Pittsburgh, along with its surrounding neighborhoods like Imperial, is a place of pride, positive people, and endless possibilities. You don’t have to look far to see the genuine need of the elderly residents in the North Fayette Township communities. An aged population where many younger residents have headed south for warmer winters has left senior citizens without help for basic home maintenance.
An area deep in history of the bygone days of the Industrial Boom when steel, coal and oil fueled the national economy, Western Pennsylvania is home to the confluence where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form the Ohio River; known as the Three Rivers region. The local residents take great pride in their sports teams as well, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. There is so much to do, so much to choose from, in a city of three rivers, three major league sports teams, and dozens of recreation possibilities within the region and immediately beyond.
You do not have to look farther than the West Allegheny local Food Pantry to see the genuine need of the elderly residents in the North Fayette Township communities. An aged population where many younger residents have headed south for warmer winters has left senior citizens without help for basic home maintenance. They are always eager to receive and give a smile to those they meet!
Imagine the boost of pride that would come by helping such community facilities get a fresh look. The families, senior citizens, and communities would be most appreciative!
Food pantries consistently need replenishing of their shelves and upgrading of their facilities. Senior citizens need ongoing help maintaining their homes as well as depending on Meals on Wheels to provide a large portion of their nutrition needs. Additionally, community locations such as the libraries and churches need a fresh look, whether through simple repairs, painting jobs, or landscaping. In particular, one local library is desperately in need of project work in order to open its larger facility that is very much needed for its growing community.
Projects will vary, including painting, minor carpentry and general home repairs.
Kennywood is one of the oldest and most beloved amusement park in America and only 40 minutes from West Allegheny Workcamp. Founded in 1898, it has thrilled and delighted both young and young-at-heart visitors for more than 110 years. Designated a National Historic Landmark since 1987, you'll find "Lost Kennywood," a replica of turn-of-the-century architecture that houses some of the park's most popular rides, as well as attractions that go from mild to wild throughout the park. Refuel at more than a dozen dining areas offering tasty treats that cannot be found at any other amusement park anywhere. Kennywood is a unique experience and remains one of "America's Finest Traditional Amusement Parks." In fact, it is what memories are made of!
Sandcastle is a water park just 35 minutes from West Allegheny Workcamp. They have fourteen water slides, swimming pools, lazy river, wave pool, hot tub and picnic areas, all on 67 acres and just minutes from Pittsburgh.
Gateway Clipper Fleet is a great way to see Pittsburgh from a vantage point that most people do not get to experience. It is only 25 minutes from West Allegheny Workcamp. Take a cruise on one of the boats. Maybe pick one that has a Lunch or Dinner Cruise included. With three rivers and five boats in the fleet, you will have plenty to choose from and a great way to enjoy the afternoon!
Just Ducky Tours takes riders on Pittsburgh's only land and water adventure through the city, and it’ only 25 minutes from West Allegheny Workcamp. Our duck boats are converted WWII military vehicles. The DUKW was used in amphibious operations throughout the Mediterranean and Pacific, including Operation D-Day in 1944. The tours last for one hour and depart approximately every 90 minutes.
PNC Park, just 25 minutes away from West Allegheny Workcamp, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates, is an intimate, classic-style ballpark that embraces the progressiveness of Pittsburgh while saluting the spirit of early ballpark originals. Its prime location along the shore of the Allegheny River takes advantage of scenic vistas of the downtown skyline and riverfront, creating an exciting and dramatic urban sports venue. Check out the Pirates schedule and maybe you can take in a game!
|Price:||$464 per person|
|Deposit:||$50 per person|
|50% of Remaining Balance Due:||March 15, 2018|
|Full Balance Due:||May 15, 2018|
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Jr/Sr High trips: Must be at least 12 years old OR entering the 7th grade in the fall of 2018.
Sr High trips: Must be at least 14 years old OR entering the 9th grade in the fall of 2018.
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.
Yes, group requires that all participants 18 years of age or older be screened and background checked by their church prior to attending.
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
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.
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!
Our work crews are made up of six people with one adult and five youth--typically each person from a different church. We are happy to keep your group together if needed, just let us know. If the goal of your ministry is to have your youth meet new friends and develop social skills outside of your youth group, then there is no need to contact us--we'll mix your participants to make crews.
Each group is asked to bring painting and construction tools including rollers, gloves, hammers, circular saws, post hold 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.
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.
Safety is our top priority!
A Workcamp can hold up to 400 participants and we house them all typically at a middle or high school. Group 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.
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 (except in Montezuma Creek UT, Busby MT, and St Francis SD), 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 are going to have a few gluten free options at camp this year and need to have an accurate number. 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 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.
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:
March 15, 2018: Half of what is remaining is due.
May 15, 2018: 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, 2018 you’ll just lose the $50 deposit. The entire fee is forfeited for cancellations made after May 15th, 2018.
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. Please 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, keep in mind that registration fees, less the $50 deposits per person, are refundable when you notify the Registration Team by May 15, 2018. The entire mission trip fee will be forfeited for cancellations after May 15th, 2018.
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!
The majority of a Challenge Workcamp is the same as a regular Workcamp. We do recommend prior Workcamp or construction experience for these camps because projects will be more construction intensive. Groups are asked to bring additional tools.
Absolutely! Don’t just take our word for it. Give us a call (888.644.1588) and we’d be happy to connect you with other youth leaders who have served with us. (Back to list) .