Volunteers Welcome in 2020!

We are in need of some volunteers to help with a variety of fun and exciting tasks!

Sat-Sun. Mar. 14,15

Sat-Sun. Mar. 21,22 / Sat-Sun. Mar. 28,29

Sat-Sun. April 11,12 / Sat-Sun. Apr. 25,26

and any weekdays that you may be available to help!

  • Rain or Shine!  Concierge services for volunteers in the Dining Hall with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and snack foods and cold drinks! 

  • Refrigerator, convection oven, toaster, microwave, coffee pot, keurig and more for food prep

  • Bon-fire at the Dining Hall by late afternoon / early evening

  • Bring edible items to share if you like.

  • See projects list below.

  • (Directions --- use google maps to 229 Cool Creek Rd. Capon Bridge, WV -- Buffalo Gap)

Large Groups &
Overnight Volunteers Welcome!
  • If you would like to stay overnight during your volunteer stint with us, let us know and we can find bedding for you and helping friends!  -- be sure to bring a set of twin sheets / blankets / pillows, towels, and/or sleeping bags.

  • Concierge / Coffee station will be operational 24/7 at the Dining Hall, some foods, snacks and drinks provided. Feel free to bring some snacks and/or drinks to share with our volunteers if you like.  Refrigerator behind concession bar.

  • Families, kids, pets most welcome.  Bring your own "spirits" for the evening bon-fire.

  • We can order up some pizza from Anthony Jr.'s for the saturday night bon-fire by the mini-pavilion outside the dining hall and/or we can cook burgers and dogs on the grills... we have charcoal and lighter fluid!

  • Even if you can't make a whole volunteer work day, come and hang out with us at the bon-fire at the dining hall Saturday evening or Sunday late afternoon. 

Projects / Volunteer Assistance
Pick your interest and let us know in advance!
Partner led projects!

please contact

Vince at 703-328-1840 or Michael Hart at 240-506-2263

for advanced notice of participation

1.) Help us re-dccorate and make beautiful our dining hall:  Creating perhaps a more coffee shop / cafe ambiance with fabrics, curtains, couches, rugs, coffee tables, lamps, chandeliers and more.
2.) Hang (new) String lights in the Dining Hall: The old string lights must come down - old non-LED type, and we will re-hang lots of new sets that are all brand new LED.  Some temporary orange or purple halloween lights great too!
3.) Hiking Trail Clean-Up:  our hiking trails needs some debris removal, branch clean up, etc.  
4.) New firepits and campsites at "The Sandbowl":  let's build some new fire pits for camping up at the "sand bowl" and a central fire pit as well.  All of the stones needed are within a couple of hundred foot radius of center!
5.) New firepits and campsites at creekside "Fern Valley":  let's build some new fire pits for camping over at the "Fern Valley" (past the gym) and clean up the property a bit (cut saplings, debris removal).  All of the stones needed for firepits will be brought over.
6.) Start brush and property clean up around the 2 uphill new lot purchases:  Lots 1 and 2 -- needs much property clean up.  These are the abandoned duplex cabins up on the hill above the pavilion down at the cul-d-sac.
7.) Start interior clean up of new building purchases:  on lot's 1 and 2 uphill above the pavilion.   Sweeping, junk removal, and removing 3rd rate construction projects to bring it back to original 1950's core structure.
8.) Move the 10 piece stage to the gymnasium:  Ten 4x8 foot stage sections may go the gymnasium and we will swap the 6 wooden stage sections from the pavilion to the dining hall for a lower profile look for our musicians playing on the dining hall stage until we can custom build a new low profile stage at the dining hall. 
9.) Build a new smaller, leaner stage at the dining hall:  after removing the 10 piece stage at the dining hall to the gym, construct a new stage with supplied materials and tools.
10.) Gravel work:  We may get 20 tons of gravel delivered... and then moving gravel from large piles to needed pot-holes, sink-hole, at bridge behind beach house on campground side... and other partner designated spots that are mud pits!  Can use Wheelbarrows, trailer, truck or UTV with dump bed.
  • back porch at base of stairs at Slane's Knob / Sandy Ridge cottage
  • pot-holes throughout camp
  • at the base of most entrance areas to cottages as needed (uphill cabins in particular)
  • gravel walkway needs some more down by Sycamore / Laurel cottages and beyond to new cottages towards the gym
  • At the base of any of the deck/stairs leading to cabin entrances (uphill and downhill cabins as needed).
11.) 2 part bar-top epoxy the concession bar counter top:   during warmer mid-week weather -- must dry for 3 days and nights above 50 degrees!
12.) Pavilion floor overhaul!  We have 1000 square feet of hardwood flooring, some of which will be used to replace existing damaged flooring on the pavilion.     Otherwise, we need to sand or buff and treat and protect the entire floor!
13.) Sand the pavilion floor:  If new flooring is put in place, we need to rent big sanding machines and sand all 3600 square feet!
14.) Polyurethane, marine varnish, or water repel treat the entire 4000 square foot pavilion floor:   big job that requires warmer, dryer weather.... must be done on a Sunday or weekday and allowed to dry for 3 to 4 days.
15.) Collect barn wood lumber from old bar on property:  with assistance from partners -- to put up as wall paneling in the dining hall in between the struts on all walls
17.) Redecorating cottages:  We have many pictures to swap out, vases and flowers, knick knacks and wall decor to re-decorate and beautify each cottage.
18.) Mulch work / Garden beds / planting flowers and shrubs:  We have many flower beds to still create, mulch to move and plants to plants to beautify our campus and our cabin areas!
19.) Painting mini-pavilion at dining hall, restroom building, and grill pit building as well as wealk in fridge/freezder building:  we need to make this highly used public space more attractive -- and it starts with paint -- and landscaping!
20.) Finish bridge construction (handrails) at campground across creek:  at the private "island" family campsite.
21.) Sweep and clean gymasium:  push broom clean up of gym floors and pick up trash
22.) Gather stones (hundreds) for reinforcing the huge firepit in the pavilion field:  using a truck and trailer, take volunteers stone hunting and bring back truckloads and trailer loads of stones to reinforce the large community firepit in the pavilion field.
23.) Chainsaw work -- cutting up fallen or dangerous trees!  somewhat skilled and supervised chainsaw work needed around camp as necessary.
24.) Camp beautification at our main entrance (red gates):   we need to really do some landscape and plant beautification at our main entrance with 3 or 4 season plants in our lansdcaped gardens.
25.) Wood putty carpenter bee holes at Beach House and Sauna:  we need to fill in many holes from carpenter bees from over the years to prepare the beach house for painting.
26.) After deciding on a paint scheme, paint the beach house porch area
27.) Paint caretaker / office cottage
28.) Paint watercress cottage
29.) Finish painting Sandy Ridge and Slane's Knob
31.) Carpentry -- Take out walls between kitchenettes in both Slane's Knob and Sandy Ridge:  to combine rooms into L-shaped single room kitchenettes, rather than split up and claustrophobic.  We have a plan for how much and how and how to rearrange existing appliances and shelving with outlets in place.
32.) Carpentry - Finish room divider / separation between front and back halves of Sycamore cottage -- Laurel already mostly completed.
33.) Carpentry -- Loft beds:  remove cubby shelving in Sycamore and Laurel, frame out, insulate (for noise), panel and build loft beds on both sides - front and back.
34.) Carpentry -- Loft beds: in North River and Cacapon cottages also - remove cubby shelving, frame out, insulate (for noise), panel, and build lofts beds on both sides.
35.) Carpentry - build shelters for firewood storage:  We will need 4x4 posts, 2x4's, tools, post hole digger, concrete, water, wheelbarrow, and corrugated fiberglass for roofing.
36.) Empty /Dig-out Firepits -- wheelbarrow and shovel -- all firepits need dug out and emptied ahead of opening.
More to come!

Our Address

229 Cool Creek Rd. 

Capon Bridge, WV  26711

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202-422-7540 / 703-328-1840

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