Helping Hands is designed for church and youth groups with participants who have completed at least 8th grade. Groups will work to complete projects around camp. Projects may include picking up wood, raking, painting, and other projects as they arise. It is a great opportunity for groups to serve in a unique way and grow in faith together. Please check with Camp Director for available summer weeks, weekends, or fall and spring break weeks. .
Prior to the event - With the help of the Holy Spirit, participants will analyze a personal understanding of service and the motivation behind the desire to serve.
During the event - With the help of the Holy Spirit, participants will:
Serve others and work together in an outdoor setting with individuals from their home church and community as well as individuals from other areas.
Experience service through action while putting into practice, “See the need, fill the need.”Increase their understanding of service and ways in which we can serve.
After the event - With the help of the Holy Spirit, participants will: Seek to continue a life of service and embrace the philosophy, “See the need, fill the need.”
Responsibilities: Individuals will be coordinated into teams to work together on various camp projects. Depending on the skills and abilities of your group, these projects may include hauling and stacking firewood, demolition, construction, or cleaning. The types of projects will be based on the need and the abilities of the servants in attendance.
Schedule: Groups should arrive by 3:00 PM on the Sunday prior to the start of the event. Sunday’s events will include introductions, orientation, and group building activities. Groups may arrive as early as Saturday evening (based on housing availability). Daily schedules from Monday through Thursday will begin with breakfast at 8:00 AM followed by morning work projects. Work projects will continue until supper at 5:30 pm with a noon lunch break. Evening activities will include Bible studies, organized recreation activities, campfire singing, and fellowship. Departure is scheduled for 11:00 am on Friday.
Please note that flexibility is necessary when working with a Servant Event. Weather, along with any number of other unseen items, could cause changes in scheduling.
Accommodations: All participants will be housed in one of our Dorm Rooms. Each dorm room sleeps up to 24 individuals. Shower and toilet facilities are located in the Main Building on both the girls and boys sides.
Weather/Attire: Weather in Alabama can be unpredictable, even in summer. Typical days are warm, but evenings can be cool. For swimming, please bring appropriate swimwear (one-piece, tankini, or a swim shirt). Sturdy tennis shoes, comfortable clothes, and rain gear are encouraged as well as both long pants and shorts.
Other items to bring: Bibles, money for Canteen (snacks and souvenirs), camera, toiletries, medications in their original container, sleeping bag or sheets and pillow and both bath and beach towels. All forms, waivers, and insurance information should be turned in at least one month prior to arrival.
What other activities are available to my group?
On Site: Occasionally there may be free time during the day to enjoy other activities. These activities may include swimming, boating, archery, softball, kickball, hiking, arts and crafts, challenge course, and more. Closed-toed shoes are required for all outside activities except when going swiming. If your group is interested, more information please fill-out the Servant Event Form at the bottom of this page, other forms and information will be sent to the group leader.
Off Site: If your group is looking for a fun trip on the way to or from camp, there are many options. In Pensacola, FL and in at Gulf Shores is located 45 minutes from camp and includes white sandy beaches water parks, Naval Air Museum, shopping, and restaurants.
Ø The cost of the Servant Event is $180 and includes lodging, meals, and programming from Sunday at 5:00 pm until Friday at 11:00 am. If leaving on Saturday, please make that information clear when registration for your event.
Ø To reserve your group’s spot, a group registration form and a non-refundable deposit of $40 per participant must be mailed to Camp Dixie Outdoor Ministries. Once your group is registered you will receive Individual Registration Forms and an invoice.
Ø The following are required one month prior to the start of the event:
ü Final numbers of male and female leaders and participants
ü Individual registration forms
ü A certificate of liability from your organization
ü Final payment
For more information, please contact:
Director of Camp Dixie Outdoor Ministries
Work weekends are some of the most important weekends of the year for Camp Dixie Outdoor Ministry. Many volunteers are needed to help with a wide variety of projects during these busy weekends. Those that have been involved in the past, we can never thank you enough, and those considering volunteering for the first time, we welcome your assistance. All volunteers will have the opportunity to enjoy God’s wonderful creation, the fellowship of working side by side with your brothers and sisters in Christ, and the satisfaction of a job well done.
Lodging will be provided on Friday and/or Saturday (if needed), meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Please prayerfully consider supporting the Camp Dixie Outdoor Ministry through service. You are welcome to come for a day or the whole weekend.
The project list is constantly being updated and there are always maintenance projects to be completed. We would like to have as many people as possible assisting. Past projects have included woodcutting, clearing brush, painting, equipment set-up and take down, interior cleaning, gardening, and much more. There is a project for everyone. Please check the events listing for scheduled weekends. Please e-mail camp Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, to sign up for a Work Weekend or for more information.
Camp Dixie Lutheran Outdoor Ministries
29711 Josephine Drive
Elberta, Al 36530
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register by April 1st and receive $25 (Full Week) or $15 (Half Week) off Camper Fee. Cannot use with Multiple Child Discount.
MULTIPLE CHILD RATE: First child is full price and $20 off each additional sibling. Cannot be used with Early Bird Discount.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE upon request.