Service trip 2013

Photos from the trip
Basic trip information
Where we stayed
Where we worked
Gear lists — personal and communal gear lists
Menu planning
Forms to fill out

Photos from the trip

Tuesday, June 18:


Checking in at the hotel. Robert is away getting his brakes checked, Dan is taking the photo.

Wednesday, June 19:


Maddie painting.


Chris working on the roof.


Nina painting.


Sam working on the roof.


Robert caulking.

Thursday, June 20:


In front of the house we were working on for Habitat for Humanity.


Group shot in front of the garage (that our group painted!) at the Habitat for Humanity work site. L-R: Dan, Robert, Eleanor, Sam, Nina, Maddie, Chris.

Friday, June 21 — Earthroots Field School, Big Oak Canyon site:


In the abandoned orchard, where we pruned fruit trees and removed brush and vines that were choking fruit trees.


Lunch break at our camp site. It was hot!


Clearing flammable brush from a trail.

Basic trip information:

Trip dates: Tuesday, June 18, through Saturday, June 22
Work sites: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, and Earthroots Field School.

3 youth participants, 4 adult participants (2 youth had to drop out at the last minute).

Most times represent our best guess, and should be considered approximate.

Tuesday, June 18:

9:00 a.m.: Meet in UUCPA parking lot (eat breakfast before you arrive), leave by 8:30
Noonish: stop to eat lunch (bring a bag lunch)
6:00 p.m. (approx., depending on traffic): Arrive at Best Western Golden Sails Hotel, Long Beach
7:00 p.m.: Dinner at motel restaurant (cheap, but not great), sightseeing (planned sightseeing didn’t happen due to car problems)
10:00 p.m.: Lights out

Wednesday, June 19:

6:00 a.m.: Get up, have breakfast at hotel
7:00 a.m.: Start driving to Habitat for Humanity work site
8:00 a.m.: Register at work site
8:20 a.m.: Orientation, safety training, task assignments
8:30 a.m.: Work begins
11:30 a.m.: Lunch
12:30 p.m.: Back to work
3:30 p.m.: Workday ends [we actually wound up working until well after 4]
4:15 or so: Go back to motel. Take showers. Snacks. Pool.
6:00 p.m.: Dinner at Long Beach Thai, good and cheap!
Evening: Reflection time, check-in, games
10:00 p.m.: Lights out

Thursday, June 20

6:00 a.m.: Get up, have breakfast at hotel
7:00 a.m.: Start driving to Habitat for Humanity work site, same site
8:00 a.m.: Register at work site
8:20 a.m.: Get task assignments
8:30 a.m.: Work begins
11:30 a.m.: Lunch
12:30 p.m.: Back to work
3:30 p.m.: Workday ends [we actually wound up working until about 3:50]
3:30 p.m.: Use showers at municipal pool in Long Beach, eat at The Magic Lamp on 2nd Ave. in Long Beach, good and barely within our budget
6:30 p.m.: Drive to Big Oak Canyon site [we actually arrived at about 8]
7:30 p.m.: Set up camp, check-in
10:00 p.m.: Lights out

Friday, June 21

6:00 a.m.: Get up, make breakfast
8:00 a.m. (approx.): Start work
12:00 noon (approx.): Lunch
1:00 p.m.: Break during heat of the day
Late afternoon: More work
Evening: Got dinner at Whole Foods supermarket, went to the house of the parents of Earthroots Field School to eat and hang out
8:00 p.m.: Back at camp, check-in, games
10:00 p.m.: Lights out

Saturday, June 22

6:00 a.m.: Get up, quick breakfast, pack up
8:00 a.m.: Start driving
Noonish: Stop for lunch
5:00 p.m. (approx., depending on traffic): arrive at UUCPA parking lot



Projected expenses:

$ 761.60 — Motel
$1017.00 — Travel (approx. 900 mi. x $0.565 per mile x 2 vehicles)
$ 350.00 — Donations to Habitat (7 people x $25 x 2 days)
$  20.00 — Dinner for Earthroots Field School E.D. on Friday
$ 175.00 — Donation to Earthroots Field School
$ 200.00 — Food
$2523.60 — Total projected expenses


$ 400.00 — Deposits
$ 850.00 — Carwash income (approx.)
$ 508.50 — Mileage for Dan’s car (from Dan’s professional expense budget)
$ 565.10 — Contribution from SHYG activity fund
$2523.60 — Total income

Note 1: For Tuesday night sightseeing, bring $25.
Note 2: Each person bring about $15 per night, or a total of $60, for 4 nights for eating out.
Note 3: Each person should bring extra money for anything else you might think you’ll want.

Where we stayed:

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll be staying at Best Western Golden Sails Hotel in Long Beach, California — Zagat rating: 17 — Yelp reviews. There’s apparently a convention in town, so downtown hotel prices were high, and we had to balance price, quality, location safety, and accessibility to freeways.

For 8 people, the hotel required us to take 3 rooms. We got rooms with two queen-size beds at $108/night for one room and $116/night for the other two rooms, total $680.00, plus estimated taxes and fees of $81.60, for a total of $761.60. (And yes, if we had booked a month earlier, we would have gotten a cheaper rate.)

On Thursday and Friday, we camped at our work site, owned by Earthroots Field School — we stayed at their Big Oak Canyon property. The site has an RV and we brought tents, but half of us slept out in the open.

Where we worked:

Wed., June 19, and Thurs., June 20: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. This was a rehab project on the 6000 stretch of Long Beach Blvd. in Long Beach, Calif.

Fri., June 21: Earthroots Field School Big Oak Canyon property. Jodi Levine, the executive director, and staffer Daniel ——, supervised us in orchard pruning, cutting down non-native trees and grasses, and taking down a large dome tent that was no longer being used.

Gear lists:

Communal gear:
Games: Everyone!
Cooler, the big one (Nina)
Camp stove (Eleanor)
Clothes line (Dan)
Camp kettle (Nina)
Coffee making stuff (Robert)
Water (3 gallon container) (Robert)
Water cooler (Robert)
Sun Shade (Robert)
Cooking pot (Robert)
First aid kit (Dan)
“Technu” poison oak remedy (Nina)
Iodine for water purification (Nina)
Folding table (Eleanor)
Trash bags, paper towels, dish soap (Robert)

Food list:

Lunch food, such as — cheese, PB&J, hummus, lunch meat, carrots, avocado, mustard, mayo, M&Ms, nuts, chips….
Breakfast for Big Oak Canyon — oatmeal, milk, OJ, cereal, etc.
Water — bring drinking water for Big Oak Canyon

Personal gear:
Favorite Games? Cards?
Mess kit (plate / spoon / fork cup / bowl in net bag for quick drying)
Swim suit
Sleeping bag / pad / ground cloth
Toothbrush / soap / toothpaste / shampoo / toiletries
Personal medications / pain killers / bee sting kit
Water bottle
Work gloves
Close-toed shoes required at both work sites
Sun hat
Warm layers for cooler evenings in Big Oak Canyon, including warm hat to sleep in
Clothes for (only) 4 1/2 days.
Comfortable clothing for working / being in hot weather:
Light weight cotton?
Long sleeves (protection from sun, poison oak, and plants with pokey leaves)

Menu planning:

[Bring own lunch (sandwich / apple / potato chips?)]
[Eat out, location chosen by Maddy and Nina]

[Breakfast in hotel, we don’t need to plan]
Lunch at Habitat for Humanity*
[Eat out near hotel]

[Breakfast in hotel, we don’t need to plan]
Lunch at Habitat for Humanity*
[Eat out near Big Oak Canyon, location researched by Nina]

Friday (Big Oak Canyon):
Dinner at campsite

Saturday (Big Oak Canyon):
Lunch on the road

*We’ll bring bag lunches to the Habitat work site.
**Friday and Saturday Breakfast are simple breakfasts (hot water / cereal / milk / OJ / coffee).

See above for food list.

All dinners eat out.

Forms to fill out:

UUCPA permission and medical release form for legal minors — must be filled out by parent/legal guardian of all persons who will be under the age of 18 for all or part of the trip

UUCPA driver information form — must be filled out by all adults over age 25

UUCPA media release form — to be filled out by all participants, this form allows us to use photographs and video to thank our donors, and to promote future youth service trips

Habitat Welcome Packet 2013

Habitat Volunteer Packet 2013

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