Saint Luke’s Trips – Summer 2017
Special Note: These trips are made possible by proceeds of the annual Tartan Trot road race. Trip costs are offset by about 60%, and the cost for adults is fully covered. A huge thank you to all who have supported the Tartan Trot!
Vacation Bible School
Age: 4th & 5th graders
Details: local mission activities; an overnight on Wednesday
Age: Middle school, high school or college students
Details: Two volunteer tracks:
1. All ages of youth can help at the church to pull off this amazing week for the kids.
2. High school sophomores and older can come along on the 4th & 5th grade day trips with an overnight on Wednesday.
Age: For completed 9th graders through college students. (No Spanish skills necessary.)
Cost: Estimated cost is $1,000 (if you have frequent flyer miles to use, that would be helpful); $300 deposit due March 1st.
Details: We fly into Tegucigalpa and head to Olancho region where we partner with a village to help with projects, play with kids, teach VBS and develop relationships. All skill levels are welcome. We stay at a HOI working ranch in our own bunk houses. (www.hoi.org)
Age: For ages 13 (by date of camp) and up.
Cost: Estimated cost is $300; $150 deposit due March 1st.
Details: We will travel to the rural Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. You may choose from Service Camp (do building projects) or Day Camp (provide a week-long, life-changing experience for local kids). Online registration for spots opens Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 8 pm, and fill based on the time stamp from the online registration form. The form will be listed under the youth tab on the Saint Luke’s Website. www.mountain-top.org.
Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico
Age: Adults, college students, high school students, and middle school students accompanied by a parent.
Cost: TBD, but usually plane fare with small in-country costs.
Details: We are still shaping our partnership with Acción Ministries (www.friendsofaccion.org) to work in Merida, Mexico. Our mission will primarily be house building.
Massanetta Springs Middle School Conference
Age: Completed 6th graders through completed 8th graders.
Cost: Estimated cost is $300; $150 deposit due March 1st.
Details: Middle School only conference at an air conditioned camp in Virginia. Fun times, great worship, small groups, energizers, games and all-out good times. (www.massanettasprings.org)
Thornwell Family Mission Trip
Age: Any age is welcome on this trip. Any age.
Cost: The estimated cost for youth: Food costs while there.
Details: Thornwell Home For Children in Clinton, SC, provides a loving home for abused, abandoned and neglected children (www.thornwell.org).
Montreat High School Conference
Age: Completed 8th graders through completed 12th graders.
Cost: Estimated cost is $325; $150 deposit due March 1st.
Details: This is a High School conference in the mountains of North Carolina for a week of creative worship, fun recreation, small group time, and eating together as a family. (www.montreat.org) [/one_fourth last=last] ]
ADULTS COMING WITH US:
You are vital for the summer ministry! We love having you and all you do to help build healthy and supportive environments for our youth. When you travel with us you will be working hard, counting heads, checking in with kids, and, well, participating in the ministry. This is why we pay for your trip.
PAYMENTS/DONATIONS: The cost of your trip is covered, with the exception of personal expenses you incur. However, if you would like to donate to the trip that is awesome!
CANCELLATIONS: We need you on the trips. We anticipate and plan for a certain ratio of adults to youth for each trip. Please do not sign up for a trip unless you are sure you can go. Of course, we understand that things come up and can usually work though things. The earlier we know, the better.
Requirements for all trips:
- Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Medical & Liability Release For Adults (online)
- Background Check. If you have not had a background check done through Saint Luke’s in the past three years, we will need to do one. We are not concerned about a poor choice you may have made in college. We are doing our due diligence. These background checks are only seen by one staff person and then a pastor if an issue needs addressing. They will be kept in a locked location.
- Child Protection Training. This online training course is required for all adults.
Deadlines: MARCH 1, 2017: ALL FORMS COMPLETED and $150 deposit per person, per trip due in Liz Catlett’s box. This will guarantee a spot for you on the trip. Some of our trips have a maximum number of people we can take, and these spaces are given on a first come first serve basis. You are not registered until ALL your paperwork complete and your deposit is in Liz Catlett’s box. See exception for Mt. TOP.
Required Forms: Each trip requires specific forms, available on the website.
Cost: Do not let the cost of a trip prohibit you from coming. If you’d like some help with trip costs please contact Phil Brown.
REGISTRATIONS AFTER MARCH 1, 2017:
We will do our best to register you for trips after March 1, but cannot guarantee your space. To confirm space availability, all of your paperwork and deposit must be completed and turned in. Also, the total cost of your trip will increase by 10% or more depending on the policy of the organization we are traveling with. We cannot accept any registrations after April 1 unless there is a cancellation by another registered participant.
FINAL BALANCE DUE APRIL 1, 2017: Payments after this date will result in a 5% increase in the cost of the trip for every week late.
TRIP CANCELLATIONS: Your $150 deposit per trip per person is non-refundable. We will do our best to refund the remainder of the balance to you. Refunds are based on several factors, including the amount we have already paid for registrations, the policies of the organization we go with, and the time remaining before we leave for the trip. If there is someone to take your place we will refund you the entire cost of the trip, once that person registers in full including any additional late registration fees.