Philadelphia Pennsylvania

In a community that is home to many refugees and immigrants from around the world, poverty, economic opportunity and social just issues are pervasive.

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Downtown view with lake

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Overview

Age Group
Junior/Senior High (12+) Senior High (14+) Adult (18+)
Capacity
30
Bus Accessible?
Yes

Ten miles west of the heart of Philadelphia is the township Upper Darby. This community is a true melting pot, representing over 100 ethnic cultures within a 10-block radius. It has become a point of safety for immigrants and refugees whose backgrounds, beliefs, and stories will give you an international mission trip without leaving the country.  

As you enter into the lives of immigrants, refugees, and the homeless population of Upper Darby you'll come away with a life-changing understanding of their world and their hardships. 

Lodging

Participants will stay in a local facility 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

  • Serving children at 2 different local after-school programs. Participants will help the kids with homework and reading and also play games with them.
  • Participate in an "international scavenger hunt" to expose your team to the diverse cultures of Upper Darby.
  • Assist at 3 different food pantries. Participants will sort and pack food donations and help serve lunch to homeless individuals and vulnerable families.
  • Help out our host church! Our host church is undergoing construction to become a more effective community center in the area. Participants can help them expand their food storage center.
  • Serve local residents at their homes! There are members of 2 local churches that have requested some help at their homes--participants may get to do some light painting projects and help with yard maintenance.
  • Experience homelessness in an interactive team activity and discuss the challenges and struggles of the homeless population.

Our Partner

For over 5 years, Group Mission Trips has enjoyed a partnership with a ministry with deep multicultural connections to the area, combined with a desire to also engage and support the large homeless population. Your group will grow in its understanding of the complexity of both homelessness and the challenges of multicultural engagement, and come home blessed by the ways that you serve those from both avenues and learn more about what life looks like from their perspectives.

 

Dates and Pricing

Date Availability Age Price (per person) Register
March 1st 2020
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Junior/Senior High (12+), Senior High (14+), Adult (18+) $195 Register
March 8th 2020
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Junior/Senior High (12+), Senior High (14+), Adult (18+) $195 Register
March 22nd 2020
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Junior/Senior High (12+), Senior High (14+), Adult (18+) $195 Register
March 29th 2020
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Junior/Senior High (12+), Senior High (14+), Adult (18+) $195 Register
April 12th 2020
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Junior/Senior High (12+), Senior High (14+), Adult (18+) $195 Register
April 12th 2020
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Junior/Senior High (12+), Senior High (14+), Adult (18+) $195 Register
April 13th 2020
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Junior/Senior High (12+), Senior High (14+), Adult (18+) $195 Register
April 26th 2020
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Junior/Senior High (12+), Senior High (14+), Adult (18+) $195 Register

Schedule

Typical Day
6:45am
Rise and shine! 
7:30am
Breakfast, gather supplies and sack lunches
8:30am
Morning gathering
9am
Depart for projects
12pm
On-site lunch and devotions
4pm
Return to camp
5:30pm
Dinner
7pm
Evening gathering & youth group devotions
9pm
Free time

Area Activities

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. 

FAQs

Who can participate?

Spring break trips are available for anyone 12 and older. Sorry, no families/groups with kids under 12 years of age at this time.

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 8 youth (20 years of age and under). 

Are background checks required?

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.
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. Adults will be driving their own vehicles.
  • 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?

Typical Day

7:00 a.m. Rise and shine! 
7:30 a.m. Breakfast, gather supplies and sack lunches
8:45 a.m. Depart for projects
12:00 p.m. On-site lunch
4:00 p.m. Return to lodging
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:00 p.m. Youth group debrief 
11:00 p.m. Lights out

What will we be doing?

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
What tools and other items do we need to bring?

The full Packing List will be provided upon registration, 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.

What about safety?

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.
  • Group Mission Trips staff visit project 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.
Where do we stay?

Depending on the location you’ll be staying at a local church or a facility in the community. All lodging locations have indoor showers. 

What is the menu? What if there are special dietary needs?

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 can have a few gluten free options at camp but need to have an accurate number to plan for. Participants with special diets or allergies are welcome to bring their own food items to fill in as needed during the trip. 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. 

What about payments?

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

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. If you cancel a space prior to 30 days before your trip, you’ll just forfeit the $50 deposit per spot. The entire fee is forfeited for any cancellations made within 30 days of your trip. 

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. 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, contact us to do so. As long as you cancel prior to 30 days before your trip, you’ll only lose $50 per spot. All mission trip fees will be forfeited for any cancellations within 30 days of your trip.

What's included in the registration fee?
  • Lodging
  • All meals
  • Participant T-shirt
  • Support staff on site
  • Organized work projects
  • Devotions 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
Do participants need to have insurance?
  • 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.
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.

Payment Policy

Price: $65 per person/per day (3-day minimum)  
  Deposit: See Below  

Payment Policy

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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