Dates: July 7-21, 2019
Price (in US dollars): $1,125 plus flights
Deadline for registration and payment: June 1, 2019
Audience: Anyone over the age of 15
At Gateway to the Arctic Camp (G2A), we believe that one day we will live in a world where people of all abilities can live meaningful lives. We invite you to become part of our mission to change our community and ultimately the world. The 2019 Alaska HVCs will build on tens of thousands of hours of volunteerism to continue to develop the Gateway to the Arctic Camp (www.g2arctic.org) near Talkeetna, AK.
Gateway to the Arctic Camp is a service-oriented, agricultural camp that teaches its participants about the significance of serving those in need and the value of hard work. Participants have fun while learning about sustainability, farming processes, and stewardship of the earth. Gateway to the Arctic Camp provides a variety of programing, including sessions for special needs youth and adults. All campers participate in agricultural activities and become equipped with knowledge necessary to raise and harvest crops. The resulting produce from the farm is donated to those in need or sold, with the proceeds directly benefiting programs that support the underprivileged of Alaska. Also, ongoing mentorship during our camps helps participants develop strong character and life skills, including responsibility for one’s work, pride in one’s accomplishments, service to those less fortunate,and strong work ethic. The benefits are priceless, and the possibilities are endless.
The mission of Gateway to the Arctic Camp is to create meaningful employment opportunities and summer camp programs that promote cognitive, social, emotional, and motor skill development. The two main components of Gateway to the Arctic Camp are inclusive employment and camp programs. G2A employs those with special abilities (we prefer to use the term “special abilities” rather than disabilities) and teaches them sustainable agriculture, carpentry, responsible living, and effective leadership. Our camp programs revolve around the same principles as our inclusive employment.
The Alaska Volunteer Corps will be a two-week long experience in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness. During the first week, Volunteer Corps participants will work alongside those with intellectual and physical special abilities. Working alongside people with special abilities, you will assist with camp maintenance, construction, agricultural development, and trail building. The main facilities at the camp are near completion;however, there will be several construction projects throughout the summer. Participants will be trained to use the necessary tools to continue building the camp’s facilities and features. Participants will also be trained how to positively interact with people who have special abilities. Expect hands-on, physically challenging, and dirty days. During the other week, participants will assist with an actual camp program. Campers may be underprivileged youth and/or youth and adults with special abilities. HVC members will facilitate camp activities, serve as counselors (with proper supervision), and ensure that campers are having fun and learning. Be prepared to support and encourage our campers every moment that they are at camp!
Alaska HVCs are unlike any other HVC. If you prefer traditional devotionals and d-groups then this is not the right HVC for you. If you need a more structured environment then please consider another HOPE worldwide program that offers more structure. Throughout the Volunteer Corps, you will learn to connect to God in completely new, out-of-the-box ways. Since we show our members how to connect with God in new and powerful ways, expect traditional HVC components (devotionals, d-groups, etc.) to be presented in different ways than what you may be used to. We don’t do traditional devotionals and d-groups. With guidance, we place high expectations on each participant to take ownership of their own faith. Be prepared to be stretched in your faith like you never have been before. Jesus spent most of his time serving so we will also spend most of our time serving. Expect to serve 8 hours a day. In order to facilitate this connection to God, we’ve also made it our policy to disconnect from technology. So, all HVC members will have limited access to their phones and technology throughout their time at the Gateway to the Arctic Camp. Time will be allotted for phone calls home, etc., but it will be limited. That way, we can focus on serving and connecting with God.
Lastly, no HVC is complete without the opportunity to explore. Our HVC members will have the opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful places in the world. There is potential to explore Denali National Park, go whitewater rafting, hike a mountain, and more!
So, if you’re looking to build your faith in new and exciting ways, and you want see firsthand how service can impact your life and the lives of those you serve, then join us in Alaska for Volunteer Corps 2019.