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MISSION EXPERIENCE DETAILS

What's included in the Workcamps (Weekend Workcamps) 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 trip
     • All meals, except for dinner on Wednesday (all meals for Weekend Workcamp)
     • Supplies and project materials for each worksite
     • Themed t-shirt for each participant
     • Development of Bible-based thematic, fun, faithbuilding programs
     • Devotions to read before, during and after your trip
     • Highly trained, mission-minded staff
     • Project preparation materials online
     • Fundraising ideas and support
     • Site selection and organization
     • Unlimited customer support from professional and courteous staff
     • Mission trip handbook for each participant

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 transportation 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 trip. If you intend to bring a large bus, please be sure your trip location can accommodate it. Check the trip description on the website.

Who can participate?

Senior High Trips: Participants must be 14 years old or entering the 9th grade in the fall of 2015.

Junior/Senior High Trips: Participants must be at least 12 yrs. old or entering the 7th grade in the fall of 2015.

No special skills are required…just a willingness to serve. The minimum group size is one young person and one adult (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.

How are crews organized?

Groups are typically split up on six-person crews for the work portion of each day. In most cases, this is one adult and five youth, each person from a different church. It has been our experience that when groups allow us to mix participants up to make crews, individuals develop social and leadership skills, make new friends, and develop a closer bond with their own group. If being split up is a problem for your group, please give us a call and you can request to be kept together as a group on (6-person) work crews.

At our Preteen trips, church groups will be kept together on (6-person) crews because of their age. 

Where do we stay?

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.

Cleanup: Facility staff prepares and cleans-up all meals and cleans the lodging facility.

What about payments?

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 where 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.

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 waitlist for your first choice or registered for your second-choice location. Call us. We'll help.

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 888.584.6044, option #3.

Do you have references?

Absolutely! Don't just take our word for it. Give us a call (800.385.4545) and we'd be happy to connect you with other youth leaders who have served with us.

What about safety?

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—appropriate work boots, gloves and goggles are recommended.
  • Participants are not required to do any work that they consider unsafe. No one under the age of 16 can use a power tool and no one under the age of 18 can use a power saw.
  • 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.
  • Site Coaches and other 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.

TO TALK WITH A TRIP ADVISOR
CALL 1.800.385.4545 EXT 2


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