The LebCamp Crew Notebook holds their to-do list. This list comes from various visits to homes. From about nowish through June a team of volunteers from the church visit homes that are referred to us by Community Resources, Senior Connections, Hanover ARC, or other local churches. When we visit these homes we are looking with different eyes. One is looking at the safety of the home, one is looking at the physical needs of the home, and another is looking at the spiritual needs of the home. Combined we make the decision if the project is one that would fit well with LebCamp, which brings us to the next tip: Set achievable goals.
I keynoted at a youth ministry event similar to LebCamp. One of the groups of youth set out to build a porch and wheel chair ramp that week. They started Monday morning and had until Friday at 4pm to complete it. They stayed until 7pm Friday night and they did not complete the project. The youth were devastated. “We didn’t make a difference,” they said to me.
By setting achievable goals, we are engaging youth to be successful in their service. And when they are successful, they are bitten by the service bug. And we have engaged a whole new generation in serving others. That’s not to say that the week of LebCamp is peaches and cream, because it’s not. There are plenty of ups and downs that make for an interesting week. When you start a project, you have no idea what you are going to find. You go in knowing you have no idea what you are going to find.
Last year we worked on a home with 4 generations living together. When we looked at this house the first time, we had a very long list of needs. We narrowed it down to what we would do during LebCamp based on two things – What was a safety priority for the residents and what could be done in our time frame. With that in mind, we set out to rebuild the back deck.
The deck was built by the homeowner’s husband before he passed away. It was never completed. In the time since his death, the boards were curling up with sharp edges exposed. In other places boards had rotten away, and they had placed plywood and rugs over the holes. Rails were never built on this 12X12 deck. Our youth went in and took up all the rotting boards so that all that was left was the frame, and then they worked the rest of the week putting down new decking boards and building rails and steps.
It was a tall order, but achievable.
If crews reached their goals, as some do, then you can establish a new set of achievable goals.