This camp is an “Original” Catholic HEART Workcamp. It is open to those entering the 8th grade in the fall of 2018 and older.
Buses are not permitted at this location. The mountain roads make navigating a Charter Bus very difficult.
Bishop Walsh School is a Pre-K-12 Catholic School in the Appalachian Mountains of Western Maryland. It is located in historic Cumberland, once the “Queen City” of Maryland. Most of Cumberland’s industry departed in the 1980s, leaving many proud, working-class people without jobs. We will be serving elderly and poor residents with home repair, as well as churches, service organizations, and nursing homes. The school rests on Haystack Mountain in a quiet, safe neighborhood with beautiful views, outdoor areas for free time, nature trails, a labyrinth for meditation and an outdoor natural cathedral,constructed by students, for prayer. The gym will be available for basketball. There is ample parking.
- Program Area: Program will be located in the auditorium, which is air-conditioned. The cafeteria is also air-conditioned.
- Showers: There are separate showers for guys and girls in the school. The showers have been recently renovated.
- Sleeping Arrangements: We will use classrooms to sleep in during the week. The classrooms are not air-conditioned. Guys will be on one floor and girls will be on a separate floor.
CHWC with be partnering with local agencies to provide home repairs, wheelchair ramp repair and maintenance, painting, cleaning and general fix-up for the elderly and low income in Cumberland and the surrounding counties. There are many projects we will be working on and many residents we look forward to serving!
White Water Rafting – Ohiopyle, PA (1 hr 15 mins away)
There are several different types of trip to choose from ranging from Class I to Class IV rapids. It’s perfect for those who haven’t had prior whitewater experience or for those who have. This is a guide assisted trip.
Wisp Resort is located in the beautiful Western MD mountains just 50 minutes from Cumberland. Here your group can white water raft in the man-made course where the 2014 World Championship Canoe Slaloms were held. Or choose to ride the Mountain Coaster, take a canopy tour through the tree tops or ride the chair lifts to the top of the mountain and hike down. Regardless of your activity, you can end your day with a swim and picnic at nearby Deep Creek Lake State Park.
Rocky Gap State Park
Rocky Gap State Park is located in Western Maryland’s Allegany County. The park encompasses over 3,000 acres of public land for visitors to enjoy. Rugged mountains surround the park, featuring 243-acre Lake Habeeb.
Del Grosso Amusement Park (Tipton, PA)
Located just 1 hr and 20 min from Cumberland, this reasonably-priced, mid-sized amusement park is operated by the family who makes the delicious spaghetti sauce. It has a water park, picnic pavilions and boasts ‘The best park food in America!’
Get Out and Play Outfitters
Adventure seekers can challenge themselves with our Class V Whitewater Rafting Trips, while others might want to grab a kayak and spend the day floating on the river. For a calm, lake experience, take a relaxing canoe or kayak tour of 451-acre Shawnee Lake near Bedford, Pa or beautiful 243-acre Lake Habeeb near Cumberland, MD. You will learn the basics of paddling and then try out your skills on these very scenic flat water lakes. This is a great family adventure for beginners or experienced canoe & kayakers. All equipment, instruction and guide service included.