Domestic Trips faq
Who can attend?
Anyone age 13 or above is welcome to attend! If parents are present, younger students may be permitted to be part of Mission Weeks. (Please contact us if you wish to have a younger student accompany you). While our core age group is high school age, we consistently have middle school, college age and post college campers attend year to year.
What’s the cost?
C.E. Mission Week's registration fee to attend a week of domestic ministry is as follows:
Domestic Early Rate is $359.00 ~ receive this rate by sending a $100 deposit per person expected to attend by January 31, 2020.
Domestic Standard Rate is $395.00 ~ any registrations made after February 1, 2020.
All paperwork and final payments to be postmarked by April 15, 2020.
What can we expect?
A typical Mission Week provides students an opportunity to live out their faith in Jesus Christ. By sacrificing a week of their summer, they are immediately presented with a chance to explain to friends what they intend to do with their summer, who they hope to impact, and why.
Many students learn basic construction skills and evangelism training through acts and deeds, and are challenged to deepen their faith in Christ throughout the week. Students gain the experience to share their faith with homeowners, neighbors, fellow volunteers, and any other people with whom they come into contact. Youth will interact with one another, across different churches, denominations and backgrounds, building friendships along the way!
Each week, homeowners and community members are invited to dinner and an evening session, during which the Gospel presentation is offered. Over the years, we have experienced homeowners, neighbors, students and leaders being impacted from this incredible night of fellowship.
What sort of projects do you do?
We provide a wide array of projects that can vary greatly across skill levels. Part of our registration packet includes a detailed skill sheet for campers to fill out.
Below is a list of some of the standard work we see done year to year.
Caulking and painting
Hanging windows and doors
Deck and ramp building
What does the structure of a Mission Week look like?
A detailed schedule can be found here. A quick overview is this: most of your days are spent on job sites, typically between the hours of 9-5 (depending on distance to job site, which we strive to keep under 30 minutes) with breakfast starting at 7am. Dinner starts somewhere between 5:30 & 6, with our evening session starting around 7:30, wrapping up around 9 and allowing students approximately an hour and a half of relaxation or activities before being in bed by 10:30.
Wednesday is a half day, meant to give both you and your youth a chance to enjoy the surrounding area. In Oak Hill, many groups enjoy white water rafting or visiting the waterpark nearby. In New Castle, groups have gone kayaking, hiking, biking and even taken the day to visit Pittsburgh and take in several sights around the city.
How might you say you’re different than other Work Camps?
As we Markloffs have never attended anything outside of a Christian Endeavor Mission Weeks, that’s a tricky question for us to answer. We know this much:
We don’t split up your group. If a project requires more hands than your youth group has, we will partner you with another church, but we view this experience as an opportunity for your youth to grow closer with one another and to provide you with the chance to deepen your relationships with your youth.
We provide smaller, more intimate settings. We keep each week under 200 attendees to help your youth connect better with the other campers from other churches, and to offer more one-on-one time for our staff with you and the students attending.
We have no minimum group size requirement. If you can only bring five students and two leaders, that’s great! We’ve had groups as small as two people in the past. We welcome all churches and have on occasion had individual families come wholly separate from their church. In those smaller group situations, we’ve paired those small groups with another church to allow them the community feeling we strive to provide.
How long have the Director and Assistant Director been involved with Mission Weeks?
Paul Markloff has done Mission Weeks in nearly every role. From starting out as a parent leader to becoming the youth leader for his church group, to volunteering as a Site Director to becoming the Site Coordinator to now running Mission Weeks, Paul has seen it all in the fifteen plus years since attending our first camp. His daughter, Susan, has been along for the ride nearly every step of the way. Starting as a camper, to a student leader, to a volunteer Site Director, Susan still remembers fondly what it was like being a camper at Mission Weeks. As two people who used to attend this camp, we strive constantly to look at ways of growing and modifying the experience into an ever more enjoyable one for our attendees.
What if I just want to volunteer to help out?
That’s fantastic! We can always use volunteers at camp. You can head here for more information about our different volunteer opportunities.
One of my youth has food allergies. How is that handled?
While we provide your meals and do our best to offer a robust meal plan so that at every meal all attendees are fed, we cannot always deliver if someone has severe food allergies. If you or one of your youth are allergic to a wide variety of things, or are on a strict diet, we would recommend bringing your food so it may be stored in an easily accessible refrigerator for your convenience. We would hate for anyone to wind up sick because they couldn’t get the type of food they need. At present, we cannot afford to have the kitchen staff or the food required to prepare a variety of meals for everyone with severe food allergies. Click here for a sample of our dinner plan from last year as an example of what sort of food we prepare for you.
What’s the policy on electronics?
Please leave any sort of video games, iPads, computers, etc. at home. We understand that in today’s age nearly every student has a cell phone and parents don’t want their kids to be unreachable. But we do ask that students leave their cell phones behind during sessions, meals, and any activity times. We advise leaders to offer their cell phone number to parents in case of any family emergencies, so that students can be reached in those instances. We ask this because in years past, we’ve found that when students are awarded the opportunity to unplug from all of the tech around them – especially their smartphones – they connect with those around them on a much deeper level.
One of our leaders needs to check work emails periodically while we’re at Mission Weeks. Is there Wifi available?
Reluctantly we say yes, there is limited Wifi available. We can offer the password to leaders as needed, but we ask they enforce the rule that students not connect. The Wifi we use is what our staff needs to get their jobs done and we don’t have a large enough network to support dozens of other users all day every day. If you or one of your leaders needs that information, please be sure to mention it to the Director or AD during the leader’s meeting on Sunday.
Are there devotions that are given during camp, or are we expected to take care of that ourselves?
We provide themed devotions for everyone who attends. Leaders will be given their own packet while students will be given a camper’s packet. About a month out of camp, we email out a digital copy of the leader’s packet for youth leaders to review. We always advise that if a leader wishes to ask their own questions or bring up their own verses on any given day during their group’s devotions, that is perfectly fine. Our speakers do typically follow the same daily themes as the devotions. Most groups choose to do their devotions during the lunch hour on the job site and will invite homeowners and community members to join.