Home of the Liberty Bell and Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia is famous for its rich history and is true to its name as the ‘City of Brotherly Love’. In a community that is home to many refugees and immigrants from around the world, poverty, economic opportunity and social just issues are pervasive. The work you’ll do will help bring home to residents.
Customize your spring break trip
Spring break trips start at $65/day and can be customized for your group from 3-5 days any week between March 1st through May 1st, just give us a call! If you see a trip below that already fits your group's needs, just simply register online!
Mar 01 2020 to May 01 2020
Junior/Senior High (12+),Senior High (14+),Adult (18+)
By deciding to stay informed, we’ll keep you posted on the availability of the trip you’re interested in for Mar 01 2020 to May 01 2020.
If the trip or trips you’re interested in reach a low capacity, we’ll send you an email alerting you to that.
As always, you can chat with our trip advisors if you have any questions about a trip you’re interested in or have other questions about any of our mission trips.
Participants will stay in a local church with *air-conditioning and indoor showers. Everyone will be sleeping on floors, gender-separate, so make sure you bring your air-mattresses!
*Subject to change.
How You'll Serve
The work you’ll be doing in Philadelphia will center around the Upper Darby area where over 100 languages are spoken within a 10-block radius. You’ll be serving in a variety of ways in low income neighborhoods through children’s ministry outreach, prayer in the street outings, community enrichment initiatives, and work projects at refugee homes, the church and parks.
For over 10 years, Group Mission Trips has enjoyed a partnership with the area’s leading anti-poverty agency. They work hard to improve their community and you’ll be blessed to serve residents who will so appreciate the work you’re doing on their home.
Be sure to stop at the Liberty Bell to take a picture and then head over to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, known for the iconic jog by Rocky Balboa, to snap some pictures with your fists in the air.
If you’re in the mood for shopping you can stop by the Reading Terminal Market, America’s oldest farmer’s market, to get something yummy.
The Delaware River Waterfront is a great place to explore, eat, and shop for an afternoon or evening.
The Adventure Aquarium or the Philadelphia Zoo are two other local attractions that are fun ways for a group to spend an afternoon together.
$65 per person/per day (3-day minimum)
Our payment policy is designed to give you the most flexibility when reserving your mission trip experience with Group Mission Trips.
When you register for a trip, a $50 non-refundable deposit is due per person to reserve your space.
Full payment balance is due and becomes non-refundable 30 days prior to the trip departure.
Registration fees are in U.S. dollars and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card.
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Spring break trips are available for anyone 12 and older. Sorry, no families/groups with kids under 12 years of age at this time.
Yes, you must have 1 adult (21 years of age or older) for every 8 youth (20 years of age and under).
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 Advange. Their basic background checks start at just $12. They can be reached at 1.888.242.2503.
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 required, 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.
6:45 a.m. Rise and shine! 7:30 a.m. Breakfast, gather supplies and sack lunches 8:30 a.m. Morning gathering 9:00 a.m. Depart for projects 12:00 p.m. On-site lunch and devotions 4:00 p.m. Return to camp 5:30 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m. Evening gathering & youth group devotions 9:30 p.m. Free time
Our spring break mission experience is a great opportunity to serve community residents in need through meaningful community service projects. Projects may include:
Help with residents in assisted living
General yard work
Help in a local food kitchen
Light home repairs
Volunteer with local non-profits
Volunteer at a community center
Tools: The full Tool List will be determined for each location and can be found 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 appropriate clothing.
Safety is our top priority!
We require groups to bring 1 adult (21 or older) for every 8 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 our 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—appropriate closed-toe shoes, 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 Trips staff visit work sites every day 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 GMT office and directions to the closest hospital. If an injury occurs on the work 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 work crew will have a small first aid kit and a bigger one in each vehicle.
Depending on the location you’ll be staying at a local church or a facility in the community. All lodging locations have indoor showers.
Meals will consist of hot breakfasts, picnic-style lunches, and hot dinners. Picnic-style lunches will be assembled in the mornings and brought to work sites.
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 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.
A $50 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration. The *remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your trip.
*This amount is nonrefundable and nontransferable
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.
Support staff on site
Organized work projects
Devotions for before and during camp
An online Group Page full of resources to help prepare you and your group for camp
Unlimited customer support from professional and courteous staff
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 from any insurance provider of your choice.
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.