Washington Quaker Workcamps

Quakers have a rich history of innovative and challenging service. Since 1986, Washington Quaker Workcamps have provided opportunities for people of all ages to continue this legacy of service through learning, experience and reflection.

(NEW to Workcamps: we are starting a Lightbulb Exchange Program.  Click here to see more.)

WQW provide opportunities for participants to explore the world of social, environmental and economic justice through the lens of Washington DC as well as through the lens of Quakerism, pacifism and peacemaking. We encourage reflection and the importance of relationships and bearing witness as vital to making a real and sustainable impact. Each Workcamp is a unique experience for the participants, but is also increasingly an important part of the DC community (as well as other places where we run Workcamps).  Each group that comes through our Workcamps acts as the steward of the community responsibilities that come with being a neighbor and friend.  Here is a sample schedule of a 5-day Workcamp, but for each group, we work closely to create a vibrant and meaningful experience.  Often, themes and topics are chosen for Workcamps (such as hunger, or environment).  Our job is to work with groups to see that once you start pulling on the thread of any issue, all issues are interconnected and it is the action that starts with "me" that brings about real change.  You can learn more about Workcamps here

Within 3 miles of our building, we have some of the greatest wealth of national and world history, and we have some of the worst environmental, social and and economic conditions in the country. Through WQW, we nurture a holistic sense of the world, integrating the past into the present while sharing a vision of the future.  It is through this creative engagement that new ideas, new energies and emerging gifts can be brought to the surface.  The video below highlights the spirit of Workcamps.

We work with many community partners in DC, as well as in West Virginia, New Orleans and South Dakota.  A brief list includes:

See here for more information about Workcamps.

Upcoming Workcamps

  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 3:30pm - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 3:30pm

    Workcamp colleague Mike Gray has led Workcamps to Pine Ridge, SD for almost 3 decades, developing deep connections in the Lakota reservation.  For the past five years, William Penn House has joined Mike on these Workcamps.  We spend two weeks engaged in projects that engage in the continuing of sacred traditions while addressing the challenges of the present with a vision for the future.  This is a great experience for those who enjoy beautiful places, as we camp on the edge of the Badlands, and like to explore new landscapes and sometimes painful parts of our history and present.  Fees for this Workcamp are $850 for one week or $1550 for both weeks, not including transportation to/from Rapid City, SD. 


    The following forms are needed to complete registration:

    Adult Registration Form                                                  Youth Registration Form

    Adult Medical Information                                                Youth Medical Form

    Payments can be made by check or credit card.  $200 deposit required by May 1

    For registered participants, here is a packing list.