This camp is an “Original” Catholic HEART Workcamp. It is open to those entering the 8th grade in the fall of 2019 and older.
- Showers – There are showers on site, which include 8 showers for boys (communal), 8 showers for girls (communal). Youth and adults have separate shower times. There are additional shower facilities off site depending on the work site.
- Program Area – The program area is in a gym and is not air-conditioned. However, there are large fans that circulate air.
- Sleeping Arrangements – The campers and adults will all sleep in air-conditioned classrooms. Boys and girls will be on separate floors and in different wings of the building. The Diocese of Richmond requires separate sleeping quarters for youth (under 18) and adults (18 and older). An adult from each group will need to sleep in the hallway outside the classroom of their own youth for supervision.
The camp is in the center of a Roanoke, VA metropolitan area, which has a population of around 250,000 people in the immediate area and 400,000 total in outlying regions. We will be doing a lot of home repairs as well as work in food banks, assisted living and nursing facilities, daycare providers and a few larger construction jobs.
Salem Red Sox Minor League Baseball
The Salem Red Sox are a minor league baseball team in Salem, Virginia, an independent city adjacent to Roanoke, Virginia. They are a Class High-A team and are a farm team of the Boston Red Sox.
Historic Downtown Roanoke
Market Building, Farmer’s Market, Restaurants and Shops, O’Winston Link and Taubman Art Museums, The Roanoke Star on Mill Mountain, Mill Mountain Zoo
Smith Mountain Lake
Smith Mountain Lake is a large reservoir in the Roanoke Region of Virginia. The lake was created in 1963 by the Smith Mountain Dam impounding the Roanoke River. The majority of the south shore of the lake lies in Franklin County while a portion, including access to the dam, lies in Pittsylvania County. The lake has become a popular recreation spot and has also experienced significant development in the last decade.
The Appalachian Trail
There are many day trip hikes on the Appalachian Trail within an hour of the downtown Roanoke Area: McAffee’s Knob, Dragon’s Tooth, Devil’s Marbleyard, Cascades and Roaring Run.
Tubing, Kayaking & Canoeing on the James River
The mighty James River begins its majestic journey in Botetourt County, winding through the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains on its way to the Chesapeake Bay. See the mountains like you’ve never seen them before on the Upper James River Water Trail. Check out Riders Up! Outfitters or Twin River Outfitters.
Wet n’ Wild Emerald Pointe (100 miles away)
The largest water park in both the Carolinas is the place to cool off, get sun and have fun. With over 34 rides and attractions, there’s something for everyone…from mild to wild…from tots to seniors.
The only Caverns in Southwest Virginia, Dixie Caverns is located about 20 minutes south of Roanoke on Interstate 81.
Natural Bridge and Natural Bridge Safari
Located about 40 minutes north of Roanoke on Interstate 81 Natural Bridge is one of the seven natural wonders of the World. The 20 stories of solid rock, carved by the fingers of nature, Feel the presence of legends who passed this portal. Washington, Jefferson, the Civil War men of the blues and grays. Explore the history of Virginia’s Native Americans in the authentic Monacan village.