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Servant Weekends at HopeWood Shores

We need your help at HopeWood Shores to open the camp in the spring and close camp in the fall. Servant projects could include raking trails, painting, cleaning, and special building projects. 

After you are done working, take time to relax by a campfire or enjoy a sunset over Lake Erie. We welcome all ages to serve over the weekend (servant weekends require online registration).


Camp Luther at HopeWood Shores


All ages


There is no fee, but we do accept free-will donations to help pay for food, insurance, and project supplies.


  • Servant projects
  • Raking trails
  • Painting
  • Cleaning
  • Special building projects
  • Campfires
  • Fellowship

Dates & Fees

October 18-20, 2024

May 2-4, 2025
May 9-11, 2025
May 16-18, 2025

Check-in: Fri 7:00 pm
Check-out: Sun 2:00 pm

Fees: HopeWood Outdoors deeply appreciates your service in caring for our locations, so there is no fee for servant opportunities. Free will donations are always accepted and encouraged as they help cover food, insurance, and servant project supplies.

Thrivent Action Teams Needed: If you are a Thrivent member, you are entitled to two Action Team Projects per year. These projects come with a $250 gift card that can be used as seed money for projects at camp. For example: purchasing paint and brushes to paint a cabin. Contact or phone (419) 864-8030 for a list of available projects.


Volunteers will stay in individual cabins with electricity, sink, toilet, and at least one double bed. Cabins are a short distance from shower houses and all camp facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

As a part of your registration, you will be asked to complete a health form.  You can submit these online by logging into your account.

Communicate special needs and dietary restrictions at least two weeks prior to the retreat. If you did not specify this information on your registration, or if you have specific questions, contact the guest relations manager at (419) 864-8030.


  • 7:00 pm: Arrival begins, fellowship


  • 8:00 am: Breakfast, service projects
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm: Service projects continue
  • 5:30 pm: Dinner
  • 6:30 pm: Clean-up
  • 7:30 pm: Relaxation, campfires


  • 8:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 am: Service projects
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm: Clean-up
  • 2:00 pm: Departure

All cabins have a double bed (most have additional bunk beds), toilet, and sink. 

Please bring your own pillows, sheets, towels, and other bedding. 

You may want to bring a space heater or fan.

You will be responsible for dispensing any medications for yourself or other family members. When not in your controlled possession, medications need to be stored in a locked container. 

Staff members are trained in basic first aid for emergencies. 

A family health form must be completed online or mailed in two weeks prior to camp. A parent signature is required.

Note that some items are optional or can be substituted.


  • Sleeping bag or sheets/blanket
  • Pillow

Health & Medication

  • Medication labeled and in lockable container;  self-dispensed
  • Family health form: complete online or mail in two weeks prior to camp. A parent signature is required.

Personal Items

  • Reusable face mask
  • Hand sanitizer
  • One thermometer per family
  • Towel(s)
  • Toiletries (brush, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, lotions)
  • Sunscreen (waterproof/water resistant)
  • Insect repellant (lotion/non-aerosol)
  • Sleepwear/pajamas
  • Underwear and socks
  • Jeans/pants and shorts
  • Short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts
  • Sweatshirts/sweaters
  • Rain poncho or water-resistant jacket
  • Jacket
  • Shower shoes (plastic flip flops)
  • Gym shoes or boots
  • Bible, notebook, pen/pencil
  • Reusable water bottle

Optional Items

  • Money (for the camp store)
  • Sunglasses/hat
  • Garbage bag for dirty clothes
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Book
  • Camera
  • Space heater or fan

Please DO NOT Bring

  • Knives, guns, weapons, explosives, or fireworks
  • Alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Pets of any kind
  • Valuables (e.g. electronic devices)
  • Aerosol products of any kind