Youth Mission Opportunities

Mission/Service Camps located in or near the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church   (This list is by no means exhaustive)

The mission/service camps are listed alphabetically along with their website, contact information, cost and a short explanation of each work camp taken from their websites.

Name of Organization: ASP
Website: http://asphome.org/
Amount for Participants: $310 per person and a $95 group fee.
Director & email/ phone number:
Walter Crouch (Chief Executive Officer & President) 423.854.4420
Karen Frederick (Director of Volunteer Services) 423.854.4434
Rachel Gossett (Director of Volunteer Recruitment) 423.854.4408
Description of camp: “Appalachia Service Project, Inc. (ASP) is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that fosters human development by addressing the housing needs of Central Appalachia. After a few days of hard work repairing homes with ASP, your hands will grow a little tougher, your arms a little stronger, and your relationship with God a whole lot deeper. You'll return home to your community with a passion for service, a renewed compassion for other people, and a fresh appreciation for your place and purpose in this world. Best of all, you'll discover first-hand that regardless of geography, education, or economic class, we are all equal members of the family of God.”

Name of Organization: Catholic Diocese of Arlington
Website: http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/youth/workcamp2011.php
Amount for Participants: $450 per person
Director: Paul Bevins
Director’s email/ phone number: 703.841.2559 or p.bevins@arlingtondiocese.org

Name of Organization: Group Work Camps
Website: http://www.groupworkcamps.com/
Amount for Participants: $399-$454 per person
Director: n/a
Director’s email/ phone number: 1.800.385.4545 or info@groupworkcamps.com
Description of camp: “Week of Hope and Work camps are designed to deepen your walk with Christ, while you serve people in Christ's name. It's not so much about the "service projects" (although the challenge is important), it's more about God changing the lives of the people you serve...and the hearts of your students. The "work" fades, but the impact of selfless service and new relationships lasts! Our purpose is to come alongside youth leaders and provide experiences where young people grow in Christian faith and character...and have loads of fun at the same time. Opportunities vary from home repair to community service...domestic to international. Service projects are determined by the most pressing needs of the communities we serve in. Project crews are divided into small teams (typically 1 adult and 5 young people) to promote strong friendships within each crew...and to build meaningful relationships with the people you are serving.” Located in Manassas, Va.

Name of Organization: Habitat for Humanity
Website: http://www.almostheavenhabitat.org/workcamps/
Director’s email/ phone number: (304) 567-2685
Description of camp: “A year round work camp. Habitat is entirely about community. Groups who come expecting to keep to themselves and not integrate with the community or other groups always leave feeling frustrated. This can and should be a spiritual experience for all the volunteers, but not in the quiet, meditative, introspective way that a "retreat" would. Plan for some time alone with your group to process feelings and talk about what they're seeing and experiencing during the week, but also take advantage of the one-time opportunities available to you to get to know the other groups and members of our community who will undoubtedly want to get to know you! These relationships are often the most memorable and important part of your Workcamp experience. Each group does their own cooking.”

Name of Organization: Harvest of Hope
Website: www.endhunger.org/hoh
Rachael Lee, Director of Harvest of Hope
800-333-4597
sosahoh@endhunger.org
Harvest of Hope is the non-denominational Christian worship and action mission trip program of the Society of St. Andrew.  Harvest of Hope events provide participants with education about hunger, as well as first-hand experience of gleaning- a commonsense solution to hunger in America.  Weekend and weeklong Harvest of Hope trips take place from March to November each year.  Cost range from $75-$200 a person which includes all meals, lodging, education supplies and a Harvest of Hope T-shirt.

Name of Organization: Impact Richmond
Website: http://www.impactrichmond.org/ 
Amount for Participants: $200 per person
Director: Kevin Salminen
Director’s email/ phone number: kevinsalminen@gmail.com
Description of camp: ImpactRichmond is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization striving to be the hands of Christ in our community by preserving and revitalizing houses and communities, providing adequate shelter to homeowners via home remodeling, and providing hope by sharing our faith. Our program enriches the lives of the youth participants, adult counselors, and neighborhood residents it serves.

Name of Organization: Impact Virginia
Website: http://www.vbmb.org/Missions/Impact-Mission-Camps/default.cfm
Amount for Participants: $265 per person
Director: Jeannette Hildebrand
Director’s email/ phone number: (800) 255-2428 or (804) 915-5000 or jeannette.hildebrand@vbmb.org
Description of camp: Impact Virginia! is a construction based mission project. Each person is expected to come prepared for construction related types of work. Impact Virginia! will also challenge students through worship, Bible study and community life. It is the responsibility of each church leader to lead their group in a manner that will enhance the entire Impact Virginia! experience.

Name of Organization: Jeremiah Project
Website: http://www.jeremiahproject.org/#/events
Amount for Participants: $425.00 per person
Director: Todd Freneaux
Director’s email/ phone number: Todd@jeremiahproject.org
Description of camp: “The youth and adults who participate in the project spend the week performing home repair tasks such as porch construction, house painting, wheelchair ramp construction, yard work, and other jobs. A strong emphasis is also placed on interacting with the persons for whom we work. This is designed to help us see that all people have many types of needs, including the visible, physical needs. Families are referred to us by agencies or individuals, and the family requests the type of work needed - this way we meet their needs as they see them. Middle school aged kids.”

Name of Organization: Life Builders
Website: http://www.theworkcamppeople.org/summer2011/index.html
Amount for Participants: $335 per person
Director: Sam Yeager
Director’s email/ phone number: info@theworkcamppeople.org or 610-310-5966.
Description of camp: “Any person willing to put their Christian faith into action by taking a week to unselfishly serve people in need can attend Life Builders Youth Work Camp Ministry. People the age of 13 and up are invited to join others in helping people recover from natural disasters and/or are living in poverty. By helping the people you will help to extend their funds to purchase more building materials, be the hands and feet of God, and share your faith through good deeds, all while being with friends and others from your church.”

Name of Organization: M25 Summer Missions
Website:  http://www.m-twentyfive.org
Amount for Participants: $230 per person
Director: Gabe Barrett
Director’s email: gabe.barrett@hotmail.com  phone number:
Description of camp:  M25 is a mission program designed to bring students together to serve God by serving others. Sometimes going out into all the world means helping those in our own backyard, and with M25, your group will have the incredible opportunity to help some of 20,000 homeless people in Atlanta. Not only will students be able to witness needs, but they will also get to fill them. M25 focuses less on manual labor and more on relational ministry as students get a rare chance to meet, get to know, and minister to people from a different side of life. They will bring hope to the hopeless and be able to walk as Jesus did as they seek out the least of these.

Name of Organization: Operation 757
Website: http://www.wmumc.org/youth2/2010/08/operation-757/img_1005/
Amount for Participants: id=mce_marker35 per person
Director: Bobby Boyd
Director’s email: rfbthree@gmail.com /  phone number: (757) 877-2270
Description of camp: The camp is affiliated with Warwick UMC in Newport News

Name of Organization: Project Crossroads
Website: http://www.francisasburyumc.org/Outreach/ProjectCrossroads
Amount for Participants: ?
Director: n/a
Director’s email/ phone number: projectcrossroads@netva.com or 276-782-3339
Description of camp: Project Crossroads is an outreach ministry of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. Based in Marion, VA, Project Crossroads serves seven surrounding counties providing habitation improvements for disadvantaged families.

Name of Organization: REACH (Real Experiences Affecting Change)
Websitehttp://www.REACHinRoanokeVA.Org 
Amount for Participants: $300 per person
Director: Tim Dayton
Director’s email Tim@REACHinRoanokeVA.Org / phone number: 540-390
Description of camp: REACH is located in South East Roanoke, VA and is a weeklong mission adventure for middle and high school youth with a desire to affect real change.  Your adventure may involve home repairs, where we emphasize making homes warmer, drier and safer.  Or, you may choose from any number of service opportunities where you will work with children, the elderly, homeless, pets, community gardens, just about anyone or anything you can imagine.  Join us in this “Relational” ministry as we strive to be the servant leaders we are called to be.

Name of Organization: Reach Work Camps
Website http://www.reachwc.org
Amount for Participants: $399 per person
Director: n/a
Director’s email/ phone number: 888-reach-wc
Description of camp: Week long mission of service to low income communities. Camps are located throughout the Eastern US.  It is a life changing experience as campers participate in activities that build community and self-esteem, encourages spiritual growth and enables them to understand their role in combating poverty. Our trips are limited to just 65 people a week because we want every person on a YouthWorks trip to be known and know others. Year after year YouthWorks continues to minister through local ministry partners. It is our desire to walk alongside our friends in ministry, helping support the kingdom building work they do daily in their own communities.”

Name of Organization: Recreation Experiences
Website: http://www.ReCreationexperiences.org
Amount for Participants: $335 & $500 group deposit
Director:
Director’s email/ phone number:   info@recreationexperiences.org / 888 254-1710
Description of camp: ReCreation Experiences is a 501(c)(3) faith based not for profit program.  Founded in  1990, the ministry grew out of a desire to provide quality mission experiences where both the people receiving the work as well as the people doing the work grow through the experience.  The mission statement “Sharing Our faith Through Home Repair Mission” reflects the commitment on the part ReCreation Experiences and te teams who work with us to provide quality work and service in Asheville, NC.

Name of Organization: Redbird
Website: http://www.rbmission.org/
Amount for Participants: $350 per person and id=mce_marker00 per group
Director: Dennis Sparenberg
Director’s email/ phone number: 606-598-5133 or Workcamp@rbmission.org
Description of camp: “The goals of our Work Camp program are fourfold. First, we hope the time spent working and sharing together will help your group to grow in Christian love. In addition, we hope that each individual will use the time away from their normal environment and routine to reflect and pray about the problems and joys in their own life and be enriched spiritually. Second, we wish to help each individual understand what Red Bird Mission is and why it is important to the Appalachian region of Southeastern Kentucky. Third, we want to make the daily work beneficial to the Mission and the surrounding community. Fourth, we hope during your stay here that you will learn to appreciate the enriching beauty of the mountains and the people who live here, and will compare their struggles and problems with those of your own communities.”

Name of Organization: SPY
Website: http://www.project-spy.com/
Amount for Participants: $300 per person
Director: Michael Tipton
Director’s email/ phone number: 540-260-3402 or fieldstoneumc@gmail.com
Description of camp: “Service Projects for Youth is a week-long mission adventure for middle and high school youth. Physically, we are a home repair ministry, making homes safer, warmer and drier, for families who want our helping hands. We divide your group into teams of ten or less (less is better) of which at least two are adults.”
Name of Organization: Team Effort Ministries
Website: http://www.TeamEffort.Org
Amount for Participants: $
Director: n/a
Director’s email/ phone number:
Description of camp:
Name of Organization: The Center for Student Missions
Website: http://www.csm.org
Amount for Participants: $
Director: n/a
Director’s email/ phone number:
Description of camp:

Name of Organization: Tri-Cities Workcamps
Website: http://www.tcworkcamps.org/index.html
Amount for Participants: $280 per person
Director: n/a
Director’s email/ phone number: (804) 862-3427 or TCWorkcamp@aol.com
Description of camp: “TRI-CITIES WORKCAMPS, INC., a non-profit corporation. The interdenominational organization was established in 1987 by Rev.John I. & Connie Romaine to provide a Christian retreat, learning experience for high school teens and their leaders. Evening programs offer inspiration worship, music, games & projects. Sunday nite is crew teambuilding & Monday nite is fun crew competition. 
Tuesday evening rocks with a concert artist & Wednesday evening is a talent show extravaganza. Wednesday is also only a half day of work...we spend the afternoon "cosmic bowling" at Fort Lee.
 Thursday nite is a special time when crews learn drama, music, liturgical dance & other art forms to share with your congregation.
 Friday's evening is a candlelight service where crew members move back into their youth groups to share.
 Saturday morning's celebration is a culmination of the week shared through music, pictures & the art forms learned earlier in the week. This service is shared with residents, parents, clergy & church members.”

Name of Organization: World Changers
Website: http://www.lifeway.com/worldchangers/
Amount for Participants: $249 per person (for 5 days) or $309 per person (for 7 days)
Director: n/a
Director’s email/ phone number: 1-800-254-2022
Description of camp: Three Virginia Sites. Chesapeake, VA (5 days), Norfolk, Va (5 days), and Roanoke, Va (7 days). “World Changers seeks to provide Christian youth and adults with opportunities to meet the physical and spiritual needs of others through practical learning experiences that teach servant-hood and personal commitment to missions. Groups are typically housed in local schools, churches, or college facilities. Breakfast and dinner are provided cafeteria-style at the lodging site. Lunch is provided at the work site by local churches. In preparation for the week, youth are required to complete a pre-project study based on the theme for the year, including a local work project.”

Name of Organization: Youth Works
Website: http://www.youthworks.com/
Amount for Participants: $278 per person
Director: n/a
Director’s email/ phone number: 612.729.5444 or servicecenter@youthworks.com
Description of camp: Virginia location is Eastern Shore, Va. “YouthWorks is committed to creating a close-knit, safe place for teens to be teens and communities to be blessed. Our trips are limited to just 65 people a week because we want every person on a YouthWorks trip to be known and know others. Year after year YouthWorks continues to minister through local ministry partners. It is our desire to walk alongside our friends in ministry, helping support the kingdom building work they do daily in their own communities.”
Name of Organization: ON OWN
Website: NONE
Amount for Participants: $UP TO YOU
Director: YOU
Director’s email/ phone number:
Description of camp: WHATEVER YOU WANT IT TO BE…

 

 

 

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

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