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MISSION EXPERIENCE DETAILS

What's included in the 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 week
  • All meals, except for dinner on your free night
  • Supplies and project materials for each worksite (check out Workcamp Details for supplies you need to bring)
  • 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
  • Comprehensive Leader Manual and project preparation materials online
  • Fundraising ideas, support, and Giving Spree® (a webbased fundraising management tool)
  • Site selection and organization
  • Unlimited customer support from professional and courteous staff
  • Mission trip handbook for each participant
  • A personal devotion book and guide for the week

Click here for more information about these details.

Who can participate?

Senior High Trips: Participants must be 14 years old or entering the 9th grade in the fall of 2013.

Junior/Senior High Trips: Participants must be at least 12 yrs. old or entering the 7th grade in the fall of 2013.

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.

How many adults need to chaperone?

Adults (age 21 and above) are a critical part of the mission experience. Adults 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?

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. 

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 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 a local high school or middle school, community center, or a local church (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 onsite.

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.

When do I have to pay?

We understand students in your ministry 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 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.

Payment 2: 50% of your group's remaining balance is due March 15, 2015. *All payments are due, finalized and non-refundable by the May 15, 2015 payment date.*

Payment 3: Your remaining balance is due May 15, 2015. *All payments are due, finalized and non-refundable by the May 15, 2015 payment date.*

Register SOON! Here’s why: You can register your group without having to make a deposit until October 31, 2014 with Early Bird Registration that begins June 1, 2014. This special offer lets you hold spaces free and delay the deposit until October 31, 2014.

Cancellation: Ok, so here’s some not-so-fun stuff. 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 by May 15, 2015. The entire mission trip fee will be forfeited for cancellations after May 15th, 2015. If payment is not received by the payment deadline dates, reserved space(s) will 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 (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.

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