Kenosha Wisconsin

This Wisconsin city lies just on the edge of Illinois and Lake Michigan, right between the hustle and bustle of two larger cities: Milwaukee and Chicago.

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Overview

Age Group
Junior/Senior High (12+)
Capacity
100
Bus Accessible?
Yes

Years ago, Kenosha was an active center of manufacturing, but like many other cities in this part of the country, the community has been hurt by factory closures and industry changes. Currently, Kenosha has great need with hunger, foster care, and after-school/summer mentoring programs. There is a hunger gap of about 20,000 pounds of food, and over 200 kids in the foster care system... a growing number every year.

On top of that, only one school in Kenosha offers an after-school program or a summer program for kids. Week of Hope partners with organizations across the city to tackle these issues.

The city of Kenosha has targeted two areas as its top priority to address in the next five years: first, programs to help the youth of the community; and second, improvements to its urban areas. Week of Hope projects will directly and indirectly support these top two initiatives. You and your team will help the city accomplish these worthwhile goals with your involvement!

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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: Each location is different, but sometimes there is NOT air-conditioning. We serve where we are needed and in some areas, churches just can’t afford air-conditioning. Even if your lodging facility does have AC, it’s a good idea to still plan on bringing fans as a back up. They are nice for white noise in a crowded sleeping area! In Kenosha, our facility is fully* air-conditioned and can get chilly in evenings. *Subject to change anytime.

Showers: 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, but we do need to get creative in some locations. Showers may be a combination of inside showers, outside showers, and/or showers at a nearby school, YMCA, or an organization that we are serving at. Please remember to bring swimsuits so you are ready for any situation. In Kenosha, our facility does have indoor showers! They are not private so feel free to bring your swimsuit if you're worried about modesty.

How You’ll Serve

How You'll Serve

Some projects might include:

  • Engage and interact with individuals with disabilities. Participants will be doing many different activities that include: socializing, playing games and helping with projects.
  • Brighten the day for senior citizens at several assisted living and memory care centers--help with games, crafts, exercise and gardening.
  • Assisting in food distribution; “shop” with clients, pack groceries, stock shelves, and help out in the warehouse.
  • Serve at a camp for those with disabilities, ages 7-21. Participants will help with fun arts and crafts, physical activities, and educational programs (instructions are present at each site).
  • Assist Summer Day Camp Counselors with activities and events for kids ages 5–15 at one of three different locations.
  • Help out a Christian youth camp that encourages people with disabilities with the hope and joy found in Jesus. On this beautiful campus, participants will spend 1-2 hours each day participating in activities with residents. Later, they will help deep clean, spread mulch, rake leaves, sweep trails, trim trees, etc. to keep everything looking great. 
  • Assist Summer Day Camp Counselors with activities and events for kids ages 5–15 at one of three different locations.

Our Partners

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

Schedule

Sunday
12-2pm
Check-in
3pm
Welcome program followed by an adult meeting
5-6:30pm
Dinner
7pm
Evening program. Meet your crew. Project assignments.
8:30pm
Youth group devotions
11pm
Lights-out
Monday and Wednesday
6:45am
Wake-up call
7-7:45am
Breakfast. Gather tools. Fill water jugs. Pack coolers with lunches
8am
Morning Program
8am
Morning Program. Serve at project sites, have on-site lunch and devotions
3:30pm
Return to lodging for clean-up and free time
5-6:30pm
Dinner
7:30pm
Evening program
8:30pm
Youth group devotions
11pm
Lights-out (midnight Friday)
6:30pm
Hospitality tasks
7pm
Chapel, team practice
8pm
Youth group devotions
10:30pm
Bedtime stories (optional)
11pm
Lights-out
Tuesday
6:45am
Same schedule as Monday until 12pm
12:30pm
Check-in at lodging facility. Youth group free time. Dinner on your own
8pm
Lodging facility is back open
8:30pm
Movie night (optional)
10:30pm
Bedtime stories (optional)
11pm
Lights-out
Thursday
6:30am
Breakfast crew begins
6:45am
Wake-up call
7am
Breakfast and pack lunches
8am
Morning program
8:45am
Serve at project sites, have on-site lunch and devotions
3:30pm
Return to lodging facility, free time, and camp store open until 5 p.m.
5pm
Dinner crew begins
5:30pm
Dinner gathering
6:30pm
Hospitality tasks
8pm
Chapel, followed by youth group devotions
9:30pm
Lip-sync battle
12
Lights-out
Friday
7-8am
Breakfast
7-9am
Youth group check-out, hospitality tasks, and depart for home

Program

An Experience, Like No Other

Every year, the Group Mission Trips team dedicates extensive time and energy to create a new Jesus-centered program experience through morning and evening programs, crew devotions, and youth group devotions (included in participant handbooks). Programs are designed so that you don't just look to a stage, but look to Jesus.

We've created a chapel setting at each Week of Hope location that allows for meaningful encounters with Jesus and fellowship with one another in an intimate environment. Our well-trained staff lead interactive, relevant, and Scripture-based teaching daily. 

4 Spiritual Touch-Points

  • Morning Programs
  • Crew Devotions
  • Evening Programs
  • Youth Group Devotions
2021 Program Theme

This summer at Group Mission Trips your group will experience a fresh look at the idea of worth through the parable of the prodigal son.

Through each powerful, transformational mission trip experience, your group will see how Jesus wants each of us to know we are valuable, loved, accepted, and worth it to him.

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Area Activities

Nearby resources include Target, Walmart, and Pick N Save, as well as many restaurants just down the road.

Downtown Kenosha is lots of fun, especially when seen by electric streetcar. The beautifully restored streetcars travel a 2-mile loop, providing a scenic tour of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Harbor Park, and downtown districts. Washington Park is also nearby and features a pool with water slides, a playground, sports courts, and picnic areas.

Many groups enjoy heading down to Simmons Island Beach. There is a boardwalk that takes you all the way out to a big red lighthouse (a Kenosha icon).

Other favorites include Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor 30 minutes away, and the Racine Zoo.

Kenosha is also 40 minutes from Milwaukee, WI and about an hour from Chicago, IL.

What's Included

Lodging
All meals, except dinner on your free night
On-site staff
Community service certificate
Project site coordination
Personalized 'Group Page' - provides easy online access to your group's forms, promo materials, etc
Morning & evening programs with Scripture-based teaching & youth group devotions
Lunch-time devotions with crews
Participant t-shirt
Participant devotional for the week at camp
Unlimited customer support from your personal Mission Trip Advisor

FAQs

What about COVID-19 safety precautions?

Our goal is do our best to ensure the safety of participants, local partners, and members of the communities we serve. We are in contact with our partners in each community and working to make sure we provide the safest environment and follow all local guidelines when it comes time for camp next summer. As we get more specific details and plans, we will be sure to share them with you and your group. In the meantime, you may refer to this list of precautions we are currently evaluating: COVID-19 Precautions

Who can participate?

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

  • 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. 
Will our group be working together?

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.

Is there a required adult to youth ratio? Can extra adults go?

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.
Are background checks required?

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.
What about transportation?
  • 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.
What's the schedule?

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

What will we be doing?

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.

What do we need to bring?

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!

What about safety?

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. 
Where do we stay?

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.

What is the menu? What if there are special dietary needs?

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. Click here for a visual on accommodations for dietary restrictions.

What are the programs like?

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!

What about payment dates?

Register at any time. No payment due until October 31, 2020.

  • October 31, 2020: A deposit of $50 per person is due (nonrefundable).
  • March 15, 2021: Half of what is remaining is due.
  • May 15, 2021: The final balance is due.

Payments can be made:

  • Online
  • By Phone: 1-844-258-9616
  • By Mail:
    Group Mission Trips
    1001-A E Harmony Rd
    #459
    Fort Collins, CO 80525
What if I need to add or cancel a space?

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. 1-844-258-9616

What if I need to cancel my entire group?

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 to let us know.

Is there a dress code?

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.
What are "hospitality tasks?"
  • 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. 
What's included in the registration fee?
  • 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. 
What if someone has to leave early or arrive late?

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.

Do participants need to have insurance?
  • 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.
What if the camp I want to attend is full?

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! 

Are there opportunities for participants to be more involved at camp?

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

  • There may be a couple skits during the programs for any participants that enjoy acting.
  • 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.
  • Bring fun stuff to wear for the 3 themed dinners! Mustache Monday, Wacky Wednesday and Tropical Thursday!
Do you have references I can talk to?

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

How do I get a printed version of the FAQs?

Click HERE for a downloadable version.

When FAQs open you can right-click your mouse and save them to your computer or print them.

Payment Policy

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, 2020.
  • Register November-March 15, 2021: Deposit of $50 per person is due upon registration.
  • Register March 15, 2020-May 15, 2021: Deposit of $50 per person plus 50% of your group’s balance is due upon registration.
  • Register after May 15, 2021: Your entire balance is due.**

**Deposits are non-refundable. Registration fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card.

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