This summer, Sierra Service Project (SSP) is offering two separate weeks of life-changing experiences for young people through acts of service repairing homes and communities.  Church youth groups from many denominations from all over the western states travel to one of two summer sites for an unforgettable week of serving, learning, worship and fellowship!  Groups from El Camino Real have participated in about 30 of these projects in 15 years.

Our High School and Middle School groups will be bracketing the summer at Smith River this year. We do repair work such as home weatherization, building wheelchair ramps and porches, roofing and interior and exterior painting.  Work specific to Smith River are beach cleanup and invasive dune grass removal.  Work is done in teams of 6-10 youth and adult counselors from all participating churches.  Teams work at a home site about 6 hours daily and have one recreation afternoon. Members from the Tolowa Tribe will give a cultural presentation one evening. Evening activities include singing, cultural programs, worship and games.

We will be hosted by the United Methodist Church and Smith River School. Accommodations are sleeping bags on the floor (air mattresses advised). A full preparation packet with additional forms and a packing list will be sent after you register.

Cost of the week is $450 which includes transportation from El Camino Real to Smith River all meals on site and a T-shirt.

Download the Sierra Service Project Application 2017 here and mail it with your non-refundable deposit. For full details, visit the events page listing here.