Camp Restore: Baton Rouge (Look for the Trinity Oaks sign out front!)
15160 South Harrells Ferry Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Open to: High School, College, and Adult
Camp Restore suggests the ratio of 1 adult to every 4-5 youth.
Dates: Year around!
Volunteer Coordinator: Renee Rolland 504-242-2636
Camp Director: Nick Butcher Cell Phone: 989-274-5953 E-Mail: Nick@camprestore.org
Cost per person: $40 per night, a typical work week equals $240 plus $20 admin fee = $260
The people of Baton Rouge need YOUR help to get one step closer to moving back into their flooded homes. Serving Christ by serving the homeowner is our prime directive.
In addition to working in flooded homes, you may be asked to help us prepare for future volunteers by working at the Camp Restore: Baton Rouge Site. This may include using volunteers who are skilled craftsmen to make renovations to the facility, performing yard work at camp, or assisting in the preparation of meals. This work is equally important as it allows us to continue to bring both volunteers and homeowners to our property.
We aren't sure how long it will take to restore the city. Most of the work is entirely volunteer dependent. We are committed to keep going as long as we have volunteers and there are still homeowners that need help. With over 160,000 homeowners flooded the work will not be over for quite some time. Currently we are still receiving requests to gut homes untouched since the flood.
What are the work days for volunteers right now? We have work to do every day of the week, Sunday through Saturday.
The Cost to Volunteer: A $40 per day fee covers the costs of food and lodging and it allows us to provide a majority of the necessary tools and the essential safety equipment. (Though you may still want to bring your own tools.) . A Continental Breakfast, Sack Lunch, and Hot Supper will be provided. If Camp Food is not to your tastes, there are plenty of fast food and nicer restaurants available within a 20 minute drive. Grocery stores are also nearby.
Housing at camp: Our current capacity is 50 Volunteers so you must check your proposed dates before registering. The 4000 sq. ft. home at Trinity Oaks has been transitioned into a deluxe Volunteer Housing unit with 25 bunk-beds. Trinity Oaks has electricity, air conditioning, and WIFI. We advise you bring your own extension cords for breathing machines, cell phone charges, laptops, etc. Bring twin sheets and bedding, pillow, etc. We have 5 showers for the camp located in a trailer provided by orphan Grain Train. Bring your own toiletries. While we do have a washer and dryer on campus we do not advise counting on having the time to use it.
Recommended Clothing and Food to Bring:
- Twin sheets and bedding, pillow etc.
- Work boots that won't get ruined by soggy carpet/yards
- Hat with a brim
- Insect repellent
- Enough clothing to last the time you are at camp without being laundered. Long pants and long sleeved shirts recommended. Closed toe shoes are necessary, boots strongly recommended. Flip flops or sandals are for camp and recreation only, not the work-site.
- Tetanus shot highly recommended before you come. Consider everything in a flooded home as contaminated by sewer water.
The church has received a large number of donated tools and supplies but more are still needed. If you have any of these items that you are willing to bring to use or willing to donate it would be very helpful:
- Safety glasses
- Industrial squirrel cage fans to dry out homes.
- Walk behind mower
- Zippered Waterproof mattress covers
- Gift cards for camp use (Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, Visa etc.)
The #1 rule of Disaster Response is to be incredibly flexible throughout your time in Baton Rouge.
Remember to be kind and sympathetic to the family you're working with, as they are going through a devastating loss. Please recognize they may not always be able to direct you, and so you may have to dive into finding your own task, but never overstep your boundaries.
The homeowner has the final say on all decisions! Make sure you have asked the homeowner about what items they want to keep versus items to throw away- do NOT assume that everything that got wet is going in the trash!