When you think about Minneapolis, your mind may wander to cold nights and snowy months. But when summer rolls around, everything changes. People head to the lakes or go outside to enjoy the city’s wide range of entertainment and recreation options: world-class museums, breathtaking architecture, distinct international culinary flare, and the Mall of America—the largest shopping complex in the country, which also has its own indoor theme park.
But the city has its challenges too: people who are homeless, families that can barely pay the bills each month, homeowners that face fines for not cleaning up their yards or painting their garages, children at risk of falling into bad situations because of too much free time on their hands during the summer months.
When you join the Minneapolis Week of Hope team, you’ll have the chance to minister to the “least of these” that Jesus described in Matthew 25. They are the homeless and hungry living on the streets, the senior citizens in need of help with home care, the children who need help learning to read, the members of a small inner-city church who want to make a difference in their community but doesn’t have the resources to do it on their own.
Your host facility is a large church committed to outreach and mission, especially within Minneapolis and surrounding communities. The facility is air-conditioned with ample space for teams to worship, eat, play, and sleep. And a nearby middle school is graciously allowing Week of Hope to use its showers.
We hope to see you in Minneapolis this summer!
|Jun 18 2017 to Jun 23 2017||Junior/Senior High (12+)||Open||1-800-385-4545|
|Jun 25 2017 to Jun 30 2017||Junior/Senior High (12+)||Open||1-800-385-4545|
|Jul 02 2017 to Jul 07 2017||Junior/Senior High (12+)||Open||1-800-385-4545|
|Jul 09 2017 to Jul 14 2017||Preteen (10-12)||Open||1-800-385-4545|
|Jul 16 2017 to Jul 21 2017||Junior/Senior High (12+)||Open||1-800-385-4545|
|Jul 23 2017 to Jul 28 2017||Junior/Senior High (12+)||Nearly Full|
|Jul 30 2017 to Aug 04 2017||Junior/Senior High (12+)||Open|
As your team members enter into the lives of others and build relationships with the people of Minneapolis, they’ll experience God working through them at projects such as these:
We have a Local Coordinator there who maintains connections with the organizations we serve throughout the year so that our service and relationships are sustainable. She is a local resident who now works in the Twin Cities. A true Minnesota native, she grew up and went to school in the area, and will be a wonderful resource for you. You will see her hanging out around the facility during camp.
We will be volunteering with a variety of organizations throughout the Minneapolis area including after school programs, a local feeding organization, a couple of community kids’ programs, a local housing organization, and many others.
Our participants stay at a beautiful local church, located right outside of Minneapolis. They have generously provided us with our own space including sleeping rooms, a gym, kitchen, and the chapel to join together for program times.
The church has air conditioning and many large areas for you to meet with your youth groups for fun and devotional activities. Participants shower at the local YMCA, just 9 minutes away. Specific shower facilities at the YMCA are designated between youth and adults and by gender. There are about 6 showers per gender there.
The church we stay at is in a safe community and will be locked up each night by the staff at 10 pm.
Resources nearby include Wal-Mart, Cub Foods, and a variety of restaurants right down the street.
Uptown Minneapolis is a 10-15 minute drive from the facility, and has tons of local cafes, shops, and the beautiful Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, and Lake Nokomis.
Other favorites include the iconic “spoon and cherry” at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (great for photo ops and it’s free!), followed by a trip to one of the best ice cream shops in Minnesota, Sebastian Joe's.
|Price:||$259 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.