Campout Community Service

Online registration for community service (survey and email) is now CLOSED!  We will be accepting community service registrations Friday night of Campout from 7 - 11PM at the registration tent.  

Community Service Policy for Campout 2015

Please keep in mind that participation in the Community Service Event on the Saturday morning of Campout 2015 is a privilege, not a right. This policy governs all scheduled Community Service events. Questions can be directed to the Community Service Chairs or the Basketball Co-Chairs.

Registration for Community Service Events

Students who have registered for Campout may register to participate in the designated community service events set up by the Community Service Chairs from Monday, September 14, 2015, at 5:00 pm to Monday, September 28, 2015, at 5:00 pm online here (this is the same link found in your registration confirmation).

Students who did not register for Community Service during the online registration period may sign up by e-mailing prior to October 9, 2015, or sign-up on the alternate list after Campout has begun. Students who sign up after registration has ended on Monday, September 28, will be assigned a project on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Community Service Sub-Committee Chairs will have sites and descriptions of the projects on the Men’s Basketball Campout Committee Website one week prior to registration. Any questions regarding the Community Service Projects or other Community Service matters can be directed to

Participation in Community Service and Random Attendance Checks

Students who are participating in Community Service will meet Saturday, October 10, 2015, at 7:30 am. Projects will be completed from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, unless otherwise instructed.

A Project Leader will be assigned to each project and will call random checks to ensure that each student is present and participating in the project and give wristbands to all participants completing the Community Service Event. Students must participate fully in the project to receive credit for Community Service participation. Remember that during these projects, the volunteers are representing Duke University and that their actions reflect upon Duke.  The volunteers must perform the required tasks of their project in a relatively sober state.  Volunteer drivers must be completely sober on Saturday morning. Failure to participate in the project or to make one of these random checks will result in the participant’s removal from Community Service participation and disqualification from the ticket lottery.

Students must return to Campout by 2:00 pm with all appropriate IDs and wristband given at the completion of the Community Service project. Failure to make the next Campout check called after students return from Community Service will result in the loss of credit for all checks conducted at Campout during Community Service. This will result in disqualification from the ticket lottery.

Project Descriptions

For all projects, unless otherwise noted, wear clothes that you are willing to get dirty, and closed toed shoes.

Cleveland Holloway Neighborhood: 
This project involves an annual clean up/maintenance of Oakwood Park (corner of Oakwood Ave & Holloway St) by the main public library. It gets pretty heavy usage from children (playground) and homeless folks (tables, gazebo) during the summer.

Tasks would include: Mulching, weeding, polyurethane tables, cleaning up cigarette butts, hanging chimes, etc. 

Green Day of Service / Hike for Hillandale: 

Volunteers will assist with the “Green Day of Service” in coordination with the USGBC and our clean-up from our Fall Fitness and Fundraising Project the "Hike for Hillandale".

Tasks include: landscaping and possibly some interior work.

Keep Durham Beautiful: 

Volunteers will assist with a litter cleanup in the Forest Hills neighborhood.

Rogers-Herr Middle School:

Campus/Grounds Beautification: This project will focus on a cleanup effort around the Rogers-Herr baseball fields, football fields, bleacher areas and other grounds areas in front of and around the school. 

Flower Garden Preparation: This project consists of help to set up barriers for a plot of land for a Rogers-Herr flower garden, in support of the Rogers-Herr garden club. It will require ground preparation as well including hoeing and removing dirt and prepping the ground for planting. 

North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail (MST): 

Trail maintenance on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. We will be doing trail repair work on one of the most eroded sections of the 75 miles of natural surface hiking/running trail that extends from Pleasant Green Road in Orange County, along the Eno River, across Durham County to Falls Lake, and to the dam on Falls Lake in Wake County. We will be meeting at the Eno River State Park parking area on Howe Street in Durham, about 5 miles from the Duke campus. 

Tasks include: moving rock and soil, using shovels, mattocks, rock bars, wheel barrows, buckets. Work will be on a very scenic portion of the trail along the river. Volunteers will also have the chance to explore the ruins of a mill built in the 1790's.

Special Instructions*: Volunteers will need to wear boots or solid shoes, and clothes you can get dirty. Tools and work gloves will be provided. Volunteers should also bring water.

Student Association of Wetland Scientists: 

The Duke University Wetland Center has been working on restoration of Sandy Creek and its associated wetlands so that these ecosystems can effectively cleanse runoff coming from Duke's campus before it enters New Hope Creek.  A critical component of the treatment wetland is Phase 3, which drains several athletic fields and parking lots including Wallace Wade Stadium. Due to recent construction projects Phase 3 has been overloaded with sediment which has filled treatment cells and compromised the effectiveness of pollutant mediation processes. 

Tasks include: Removing sediment with buckets and shovels and fill sand bags to repair the functionality of Phase 3.  In doing so, we will help Duke meet its nutrient credit needs and improve water quality for Cisco and IMB employees and their families living in Cary and Apex.


Volunteers will partake in property beautification at Threshold. 

Skill sets: ability to use yard tools. Ideal items to bring: work gloves, water bottles. Threshold will provide: Tools to ensure the project is completed (we have a very limited # of work gloves), bug spray and sun screen, water, lunch (if you stay past noon).

The following projects have reached their volunteer limit and are closed to further sign ups.

Club Blvd Garden Club (PROJECT FULL): 

This project involves spreading mulch and other landscape chores in support of the Garden Club's efforts to beautify the school. 

Please wear work clothes and shoes. Please bring water and dress for the weather. Club Blvd Garden Club will provide tools.

Durham Center for Senior Life (PROJECT FULL): 

This project entails cutting down tree branches (low) and trimming bushes, weeding gardens, and cleaning up trash.

Durham Central Park (FULL): 

This project will involve students in the cleaning of Durham Central Park.

Tasks include: cutting back brush, weeding, raking, and other landscaping tasks.

Durham Crisis Response (PROJECT FULL): 

This project will entail cutting down vines, weeding, tagging and steaming clothes.

Durham Rescue Mission (PROJECT FULL): 

This project will take place at one of Durham Rescue Mission's thrift shops (on 3220 N. Carolina Hwy 55 in Durham). 

Tasks include: helping to tag, organize and labels goods that will go on sale.

Eartheal (FULL): 

The volunteers in this project will assist Eartheal in upgrading their outdoor classroom and trails. 

Tasks include: clearing and adding mulch, and some building projects (benches).

E.K. Powe Elementary school (PROJECT FULL): 

Volunteers will assist the elementary school in transforming an overlooked garden courtyard at the center of the school.

Goodwill Farms (PROJECT FULL): 

Volunteers will assist with seeding, planting, cultivating and harvesting the Goodwill Farm at 4902 Chin Page Rd in Durham.

Habitat for Humanity (PROJECT FULL):

Volunteers will help in the construction of a new home.

Ronald McDonald House (PROJECT FULL): 

Volunteers will help with cleaning the common areas of the Ronald McDonald House.

NC Diaper Bank (PROJECT FULL): 

The Diaper Bank of NC provides diapers to families living in poverty. With 1 in 3 families experiencing diaper need, the need is great. 

Tasks include: helping to wrap and prepare diapers for distribution into the community.

Sandy Creek Park (PROJECT FULL): 

Volunteers will help with setup of the annual Monarch Festival. 

Tasks include: helping folks unload and carrying things to their tents/tables. Volunteers will also be helping to move mulch out of the way and work on the trails/flower beds.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens (PROJECT FULL): 

The project will consist of working in the memorial garden, primarily weeding.  

Special Instructions*: Volunteers will need to wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes, NO flip flops or sandals. If someone shows up in improper footwear, you will be turned away. No earbuds/music. Gloves and any necessary tools will be provided but volunteers may want to bring their own water bottles, sun screen, etc.

Teaming for Technology (PROJECT FULL): 

Volunteers will refurbish computers donated by caring businesses and individuals for schools, nonprofits, teachers and students. 


Volunteers will assist with sorting, pricing and organizing donations (including clothing donations, housewares and other items)


Veterans Helping Veterans of America (PROJECT FULL): 

This project will consist of painting our handicapped ramp (weather-proofing). 

Students can also expect to help with general winter house cleaning.


Basketball Co-Chairs,
Aug 22, 2013, 3:01 PM