Alternative Spring Break

We look forward to spring every year because we know that students will be joining us! YouthFest (for high school students) and WorkFest (for college students) create an opportunity for our Housing Program to move forward on essential projects. Your students provide hard work, and we provide meals and lodging, materials, and jobsite leadership. No experience is necessary! 

Answers To Our Most Asked Questions

1. Where are we going? 
Jobsites are in Eastern Kentucky. Participants have been through intake with Housing Coordinators to determine what repairs are needed.

2. Where will we stay?
CAP maintains a number of facilities for groups including Foley Mission Center, Williams Street Center, and Camp AJ

3. What will we eat?
We are blessed with many volunteers who come to #cookatCAP! Homecooked meals fuel our jobsites! We can accomodate most diets, please contact us for specifics.

4. Are these REAL projects or just busy work?
There is a saying at CAP that "a tired volunteer is a happy volunteer." Student crews may be digging holes for porch supports, putting together ramps, painting, and many other tasks. Flexibility is key. We have a great time, but that doesn't mean that we don't work hard!

5. How many other schools will be there? What other schools will be there?
The number of schools that attend are based on the number of worksite leaders available, jobsites, spring break schedules, and size of schools. If you are here multiple years you may recognize the groups that you encounter as spring break at CAP is a tradition amongst many of them.

What to Expect for Your Spring Break Trip

  • Groups can be anywhere from 5 to 30 members in size. All volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.
  • Groups arrive on Sunday, serve Monday through Thursday, and depart on Friday.
  • Registration fees for WorkFest/YouthFest include a $200 deposit and an additional $225/person.
  • Included in the registration fee are pre-arrival resources, on-site orientation by a CAP staff member, lodging, meals, and some evening programming. Additionally, registration fees help provide service site materials, tools, and supervision by CAP staff.
  • No home repair experience is required as our crew leaders provide the necessary training on site. Groups will also be asked to bring vehicles suitable for daily transport to the job site.

What Is a Typical Day?

  • Upon waking, students are fed a nutritious breakfast. Many groups choose to use the time before breakfast to have devotions or mass.
  • Groups gather after breakfast for a preview of the day and announcements.
  • Students are divided into jobsite teams with group members from other schools.
    Combining groups allows us to create balanced worksites and offers a unique opportunity for students to meet others that share their same dedication to service.
  • Teams depart for their individual jobsites where they will be guided in home repairs by trained leaders.
  • Everyone takes lunchbreak to eat sack lunches and get to know each other.
  • After lunch, teams finish off projects for the day before returning to their CAP Accomodations.
  • Students get a chance to cleanup before dinner.
  • After dinner there is a cultural presentation or a chance to explore nearby towns.

 

 

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