The 2018 Alaska HYCs will build on tens of thousands of hours of volunteerism to continue to develop the Gateway to the Arctic Camp (www.g2arctic.org)
near Talkeetna, AK. Gateway to the Arctic Camp is a service-oriented, agricultural camp that teaches its participants about the significance of serving those in need and the value of hard work. Participants have fun while learning about sustainability, farming processes, and stewardship of the earth. Gateway to the Arctic Camp provides a variety of programming, including sessions for special needs youth and adults. All campers participate in agricultural activities and become equipped with knowledge necessary to raise and harvest crops. The resulting produce from the farm is donated to those in need or sold, with the proceeds directly benefiting programs that support the underprivileged of Alaska. Also, ongoing mentoring during our camps help participants develop strong character and life skills, including responsibility for one’s work, pride in one’s accomplishments, service to those less fortunate, and a strong work ethic. The benefits are priceless, and the possibilities are endless.
The mission of Gateway to the Arctic is to develop the character of our campers through education and engagement in sustainable agriculture. Participants will grow in their knowledge of agriculture, sustainable and responsible living, empowering service, and effective leadership, all while experiencing an unforgettable summer camp.
The Alaska Volunteer Corps will be a two-week long experience in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness. For one week, Volunteer Corps participants will assist with camp maintenance, construction, agricultural development, and trail building. The main facilities at the camp are near completion; however, there will be several construction projects throughout the summer. Participants will be trained to use the necessary tools to continue building the camp’s facilities and features. Expect hands-on, physically challenging, and dirty days. During the other week, participants will assist with an actual camp program. Campers may be underprivileged youth and/or special needs youth and adults. HYC members will facilitate camp activities, serve as counselors (with proper supervision), and ensure that campers are having fun and learning. Be prepared to support and encourage our campers every moment that they are at camp!
Throughout the Volunteer Corps, you will learn to connect to God in completely new, out-of-the-box ways. Since we show our members how to connect with God in new and powerful ways, expect traditional HYC components (devotionals, d-groups, etc.) to be presented in different ways than what you may be used to. Expect to take ownership of your own faith, and be prepared to be stretched in your faith like you never have been before. In order to facilitate this connection to God, we’ve also make it our policy to disconnect from technology. Therefore, all HYC members will have limited access to their phones and technology throughout their time at the Gateway to the Arctic Camp. Time will be allotted for phone calls home, etc., but it will be limited. That way, we can focus on serving and connecting with God.
Lastly, no HYC is complete without the opportunity to explore. Our HYC members will have the opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful places in the world. There is potential to explore Denali National Park, go whitewater rafting, hike a mountain, and more!
So, if you’re looking to build your faith in new and exciting ways, and you want see firsthand how service can impact your life and the lives of those you serve, then join us in Alaska for Volunteer Corps 2018.