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.
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.
*The host church is undergoing construction to become a more effective community center in the area. They are expanding their food storage center so they can offer more resources to people in need. There is great work to be done to support their ongoing efforts.
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.
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.
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
Our spring break mission experience is a great opportunity to serve community residents in need through meaningful community service projects. Projects may include:
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.
Safety is our top priority!
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 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
|Price:||$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.|