Conference Services

Plaid Serves Camp

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About the Camp

Prospective and incoming students are invited to join Alma College in the opportunity to not only serve but utilize their own unique skill sets to bring leadership to identify and meet the needs of their community through a service-based camp experience. 


This 5-day service experience provides students the opportunity to serve within the Alma community through various service projects, in addition to understanding the importance of community organizing and how to use their knowledge to become a catalyst for change within their community and encouraging others to serve.

Students who serve as high school leaders (faith-based youth groups, National Honor Society, Interact Club, etc.), considering a profession in the nonprofit sector, aiming to serve the community through health professions, or are interested in international studies are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity. 

During this camp, students will:

  • Earn at least 20 community service hours; 
  • Work hands on with other students and community members through local and national service organizations;
  • Explore the process for creating service-based efforts and non-profits in their own contexts and communities;
  • Learn about resource development and stewardship of gifts and assets to maximize service efforts;
  • Create contextually based service proposals to lead other students and adults in participants’ hometowns;
  • Explore and analyze the benefits of mission-tourism, short and long term service efforts, and the advantages of partnerships across faith and cultural distinctions;
  • Use an interfaith approach to work with people of differing backgrounds with a common goal of compassionate service to one’s shared community.

This experience costs $350 per student, and includes housing in our newly remodeled residence halls that are at the heart of campus, meals, travel, site materials, and hands-on learning activities.

Community Partnerships 

Throughout the Plaid Serves Camp experience, students will have the opportunity to serve, learn, and grow from many local community partners and organizations. Some of the community partners include United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties, First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, First Presbyterian Church, Breckenridge United Methodist Church, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, Gratiot County Circuit Court, and many others. 

Tuition Credit

Prospective students who attend Plaid Serves and ultimately enroll at Alma College in the fall of 2019 will receive a $350 tuition credit on their account on October 1, 2019. 

 Register for Plaid Serves

Deadline to register is June 8, 2019.  Please contact us if it is past June 8th and you’re interested in registering for this camp. 

Schedule of events

DisclaimerThe schedule below is a rough draft schedule this year. The schedule for the 2019 session will be updated as new speakers and new events are added to this year’s camp itinerary. 

Sunday

3:00-5:00 p.m.         Check In

5:00-5:30 p.m.         Introductions, Icebreakers

5:30-6:30 p.m.         Dinner and getting to know one another 

7:00-8:30 p.m.         “Cornerstone” Documentary on NYAKA Aids/Orphans Project

8:30-10:00 p.m.       Small Group Discussion/Free time/Games

Monday

8:00 a.m.                 Breakfast and commute to Lansing

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.     Community Garden Service Project at Lansing Food Bank

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.    Meet with Legislators at Michigan State Capitol 

1:00-3:00 p.m.         Lunch with Discussion and commute to Alma

3:00-6:00 p.m.        Local Community Service Project

6:00 p.m.                Dinner

7:00-9:00  p.m.        Jackson Kaguri, Founder and CEO of NYAKA AIDS Orphans Project

9:00-10:00 p.m.       Free time, Campus Activities

Tuesday

8:00 a.m.                   Breakfast and Ithaca SDA Community Service Center Tour

9:00-11:00 a.m.         Ithaca Food Pantry 

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.mJudge Rick at Ithaca County Courthouse 

1:00-2:00  p.m.         Lunch and Discussion 

2:00-5:00 p.m.          First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry

5:00 p.m.                  Dinner 

6:00-7:00 p.m.          Small Group Discussion 

7:00-10:00 p.m.       Free time, Campus Activities

Wednesday

8:00 a.m.                   Breakfast 

9:00-11:00 a.m.        United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties Agency Tour

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Service Projects at United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties 

1:00-3:00 p.m.          Lunch and Discussion with Alma City Council members 

3:00-6:00 p.m.       R.I.S.E. Presentation and Service Project at R.I.S.E. Outreach Facility

6:00 p.m.                Dinner         

7:00-8:00 p.m.          Small Group Discussion 

8:00-10:00 p.m.       Free time, Campus Activities

Thursday

8:00 a.m                 Breakfast

9:00-11:00 a.m       Discussion with Chris Andrus (Alma College ’02) about The Mitten                                             Brewing Company and Service 

11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.  Local Community Service Project 

12:00-1:00 p.m.      Lunch and Closing Presentation to Families

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