COMMUNITY SERVICE TRIPS
COMMUNITY SERVICE YOUTH MISSION TRIPS
Week of Hope is an affordable summer mission trip packed with practical acts of love and service. Your students will build meaningful connections as they serve people through local ministries and nonprofit organizations.
Teenagers will learn Christ-like empathy and compassion for others as they meet the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of disadvantaged children, youth, and adults. As students serve in the name of Jesus, they’ll develop friendships with the people being served, with teenagers on other teams, with members of their own youth group, and, most importantly, with Jesus. Denominational differences disappear as like-minded youth work together for a common purpose. It’s awesome to watch!
Your team’s acts of kindness will mean the world to the people you serve. But the impact on your students will go even deeper. Spiritual growth is a top priority at all of our camps, and through meaningful worship and devotions, the lessons learned will take root in the hearts of your youth. Four or five days of service. A lifetime of rewards.
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What does a "typical" Week of Hope day look like?
A "typical" day involves serving others, "God Sightings", daily devotions, and inspirational/interactive worship programs.
Your camp schedule will look similar to this:
3-4:00 p.m. Groups arrive
6:30 a.m. Breakfast crew begins meal prep
6:45 a.m. Rise and shine!
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Morning program
8:30 a.m. Depart for project sites and serve in the community, eat lunch, have devotions
3:30 p.m. Return to the lodging facility (2:30 p.m. for Preteens)
4:00 p.m. Hospitality tasks/free time/meal preparation
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Music Team rehearsal or free time
7:30 p.m. Evening program
9:00 p.m. Church group devotions
11:00 p.m. Lights out (10:00 p.m. for Preteens)
*Tuesday: 3:30-10:00 p.m. Youth group free time, dinner is on your own. (not for Preteens)
Friday: 9:00 a.m. Groups depart (Thursday, 9:00 a.m. for Preteens)
What's included in the Week of Hope registration fee?
We want to make sure your trip is as easy on you as possible. That is why we provide the following so you don't have to:
- Lodging during the week
- All meals, except for dinner on Tuesday night (this meal is provided for Preteens)
- Supplies and project materials for each work-site
- Themed t-shirt for each participant
- Development of Bible-based thematic, fun, faith-building programs
- Devotions to read before, during and after your trip
- Highly trained, mission-minded staff
- Comprehensive Planning Center and project preparation materials online
- Fund raising ideas and support
- Site selection and organization
- Unlimited customer support from professional and courteous staff
- Mission trip handbook for each participant
Who can participate?
Junior/Senior High Trips: Participants must be at least 12 yrs. old or entering the 7th grade in the fall of the year of the camp.
Preteen Trips: Participants must be 10 to 12 yrs. old, or entering the 5th grade in the fall of the year of the camp.
No special skills are required…just a willingness to serve. The minimum group size is one young person and one adult leader (21 or older) of the same gender.
What is the required adult ratio?
You need to bring a minimum of one adult leader age 21+ for every five participants under 21. If you register both males and females, bring at least one adult male and one adult female age 21 or over. Adults serve on project crews with young people and are a critical part of the mission experience. Crew Adult Leaders provide safety, relationships, spiritual guidance, and discipline.
If you have additional adults want to come (above the ratio) bring them along! They’ll serve alongside the youth. Or have them apply on our website to serve as staff volunteers for the week.
How are crews organized?
Groups are typically split up on six-member crews for the service portion of each day. In most cases, this is one adult and five youth, each from a different church. This gives participants the opportunity to interact with other Christians from around the country. If being split up is a problem for your group, please give the Registration Team a call, so we can keep you together with people from your own group. At our Preteen trips, church groups will be kept together on (six-member) crews because of their age.
What about transportation?
You need to provide transportation for your group to and from your mission trip. Also, during your mission trip, the vehicles you bring will be used to provide daily transport to and from project sites. Please ensure the number of seats and seat belts in your vehicles matches or exceeds the number of people you bring. Vehicles with at least six seats and seat belts are preferred. All vehicles, including chartered buses, must be available for transportation to sites during the week. If you intend to bring a large bus, please be sure your trip location can accommodate it. Check the trip description on the website.
Where do we stay?
Most lodging is in local churches, Christian schools, or community centers (accommodations vary by trip). Accommodations will include areas for groups to room together by gender, a common eating area, and a program area. Showers will be available, though they may be indoor showers (locker room style) or may be outdoor (cold, semiprivate, temporary) showers. Have all participants bring a swimming suit so they're prepared for any showering situation. Participants will sleep on the floor and need to bring their own sleeping bags, pillows, and a twin-size air mattress. Facilities may or may not be air-conditioned, so consider bringing a small fan. Cell phone coverage may or may not be available, but there will always be an emergency phone on-site.
What happens if the trip I want is full?
All trips are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so it pays to register early. However, if you register for a trip that's "full," we'll give you the option of being on a wait list for your first choice or registered for your second-choice location. Call us. We'll help.
When do we pay?
We are committed to work with you and walk with you through every step of our payment policy. We understand students in your ministry sometimes have a difficult time making up their minds about what they are doing every summer. Our Payment Policy is designed to give you the most flexibility when reserving your mission experience with Group Mission Trips.
To make it easier for fundraising and to keep track, we've broken your payment into three convenient steps:
Payment 1: A nonrefundable deposit ($50 per person) is required at the time of registration to reserve space on your trip. Forfeited deposits can’t be transferred to an account balance or to another group. However, forfeited deposits can be used to add a new participant to your group. Registration fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card. Payment can be made online, by phone or by mail. (We do offer an Early-Bird Registration: groups can hold spaces for free until October 31st.)
Payment 2: March 15th, 2015: 50% of your group's remaining balance is due.
Payment 3: May 15th, 2015: Final remaining balance is due. *All payments are due, finalized and non-refundable by this May 15, 2015 payment date.
If payment is not received by the payment deadline dates, reserved space(s) may be cancelled to make room for other groups.
Do you have references?
Absolutely! Don't just take our word for it-give us a call (1.800.385.4545) and we'd be happy to connect you with other youth leaders who have served with us.
What if I need to change the number of people I have registered?
You may alter (up or down) the number of participants you have registered to bring on your mission trip as long as there's capacity at the location. However, there are a couple of things you want to be sure you know before you change anything:
- Deposits you've paid ($50 per person) for any registered space are nonrefundable.
- Deposits can be used to add new participants to your group BUT cannot be transferred to an account balance or to another group.
- Registration amounts paid (less deposit amounts) are refundable when the Registration Team is notified by May 15th, 2015. The entire fee will be forfeited for any cancellations made after May 15, 2015.
- All of this can be done by contacting your Registration Team at 800.385.4545, option #3.
Safety is our top priority!
- We require registered groups to bring 1 adult (21 or older) for every 5 participants that are under 21 years of age
- We ask that participants that are 18 and older be screened and background-checked by their church. Their pastor signs off that they meet Group’s requirements and they are approved to attend.
- Every staff member has been screened, background-checked, and reference checked by Group.
- For overall protection, we have separate shower times designated for participants that are 17 and younger from those that are 18 and older
- We review safety procedures the first night of camp.
- Participants are not required to do any work that they consider unsafe.
- When the crew arrives at the worksite, they will survey the site for any potential safety issues.
- Although we do serve in needy areas, we require work crews to stay together at all times. No one should ever be left alone and all participants are back at the lodging facility by their designated check in time.
- Group Staff visit worksites every day so they are aware of where a crew is working and any issues in the area.
- Every work crew has the direct phone number to the Group office and directions to the closest hospital. If an injury occurs on the worksite, and is not serious, Group staff will contact the youth leader and coordinate any transportation needed. If the injury is serious, the adult on site will call 911 and Group staff will meet the participant at the hospital with their youth leader. Each work crew will have a small first aid kit and a bigger one in each vehicle.