Work Trip 2021

We have our Work Trip dates: July 25 to 31!

Head 'em up, move 'em out! Youth Group is hitting the road bound for Roscommon County, MI!

Every summer the Senior High Youth Group travels to another community for a week of service. Because of the modified high school calendar due to COVID-19, this year’s trip is scheduled for July 25 - 31, 2021, and we'll be working with our partners in Roscommon County, MI. This is a fantastic opportunity to build relationships as well as structures. Our church's youth learn about what it means to live and serve in community while also learning important life skills.

Departure

We will meet at the church parking lot at 8:00 am on Sunday, July 25th. After a brief prayer and final form turn-in we will load up vans and depart.

Return

We will return to the church on Saturday, July 31 in the late-afternoon or early evening. Notifications will be sent out to families via Remind! as we get close to home.

Eligibility

The trip is open to current 9-12th graders who have met the Work Trip requirements (see below).

Cost

$350 per participant. Scholarships are available and all requests will remain confidential – contact Jim Cochrane at jcochrane@firstchurchlf.org for more information.

COVID-19 Precautions

The Work Trip committee has worked hard to develop a plan for this year's trip that will not only be memorable and fun, but safe for everyone involved. The biggest hurdle was trying to address the unrealistic expectation of wearing masks 24/7 on the trip. For that reason, this year's trip will operate within a bubble. By providing negative COVID tests in the days leading up to the trip, we can be confident that no one on the trip is infected, and can live together with masks off.

In order for this to happen effectively, participants are asked to be vigilant in their social activities in the 2 weeks leading up to the trip: make sure you're wearing masks when around friends, try to hang out outside as much as possible, and avoid unnecessarily large gatherings. That way they can be confident that their test will come back negative in the days before the trip and will be allowed to attend. PLEASE NOTE: If a participant does not have a negative test result, they unfortunately will not be allowed on the trip.

Once we arrive at the camp, we will live within the protocols Camp Westminster has set in place, including but not limited to: thorough sanitation of facilities prior to our arrival, regular screening of group members, and socially distancing between staff and the group. For more information about the camp's policy, click here. In order to preserve the integrity of the bubble, we will wear masks whenever we are interacting with people outside of our bubble (Camp Westminster staff, homeowners on the jobsite, etc.) but when we are just with our group there will be no need to wear a mask.

As best practices develop and vaccines become more widely available in the coming weeks and months, this plan may evolve accordingly. If you have any questions about it however, please contact Jim at jcochrane@firstchurchlf.org.

Important Dates

  • May 1 - Registration Deadline
  • July 25-31 - Work Trip
  • August TBD - Work Trip Sunday

Packing List

(will be updated as we get closer to our departure date)

Work Trip Registration

If you are interested in participating on Work Trip 2020, please register on this page by May 1, 2021.

 

Work Trip Requirements

Points & Fundraisers

To qualify, you must earn at least 10 points by attending youth events. Each event is worth:

1pt Youth Group; 1pt Other youth events (Service Opportunities); 1pt Church Service Opportunities (including rummage, the all church auction, ushering Sunday mornings, Sunday liturgist, join the Sanctuary Choir, help teach/assist Sunday School.)

Helping with fundraisers is also required. You should:

Follow the Discord server to stay up-to-date on what fundraisers are coming up

Exceptions

Requests

If you don’t meet one or more of these requirements, you’re invited to submit an exception request. Exceptions will be reviewed by the Youth Leadership Team under the guidance of the Youth Group Advisors and Youth & Young Adult Faith Formation Committee. The exception form can be found here.

5 point minimum

You must have earned at least 5 points in order to be considered for an exception. If you have extenuating circumstances (boarding school, a Sunday-night job, etc), you must contact Jim Cochrane as soon as possible to discuss with the Youth Leadership Team alternate ways of earning the points.

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