SAW Camp Schedule

Weekly Schedule

Sunday. Groups arrive after 5:30 p.m. to check in. Orientation session that evening; free time following.

Monday. Participants spend their first full day working to improve Psalm 23 Camp. This help to improve the camp has a long-term effect of helping the people in Appalachia, and it improves the conditions for future work mission participants.

Tues—Thursday. This part of the work week is spent working at the homes of individual families in communities in Monroe and surrounding counties. While all campers work out in these communities on Tuesday, some may return to the camp on Wednesday or Thursday to complete a project that was started on Monday.

Friday. This is a free day for campers to use for special recreation away from the camp. Whitewater rafting on the New River, two hours from camp, has been the favorite activity. Campers eat breakfast at Psalm 23 Camp, pack a lunch, and then eat the evening meal at some place near their special recreational activity.

Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 a.m. Breakfast; clean up chores following
  • 8:10 – Church group devotions
  • 8:30 – Pack lunches for work site
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Home work service projects
  • 4:00-5:30 – Free time
  • 5:30 – Dinner; clean up chores following
  • 7:00 – Evening activities begin*
  • 8:00 – Free time
  • 10:30 – Lights out

*Psalm 23 Camp sponsored activities usually include special lawn games called Farm Olympics, hay rides, and our staff provides a place for campire programs.

Sunday Arrival

Since no meals are served at the camp on Sunday evening groups may wish to stop to eat prior to arriving at Gap Mills.

One church group has used the Sunday afternoon and early evening to spend time at Moncove Lake, 9 miles from camp. They have some recreation time and then have a cook out for supper.

Daily Chores

Immediately following morning and evening meals campers spend some time helping with cleanup in kitchen, dining and other areas.

Free Time Daily

Considerable free time is available each day between the end of the work day until lights out at bedtime. This time is often used for informal recreation, and some church groups schedule a nightly time of devotions around other activities.