Youth service trip 2013

Contents:
Basic trip information
To do list
Schedule
Budget
Where we’re staying
Where we’re working
Questions about Big Oak Canyon
Gear lists — personal and communal gear lists
Menu planning
Forms to fill out
Photos

Latest revision: 22 June 2013


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.

Youth participants: Maddie, Nina, Samuel. [Katie was unable to find a flight down, so will NOT be coming]
Adult participants: Dan Harper, Chris Jacobi, Eleanor Lin, Robert Neff (N.B.: Eleanor is a registered nurse)


To do list:

1. Nina and Maddie: Plan Tuesday evening in Long Beach, including where to eat dinner
Drive to downtown Long Beach, Thai or vegetarian restaurants (bring $15 each)
If time, Aquarium of the Pacific or QEII (about $25)

2. Nina: Research places to eat near Big Oak Canyon — Places in Irvine, about half an hour away.

3. Eleanor: Can we get showers / pool in Mission Viejo? — Cold shower or sun shower at Big Oak Canyon

4. Dan: Book hotel [completed]

5. Robert: Send out notes from June 9 meeting [completed]

6. Eleanor: Questions for Big Oak Canyon — see below [completed]

7. Samuel and Robert: Plan reflection / worship time for Wednesday evening — In process

8. Eleanor, Dan, and Robert: Menu planning —
Robert will organize lunches: sandwich, fruit, chips, snacks. Ideas: cheese, PB&J, hummus, lunch meat, carrots, avocado, mustard, mayo, M&Ms, nuts, chips….
Breakfast for Big Oak Canyon — we’ll buy while we’re there.
Water: buy / bring water for Big Oak Canyon
All dinners eat out except last night.


Schedule:
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, sightseeing planned by Maddie and Nina
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 assignment
8:30 a.m.: Work begins
11:30 a.m.: Lunch
12:30 p.m.: Back to work
3:30 p.m.: Workday ends (Go back to motel. Take showers. Snacks.)
6:00 p.m.: Dinner
Evening: Reflection and worship time planned by Robert and Samuel
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
8:00 a.m.: Register at work site
8:20 a.m.: Orientation, safety training, task assignment
8:30 a.m.: Work begins
11:30 a.m.: Lunch
12:30 p.m.: Back to work
3:30 p.m.: Workday ends
3:30 p.m.: Start driving to Big Oak Canyon — find a place to eat near Big Oak Canyon (Nina found places in Irvine) — Look for shower options? Municipal pool somewhere.
Drive rest of way.
7:30 p.m.??: Set up camp
10:00 p.m.: Lights out

Friday, June 21

6:00 a.m.: Get up, make breakfast
8:00 a.m.: Start work (possibly, depending on what we’re doing) — Jodi from Earthroots Field School suggests start working at 7:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. (approx.): Work break
1:00 p.m. (approx.): Finish working
Afternoon: Retreat to Jodi’s parents’ swimming pool
10:00 p.m.: Lights out

Saturday, June 22

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


Budget

Budget:

Projected expenses:

$ 761.60 — Hotel
$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 — Jodi’s dinner on Friday night
$ 175.00 — Donation to Earthroots Field School
$ 200.00 — Food
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$2523.60 — Total projected expenses

Income:

$ 300.00 — Deposits
$ 850.00 — Carwash income (approx.)
$ 508.50 — Mileage for Dan’s car (from Dan’s professional expense budget)
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$1658.50 — Subtotal
$ 665.10 — Contribution for SHYG
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$2523.60 — Total income

Note 1: For Tuesday night fun, bring $25 if going to aquarium or QEII.
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’re staying:

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. I tried to balance price, quality, location safety, and accessibility to freeways. Those who are planning Tuesday night activities may want to see the hotel fact sheet.

For 8 people, the hotel required us to take 3 rooms. I 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 I had booked us a month ago, I would have gotten a cheaper rate.)

On Thursday and Friday, we’ll be camping at our work site, owned by Earthroots Field School — we’ll be staying at their Big Oak Canyon property. The site has an RV, a yurt, and we will be bringing tents.


Where we’re working:

Wed., June 19, and Thurs., June 20: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles — we do not yet have a specific work site, although Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles is currently building 3 new homes in the City of Lynwood, and rehabilitating many homes throughout the cities of Lynwood, South Gate and Long Beach.

Fri., June 21: Earthroots Field School Big Oak Canyon property. Jodi, the director, writes: “We’ll do plant restoration work that needs to be tended to. Does that sound good to you? We can work in the orchard pruning, or on the wilderness side cutting down non-native trees and grasses. On Saturday morning, if you have time, we would love some help taking down the canvas of the dome tent. It needs to come down for the summer after we use it on this trip. DOES ANYONE IN YOUR GROUP KNOW HOW TO WORK A CHAINSAW? We have plenty of hand saws as well. For small pine trees : )”

Driving directions to Big Oak Canyon
30464 Silverado Canyon Road
Silverado Canyon, CA

Drive South from LA, either on the 405 or 5. Both merge together in OC.

From the 5 Fwy and El Toro Road
Drive East on El Toro Road for 7.3 miles to Cooks Corner
Continue Straight onto Santiago Creek Road 5.8 miles
Turn Right onto Silverado Canyon Road 4.7 miles (drive through town and neighborhoods)
Destination will be on your right – LOOK FOR A small SIGN “30464”
This right is a sharp turn, over a small bridge, almost like a U-turn over the creek
Go through the steel gate for Big Oak Canyon up the curved road and park at the top to the right, near the helicopter pad

OR

From 405/5 in Irvine via the Toll road
Take CA-261 N/Toll Rd 261
Take exit 6A toward Chapman Ave
Turn right onto E Santiago Canyon Rd
Turn left onto Silverado Canyon Rd
Destination will be on the right – LOOK FOR A small SIGN “30464”
This right is a sharp turn, over a small bridge, almost like a u-turn over the creek
Go through the steel gate for Big Oak Canyon up the curved road and park at the top to the right, near the helicopter pad

If you miss the right hand turn onto the property, you will come to Maple Springs Gate in 1 mile. Please turn around and come back 1 mile to Big Oak.


Questions about Big Oak Canyon:

Do we need tools for Big Oak Canyon? — No
What’s the situation with water? — There is water for cooking and for washing dishes, but we MUST BRING DRINKING WATER — onsite water is not sterile, will make you sick if you drink it
Is there electricity? — No
Is there a picnic table? someplace to sit outside? — No, bring camp chair or something to sit on
Directions? — See above
Is there space for a big tent (10×10?) OR space for smaller (5×7) tents? — Yes to both! AND there is a dome that can sleep 5, and an RV that can sleep 5 — Jodi will be sleeping in the RV, which means this will be a females sleeping site
Is there a sun Shade? (Neffs have one) — No! bring one!
Do we need a camp lantern, or should we just bring flashlights? — Bring both! No candles or campfires are allowed, due to fire danger
Do we need to bring a camp stove? — Yes! and pots!
Can we start early on the work day? — Yes, the earlier the better!
Is there a place to swim or shower after working, either day before (Thursday p.m.) or after workday (Friday)? — There is a shallow creek and a spring-fed hose. No shower in the RV yet.


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:

Tea — Nina and Dan
Coffee — Eleanor and Robert
Robert will buy lunch food, such as — cheese, PB&J, hummus, lunch meat, carrots, avocado, mustard, mayo, M&Ms, nuts, chips….
Breakfast for Big Oak Canyon — we’ll buy while we’re there: oatmeal, milk, OJ, cereal
Water: buy / bring 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
Towel
Sleeping bag / pad / ground cloth
Toothbrush / soap / toothpaste / shampoo / toiletries
Personal medications / pain killers / bee sting kit
Water bottle
Flashlight
Work gloves
Close-toed shoes required at both work sites
Sun hat
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
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)
Cell phone and CELL PHONE CHARGER


Menu planning:

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

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

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

Friday (Big Oak Canyon):
Breakfast**
Lunch
Dinner at campsite

Saturday (Big Oak Canyon):
Breakfast**
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


Photos and news

Tuesday, June 18:

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

 

Wednesday, June 19:

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Maddie painting.

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Chris working on the roof.

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Nina painting.

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Sam working on the roof.

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Robert caulking.

 

Thursday, June 20:

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

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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:

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

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Lunch break at our camp site. It was hot!

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Clearing flammable brush from a trail.

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3 thoughts on “Youth service trip 2013

  1. Lyn Napel

    Nice to see you all made it to Long Beach! Sorry to hear about Robert’s brakes needing checking. All the best tomorrow at Habitat For Humanity.

    Reply
  2. Alyssa Erickson

    Thanks for the photos Dan! It’s great to see all of you in action. I hope you’re all refreshed after showers and a good meal.

    Reply

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