Building kids, not a camp.
WorkCrew has been a vital part of youth development at Timber Bay for many years. Kids volunteer to work on important projects around the camp. These are not chores — instead they are vital tasks — many of which can be seen as you hike around Camp. Over the years, WorkCrew has helped build three cabins, and laid up countless cords of wood. Dan Miles, our Monticello Area Director says, “WorkCrew is really about three things: 1) Meet kids where they’re at and begin instilling a solid work ethic. 2) Help them learn to see a project through to completion — to finish well. 3) Help them develop skills and instill a healthy pride in their work — something they can take into adulthood.” Does it work? Dan relays the story a WorkCrew kid who became so adept at working with his hands that he made a beautiful end table with an etched glass top, along with a wooden chest as part of a senior project. Today, that wonderful craftsmanship resides in the WorkCrew Lounge at Timber Bay. When Dan asked the young man why he wanted to donate the pieces to camp instead of taking them home, he replied, “I want them to stay in the Timber Bay WorkCrew lounge — it’s my favorite place on Earth.”