Story posted November 03, 2010
This year the Weekend Service Trip program is expanding to offer more trips as well as get more students involved in leading trips-- two trips have already gone out this fall.
Over Fall Break, a group went to Casco, ME to volunteer with Camp Sunshine at their annual Monte Carlo themed fundraiser in Point Sebago. Students helped set-up the fundraiser as well as run casino themed games such as poker and blackjack. Camp Sunshine provides weeklong programs over the summer and shorter weekend programs during the school year for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. Last year, two Weekend Service Trip worked with Camp Sunshine and these trips have continued to be very popular. We hope to offer another trip in the spring volunteering at the camp.
A second Weekend Service Trip group worked with the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) in October cutting down bittersweet vines, which are taking over many coastal islands and threaten to kill the trees they grow on. The trip was offered in coordination with the Bowdoin Outing Club. Unfortunately bad weather ruined plans of camping on the island Saturday night, but some of the group still made it back out to the island Sunday, which turned out to be a gorgeous day.
Coming up November 12-14th is the last trip of the semester. The group will head to Milbridge in Downeast, ME. They will be working with Mano en Mano, Hand in Hand, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for social justice and working with diverse populations in Down East Maine to provide affordable housing, educational opportunities, and better access to health and social services. The group will spend most of their time working with local students.
We are always looking for more trip ideas and enthusiastic students interested in leading trips. Contact Elsie Thomson for more information.
The Weekend Service Trip program began last year with a goal of offering students a unique opportunity to venture off campus and immerse themselves in a new community while doing service.