“There is no such thing as bad weather; just inappropriate clothing.”
~ Wess Harris
THINGS TO BRING
Start living simply NOW.
Pack lightly and tightly.
Do not bring anything you don’t want lost, broken, eaten or stolen by others.
- Winter Coat – October through March – a “hoodie” is not a winter coat!
- BUG SPRAY – due to climate change, our area now has the lyme disease-carrying deer tick year-round.
- WORK GLOVES like these shown here- these are different from winter or gardening gloves. Please invest…they’re cheap, $3.00/pair? NOTE: One size does not fit all &, if they’re too big, they can make work more difficult or even unsafe. Get them smaller if need-be.
- WORK BOOTS – if you have them. Don’t buy them special for this trip. Hiking boots or rain boots will do, or two pairs of tennis shoes -in case one gets wet or just completely trashed
- rain coat – a “hoodie” is not a raincoat, either, and it’s hard to work in ponchos
- sleeping bag – it keeps us from having to do tons of laundry between groups – if you don’t have one, please borrow one.
- pillow case – we have pillows; leave yours at home to save space
- reusable water bottle –spring fed well–water is the beverage of choice here
- slippers, flip-flops or comfy socks – no shoes or boots inside the house
- toiletries – toothbrush/paste, soap, towel/washcloth, small bottle of shampoo
- shirts – long sleeves, short sleeves
- underwear – long underwear (winter), short underwear (always!), socks
- jeans for work– save the sweats, shorts & yoga pants for sleep, free time & field trip…they are not safe to wear while working.
- sweatshirt – okay, now you can pack the hoodie!
- OPTIONAL: flashlight, journal, camera
***DO NOT FORGET***
- medications for diabetes, asthma, allergies or other conditions needing regularly prescribed drugs- dogs, cats, bees, hay, pollen, dust and an occasional fellow student can cause a reaction.
- medication for car sickness- I never got woozy ’til I moved to West Virginia.
- orthodontic stuff like head gear, rubber bands, mouth guard, retainer
LEAVE in the VAN:
- electronics and music – we like the quiet
- any kind of food or drink – will attract mice; they will find it & then you will find them setting up house in your duffel bag & starting a family in your skivies.
- watches – you’ll be in the present moment at all times
LEAVE at HOME:
- homework – you won’t have time for it & who wants to do it anyway?
- electric tooth brushes – we’re trying to “unplug”
NO PHONE ZONE. phones distract and take away from the kinds of experiences we hope you’re wanting to have when you come here. We ask that all participants -except leaders- refrain from using cell phones for anything but pictures/videos. Getting a signal in the hollers and on country roads is spotty anyway. All loved ones should be told you will not be able to be reached by cell. In case of an emergency at home, they can call our land line – 304-927-5798. Messages are retrieved several times a day and will be given to you as soon as possible. If you are involved in an emergency or accident here, your leaders or I will use the emergency contact number listed on your form to alert folks at home. So, be sure to turn that in before your departure.
NO ACCIDENTS ALLOWED. In almost 2 decades, we’ve never had an accident on a work project, only mishaps during ‘fun’ times, but let’s not have YOU add to them. Please try to avoid getting hurt at all costs or at least don’t make any accidents worse if you can help it!
- 2000-2008 – ZERO
- 2009 – A student ran as fast as he could down a steep hill in the woods, tripped, fell, and landed on a strand of old, rusty barbed wire. Suffered scrape and puncture wound on his BUTT, spent long, uncomfortable hours sitting in hospital Emergency waiting room, received Tetanus shot and endured ruthless teasing by his friends and embarrassment.
- 2010 – A student had seizure during final banquet dinner. EMS was called to the house. The girl was fine and admitted to not having brought her medication. She didn’t think she would need it.
- 2011 – While wearing thin, canvas tennis shoes, a student joined her friends in exploring the inside of an old, abandoned, dilapidated house and stepped on a rusty nail that went straight through the sole and into the ball of her foot. Suffered puncture wound, long hours in hospital Emergency waiting room, and a Tetanus shot. Missed ‘movie night’ with the group.
- 2014 – During the last hike of the week, a staff Leader caught his foot on the root of a tree, lost balance, fell and twisted his ankle while making his way down a steep hill. He kept it elevated but declined the offer of ice until it blew up like a balloon and turned black and blue. Once home, his family doctor said it was sprained and he was on crutches for two weeks.
- 2015 – ZERO
- 2016 – at the end of a hike on the very last day, after successfully conquering all hilly and rocky terrain, a student leader slipped in the mud on flat ground and twisted her ankle. She went home with an ice pack.
INTRODUCING ACW’s GUARDIAN ANGELS