Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS SSC?


SSC - Service Summer Camp - is a weekend of reflection, sharing, and fellowship. We want campers to walk away with a deeper understanding of who they are in service, the belief that service is a way of being (rather than just a singular "commitment" to take on), that therefore they are okay just as they are right now, and that we're all in this together!




WHAT CAN I EXPECT?


Among other things, you can expect to: - Make new friends; - Have deep conversations; - Laugh a lot; - Be part of a group that values a safe environment for sharing; - Reflect on service - challenges personal for you, your relationship to it, what inspires you; - Support others and be supported; - Be asked to step outside of your comfort zone; - Get silly/creative/fun; - Laugh more.




WILL YOU HAVE A.A. OR GSR-RELATED TRAININGS LIKE ON ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER, BEING A TREASURER, TRADITIONS & CONCEPTS, ETC?


No - the focus of SSC will be on how each individual relates themselves to service - how to bring service into every area of our lives in a way that inspires and invigorates us. We will look at how we deal with critics and personalities (ourselves and others : ), how we model service to those in our lives, what holds us back and intentions we bring into our service lives going forward. HOWEVER, every topic in the program will incorporate discussion of A.A. Traditions, Concepts, or principles. If you would like a training or workshop focused on a specific A.A. or group-related topic, send us an email to discuss further.




I DON'T WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY OF THE PROGRAMMING AND I DON'T LIKE NATURE AND ALSO SONGS, GAMES, & FUN ARE STUPID. SHOULD I COME?


This may not be the weekend for you. We wanted to create a weekend where we could reflect, share, play and laugh together and we've worked hard to develop a program that fosters this. Although campers can choose to participate in only bits and pieces that they want (hanging by the pool, eating meals, attending an A.A. meeting or two), this weekend is really geared toward folks who want to get invigorated about service and their recovery and have fun with others who do too.




CAN WE BRING MINOR KIDS OR NON-A.A. FRIENDS/FAMILY?


SSC is dedicated to carrying the A.A. service message to those in A.A. Therefore, attendance is limited to A.A. members only. Due to extensive contractual and liability issues, SSC is not able to accommodate minors at this time.




CAN I BRING MY PET(S)?


Sorry - you have to leave Fido, Felix, and Tweety at home. The camp cannot accommodate animals, including emotional support animals. If you rely on a service animal due to a disability, please contact us.




DO PEOPLE COME ALONE?


Absolutely! Many folks might be afraid to attend an event like this without knowing anyone, but we assure you that you will make a ton of friends while you're here. In fact, everyone is assigned a small buddy group they get to find as soon as they arrive!




ARE THERE PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AT CAMP?


Although we hope that everyone who cares to is able to join us at summer camp, the camp does not have accessibility for wheelchairs or similar mobility-assistance devices. There will be some walking involved throughout the weekend - such as to attend meals in the mess hall across camp, and workshops, sharing sessions, and meetings are a short walk from our camp (Creekside Camp). Although Color Wars field games are very active, there will be competitions involving wits and creativity (Family Feud, etc.) for our less-active participants - there will be something for everyone!




DOES SSC CARE ABOUT SAFETY/INCLUSIVITY?


Safety during all Combined Hollywood events, throughout A.A. and our service structure is vital to recovery. We strive to create events and environments that uphold the values and principles of our program - respect, integrity, accountability, and compassion. During this event, we adhere to our Safety & Conduct guidelines which can be found at the link below - this includes no tolerance of threatening or disrespectful behavior. By attending SSC, you acknowledge these guidelines, and aim to promote a respectful and safe environment for all attendees and staff. Please review our guidelines here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JqoEtfT9vQL7TTafa0DoNuIFBJgseDK7/view?usp=sharing




CAN I ARRIVE AFTER 8PM?


Yes, technically, but we'd rather you not. Here's why: First, the Welcome Celebration starts at 8:00 p.m. which includes information that the camp has required we share with you. Second, it's very dark and camp requires that all campers be guided into camp. SO - If you know you will be arriving ANYTIME after 8:00 p.m. on Friday August 30th, you will need to email, call or text us ahead of time so we can plan to have someone meet you at the parking lot. All campers require an escort from the parking lot, per camp regulations – especially when it’s dark!
Registration begins at 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Last year, many folks indicated that they had hit traffic, arrived after dark, and had difficulty finding camp. We are addressing this by having road signs on the main road to reduce confusion on where to turn, having an A.A. meeting at 5:00 p.m. and a buffet dinner at 6:00 p.m. to encourage early arrivals. You will hit heavy traffic if you leave Los Angeles at 5:00 p.m., so we suggest utilizing Google Maps and adjusting the setting to "Arrive By" or "Depart at" to better plan your trip.




I'M LEAVING AT 5 PM AFTER WORK ON FRIDAY - THAT SHOULD BE FINE, RIGHT?


Travel to Idyllwild Pines from Los Angeles usually takes about 2 hours without traffic. However, leaving at 5:00 pm will add 2 or even 3 hours to your travel time. We recommend leaving at 1 or 2:00 pm if you're able to so you can arrive early and without stress. Registration begins at 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. We will have an A.A. meeting at 5 pm and a buffet dinner available from 6-8 pm.




WILL I HAVE MY OWN ROOM?


Nope. Lodging is anywhere from 8-16 to a room. Each dorm room is furnished with bunkbeds with mattresses, but no bedding. You will share bathroom facilities as well (private stalls) located next door to the dorms. Dorms are gender-specific. If you identify as non-binary, gender-fluid, or other identifier and prefer private accommodations, please email us for availability. If you know others who will be attending and would like to room with them, please include their name(s) during registration.




WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH THE REG COST?


Registration includes - 2 nights' lodging; - 6 meals (buffet dinner Friday night, 3 meals on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday); - All coffee & SSC activities during the weekend; - Camp ammenities including: basketball, ping pong, foosball & life-size foosball, frisbee golf, horseshoes, pool, waterslide. Registration DOES NOT include activities the camp provides that are available at an additional charge (paintball, archery or tomahawk throw, BubbleBall, and lazer tag).




WHAT ELSE SHOULD I BRING?


A few weeks before the event, you will be emailed a packet which will contain a list of items to bring, forms to complete prior to arrival, and important notes about camp (smoking, etc.).




I'M VEGAN, GF, HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES - CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE?


Vegatarian, Vegan, and gluten-free options will be available - please note this during registration (online or on your registration form). If you have very strict dietary needs, you may wish to bring your own food to prepare in the full kitchen that will be available in our camp. A sample menu includes: - Scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, cereal and oatmeal for breakfast; - Tacos, black beans, rice, and salad for lunch; - BBQ chicken, vegetable kabobs, salad and Hawaiian sweet rolls for dinner.




WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE? WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING?


Weather in Idyllwild can vary somewhat in the course of a single day, from cool to hot and back to cool again. So, do like the French and bring layers. You may have a hoodie on in the morning, take that off in the afternoon, and don a fleece or jacket once evening sets. Close-toed shoes are your best bet throughout camp, sneakers that can get dirty for Color Wars. For sleeping, consider warm socks, pjs and/or sweats, and a bathrobe for snuggling up in front of the fire with your new friends.




CAN I GET A REFUND?


Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds. However, transfers are permissable. If you have registered and found you are unable to attend, you may facilitate a transfer of your registration to someone else by having them pay you directly. Please notify us if you intend to do this as we will need to secure their information and send them an information packet & forms prior to camp.




ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?


We do have some scholarship funds available thanks to the generosity of a number of our campers and even non-campers who hope others can attend. If you require financial assistance to attend, please email us.




WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE MUCH SERVICE EXPERIENCE?


You don't need to have prior or current service commitments to attend or get something out of service summer camp. In fact, this whole weekend is about viewing service as an intention, a way of being, rather than a specific "commitment" to complete. From that perspective, every camper will have the opportunity to take away as much or as little as they want!





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