Every year, groups from churches, schools and other organizations spend months planning and fundraising for service or mission trips. True Friends is fortunate to have been a destination for several youth groups over the past 15 years.
Many organizations, like St. Thomas Academy and Camp Lincoln & Camp Lake Hubert choose True Friends as a place for their mission trip because they are looking for a low-cost service opportunity close to home.
When volunteers come to camp they have the option of completing a service oriented project or they work with campers during the day with some free time to spend time with their peers in the evening. Some groups attend camp with group leaders, and others are supervised by True Friends staff during their stay; most groups participate in True Friends popular Youth Development & Leadership program during their stay which adds a great team-cohesion aspect to the visit.
First Plymouth Church from Lincoln, Nebraska has been coming to Camp Friendship for ten years. Each year, they bring returning and new youth to participate in the program.
Emily, who has been coming to camp with First Plymouth for five years talks about her experience at camp;
“To me, camp means opportunity. Not just for the campers, but for those of us who volunteer or work because camp provides us with the opportunities to be a part of situations that we would normally never experience. I can honestly say that camp changed my life, it’s my home away from home!”
Groups like First Plymouth come to Camp Friendship every summer to give back to their community, bond as a group and make the most of their summer. Members of youth groups spend a week at camp and then benefit in the following weeks, months and years from the life-changing experience.
The donation of time, energy and passion empower True Friends to provide this incredible experience at no cost to volunteers. Food and lodging will also be provided at no additional charge. Comprehensive training provided.
Short on time?
We offer day-long or half day group opportunities:
Planning an all-camp program for our campers, and helping campers after the program (mainly June-August).
Helping with a maintenance project such as painting or buck thorn removal (mainly April-May).
Getting ready for summer camp by organizing program areas and supplies (mainly April-May).
If you are interested in a short-term group project, please contact the Volunteer Services Department.