Charleston, South Carolina 2020

Charleston, South Carolina

Located along the beautiful Atlantic coastline, Charleston, South Carolina, is known for its rich blend of history, faith, and scenery. Sites such as Rainbow Row and the Charleston Battery are breathtaking and memorable. Some places have even appeared in the films The Notebook and The Patriot.

Not far away you’ll find North Charleston, a fast-paced and growing community with many things to see and do. The city is known for its historical plantations, gardens, and parks, as well as some of the country’s finest cultural events.

But just as importantly, the community is the proud home to numerous churches and organizations that are intertwined with city life and share a passion for making a difference in people’s lives. You’ll be inspired as you hear the stories and meet the people who serve in these amazing organizations that are helping orphans, assisting teen moms, providing resources to under-served families, or using basketball to reach at-risk kids.

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Date Age Availability Price Stay Informed Register
Jun 14 2020 to Jun 19 2020 Junior/Senior High (12+) Available $276 Keep Me Informed
Jun 21 2020 to Jun 26 2020 Junior/Senior High (12+) Available $276 Keep Me Informed
Jun 28 2020 to Jul 03 2020 Junior/Senior High (12+) Available $276 Keep Me Informed
Jul 05 2020 to Jul 10 2020 Junior/Senior High (12+) Available $276 Keep Me Informed
Jul 12 2020 to Jul 17 2020 Junior/Senior High (12+) Available $276 Keep Me Informed
Jul 19 2020 to Jul 24 2020 Junior/Senior High (12+) Available $276 Keep Me Informed
Jul 26 2020 to Jul 31 2020 Junior/Senior High (12+) Available $276 Keep Me Informed

What's new at Week of Hope?

Here at Group Mission Trips, we’re always looking for ways to enhance our trip experiences & create more opportunities to better serve you, our partner organizations, and the communities we serve in. We’re excited to launch these new changes this summer at each Week of Hope location:

  1. Environment - We are creating fun traditions and a more engaging “summer camp” experience through themed days, movie nights, a lip sync battle, bedtime stories, group games, and much more.
  2. Meal Time - Fun music will set the mood and keep the energy high. Throughout the meal, we’re adding engaging elements like to create a fun, lively, and interactive setting!
  3. Program - Our evening chapel program is shorter and includes uplifting, interactive teaching, and discovery. Worship will go beyond singing and include skits, videos and more.
  4. Service Projects - We plan to share more about the year-round impact of our partners through video and stories during our morning program so you can see the breadth of service and impact that happens in the community you serve.

Lodging

A Week of Hope can hold up to 100 participants and we house them all typically at a local church. Our staff transforms the facility into a home away from home–there will be a separate boy’s hall and girl’s hall, a space for meals, adequate bathrooms and showers, and a space for the programs.

Participants need to bring air mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows and other bedding to sleep on floors. Youth groups are assigned to sleeping rooms together, gender separate. Sleeping rooms may be shared with other youth groups, depending on the size of groups and the size of the room.

Air-conditioning: You will stay in a local facility with *air-conditioning. Even if your lodging facility does have AC, it’s a good idea to still plan on bringing fans as a backup. They are nice for white noise in a crowded sleeping area! *Subject to change.

Showers: Tent showers are provided. Often our church facilities do not have adequate indoor showers. We will always ensure showers are available, and they will always be separated by gender. Please remember to bring swimsuits so you are ready for any situation. 

How You'll Serve

In Charleston, almost all of our projects focus on supporting and serving aging adults or children. Some of our projects include:

  • Assist the Activities Department in a skilled nursing center and participate in activities and social interactions with residents. They love to hear your stories and share their stories with you!
  • Help lead and present a VBS style kids day camp. You will lead games, Bible lessons, memory verses, and any other activities for a kids camp age K-5th grade. There may be other opportunities to serve the housing communities after the camp around the grounds.
  • Help at a summer camp for neighborhood kids by organizing and implementing sports, activities, active play, songs and movement, and games.
  • Brighten up the day for senior residents at an assisted living center--participate in scheduled interactive activities with geriatric residents who are in Long Term Care– they love music!
  • Assist senior citizens with yard work and chores around their home that they cannot complete themselves.
  • Help local children with their reading, writing and math skills. You will also get to lead games and other recreation activities.

Our Partners

Our Local Coordinator in Charleston maintains connections year-round with the organizations we serve so our service and relationships are sustainable. 

Make sure to try the fresh seafood, fried alligator, or some famous southern BBQ! It’s also highly recommended to head to Kaminsky’s for some great dessert.

Additionally, there are many ways to explore Charleston’s rich history, including the historic city market, boat tours, plantation tours, and of course the beautiful beaches. Located just 20 minutes away, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Kiawah are some local favorites with great surf and shops to check out.

Also close by is Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark and Wannamaker County Park, a park with sprinklers to play in, large fields and picnic areas, and bike and paddle boat rentals.

For groups wanting to do some unique team building, there is a high and low ropes challenge course in Charleston called Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park. They offer a three hour team building program; this is one hour of team building exercises on the ground and two hours spent on their 72 element high and low ropes challenge course. They give our participants a big discount at $25 per person.

Price: $276 per person
Deposit: See Below
Our payment policy is designed to give you the most flexibility when reserving your mission trip experience with Group Mission Trips.

Register June-October Deposit of $50 per person is due October 31, 2019.
Register November-March 15, 2020
Deposit of $50 per person is due upon registration.
Register March 15, 2020-May 15, 2020
Deposit of $50 per person plus 50% of your group’s balance is due upon registration.
Register after May 15, 2020
Your entire balance is due.**
**Deposits are non-refundable. All payments are due by and become non-refundable on May 15, 2020. Registration fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card.
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You can find additional information on specific locations by visiting this page.

We normally split groups up into work crews.  But, we are willing to work with your group on how you’d like to split into crews. Our work crews are made up of six people with usually one or two adults and four or five youth--typically each person from a different church. If you’d like to have your youth meet new friends and develop friendships outside of your youth group, then allow us to split up your group. If you have specific church safety rules that require your group to be together, we are more than happy to arrange that for your group as well. Our top priority is to partner with you to arrange the best experience for your youth group and help you meet your ministry goals.

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Jr/Sr High trips: Must be at least 12 years old OR entering the 7th grade in the fall of 2020. 
Sr High trips: Must be at least 14 years old OR entering the 9th grade in the fall of 2020.

  • Due to liability, under-aged participants will be sent home at their own expense (NO babies or any children under the required age).
  • Only registered participants are permitted at the lodging facility and on the project sites.
  • No special skills are required.
  • 19 or 20 year olds are welcome to attend as participants! Remember that only those that are 21 or older will be considered “adults” at camp and count in your 1 adult to 5 youth required ratio. 

Yes, you must have 1 adult (21 years of age or older) for every 5 youth (20 years of age and under). If both boys and girls are registered in your group, you must have at least one male adult and one female adult registered for supervision at night. 

  • If you have extra adults over your 1-to-5 ratio, they can be part of your group or, if staff positions are open at your location, they have the option of serving on staff without paying the registration fee. Information about staff positions can be found on GroupMissionTrips.com under Join Our Team.

Yes, Group Mission Trips requires that all participants 18 years of age or older be screened and background checked by their church prior to attending.

  • Background checks must be national and no older than two (2) years from the start of the mission trip. 
  • 18-20 year olds are not considered “adults” during camp, however because of our commitment to safety, we still ask them to go through your church’s screening process and have background checks run.
  • Group Mission Trips requires a digital pastor signature on our Screening and Verification Form for every 18+ participant in order for them to attend the mission trip.
  • You may use any organization to run your background checks, but if you are looking for a reliable one, we recommend Clear Investigative Advantage. Their basic background checks start at just $12. They can be reached at 888.242.2503.
  • Groups must provide transportation to and from the mission trip as well as daily to and from the sites. (Mileage or fuel costs are not reimbursed for any transportation costs.)
  • Vehicles with a minimum capacity of six passengers are requested, with seat belts.
  • While adults will be driving their own vehicles, they typically will not be transporting a crew that includes their own youth members. Typically, the youth from your group will be traveling in other vehicles with their crews. 
  • Due to tight and narrow roads, there are some locations that are labeled “Not Bus Accessible”. If you are serving at one of these, you’ll need to plan on bringing smaller vehicles.

Sunday
3-4 p.m. Check-in
4:30 p.m. Adult meeting
5:30 p.m. Dinner gathering
6:30 p.m. Kick-off program (everyone gets to meet their crews and find out their service projects!)
8:00 p.m. Chapel, followed by youth group devotions
11:00 p.m. Lights-out

Monday
6:30 a.m. Breakfast crew begins
6:45 a.m. Wake-up call 
7:00 a.m. Breakfast and pack lunches
8:00 a.m. Morning program
8:45-3:00 p.m. Serve at project sites, have on-site lunch and devotions
3:30 p.m. Return to lodging facility, free time, and camp store open until 5 p.m.
5:00 p.m. Dinner crew begins
5:30 p.m. Dinner gathering
6:30 p.m. Hospitality tasks
7:00 p.m. Chapel team practice
8:00 p.m. Chapel, followed by youth group devotions
10:30 p.m. Bedtime stories (optional)
11:00 p.m. Lights-out

Tuesday:
6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Same schedule as Monday
3:30-10:30 p.m. Free time (dinner and devotions on your own)
8:00 p.m. Lodging facility is back open
8:30 p.m. Movie night (optional)
10:30 p.m. Bedtime stories (optional)
11:00 p.m. Lights-out

Wednesday
6:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Same schedule as Monday.

Thursday
6:30 a.m. Breakfast crew begins
6:45 a.m. Wake-up call 
7:00 a.m. Breakfast and pack lunches
8:00 a.m. Morning program
8:45-3:00 p.m. Serve at project sites, have on-site lunch and devotions
3:30 p.m. Return to lodging facility, free time, and camp store open until 5 p.m.
5:00 p.m. Dinner crew begins
5:30 p.m. Dinner gathering
6:30 p.m. Hospitality tasks
8:00 p.m. Chapel, followed by youth group devotions
9:30 p.m. Lip-sync battle
12 a.m. Lights-out

Friday
7-8:00 a.m. Breakfast
7-9:00 a.m. Youth group check-out, hospitality tasks, and depart for home

Be ready to tackle any project and expect to interact each day with local residents from the community. Crews typically serve at the same organization for the entire camp (or at the most 2 organizations), creating an environment where meaningful relationships develop. 

Projects could include working with children at a day camp, serving at a food bank or homeless shelter, leading a Vacation Bible School, improving the homes of people in need, assisting the elderly, tutoring struggling kids, working with disabled children, facilitating a sports camp, and/or serving churches and other human service organizations in different ways. If there are any minor repair projects, we may ask your group to bring a few small hand tools and paint brushes.

Supplies: Groups are asked to bring 1 5-gallon water jug and 1 family-size cooler (preferably on wheels) for every 6 people in your group. All other supplies are typically provided, but small items may be requested.

Personal Items: The full Packing List is located online for every registered group on their Group Page, under the Schedule, Menu, Packing tab. It’s pretty much what you’d expect. A twin-size air mattress and bedding for sleeping, work gloves, and modest swimsuits and clothing appropriate for a Christian mission trip.

Fun theme days: Bring fun stuff for our theme days during camp!

Safety is our top priority!

  • We require groups to bring 1 adult (21 or older) for every 5 participants that are under 21 years of age.
  • We require participants that are 18 and older be screened and background-checked by their church. Their pastor signs off that they meet Group Mission Trips' requirements and that they are approved to attend.
  • Every staff member has been screened, background-checked, and reference checked by Group Mission Trips.
  • 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 at camp.
    Participants are not required to do any work that they consider unsafe.
  • Although we do serve in needy areas, we require 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 Mission Trips' staff visit the crews every day so they are aware of where a crew is working and any issues in the area.
  • Every crew has the direct phone number to the GMT office and directions to the closest hospital. If an injury occurs on the project site, and is not serious, GMT staff will contact the youth leader and coordinate any transportation needed. If the injury is serious, the adult on site will call 911 and GMT staff will offer support and ensure needed medical forms are delivered to hospital.
  • Each crew will have a small first aid kit and a bigger one for every vehicle. 

A Week of Hope can hold up to 100 participants and we house them all typically at a local church. Group Mission Trips' staff transforms the facility into a home away from home–there will be a separate boy’s hall and girl’s hall, a space for meals, adequate bathrooms and showers, and a space for the programs.

Participants need to bring twin-size air mattresses, pillows, sleeping bags or other bedding to sleep on floors. Youth groups are assigned to sleeping rooms together, gender separate. Sleeping rooms may be shared with other youth groups, depending on the size of groups and the size of the room.
Registered groups can see more information about their lodging facility online on their Group Page under the General Lodging tab. Trip Leaders are given the lodging facility’s address.

Meals will consist of hot breakfasts, picnic-style lunches, and hot dinners. All meals are prepared by participants on a rotating basis supervised by staff. Picnic-style lunches will be assembled in the mornings and brought to project sites. The first provided meal is dinner on Sunday and the last meal will be cold breakfast on Friday morning. IMPORTANT NOTE: Dinner is NOT provided on Tuesday, youth groups have free time this day and dinner is on their own.

For registered groups: If you have a participant that has to eat gluten-free--please let us know. We can have a few gluten free options at camp but need to have an accurate number to plan for. The sample menu is located on Your Group Page under the Schedule, Menu, and Packing tab. Share this with your participants so they can start planning. Participants with special diets or allergies are welcome to bring their own food items to fill in as needed during the week. Please know that we do have peanut butter on the menu. Group Mission Trips is unable to guarantee there will not be any cross-contamination during meal preparation by kitchen staff. There will be a staff member available at camp who will be able to answer any questions about food. 

Focused on Jesus. Our goal is to point people to Jesus. Programs focus on Bible passages and daily themes that challenge us to respond to Jesus in ways we will never forget.

Interactive. People learn better by doing. Participants will be involved in sharing, speaking, acting, reflecting...not just sitting and watching.

Relevant. Through creative multimedia, thought provoking sound and video, our programs are designed to reach everyone.

Fun. Relationship-building activities, games and having fun are part of every program. Expect to have a great time!

Register at any time. No payment due until October 31, 2019.

  • October 31, 2019: A deposit of $50 per person is due (nonrefundable).
  • March 15, 2020: Half of what is remaining is due.
  • May 15, 2020: The final balance is due. All payments are non-refundable after this date.

Payments can be made here online, by phone, or by mail.

Call us! If there’s space available in your camp, we’ll ask for necessary payment. If you have a cancellation, and you’ve exhausted all efforts to re-fill spaces, call us to make cancellations. We’ll adjust your balance accordingly. If you cancel a space before May 15th, 2020 you’ll just lose the $50 deposit. The entire fee is forfeited for cancellations made after May 15th, 2020. 

Cancellations have a huge effect on the people we serve, it is devastating news to them when we have to cancel. Based on the number of registered participants, we plan for lodging, food orders, supplies and staffing–just for starters. Also, depending on the time of year, it is simply impossible for us to re-fill cancelled spaces.
We also recognize that unexpected events happen that can pull participants away from their original commitment. Please give us a call, we are happy to talk through ideas to recruit other participants and keeping your group intact.
If there is no other option but to cancel your group, call us by May 15th, 2020 to let us know. As long as you cancel by May 15th, you’ll only lose $50 per spot. All mission trip fees will be forfeited for any cancellations after May 15th. 

We request modest clothing choices in our Code of Conduct. While Group Mission Trips doesn’t have a formal dress code, we serve local organizations that do have specific requirements for volunteers. Don’t be turned away from your assigned project due to inappropriate dress!

  • Pack plenty of t-shirts, longer shorts, capris or pants, and closed-toe shoes.
  • Please have your females bring a one-piece swimsuit in case they are assigned to a project site teaching a resident how to swim.
  • Many of our partner organizations don’t allow volunteers to wear spaghetti straps, shirts that reveal the midriff, short shorts or flip flops. And, of course, no clothing with offensive language or images.
  • Hospitality tasks are opportunities for participants to serve each other during the mission trip week.
  • Hospitality tasks include: cleaning the cafeteria, restrooms, shower areas, and other common areas. Trash will also need to be taken out. The lodging facility will NOT have the services of a custodian.
  • Participants will prepare and serve breakfast and dinner. A staff member will oversee the meal preparation, cooking, serving, and cleanup of all meals. Everyone participates!
  • Meal shifts are divided into teams that will help prepare, cook, serve, and clean. 
  • Lodging during the camp.
  • All meals, except for Tuesday dinner.
  • Site selection and organization.
  • Supplies and project materials for each project site.
  • Bible-based thematic, fun, faith building programs.
  • Devotions to do before, during, and after camp.
  • 3 highly-trained staff plus 2 volunteer staff to handle all the details.
  • An online Group Page full of resources to help prepare you and your group for camp.
  • Unlimited customer support from professional and courteous staff.
  • T-shirt and Mission Handbook for each participant. 

We ask that all participants arrive on time and stay for entire time. Every part of the program is valuable and helps guarantee a life-changing experience. We really try not to make too many exceptions to this because it does effect other participants, partners, and work projects--so please check the schedule and make travel arrangements accordingly. Contact us if a situation arises.

  • Personal health insurance is not required to attend, although highly recommended.
  • If you carry personal health insurance, bring the appropriate information. It is needed if treated at any health-care facility.
  • All health-care costs are the responsibility of the participants or his or her parent/guardian.
  • If you have participants without adequate medical insurance and/or you desire to purchase trip protection insurance, you can purchase low-cost domestic and international insurance from any insurance provider of your choice.

All trips are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early. However, if you register for a trip that’s full, we’ll give you a choice: Join the waiting list for your first choice, or register for your second-choice camp. Call us. We’re eager to help! 

Yes! There are many ways participants can be more involved in the camp:

  1. There may be a couple skits during the programs for any participants that enjoy acting.
  2. There will be a lip-sync battle during the week! If any participants, or your entire group, want to prepare a little something for this, the camp staff will just need to approve your song (at camp) beforehand.
  3. Bring fun stuff for our theme days throughout the week!

Absolutely! Don't just take our word for it. Give us a call (1-844-258-9616) and we'd be happy to connect you with other youth leaders who have served with us.

starting at
$276
/person
Age:
12+
Trip Capacity:
100
Bus Accessible:
Yes

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