Sample Schedule

This is a suggested schedule for a week-long ASB trip - we can also customize your visit for 1 - 4 days.

Trips tend to be very busy, with lots of activities. 

Trips can be any time of year, not just spring break.

Sunday 
6-9:00 PM Arrive, unpack, dinner, Icebreakers.
9:00 Watch Appalshop documentary film "Morgan Sexton - Banjo Player from Bull Creek" (60 mins)
11:00 lights out
 
Monday - Welcome to Harlan County 
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Welcome to Harlan County
10:30 Appalachian Cultural Sensitivity and introduction to Coal Mining
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Hiking to Knobby Rock; a moderately strenuous hike up a mountain with possible side trip to The Maze for those in good physical condition
6:00 Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 Screening of the 1977 Academy-Award winning documentary film "Harlan County USA"
11:00 lights out
 
Tuesday - Introduction to Coal and Underground Coal Mining
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Drive to Benham KY to visit the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum (with guided tour by former coal miner)
12:30 Sack lunch at museum
1:30 The Coal Bin (great thrift store)
3:00 Tour Lynch, Kentucky (old company town) and Black Mountain - see mountaintop removal and Kentucky's highest peak with long-time Benham KY resident.  Learn about tourism and sustainable development activities in Lynch. 
5:00 Panel discussion with local Appalachian artists - see "Agony of Gaia" sculpture with Jeff and Sharman Chapman-Crane
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Evening speaker  
10:00 Reflections
11:00 Lights out
 
 Wednesday - Community Service Work 
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Service trip option 1- low-income home weatherization
9:00 Service trip option 2 - tree planting on abandoned strip mine site with ARRI, the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative
Additonal community service options include volunteering at the local Harlan homeless shelter, trail maintenance and trail building, elderly and shut-in home visits, cleaning churches, cleaning up illegal dumps, flood relief, etc.
12:00 Sack lunch
4:00 Free Time
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Speaker (past speakers have included local coal miners, Harlan County Judge Executive Joe Greishop, and Bill Bissett, Presdient of Kentcky Coal Association
10:00 Reflections
11:00 Lights out
 
Thursday - Community Service Work
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Service trip option 1 - low-income home weatherization 
9:00 Service trip option 2 - ARRI tree planting on old mine sites
Additonal community service options include volunteering at the local Harlan homeless shelter, trail maintenance and trail building, elderly and shut-in home visits, cleaning churches, cleaning up illegal dumps, flood relief, etc. 
12:00 Sack lunch
3:00 Finish, back to Harlan
4:00 Free Time
6:00 Dinner
9:00 Campfire or bowling (cost is $9 per person)
11:00 Lights Out
 
Friday - Community Service Work (Optional)
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Community service (various options) 
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Afternoon hiking or free time - visit Wileys Last Resort, Bad Branch Falls, Mountain views, sunsets
6:00 Dinner, dancing and local mountain/bluegrass music at the Campbell Branch Community Center
10:00 Reflections; Plus-minus-delta review of week
11:00 Lights out
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Depart