Service trip 2014

For info about the 2015 Service Trips, click here.

Photos from the trip
Basic trip information
Where we’ll stay at night
Work sites
Gear lists — personal and communal gear lists
Menu planning
Forms to fill out

Photos from the trip


Above: June 8, 8:45 a.m., in the UUCPA parking lot, ready to roll. (Robert pulld his head rest out so I could take this photo.)

Basic trip information:

Trip dates: Sunday, June 8, through Thursday, June 12
Work sites: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, and Earthroots Field School.

3 youth participants: Olivia, Sam, Amelia
3 adult participants: Robert, Eleanor, Dan

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

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

Sunday, June 8:
8:00 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 motel in Lake Forest
7:00 p.m.: Dinner at restaurant somewhere, maybe go to beach
After dinner: time for games, check-in, etc.
10:00 p.m.: Probably lights out, based on last year’s experience

Monday, June 9:
6:30 a.m. Get up
7:00 a.m. Breakfast at hotel
8:00 a.m. Start driving
9:00 a.m. Drive to Big Oak Canyon
Work all day
Dinner at Big Oak Canyon

After dinner: time for games, check-in, etc.
Camp at Big Oak
Tuesday, June 10:
Second work day in Big Oak Canyon
Dinner at a restaurant
In evening, drive to Long Beach motel
At motel: time for games, check-in, etc.

Wednesday, June 11:
6:00 a.m.: Get up, have breakfast at hotel
7:00 a.m.: Start driving to Habitat for Humanity work site at 5370 Lime Avenue, Long Beach. After dropping half of group at the build site, the rest of us will go to the Restore store in Gardena to volunteer.
Build site: (Samuel, Robert, Dan)
Store site: Gardena (Amelia, Olivia, Eleanor)
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
3:30-4:00 p.m.: Workday ends
4:15 or so: Go to beach, relax
6:00 p.m.: Dinner at cheap restaurant
7:00 p.m.: Drive part way, to Castaic.
Stay at the Days Inn Castaic
In evening: check-in, games, etc.

Thursday, June 20
6:00 a.m. Get up.
6:30 a.m. Start driving.
7:30 a.m. Stop for breakfast at Denny’s at Grapevine
8:30 Drive again
Keep driving.
1:00 p.m. Arrive at UUCPA (approx.)



Projected expenses:
$ 240.00 — Motel on June 8
$ 235.20 — Motel on June 10
$ 600.00 — Travel (approx. 900 mi. x $0.565 per mile)
$ 150.00 — Donations to Habitat (6 people x $25 x 1 days)
$ 250.00 — Donation to Earthroots Field School
$ 200.00 — Food
$ 199.58 — Motel on June 11
$1874.78 — Total projected expenses, if motel on June 11/12
$~850.00 — Car wash income
$ 400.00 — Contributions by trip participants (based on 2013)
$ 650.00 — Projected contribution from SHYG fund
$1800.00 — Total income
Note 1: Each person plan on bringing about $15 per night, or a total of $60, for 4 nights for eating out.
Note 2: Each person should bring extra money for anything else you might think you’ll want.

Where we’ll stay at night:

Will be posted later.

Where we’re working:

Mon. and Tues., June 9-10:
Earthroots Field School Big Oak Canyon property. Jodi Levine, the executive director, will supervise us in tasks like orchard pruning, cutting down non-native trees and grasses, trail maintenance, etc.

Wed., June 11:
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.
Build sites: We could be at one of two sites, in either Long Beach or Lynwood.
Eleanor and those under 16 will work at Habitat’s ReStore which “sells donated building materials including new and gently used furniture, appliances, lumber, hardware, vintage and unique items to the public” and aims “to provide our local community with low-cost building and home improvement materials.”

Projected gear list (much the same as last year):

Communal gear:
Games: Everyone! – tarot cards!
Cooler, the big one — Robert
Camp stove + spare tank of gas — Olivia (Jodi can provide if we are short on room)
Camp kettle — Robert
Coffee making stuff — Robert
Tea making stuff — Dan
Water (3 gallon container) — Robert [Eleanor says we DO need to bring drinking water]
Sun Shade — Robert
Cooking pot & gear & Paper plates etc. & Dish Soap Robert & Olivia
First aid kit — Dan and Eleanor
“Technu” poison oak remedy — Dan
Iodine for water purification [Yes, we should bring this]
Folding table — Eleanor (Jodi bringing)
Trash bags, paper towels — Dan will get from the church
Tents — Olivia, 4 person tent
Frisbees — Sam
Alarm clock — Dan

Food list: Robert and Olivia are working on this
Lunch food, such as — cheese, PB&J, hummus, lunch meat, carrots, bread avocado, mustard, mayo, M&Ms, nuts, chips….
Breakfast for Big Oak Canyon — oatmeal, milk, OJ, cereal, eggs
Water — bring drinking water for Big Oak Canyon
Pasta for dinner

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
Bug repellant
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?)]
Snacks by Amelia
Dinner at cheap restaurant near motel — we ate at the food court of the Towne and Country mall near the motel in Irvine

Monday (Big Oak Canyon):
[Breakfast in motel, we don’t need to plan]
Lunch at campsite
Dinner at campsite

Tuesday (Big Oak Canyon):
Breakfast at campsite
Lunch at campsite
Dinner at cheap restaurant near motel

Wednesday (Habitat):
[Breakfast in motel, we don’t need to plan]
Lunch at job site*
Dinner at cheap restaurant

Breakfast at Denny’s in Grapevine

*We’ll bring bag lunches to the Habitat work site.
See above for last year’s food list.

Food list to have with us when we drive down:
1 breakfasts
2 lunches (Mon, Tue Big O Canyon)
1 dinner
snack 2 days + drive / Potato chips, no corn-only
Carrots, Raisin, Trail mix

Individual food from home

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 — We will update this with the 2014 Habitat packet as soon as we receive it.

Habitat Volunteer Packet 2013 — We will update this with the 2014 Habitat packet as soon as we receive it.

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