Who can participate?

Jr/Sr High trips: Must be at least 11 years old OR entering the 6th grade in the fall of the year that you are attending camp.

Sr High trips: Must be at least 14 years old OR entering the 9th grade in the fall of the year that you are attending camp.


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. 


Are background checks required?


What about transportation?


What’s the schedule?

Sunday 

3-4 p.m. Check-in 
4:30 p.m. Adult Meeting 
5:30 p.m. Dinner gathering 
6:30 p.m. Kick-off program (Meet your crew and get your project assignments!) 
8 p.m. Chapel followed by youth group devotions 
11 p.m. Lights-out 

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 

6:30 a.m. Breakfast crew begins 
6:45 a.m. Wake-up call 
7-7:45 a.m. Breakfast and pack lunches 
8:00 a.m. Morning program 
8:45-3:00 p.m. Serve at project sites and have on-site lunch and devotions 
3:30 p.m. Return to lodging for clean-up and free time 
5 p.m. Dinner crew begins 
5:30 p.m. Dinner gathering 
6:30 p.m. Hospitality tasks 
7:00 p.m. Chapel team practice (Not on Thursday) 
8:00 p.m. Chapel, followed by youth group devotions 
10:30 p.m. Bedtime stories (optional and not on Thursday) 
11:00 p.m. Lights-out 

Tuesday: 

6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Same schedule as Monday 
3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Youth group free time (dinner and devotions on your own) 
8 p.m. Lodging facility is back open 
8:30 p.m. Movie night (optional) 
10:30 p.m. Bedtime stories (optional) 
11:00 p.m. Lights-out 

Friday: 

7-8 a.m. Breakfast 
7-9 a.m. Check-out, hospitality tasks, and depart for home


What will we be doing?

Be ready to tackle any project and expect to interact each day with local partners from the community. Crews typically serve at the same organization for the entire camp (or at the most 2 organizations), creating an environment where meaningful relationships develop. 

Projects could include working with children at a day camp, serving at a food bank or homeless shelter, leading a Vacation Bible School, improving the homes of people in need, assisting the elderly, tutoring struggling kids, working with disabled children, facilitating a sports camp, and/or serving churches and other human service organizations in different ways. If there are any minor repair projects, we may ask your group to bring a few small hand tools and paint brushes. 


Will our group be working together?

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. 


What tools and other items do we need to bring?

Supplies: Groups are asked to bring (1) 5-gallon water jug and (1) family-size cooler (preferably on wheels) for every 6 people in your group. All other supplies are typically provided, but small items may be requested. 

Personal Items: The full packing list is also located under the registered youth leader’s customer account 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.

Fun theme days: Bring fun stuff for our theme days during camp! 


What about safety?

Safety is our top priority!


Where do we stay?

A Week of Hope can hold up to 100 participants and we house them all typically at a local church. Our staff transforms the facility into a home away from home–there will be a separate boy’s hall and girl’s hall, a space for meals, adequate bathrooms and showers, and a space for the programs. 

Participants need to bring twin-size air mattresses, pillows, sleeping bags, or other bedding to sleep on 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 the groups and the size of the room. 

Registered groups will have access to more information about their lodging facility under their customer account.


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 are prepared by participants on a rotating basis supervised by staff. Picnic-style lunches will be assembled in the mornings and brought to project sites. The first provided meal is dinner on Sunday and the last meal will be cold breakfast on Friday morning. IMPORTANT NOTE: Dinner is NOT provided on Tuesday, 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 have an accurate number to plan for. The sample menu is available to youth leaders under their customer account and under Helpful Resources. 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. GMT is unable to guarantee there will not be any cross-contamination during meal preparation by staff. There will be a staff member available at camp who will be able to answer any questions about food. 


What are the programs like?


When are the payment dates?

After you register by paying $50 (non-refundable) per space, there are 2 payment dates for the remaining amount: 


What if I need to add or cancel a space?

Call us! If there’s space available in your camp, we’ll ask for the 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, 2022, you’ll just lose the $50 deposit. The entire fee is forfeited for cancellations made after May 15th, 2022.  


What if I need to cancel my entire group?

Cancellations have a huge impact 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, supplies and staffing–just for starters. Also, depending on the time of year, sometimes it is simply impossible for us to re-fill canceled 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, 2022 to let us know. As long as you cancel by May 15th, you’ll only lose $50 per spot. All mission trip fees will be forfeited for any cancellations after May 15th.


Is there a dress code?

We request modest clothing choices in our Code of Conduct. While Group Mission Trips doesn’t have a formal dress code, we serve local organizations that do have specific requirements for volunteers. Don’t be turned away from your assigned project due to inappropriate dress! 


What are hospitality tasks?


What’s included in the registration fee?


What if someone in our group has to leave early or arrive late?

We ask that all participants arrive on time and stay for 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 impact other participants, partners, and work projects–so 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 full trip, we’ll give you a choice: Join the waiting list for your first choice, or register for your second-choice camp. Call us. We’re eager to help! 


Can participants be more involved?

Yes! There are many ways participants can be more involved in the camp: 


Do participants have to have insurance?


Do you have references I can talk to?

Absolutely! Don’t just take our word for it. Give us a call (844.258.9616) and we’d be happy to connect you with other youth leaders who have served with us.