provided they are with your group.
What if I miss the deadline?
The May 4th deadline is firm. We have to have time to organize workcrews, housing & plan for meals and devotionals. The only exception to this is for adults, because we need lots of adults! If you are an adult and you missed the deadline, contact the hosting congregation.
What are some “insider tips” to make this trip successful?
- Make it fun. Come up with a creative name for your crew and give your kids nicknames. Reward them at the end of the week with McDonalds or Cokes.
- Have your workcrew do something special for the homeowner (plant flowers, buy a welcome mat, house warming gift or sign a card)
- Keep things spiritual. You’ll be leading your group devotional & discussion during lunch at the worksite. These devotional topics and scriptures will be provided in your workcrew packet. But, take time to pray as a group before you work and before you leave. Watch for those students who serve like Jesus and take the time to point it out.
- Be positive. The work will be hard and as the week wears on, you’ll get more tired and cranky. But, take time to look for kids who are working extra hard, cooperating well, have a good attitude and point these things out to thank them. Have a good time. Get to know your kids.Smile and enjoy helping others.
- Bring a digital camera. We take lots of pictures. But, we have lots of teams working at any given time. We’ll need all adult leaders to take pictures of their crews during the week.
What happens on Wednesday night?
On Wednesday night, we will have a devotional just like on other days though we will likely use the auditorium to accommodate everyone who attends at the host congregation. We will also give groups time to come together and reflect on what they’ve been doing throughout the week.
What will we do besides work?
Besides, work time there will be time for rest, recreation, devotionals and meals together. We encourage you to take part in everything offered so there is balance among all these things. The recreation activities will be optional each day.
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