Frequently Asked Questions
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What kind of service projects will we do?
At Camp Restore, we believe that the best volunteer is one who is able to use their unique skills and abilities to serve others.
With this in mind, we work to provide volunteer groups with a wide array of opportunities for service throughout the New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Our volunteer coordinators work with group leaders to determine what types of projects are a good fit for their groups’ unique skills and interests.
What does it cost to stay at Camp Restore?
Camp Restore – New Orleans and Camp Restore – Detroit charge a flat per-person rate of $40/night Sunday-Thursday, and $25/night Friday-Saturday for lodging, three meals a day and project coordination.
Camp Restore Baton Rouge charges a flat per-person rate of $40/night Sunday-Saturday. To find out more about our rates and seasons, click here. Our volunteers are also our biggest donors – you make Camp Restore possible!
What are your age requirements?
We work with volunteer groups of all ages in New Orleans, and high-school-age on up in Baton Rouge. If you are bringing a group that includes younger children (12 and under), we ask that parents or designated guardians be present with a 1-1 adult-child ratio.
Is transportation provided?
We ask that volunteer groups provide their own ground transportation to and from worksites. To have your transportation coordinated, you can work with Can-Do Missions. Can-Do Missions is an incredible, Lutheran-based organization that coordinates mission trips for youth. By working through Can-Do, you’ll receive a t-shirt, journal for each participant, training materials and journals, and have the option of letting them coordinate your insured transportation while you’re here.
Where is Camp Restore located?
Camp Restore – New Orleans is housed on the campus of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and School in New Orleans East, at 9301 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70127.
Camp Restore – Baton Rouge is housed at the Trinity Oaks facility, operated by Trinity Lutheran Church, at 15160 South Harrells Ferry Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.
Camp Restore – Detroit is housed and operated by Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 17100 Chalmers St, Detroit, MI 48205.
What type of housing is provided?
Camp Restore – New Orleans’ volunteer accommodations are housed in a restored elementary school building.
Camp Restore – Baton Rouge is located in a modified retreat facility within Baton Rouge.
Camp Restore – Detroit will be housed in a restored elementary school building, beginning in 2017.
Air-conditioned, dormitory-style housing, complete with bunk beds with twin-size mattresses and hot showers are provided. (Please bring your own pillows, bedding, towels, wash cloths, toiletries, flashlight, and alarm clock.)
If I’m working with another organization, can I still stay with you?
What options are available for Internet access?
We have free Wifi access throughout the camp.
What do I need to bring with me?
In addition to basic toiletries you’d bring on any trip, the most important things to remember are:
-work clothes you aren’t afraid to get dirty
-sheets and/or a sleeping bag for your bunk bed
-and a towel.
We provide group leaders with a comprehensive list of supplies to bring as part of the registration process. You do not need to bring tools, though we continue to accept tool donations.
Where is the nearest drugstore?
In New Orleans, there is a Walgreens approximately five minutes away at 5702 Crowder Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127.
In Baton Rouge, there is a CVS five minutes away, at 2001 Millerville Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.
In Detroit, there is a CVS three minutes away at 13600 East Seven Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48205.
Where is the nearest grocery store?
In New Orleans, Winn-Dixie is located approximately a quarter-mile east of Camp on Chef Menteur (Hwy 90).
In Baton Rouge, there is a Winn-Dixie ten minutes away at 13002 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.
In Detroit, there is an ALDI five minutes away at 15415 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48205.
Where is the nearest medical facility?
In Baton Rouge, Ochsner Medical Center is eight minutes away at 17000 Medical Center Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70816. Click here for directions from Camp.
In Detroit, the St. John Hospital is ten minutes away at 22101 Moross Rd, Detroit, MI 48236, Click here for directions from Camp.
What if we’re not Lutheran?
We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds and beliefs who are comfortable working alongside us and share in our mission to restore faith, home and community. Thousands of volunteers from diverse backgrounds and beliefs have joined us in this good work. We respect the personal beliefs of all of our volunteers and ask volunteers to show that same respect toward one another.
Where can I lead reflections/devotions/worship/prayer, etc. for my group?
In New Orleans, if individual volunteer groups would like to hold their own gatherings, devotions or times for reflection, there are multiple open areas, lounges, and rooms to do so around camp. The dining-hall/sanctuary is also available in the evening, but we ask that groups sign up and reserve specific time slots to ensure as many groups are able to make use of it as possible. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, the site host and partner of Camp Restore, holds worship services on Wednesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. Volunteers are welcome to attend if they please.
In Baton Rouge, there are several meeting areas both indoors and outdoors.
In Detroit, there are numerous areas that will be defined shortly in terms of availability for volunteer use.