Diabetic Youth Foundation’s
Annual Work Weekend – Memorial Day Weekend 2013
First and foremost, THANK YOU for your generous donation of time and hard work to help prepare camp for the over 750 children, teens and families that will have the opportunity to experience the “magic” of the Diabetic Youth Foundation’s Bearskin Meadow Camp this summer! Without your help camp would truly not be possible.
Over the course of four days starting Friday, May 24 and ending Monday, May 27 we hope to have close to 100 camp parents, older campers, former campers, community volunteers, and staff come together to scrub, hammer, saw and rake in order to prepare the grounds and buildings for our 74th summer under the stars. Most Work Weekend volunteers arrive late Friday night or early Saturday morning and leave sometime between Sunday evening and Monday afternoon.
In exchange for your hard work we will keep your tummies filled with hot meals and delicious snacks prepared by our wonderful kitchen staff, a beautiful view of the stars as you drift to sleep on our open air decks and the chance to participate in the camp season’s first campfire.
Please note that we will NOT be providing childcare at Work Weekend! While you are more than welcome to bring your children we ask that children under the age of 16 be under the direct supervision of an adult at all times. In order to keep everyone safe we ask that children under 16 accompany you and assist you in performing your tasks. If you are a brining a young child you are welcome to bring a babysitter or a child care provider to watch your child while you work! Our goal is to fully utilize our limited time to prepare camp and to maximize the number of able bodies present. The days will be long, full of hard work, and extremely rewarding.
All volunteers are encouraged to bring a pair of work gloves. If you have the desire to help us scrub and clean the kitchen and/or bathrooms you are encouraged to bring a pair of rubber gloves. Be sure to bring your warmest sleeping bag (plus a few extra blankets) and a pillow. Spring weather is variable and unpredictable. Clothing should be layered including warm clothes (especially for chilly nights and early mornings). A warm hat is strongly recommended for those chilly Bearskin evenings. There is always the possibility of snow!
We have lots of work to do so feel free to bring a friend who wants to learn more about BMC or neighbor who wants to give back to the community, just be sure to give them the heads up about the rustic nature and hard work they are in store for. But more importantly share with them the magic and support of the DYF community!
Directions to Bearskin Meadow Camp (located 65 miles east of Fresno) will be emailed to you in mid May with further instructions including weather conditions, a packing list and the like.
Please note that during Work Weekend Bearskin is as always a drug free, alcohol free and smoke free environment!
If you have any other questions or concerns regarding Work Weekend please contact Jennifer Goerzen, Resident Camp Director, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 952.680.4994.