Break Description

Camp Holiday Trails is a year-round camp for kids with medical needs. Their mission is to create a community that empowers children and teens with medical needs to thrive. Since 1973, they have provided over 10,000 kids with medical needs the opportunity to experience a positive camp experience. 

**Co-sponsored with Safe Rides. The break is full.**

On Friday, we’ll spend the full day at camp, pitching in however we’re needed. Our service will likely include tasks such as outdoor work on trails, stacking firewood, painting fences, or cutting back invasive species. On Saturday, we’ll gather at JMU or virtually to complete a half-day advocacy or philanthropy project.  

Come join us! 

Alternative Breaks in the time of COVID: 

Because of the pandemic and the changes to the university’s spring schedule, Alternative Spring Break will be different this year. Here’s what you need to know about all of our Alternative Spring Breaks: 

  • All breaks will include a day-long, in-person service experience and a half-day, on-campus or virtual advocacy or philanthropy project. 
  • Participants must pack a lunch for their service day. 
  • All of our breaks take place within a one-hour drive of campus. 
  • Transportation will be provided in JMU vehicles at no more than 50% capacity. However, we will ask all participants who are able and willing to drive personal vehicles to the service site in order to limit density. 
  • Students will not be permitted to participate if they are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms, if they have been instructed to quarantine or isolate in the past two weeks, or if they have been in direct, close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks. 
  • Masks will be required at all times (except for when eating lunch). This includes during service, and during travel. 
  • Participants will be asked to regularly disinfect all high-touch surfaces, including work tools, at the service site. 
  • Participants will maintain a six-foot distance from others whenever possible. 
  • Our community partners have agreed to maintain COVID-19 safety practices and protocols in line with the CDC the Virginia Department of Health and to support all JMU COVID-19 mitigation practices. 

Our Broader Commitment:

JMU is a member of the University Global Coalition with the United Nations and is committed to achieving a better and more sustainable future as defined by the Sustainable Development Goals. In alignment with Camp Holiday Trails' mission and services, you can learn more about Reducing Inequalities HERE.


Focus on: Supporting Wellness

Community: Charlottesville, VA

Leaders: Rachel Blouch and Breyana Hopkins

Cost: $Free!

What type of travel will this break use? Domestic Driving

What kind of break is this? Weekend Break

Departure Date: 03-12-2021

Return Date: 03-13-2021

What community partner will you be working with? Camp Holiday Trails

Currently Offered?: Yes

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