After the long and busy rental season, Camp Namanu is ready to take its original form, Summer Camp!

June 1st-3rd we will be hosting a service weekend at Camp Namanu.

RSVP Here

Choose a focus for where to lend your hands!

There are 4 areas of work for the weekend that will include various jobs of different skills/effort. We will have more posted when you arrive!

  • Namanu Garden Club– Projects to include landscaping, flower boxes and more
  • Hoof-to-Roof– Projects with a Ranch focus may include sinking tie posts, leveling stalls, and fence repair, or cleaning in the Ranch House
  • Artists in Residence– Help with opening the Weavery, preparing Arts and Craft areas for the Summer, signs and more
  • The Toolbox– These projects tend to be more physical, and often require the use of muscular strength, like chopping wood, or building benches

What you should know about the upcoming Volunteer Service Weekend: 

  • During our Service Weekend, we will have tradition camp meals fixed by our famous cooks B’Lou, Josie, 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.
  • Our NEW Property Manager Mark Yerex will be organizing the projects for 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!
  • Everyone must sign a Participant Agreement which includes a liability waiver and assumption of risk; all those under the age of 18 must be with a parent or guardian. We will have these forms in Raker for you to sign when you arrive.
  • 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 Andy Lindberg alindberg@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 the uneven and muddy ground.
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Water bottle

Proposed Spring Service Weekend Schedule:

Friday, June 1st

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm Check-in at Raker, tea, hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks available. No dinner is served so bring a sack dinner with you! Our Camp Namanu staff 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!

Saturday, June 2nd

8:30 am          Breakfast in Raker Lodge

9:30 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, June 3rd

8:30 am          Breakfast in Raker Lodge

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

10:15 am        June Friends of Namanu Meeting in Raker Lodge

Following the Friends of Namanu Meeting, a training will be held for anyone wishing to serve as a volunteer during the 2018 Camp Namanu Summer Season. If you attended this training last year you do not need to attend again. However, ALL volunteers must submit a Background Check and participate in the on-line Mandatory Reporting training. Please email Director of Namanu Programs & Facilities Andy Lindberg if you have questions alindberg@campfirecolumbia.org

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.

Thank you in advance for your time and energy!