JuneServiceWeekendStay in a cabin with your friends or family and help keep Namanu looking beautiful… all for free! We are looking forward to seeing you all working hard with us!

For our November Service Weekend we are looking forward to an extended weekend with you all. Volunteers are invited to spend the night Thursday through Saturday nights, and help us with concentrated work and cleaning projects on Friday and Saturday. Childcare will also be provided. We will wrap it all up on Sunday morning before we all head home. Details on projects and what to wear and bring – all coming soon.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided on Friday and Saturday. Including Saturday night’s dinner: our annual “Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner” that honors all Namanu volunteers! If you aren’t able to attend the entire weekend, be sure to come for dinner on Saturday night.

Friends of Namanu will have their next meeting on Sunday, November 13 from 10am -12pm in Raker. It’s a chance to catch up on all of the summer activities and to help plan for this next year.

Let’s hope for dry weather, but (as always) prepare for rain!

RSVP here.

What you should know about the upcoming Volunteer Service Weekend:

  • During our Service Weekend we will have traditional camp meals fixed by our famous cooks – B’Lou, Josey, and Jake – with an assortment of other summer staff and volunteers helping with prep and clean up! If you have a dietary restriction please let us know prior to the event and we will do our best to accommodate.
  • Namanu Property Manager, Dale Wills, will be organizing the projects for Friday and Saturday. There will be no formal work projects planned for Sunday.
  • Please RSVP! We would appreciate as much advanced notice as possible so that we can have a count on how many will be in attendance; this is especially important so that we buy enough food. That said if somehow you forget, “drop ins” are welcome! Let us know if you are bringing kids so we can plan activities for them as well! RSVP here.
  • Everyone must sign a Participant Agreement that includes a liability waiver and assumption of risk; all those under the age of 18 must be with a parent or guardian.
  • Please check in at Raker Lodge, our dining hall, upon arrival and prior to moving into any accommodation. After you have dropped off your belongings in your sleeping space, we ask that you park your car in the upper parking lot at the top of the grand staircase. We do not take cabin reservations – it’s first come first serve unless we have a large group coming and they need to be housed together (i.e. Boy Scout Troop).
  • Please feel free to come for any part or all of the weekend; even if you can only come out for part of Saturday, your energy and efforts are greatly appreciated.
  • Please leave all pets at home.
  • If you have specific questions or needs please contact Ethan Gumanow, Camp Namanu Rental Manager at egumanow@campfirecolumbia.org.
  • Please leave your sleeping area swept, bed wiped down with disinfectant, trash emptied, and cabin cleaner than you found it.

What to bring:

  • Sleeping bag or sleeping system, pillow.
  • Plenty of warm clothes, wool or polypropylene is warmer if it gets wet than cotton. Work clothes that can get dirty!
  • Work Gloves – very important to bring a pair of gloves that fit your hand comfortably.
  • Raingear: rain jacket and rain pants.
  • Waterproof boots if you have them, plus at least one change of shoes good for uneven and muddy ground. You must wear closed toed shoes to work outside!
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Water bottle

Fall Service Weekend Schedule:

Thursday, November 10th

4pm – 9pm   Check-in at Raker, tea, hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks available. No dinner is served so bring a sack dinner with you!  Rental Manager Ethan Gumanow will meet you at the check in table. If you are new don’t be afraid to ask anyone for help if you need more direction!

Friday, November 11th

8:30 am          Breakfast in Raker Lodge

9:15 am           Namanu Work Projects, Session #1

12:30 pm        Lunch

1:30 pm           Session #2 Projects

5:00 pm          Break

6:00 pm          Dinner

7:30 pm           Free Time

10:00 pm       Quiet time begins

 Saturday, November 12th

8:30 am          Breakfast in Raker Lodge

9:15 am           Namanu Work Projects, Session #1

12:30 pm        Lunch

1:30 pm           Session #2 Projects

5:00 pm          Break

6:00 pm          Dinner

7:30 pm           Free Time

10:00 pm       Quiet time begins

Sunday, November 13

8:30 am         Breakfast in Raker Lodge

9:30 am         Clean and move out of cabins. Wrap up any unfinished projects

10am -12pm Friends of Namanu (FoN) meeting in Raker Lodge for those of you planning to attend.

12 noon          Depart Namanu/Free time to wander down to the river or take a short hike with a friend. Please be off site no later than 2 pm so staff can spend the afternoon with their families. Lunch will not be served on Sunday.

Visit the Camp Store! Get your t-shirts, sweater, hoodies and all kinds of wonderful Namanu items. Look out for some of our sale items!

Thank you in advance for your time and energy!