Home of the Yellowstone Wolf

2008 Volunteer Work Trip
to Mississippi to rebuild after Katrina

Camp Biloxi has sleeping arrangements which are dorm-style rooms in trailers with bunk beds, air conditioning and heating. Rooms sleep 2 to 8 people. Bed space is on a first come, first serve basis. They also have one large air conditioned and heated tent which can sleep 60 people. There are no bathroom facilities in the bunkhouses or tent, however they were located nearby. We were told to expect less privacy than that to which we were accustomed. We had electrical outlets available in each room and at the ends of the tent, which can be used to plug in phones, breathing machines such as a C-PAP or other low amperage devices.

Meals were prepared and served for Breakfast and Supper every day of the week. The dining room is a tent. Volunteer Groups pack their own bag lunches. The camp provides the food and supplies to do this on a daily basis for those crews where it is impractical to get back to camp to eat. Alternately, workers can eat at local establishments where available.

The highest demand for showers is between 0530 0630 and 1700 and 2000. Volunteers that were not on field work teams were encouraged to time their showers in the morning or afternoon to free-up showers for work teams when they arrive in late afternoon or early evening. We had a large 10 shower facility with individual shower stalls (5 women, 5 men) . The unit was heated and cooled, and had hot and cold water for the showers. Unfortunately they turned off the hot water between 2000 and 0500. The shower facility was in a trailer.

There was bathroom trailer with multiple private stalls, sinks, and mirrors near the sleeping quarters. There was a partition in the middle as this was shared by the men and the women.

General use washer and dryer units were available in the Shower Trailer and Bathroom Trailer.

The Volunteer Camp Statistics cover the period until December 31, 2007. Camp Biloxi is in Biloxi, Mississippi and opened right after Katrina in October, 2005. Camp Restore is in New Orleans and did not open until october, 2006.

This is an aerial view of Camp Biloxi. The octagonal building in the lower foreground is the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. The road to the right of the church is the entrance to Camp Biloxi. To the left of the picture are ten trailers. These were the sleeping quarters. My sleeping quarters had four bunk beds. Only four people could stand up at any one time. Fortunately there were only four of us in this unit.

The tent to the right was the kitchen and dining room. The tent above the trailers was the overflow sleeping quarters. The bathroom trailer, shower trailer and laundry facilities were in the trees above the overflow sleeping quarters. There was only one bathroom trailer and one shower trailer. There was a partition in the bathroom trailer separating the men and the women. The partition was open on the top. There was also a partition in the shower trailer separating the men and the women. It was open on the top and the bottom.

The "green house" is the first house to the right as you enter the camp. You were given your assignments at the "green house". The tool crib is not really visible in the picture but is in the trees above the "green house". A lot of the work areas had their own tool cribs if they could be secured.

Our group was assigned four trailers for the week. We were not assigned individual rooms so we had to pick our own. The trailers were co-ed but most of the rooms were not. Note that I said most of the rooms. We did have a couple that decided to room together as the wife could not find a room. Not all rooms were the same. The number of beds varied as well as the furnishings. None of the doors had locks. I was in room 5 of the trailer above.

Most of the rooms were similar to this one. It had six bunk beds. My room had four bunk beds. You can see how crowded we were. Fortunately there were only four people in my room so we were able to stow our gear on the upper bunks.

There were three sinks on each side of the restroom trailer. You can imagine how many people were in there in the morning. The shower trailer also had three sinks on each side. Some of the women commented that they never imagined men talked as much as they did, since you could hear everything from both sides of the trailer.

The dining tent served as the social hub for the camp. Besides meals we also had our evening meetings in this tent. It was open 24 hours a day and you could usually find someone in the tent, even during quiet time. Coffee and cold drinks were available all the time. If you took the last cup of coffee you were responsible to make the next pot.

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