Erie Pennsylvania

This beautiful area draws many tourists, being only two hours from Niagara Falls and directly along the lengthy shores of Lake Erie.

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Dock, City background, Lake Erie

42.1292241, -80.085059

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Overview

Age Group
Senior High (14+)
Capacity
440
Bus Accessible?
Yes

The boroughs adjacent to Erie, PA have seen a cultural change over the last several years as major industrial businesses have left and caused the community to rely on tourism for the foundation of their economy.

This beautiful area draws many tourists, being only two hours from Niagara Falls and directly along the lengthy shores of Lake Erie. Welch’s grapes are also grown here and are a great excuse to enjoy grape jelly or juice! However, the same weather that makes Erie perfect for growing delicious grapes creates harsh winters along the south shore of the lake that boasts the “Best Sunsets in the World.”

Nonetheless, tourism is slight during the harsh winters and many businesses have struggled to survive during the off-season. With such, residents need your assistance to help preserve the beautiful community of homes in the city. We can guarantee your week of service will greatly impact the residents of Erie and you will not regret taking a week off to be around the amazing city and people of Erie.

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Lodging

Participants will stay in a lodging facility that does NOT have air-conditioning. Please plan on bringing fans. There are 12 (open with dividers) showers for females and 12 (open) for males at the lodging facility.

*Subject to change.

How You’ll Serve

Many elderly and disabled residents need assistance with exterior projects. Your group will improve homes replacing gutters, helping the house-bound access to the community with the aid of a wheelchair ramp, and sprucing up many weather-beaten homes with paint and siding—all while enjoying the beauty of this great lake community.

Our Partner

Our amazing Cosponsor in Erie has impacted surrounding communities for several years. The return to Erie will again establish a strong presence of Group Workcamps and the impact we have together with locals dedicated to their hometown.

Schedule

A "typical" day at Group Workcamp involves serving others, "God Sightings," daily devotions, and interactive worship programs. Your schedule will look similar to this:

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, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
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)
Wednesday
6:45am
Same schedule as Monday until 12pm
12:30pm
Check-in at lodging facility. Youth group free time. Dinner on your own
7:30pm
Program with variety show
8:30pm
Youth group devotions
11pm
Lights-out
Saturday
7-8am
Breakfast
7-9am
Room check-out. Groups depart

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.

Our well-trained staff leads programs daily. Plus, you and your youth have the opportunity to serve by leading parts of each worship program through music, drama, Scripture reading, and other hands-on experiences. Feel free to bring guitars, drums, harmonicas, banjos, and great voices!

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

Enjoy the breathtaking views of Niagara Falls, just a two hour drive from Erie. Don't forget your poncho!

Hit the beach or explore the lagoons at Presque Isle State Park, located right in Erie on an arching, sandy peninsula that juts into Lake Erie.

For more outdoor adventure, visit Waldameer Water World or the Erie Zoo.

Take a short walk from the school to the beach in the evening and see what the locals boast as one of the best sunsets in the world! 

What's Included

Lodging
All meals, except dinner on your free night
On-site staff
All project materials for your worksite
Comprehensive safety training
Community service certificate
Professional worksite advisors
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. 
    • We require 1 adult (someone that is at least 21 years of age) for every 5 participants that are 20 or younger.
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 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 1-888-242-2503.
What about transportation?
  • Groups must provide transportation to and from the mission trip as well as daily to and from the sites.
  • All vehicles must be available for transportation 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 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 rough terrain 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?

A "typical" day at Group Workcamp involves serving others, "God Sightings," daily devotions, and interactive worship programs. Your schedule will look similar to this:

Check-in: Sunday between 12-2 p.m.

3 p.m First program, followed by the Adult Meeting
5 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Evening Program, everyone will get to meet their work crews!
8:30 p.m. Youth group devotions
11 p.m. Lights-out

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
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 work sites!
12:00 p.m. On-site lunch and devotions
3:30 p.m. Return to lodging for clean-up and free time
5:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Evening program
8:30 p.m. Youth group devotions
11:00 p.m. Lights-out

Wednesday:
Same schedule as the other days until 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Youth groups have free time (dinner is on their own)
7:30 p.m. The Variety Show and Evening Program start
8:30 p.m. Youth group devotions
11:00 p.m. Lights-out

Check-out: Saturday by 9:00 a.m.

What will we be doing?

Your participants will provide home repairs at no cost for elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged people who need your help. Work crews typically serve the same resident for the entire trip, creating an environment where meaningful relationships develop.

Most projects are designed to be completed during the trip, allowing your group to experience the satisfaction of a job well done. You’ll serve the needs of others through projects like interior and exterior painting, building or repairing porches and wheelchair ramps, building or repairing steps, weatherization and other home repairs. No skills are needed!

What tools and other items do we need to bring?

Tools:
Each group is asked to bring painting and construction tools including rollers, gloves, hammers, circular saws, post hole diggers, electric drills, ladders, etc. A cooler and water jug is also needed for every 6 people--these keep lunch and water cold for participants on their work site. The full Tool List is located online for every registered group on their Group Page.

Personal Items:
The full Packing List is also located online for every registered group on their Group Page, but it’s pretty much what you’d expect. A twin-size air mattress and bedding for sleeping, water jugs and coolers for lunches, work gloves, and modest swimsuits and clothing appropriate for a Christian mission trip.

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 nationally background-checked by their church every 2 years. Their pastor signs off that they meet our requirements and 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—appropriate close-toe shoes/boots, gloves and goggles are recommended.
  • Participants are not required to do any work that they consider unsafe. Participants may be using a drill for screws, but no one under the age of 16 can use a power tool or drill for drilling holes. No one under the age of 18 can use a power saw.
  • Our staff visits each work site at least twice by the time of camp and the first thing a crew will do when they arrive to their work site is check for potential safety issues.
  • Although we do serve in needy areas, we require work 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.
  • Site Coaches and other Group Mission Trip staff visit work sites daily so they are aware of where a crew is working and any issues in the area.
  • Every work crew has the direct phone number to the Group Mission Trip's office and directions to the closest hospital. If an injury occurs on the work site, and is not serious, Group MIssion Trip 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 work crew will have a small first aid kit and a bigger one in each vehicle.
Where do we stay?

A Workcamp can hold up to 400 participants and we house them all typically at a middle or high school. Group Mission Trip staff transforms the facility into a home away from home–there will be a separate boy’s hall and girl’s hall, a cafeteria for meals, adequate bathrooms and showers, and either a gym or auditorium for programs.

Participants need to bring twin-size air mattresses, pillows, sleeping bags or other bedding to sleep on classroom 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 will be prepared for participants by kitchen staff. Picnic-style lunches will be assembled in the mornings and brought to work sites. The first provided meal is dinner on Sunday and the last meal is breakfast on Saturday. IMPORTANT NOTE: Dinner is NOT provided on Wednesday, 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 know in advance to plan. 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, 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!

When are the 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, work materials and staffing–just for starters. Also, depending on the time of year, sometimes it’s simply impossible for us to re-fill cancelled spaces.
We recognize that unexpected events happen that can pull participants away from their original commitment. Give us a call, we are happy to talk through ideas to recruit other participants and keep your group intact. If there is no other option but to cancel your group, call us by May 15th to let us know. 

What's included in the registration fee?
  • Lodging during the camp.
  • All meals, except for dinner on Wednesday for a Workcamp.
  • Site selection and organization.
  • Supplies and project materials for each work site.
  • Bible-based thematic, fun, faith building programs.
  • Devotions to do before, during, and after camp.
  • Director, MC, and up to 14 other highly-trained staff to handle all the details.
  • Custodians and cafeteria staff to take care of lodging cleanliness and meals.
  • An online Group Page full of camp information and 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 the 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 affect other participants, residents, and work projects. Please check the schedule and make travel arrangements accordingly. Contact us if a situation arises.

What if the camp I want 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 location. Call us. We're eager to help!

Do participants have to have insurance?
  • Personal health insurance is not required to attend, although highly recommended.
  • If you carry personal health insurance, bring your info to camp. 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 from any insurance provider of your choice.
Do you have references I can talk to?

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.

How do I get a printed version of the FAQs?

Click HERE for a downloadable version.

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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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