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.

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Five days of service. A lifetime of rewards.

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. Prices to attend a Week of Hope range from $229 to $266 per person, depending on the location. CLICK to discover what's included in your registrationCLICK to view a "typical" day.

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!

Week of Hope meets the needs of all age groups—wherever those needs exist. Projects might include:
• Providing meals to the homeless
• Tutoring poor or struggling children
• Helping to lead a day camp for kids
• Organizing a home or sprucing up a dilapidated home
• Painting a room or deep-cleaning a home
• Working with disabled children
• Sharing stories with a lonely elderly person in an assisted-living facility

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.

Each day, students will enjoy meaningful, thematic worship and devotion times, plus opportunities for devotions. They’ll spend time together and connect more deeply in their Christian faith. Programs are led by a well-trained staff—but you and your youth will have the chance to serve by leading parts of each worship program, including worship music. (Feel free to bring guitars, drums, harmonicas, banjos, and great voices!)

Trips for preteens

Interested in mission trips for your 5th and 6th grade students?

Helping kids explore their faith is one of the most important – and fulfilling – responsibilities you have as a children’s or youth leader. Research suggests that by the time they’re 13, your kids’ basic value systems are set for life. We created Preteen Week of Hope trips to respond directly to this aspect of your ministry.

Check out the map for preteen Week of Hope locations. 

Be sure to keep reading for Important Information for your Week of Hope Mission Trip.

TRANSPORTATION: 

You will need to provide transportation for your group to and from your mission trip location. Also, during your mission trip, vehicles you bring will be used to provide daily transport to and from project sites. Please ensure the number of seats and seatbelts in your vehicles match the number of people you bring on the trip. Vehicles with at least six seats and seatbelts are preferred. If you bring a large bus or charter bus, it must be available daily for transportation to and from sites. Not all locations can accommodate buses. If this location cannot accommodate a bus, it will be designated. 

FOOD: 

A total of 13 meals will be provided during the trip, beginning with dinner on Sunday evening. Meals will consist of continental breakfasts, sack lunches, and hot dinners. Participants take turns preparing the meals and cleaning up. Picnic-style lunches will be put together in the morning and you'll bring these with you to your project site locations when you depart in the morning. The last meal will be breakfast on Friday morning. IMPORTANT NOTE: Dinner will NOT be provided on Tuesday. Youth groups will have free time that evening.

LODGING: 

You will lodge at a local school, community center, church or similar facility. Accommodations will include areas for groups to room together by gender, a common eating area, and a program area. Plan to sleep on the floor (so bring a single size air mattress). Showers will be available; however, they may be indoor showers (locker room style) or they may be outdoor semi-private, temporary showers. PLEASE, make sure everyone in your group brings a swimming suit to be prepared for any showering situation. The facilities may or may not be air-conditioned, so plan accordingly. You might want to bring a small fan. Pay phones may be available; however, there will always be an emergency phone onsite. Also, although cell phone service may be limited in some areas, feel free to bring your cell.  

Cleanup: Participants serve one another by preparing and cleaning-up meals, and cleaning the facility.

PARTICIPANTS: 

Register As: A group (minimum of one youth and one adult, age 21+, of the same gender) 

Adult/Youth Ratio: You need to bring a minimum of one crew adult leader age 21+ for every five youth. 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. 

Criminal Background Check: To provide the safest environment for young people every participant 18 years of age and older must be screened by the church and have a current (within the last 24 months) Multi-State Background Check, which includes a Social Security number, on file at the church. Group Mission Trips must receive a signed Adult Screening Form for each participant (18 and older) for them to be eligible to attend (form provided in the online Planning Center).

SERVICE PROJECTS: 

Nature of Projects: Your group will partner with local churches, service agencies, and homeowners. And over the four days, your help will bolster the efforts of the ongoing work in these communities. You’ll learn new skills, serve in important roles, and have loads of fun as you: help people with projects in their home...assist the elderly…tutor struggling kids…conduct a backyard Bible club…serve at a food bank…staff an activities camp for disabled children…spruce up the grounds of a financially strapped social service agency…engage children at a day camp…and improve the community in other important ways. 

Project Crew Structure: Project crews typically stay with the same project for the entire week, creating an environment where meaningful relationships develop. You and your group will make new friends while serving on project teams with people from other churches. Or, if you desire, we can keep you together with people from your own group…just let the Registration team know so we can make proper arrangements. The number of people working on a given project varies based on the project needs. 

PROGRAM: 

You’ll applaud the daily programs and devotions. Each evening, everyone will gather for a time of intimate, interactive, God-centered worship with music, Scripture, video, drama, and hands-on activities. Programs (designed by the youth ministry experts at Group Magazine) are coordinated by a staff member, but you, your group, and other groups will take the lead in sharing music (so bring your guitar and best song leader voices) and participating in other program elements.

STAFFING: 

Your mission trip will be run by four ministry-minded staff, including two highly-trained, college-age leaders. Additional adults, 21 and older, in your group (beyond the 5-to-1 ratio), may apply online for a volunteer position. If chosen as a volunteer staff member, your registration fee is waived. Many of our staff serve year-after-year because they have a heart to minister to church groups. 

WHAT TO BRING: 

Supplies: You may be asked to bring certain supplies, depending on project needs.  Specific details will be provided in your online Planning Center. 

Personal Items: Your online Planning Center will provide a full list of what to bring. It’s pretty much what you’d expect—including a single size air mattress or foam pad for sleeping, water jugs and coolers, work gloves, sunscreen, and modest clothing appropriate for a Christian mission trip. 

PAYMENT: 

Deposit Amount: Per person deposits of $50 are required to reserve space, and are non-refundable. 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. 

Early Bird Option: Early Bird Registration lets you delay the per person deposit until September 30th, 2013. Registration fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card. 

Payment Dates: Because fundraisers can’t all happen at the same time, we’ve broken the registration fee into a deposit and two payments. 50% of your group’s balance is due March 15, 2014, and the balance is due May 15, 2014. Registration fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card. 

Cancellation: Deposits are non-refundable. Forfeited deposits can be used to add a new participant to your group, however, they can’t be transferred to an account balance or to another group. Registration fees, less deposits, are refundable when cancelled at least 30 days before the start of your trip. The entire camp fee will be forfeited for cancellations less than 30 days from the start of your camp. In order to open spaces for other church groups, missed payment dates will result in automatic cancellation of spaces and forfeiture of deposits. 

TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS: 

Travel Insurance: We recommend participants have sufficient medical insurance and that he or she bring their insurance card with them. If you have participants without adequate medical insurance and/or if you desire to purchase trip protection insurance, you can purchase low-cost domestic and international insurance online through our insurance partner...or you can purchase it from another insurance provider of your choice.

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