Join our first ever Men’s Impact Trip to the beautiful US Virgin Islands! Enjoy a week of camping, trail clearing and ruins restoration with the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park and also plenty of time for exploration and adventure!

March 6-12, 2022
Friends of the Virgin Island National Park Campground at Cinnamon Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands National Park consists of breathtaking hills, valleys, beaches, turquoise water and sea life unlike anywhere else on the planet.

We will be staying at the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park campground- located at Cinnamon Bay- in platform tents that are reserved for service groups. Platform tents will be shared with 2-3 men in each tent.

Schedule

  • Arrival on March 6th:  Please arrange your travel to arrive to St. John during daylight hours on March 6th. Most common travel arrangements are to fly into St. Thomas and take the ferry to St. John. We can help you with more details if needed. We will transport you from Cruz Bay, where you get off the ferry, to the campground.
  • March 7-11th: Our service project will likely be trail work within the National Park trail system. Staff will transport us to our service site each day from approximately 8am-1pm.  We will have one free day during the week (we will have an organized boat and snorkel excursion!) Afternoons and evenings are available for us to explore the island!
  • March 12th: Departure day- please arrange your travel to depart from St. Thomas airport in the afternoon, in order to account for ferry travel from St. John and shuttle time to the airport.

Fee

Cost per participant: $950**

Price Includes:

  • Accommodations at Cinnamon Bay Campground- shared platform tents
  • Transportation- we will be renting a van for the week
  • Breakfast lunch and snacks each day (pack-out lunches on service days); Dinners: 4 dinners will be cooked at the campground and are included in the fee. Other nights, we will organize group dinners out, or you can go out to dinner on your own.
  • Boat and snorkel excursion

**Price does not include airfare, ferry from St. Thomas, alcohol, additional excursions, and tipping.

What to bring

  • Appropriate clothing and gear for performing field work. This includes sturdy shoes, long pants, lightweight long-sleeve shirts, and sun protection. 
  • Work gloves.
  • Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries.
  • Swimming stuff (suit, towel, goggles, and snorkel). Snorkel gear can also be rented locally.
  • Toiletries (eco-friendly)
  • Lightweight lounging clothes. Bring something that covers your skin a little more for the bugs at dusk.
  • Camera
  • Solar phone charger/extra batteries
  • The Friends Camp provides cots, but no bedding. Pack a fitted sheet for the cot, sleeping bag or light blanket, and a sleeping pad (optional but comfortable). It stays quite warm at night, but it’s nice to have something to cover up with.
  • Bug spray and reef-safe sunscreen
  • Casual clothes for dinners at local restaurants
  • Spending $

Meet your adventure directors!

Feel free to reach out for more information.

Nick Weber

Nick Weber is currently the Summer Program Director at Camp du Nord and has been with Y of the North in Camping since 2005. Throughout his time with the Y, he has had opportunities to work in a variety of roles, including leading trips through Camp St. Croix’s summer programs. He has spent time on St. John’s as well and is excited to co-lead the first Men’s Trip!

Nick Weber: nick.weber@ymcanorth.org

Brian Geisler

Brian Geisler is a former Camp Program Director for both Camp St. Croix and Camp Widjiwagan and is currently receiving his Masters of Education at the U of MN. Throughout his life, he has led many canoe and backpacking trips with youth and loves that his three boys are getting old enough for family adventure trips! Brian has been to St. John a number of times and participated in this volunteer program with Nick in 2020. He is excited to co-lead the first Men’s Trip in 2021!

Brian Geisler: brianngeisler@gmail.com