West Shelter, OR 2019


Join us to reconstruct the roof on this CCC-built shelter, located in Oregon’s fantastic Cape Perpetua Scenic Area! 

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PROJECT PARTNERSiuslaw National Forest

SESSION DATES:   September 15-20  |  September 22-27

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TIMES:  Plan to arrive between 5pm and 7pm on the first day of your project session, and depart after lunch on the last day. Work will generally start around 8am each day, and we’ll wrap up around 4:30pm.


SITE INFORMATION:      Tent camping only        Site is RV/trailer accessible

We’ll camp at the nearby Cape Perpetua Campground, which offers easy access to the pleasant town of Yachats, OR. The road in is narrow and can be windy, but it is accessible to those in small RVs/trailers. There are no hookups in the campground.

LOCATION:  Two hours west and north of Eugene, OR

GOOD TO KNOW: No prior experience is required. HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, and equipment for volunteers on this project. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the lodging site. If a project requires a commute, we will plan to carpool to and from the jobsite. More general information is at the bottom of this page. 

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Project Site Description & History

Perched on a prominence 800 feet above the Pacific Ocean, this shelter’s location will thrill and inspire volunteers. The Siuslaw National Forest writes, 

“The Cape Perpetua Headland is the highest viewpoint accessible by car on the Oregon Coast. On clear days, views extend 37 miles out to sea, and along 70 miles of coastline. Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, encompassing 2,700 acres of coastal habitat, was set aside for unique ecological characteristics found where the temperate spruce rainforest transitions to the sea. Early explorer Captain James Cook first observed the headland in 1778 and named it after Saint Perpetua. In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt formed the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Cape Perpetua became a base camp for young men to learn skills. Many of the campgrounds, trails, and plantings you see are the work of the CCC.”

HistoriCorps will honor and continue the legacy of the CCC by leading and training volunteers to preserve this picturesque stone shelter. 

Cape Perpetua offers more than 20 miles of hiking trails that offer many unique natural and cultural/historical features. The nearby town of Yachats is a lovely destination for tourists with artist galleries, bakeries, a brewery, and more.

Siuslaw National Forest shares this fantastic video about Cape Perpetua!

Scope of Work

Volunteers will work alongside expert field staff to learn the skills necessary to preserve this prominent shelter. 

  • Strip deteriorated shingles and disassemble roof system – 25%
  • Rebuild roof system to original 1934 specifications – 25%
  • Re-roof building using cedar shakes – 25%
  • Protect roof logs by injecting borate gel and applying boiled linseed oil to rafter system – 15 %

If volunteers finish the roof, we will focus on the following task items – 10%

  • Rebuild historic log bench
  • Clean stones 
  • Repoint mortar as necessary
Please note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups’ work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher a task’s percentage is, the higher the likelihood you will practice that skill.

Logistics & More

  • Read our Volunteer FAQ! If you still have a question that’s not answered there, above, or below, please email us at volunteer@historicorps.org. We’re always happy to help.
  • Once you register you will receive an auto-confirmation in your email inbox. If you do not receive this confirmation, contact us at volunteer@historicorps.org to let us know. 
  • Each project session has one volunteer slot for a Kitchen Helper. If you’re interested in lending our Crew Leader & Camp Chef a hand in meal preparation, choose the “Kitchen Helper” position when you register. Kitchen Helpers are welcome to participate on the preservation work if they like, but are not necessarily expected to.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own tent or other sleeping setup (unless indoor lodging is provided), as well as sleeping gear and other personal gear including sturdy work clothes and work boots. Volunteers are also responsible for their own transportation to and from this project. 
    • Note: If you have a large RV/trailer, please contact us to confirm that your rig will fit in the available space. 
  • All volunteers are required to review and agree to the HistoriCorps Waiver & Release and Code of Conduct during the registration process.
  • We help you prepare for your preservation project through providing a “pre-arrival packet” via email. The packet contains a lot of information like: logistics, safety precautions, a suggested packing list, benefits for volunteers, and more.
  • HistoriCorps projects are multi-day sessions, where you will develop your skills over the course of the session, as well as build camaraderie with your crew and make a significant contribution to the preservation of this building. We can only very occasionally accommodate volunteers who require a shorter session. Please email us at volunteer@historicorps.org for more information.

We are always ready to answer your questions. Once you register, expect us to be in touch a few times before your project begins to confirm attendance, offer advice, and share updates. Thank you always! Really, we can’t do it without you.

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After registering, you should receive an auto-confirmation via email. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact us at volunteer@historicorps.org.