Workcamp began in 2014 with two youth ministers looking to create a week of service within the North Alabama / Southern Tennessee areas. The first camp was held at Central church of Christ in Huntsville, AL with approximately 50 students and various adult helpers. Over the past 6 years, workcamp has grown to include multiple congregations from several states. Over 150 students and countless adults have worked alongside over 40 different organizations to create a truly special community.
Before that, workcamp was an idea born from mission work to Mexico in 2001. Two Harding University students saw the need for connecting missionaries, mission points, and organizations with resources together. However, without resources and no means of communication, the idea became a binder on a shelf, handed out to those who asked for assistance. In 2010, well into the era of Facebook and social media, Handsfree Missions went online and became a virtual drive of contacts, resources, and needs. Workcamp was born out of the desire to train up disciples into a more complete understanding of service and mission work.