If you’re looking to “live on the edge” this summer, Kenosha could be the right choice! 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. If the fact that Kenosha is home to the southernmost port on Lake Michigan isn’t enough to bait you, perhaps the Jelly Belly factory down the road will be more to your taste!
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. At the beginning of 2013, the last wall came down at American Motors—a manufacturing plant that once brought hope and income to many families in the city.
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!
While serving in the community, you’ll be hosted by a church with a large facility featuring air-conditioned rooms for sleeping, a large basketball gym, a soccer field, a game room, a sports locker quality showering facility, and plenty of other recreation options. And you’ll be just 15 minutes from Lake Michigan beaches.
|Jun 17 2018 to Jun 22 2018||Junior/Senior High (12+)||Open|
|Jun 24 2018 to Jun 29 2018||Junior/Senior High (12+)||Open|
|Jul 01 2018 to Jul 06 2018||Junior/Senior High (12+)||Open|
|Jul 08 2018 to Jul 13 2018||Junior/Senior High (12+)||Open|
|Jul 15 2018 to Jul 20 2018||Junior/Senior High (12+)||Open|
|Jul 22 2018 to Jul 27 2018||Junior/Senior High (12+)||Open|
|Jul 29 2018 to Aug 03 2018||Preteen (10-12)||Open|
As your team members enter into the lives of others and build relationships with the people of Kenosha, they’ll experience God working through them at projects such as these…
We have a Local Coordinator there that maintains connections with the organizations we serve throughout the year so that our service and relationships are sustainable. He lives in the area and will be a great resource for you during the camp.
We will be volunteering with a variety of organizations throughout the Kenosha area, including a few women’s centers, food pantries, local ministries, assisted living homes, and many more.
Participants stay at a large, beautiful church facility that houses many awesome activities and ministries throughout the year. We will be using their fun children’s ministry area to join together for our program and devotional times, as well as sleeping rooms, cafeteria space, and a gym.
There is air conditioning throughout the building, and indoor showers are provided for our use. The showers are “group” shower style, so make sure to pack a swimsuit!
The church is locked each night by staff members.
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).
Kenosha is also 40 minutes from Milwaukee, WI and about an hour from Chicago, IL.
|Price:||$266 per person|
|Deposit:||$50 per person|
|50% of Remaining Balance Due:||March 15, 2018|
|Full Balance Due:||May 15, 2018|
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We offer trips for preteen, junior high, and senior high students. For preteen trips, participants must be at least 10 years old or entering the 5th grade in the fall of 2017. For junior/senior high trips, participants must be at least 12 years old or entering the 7th grade in the fall of 2017.
You must have one adult (21 years of age or older) for every five youth (20 years of age or younger). If you have both males and females in your group, you must have at least one adult volunteer of each gender. The minimum group size is one young person and one adult of the same gender.
If you have extra adults above the 1 to 5 adult ratio, they can be part of your group or, if staff positions are open at yoru 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 About Us and Join Our Team.
Group requires that all participants 18 years of age or older be screened and background checked by your church prior to attending.
Background checks must be multi-state and no older than two years from the start of the mission trip. You choose your background check organization vendor.
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 requires a pastor-signed Screening and Verification Form for each 18+ participant in order for them to attend the mission trip.
You need to provide transportation for your group to and from your mission trip. The vehicles you bring are used to provide daily transportation to and from project sites. We request that groups bring vehicles that can hold at least 6 people since our project crews are typically that size. If you intend to bring a large bus, call us first to be sure your trip location can accommodate it.
A "typical" day at a Group Week of Hope involves serving others, "God Sightings," daily devotions, and interactive worship programs. Your schedule will look similar to this:
Check-in: Sunday between 3-4 p.m.
4:30 p.m. Adult Meeting
5 p.m. First program
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Evening Program, everyone will get to meet their project crews! (6:30 p.m. for Preteens)
8:30 p.m. Youth group devotions (8 p.m. for Preteens)
11 p.m. Lights-out (10 p.m. for Preteens)
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
6:30 a.m. Breakfast crew begins
6:45 a.m. Rise and shine!
7:00 a.m. Breakfast, gather supplies and sack lunches
8:00 a.m. Morning program and then depart for project sites!
12:00 p.m. On-site lunch and devotions
3:30 p.m. Return to lodging for clean-up and free time (2:30 p.m. for Preteens)
5 p.m. Dinner crew begins (4:30 for Preteens)
5:30 p.m. Dinner (5 p.m. for Preteens)
6:30 p.m. Clean-up (6 p.m. for Preteens)
7:30 p.m. Evening program (7 p.m. for Preteens)
8:30 p.m. Youth group devotions (8 p.m. for Preteens)
11:00 p.m. Lights-out (10 p.m. for Preteens)
Jr/Sr High Tuesday:
Same schedule as the other days until 3 p.m.
3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Youth groups have free time (dinner is on their own)
8 p.m. Lodging facility is back open
9 p.m. Games (optional)
11:00 p.m. Lights-out
Same schedule as the other days until 12 p.m.
12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Youth groups have free time (dinner is on their own)
8 p.m. Lodging facility is back open
9 p.m. Games (optional)
10:00 p.m. Lights-out
Check-out: Friday by 9:00 a.m.
Be ready to tackle any project and expect to interact each day with local residents from the community.
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 on wheels for every 6 people in your group. All other supplies are typically provided, but small items may be requested if needed.
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, modest swimsuits, and modest clothing appropriate for a Christian mission trip.
Safety is our top priority!
Groups are typically placed into 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. When groups allow us to intersperse participants into crews, individuals develop social and leadership skills, make new friends, and develop a closer bond with their own group. Please give us a call with any questions or special requests regarding work crews.
Groups are assigned together (in 6-person crews) at our Preteen camps due to age.
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.
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 in their online Planning Center.
Registered groups are given a sample menu online on their Group Page under the Schedule, Menu, Packing tab. Meals will consist of breakfasts, sack lunches, and hot dinners. All meals will be prepared by participants in a rotating basis supervised by staff. Picnic-style lunches will be assembled in the mornings and brought to work sites. The last meal will be 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.
If you have a participant that has a special diet or allergy, share the sample menu with them so they can start planning. Please know that we do have peanut butter on the menu as an option and we are unable to guarantee that there will not be any cross-contamination during the preparation of the meals by staff and participants. Participants are more than welcome to bring their own food items to fill in as needed during the week. There will be a staff member available who will be able to answer and all questions about food.
Jesus-centered. 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, singing, acting,reflecting...not just sitting and watching.
Relevant. Through creative multimedia, thought provoking sound and video, and moving contemporary worship, 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!
After you register by paying a $50 (non-refundable) deposit per space, there are 2 payment dates for the remaining balance due:
March 15, 2017: Half of what is remaining is due.
May 15, 2017: The final half is due.
Payments can be made online, by phone or by mail.
We want to make sure your trip is as easy on you as possible. That's why we provide to following so you don't have to:
Call us! If there's space available in your mission trip, we'll ask for necessary payment for each additional participant. If you have exhausted all efforts to re-fill spaces and just can't, call us to make cancellations. We'll adjust your balance accordingly. If you cancel a space before May 15th, you'll just lose the $50 deposit per space. The entire fee is forfeited for any cancellations made after May 15th, 2017.
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. Not to mention, that 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, keep in mind that registration fees, less the $50 deposits per person, are refundable when you notify the Registration Team by May 15, 2017. The entire mission trip fee will be forfeited for cancellations made after May 15, 2017.
We ask that all participants arrive on time and stay for the entire time. Every part of the program is valuable and helps guarantee a life-changing experience. We really try not to make exceptions to this because it does affect other participants, residents, and work projects. Please check the schedule and make travel arrangements accordingly. Contact us if a situation arises.
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 location. Call us. We're eager to help!
We do 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 or pants, and tennis shoes. Also, 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 shirts with 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.
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.