P1030711Friends of Namanu and Camp Fire Columbia Volunteer Service Weekend, Spring 2016

Friday, March 11th– Sunday, March 13th (tentative schedule below)
Camp Namanu
10300 SE Camp Namanu Rd, Sandy, OR

Let’s hope for dry weather but prepare for rain!

Be sure to RSVP here

Stay 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 this in March!

What you should know about the upcoming Volunteer Service Weekend:

  • During our Spring Service Weekend we will have tradition camp meals fixed by our famous cooks B’Lou 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 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 which 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. This is our first Volunteer weekend of 2016, so be sure to come out and join the fun and get your FREE 2016 Volunteer T-shirt!!
  • Please leave all pets at home.
  • Projects will likely include staining some of our cabins, prep for the weavery program, wood splitting and stacking, trail maintenance, and addressing various small construction and maintenance projects.
  • If you have specific questions or needs please contact Steven Joinson, Volunteer Manager at sjoinson@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.
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Water bottle


Spring Service Weekend Schedule:

Friday, March 11th

4pm – 9pm   Check-in at Raker, tea, hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks available. No dinner is served so bring a sack dinner with you! Volunteer Manager Steven Joinson 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, March 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, March 13th

8:30 am         Breakfast in Raker Lodge

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

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.

12pm -2pm Friends of Namanu (FoN) meeting in Raker Lodge for those of you planning to attend.

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!