Work Trip 2022

Work Trip is set: June 5 through 11!

Head 'em up, move 'em out! Youth Group is hitting the road bound for Lebanon Junction, KY!

Every summer the Senior High Youth Group travels to another community for a week of service. Departing the morning after high school graduation, our group will spend the week roofing, cleaning, and building in Lebanon Junction, KY. 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

Bags will be packed and dropped off ahead of time to make for quick departure. We will meet at the church parking lot at 8:00 am on Sunday, June 5th. 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, June 11 in the early evening. Notifications will be sent out to families via GroupMe as we get close to home. Work Trip Sunday, in which we offer memories and songs from the trip during worship, will be in the fall.

Eligibility

The trip is open to all 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.

What to Expect

To see what can be expected from a week of service and fellowship on Work Trip, watch this video of 2019's trip to Lebanon Junction!

COVID-19 Precautions

Below is our policy from 2021's trip to Roscommon County, MI. An updated policy is being created to address what has been learned about COVID-19, and it will be published in the coming weeks.

"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

  • April 1 - Registration Deadline
  • June 5-11 - Work Trip in Kentucky
  • September TBD - Work Trip Sunday

Packing List

The packing list for this year's trip can be found here. For quick departure on Sunday morning, please ensure that all bedding and bulky clothes are packed in a black garbage bag and dropped off in the church cottage no later than 3:00pm on Thursday, June 2nd.

Work Trip Registration

If you are interested in participating on Work Trip 2021, please register on this page by April 1, 2022.

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:

More information about fundraisers will be forthcoming.

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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