FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THE 2023 SESSION DATES?
Session 1: Monday, June 12th - Saturday, June 17th
Session 2: Monday, June 19th - Saturday, June 24th
Session 3: Monday, June 26th - Saturday, July 1st
Session 4: Monday, July 10th - Saturday, July 15th
WHAT ARE THE MINISTRY WORK SITES?
Camp RHINO partners with local non-profit organizations, so groups can do service projects with one or a variety of non-profits. In the past, Camp RHINO groups have built homes with Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together, packed food delivery boxes for Second Harvest Food Bank, assisted in homeless outreach and shelters, worked in community gardens, and volunteered with other programs. Please discuss your preference for construction or non-construction projects with the Program Director when you book your trip. We'll try our best to accommodate your preference, but please also plan to be flexible! Some requests are not possible to meet.
WHAT DOES RHINO COST?
Camp RHINO charges $400 per participant. This includes housing, meals, volunteer costs, a t-shirt, and administration fees. For an extra $15 per person, your linens will be provided (towels, sheets, pillow, pillowcase).
WHAT IS THE WEEKLY AND DAILY SCHEDULE?
RHINO abides by the work hard, play hard philosophy Monday evening through Friday evening. Groups have breakfast together at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian, then depart for volunteer work sites. They eat a sack lunch on site. After the workday ends, there are a few hours of free time before dinner at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian. There are evening worship activities scheduled Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and a prayer tour on Tuesday night. Thursday night groups go to a church member's home for a home - cooked meal. Here's a sample schedule:
Monday -- 6pm Orientation and Dinner, 7pm Evening Program
Tuesday -- Friday -- 7am Breakfast, 8:30am-3:30pm Worksite, 6pm Dinner, 7pm Evening Program
Saturday -- Fun day in the city!
Sunday -- 9:30am attend service at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church (optional)
WHERE DO WE STAY?
All Camp RHINO groups stay in dorm-style living at nearby Loyola University.
WHEN DO WE ARRIVE AND DEPART?
Groups drive or fly in on Monday morning and check-in at the University before Orientation and Dinner on Monday evening. Groups can choose to depart for home on Saturday, or they can have a "fun day" in the city and depart on Sunday.
IS THERE AN AGE REQUIREMENT?
Camp RHINO welcomes all youth ages 14 – 18 years old. Groups must have one adult chaperone for every five campers. For construction related service, youth must be ages 14 and up to comply with their insurance policies. We do partner with several additional nonprofits that will work with youth ages 14 and up. Adults are expected to participate and act as chaperones during all meals, work site activities, and evening activities.
DOES CAMP RHINO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION?
All Camp RHINO groups are expected to provide their own transportation.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO BRING?
A great attitude, flexibility, and a willingness to have fun while serving New Orleans! Here's a sample packing list:
-Toiletries + Medications
-Sunscreen, Insect-repellent, and itch-relief cream
-Cash for desired snacks and Saturday meals (all other meals provided)
-Refillable water bottle
-Closed toe shoes (work boots with hard soles or old tennis shoes)
-Protective clothing that you can get dirty
-Comfortable clothing for evening programming
-One “church” outfit for Sunday morning worship
-Socks and underwear for a week
-Hat/visor and Bandanna
-A desire to rebuild hope and have fun in New Orleans!
STILL LOOKING FOR ANSWERS? EMAIL RHINO@SCAPC.ORG AND WE'LL HELP YOU OUT!