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.
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.
Read testimonials from Youth Leaders and campers who have attended a Week of Hope mission trip…
"We've made Week of Hope an annual event to provide time together for our group. As they work, play and worship together, relationships are built and strengthened, which sets a valuable stage for the work of the Spirit in their hearts and lives. The kids get along better when they get home. They have drawn closer to their group leader and have experienced God in real and personal ways-priceless." -Tom Smithson, Salem Evangelical Free
"Participating in Week of Hope was one of the best experiences I have ever had! I made so many new friends of all ages from 13-99. I learned more about myself and God which helped me make much needed changes in my life. I will never forget this life changing experience!" -Adrienne, Youth Participant
"Week of Hope showed me how God can change lives." -Jordan S, Youth Participant
"This has had a lasting impression on my life. I feel my relationship with God is much stronger. The memories I made will last forever and I can't wait for the mission trip this summer!" -Madison, Youth Participant, First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford
"As Youth Director, this is the best part of my job. Getting to watch our youth become transformed beyond what they ever imagined. They have been coming every year for four years and I personally see God in action through them. Their restoration and redemption experiences is what makes my job all the more worthwhile. I have the best job EVER!" -Allison Partridge, Youth Leader, First United Methodist Church
"Experiencing service projects with my youth was amazing. They continued to surprise me and I saw their faith grow each day." -Kelly W., Youth Leader
"I had an amazing amount of quality time with my students that I would not have had throughout an entire year within our normal life back home." -Chris M., Youth Leader
What's included in the 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 your free night
- Supplies and project materials for each work-site (Check here for more details)
- 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 Crew adult leader (21 or older) of the same gender.
How many adults need to chaperone?
Crew Adult Leaders (age 21 and above) are a critical part of the mission experience. Crew Adult Leaders provide safety, relationships, spiritual guidance, and discipline. And adults serve on project crews, shoulder to shoulder with young people.
Please bring a minimum of one adult for every five youth. If you register both males and females, bring at least one adult male and one adult female. If additional adults want to come, bring them along! Or have them apply on our website to serve as staff volunteers for the week.
How are crews organized?
A typical "crew" is a group of four or five young people and one adult. Some projects require multiple crews or slight modifications of crew size based on local partners and community needs. Project crews usually include participants from a variety of churches. If you'd rather have your teenagers serve with your own group members, call us and we'll gladly accommodate your request.
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 I have to pay?
To make it easier for fund raising, we've broken your payment into three convenient steps:
Deposit: A nonrefundable deposit ($50 per person) is required at the time of registration to reserve space on your trip.
Payment 2: 50% of your group's remaining balance is due March 15, 2014.
Payment 3: Your remaining balance is due May 15, 2014.
Early Bird Registration: This special offer lets you hold spaces free and delay the deposit until September 30th, 2013.Registration fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card. Payment 2 and 3 are refundable when cancellations are made at least 30 days before the start of your trip.
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 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 at least 30 days before the first day of the trip. The entire fee will be forfeited for cancellations less than 30 days from the start of your trip.
- All of this can be done by contacting your Registration Team at 800.385.4545, option #3.
What does the Preteen schedule look like?
CLICK HERE for the Preteen Sample Schedule