WHY GO ON A MISSION TRIP?
“Life grows by being given away.” (Pope Francis) By participating on a mission trip you are living the church’s mission and extending yourself out of love to help those in need. When you leave the familiarity and comfort of your normal routine to serve others, you are enriching not only their lives, but your own. In your encounters with others, in your work, in your prayer and in your daily sacrifices you come face-to-face with Christ and become who you were created to be.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who Can Participate on a Summer Trip?
We offer summer trips for middle and high school students with priority going to registered parish families. Friends are welcome to join, no matter their faith background, as long as they are interested in learning about the Catholic faith and being respectful of our faith tradition. Some trips have limited space and will fill generally at a first come, first serve basis as long as there is a good mix of returners and first time students. For trip purposes, there are two types of participants:
HOWEVER they must complete the “Safeguarding All of God’s Families” Program requirements.
What is the Cost for the Summer Trips?
The Cost for a summer trip depends on the camp and ranges from $750-$850/participant. This does not count meals during transit to and from the camp. These are the maximum prices, the prices could come down as transportation is confirmed. A breakdown of expenses is as follows:
*Based on at least 30 teens attending MS & HS Camp. Price can decrease if more teens attend.
**Depending on mode of transportation, this price could come down.
We have three (3) due dates throughout the year to help make the cost of the trips manageable. Information about payment due dates and the amount due will be on the statement mailed home to you each month.
How can I raise funds to help me go on these trips?
In an effort to make our summer trips more affordable we have taken away the responsibility of students to pay for most costs associated for the chaperones that accompany the students. We cover these costs with a second collection commissioning weekend.
We also offer a number of other Fundraisers to help make the trips affordable to interested students and to help build community before the trips. While it seems like a small list, teens who have participated in all of these fundraisers have had their trips covered in the past.
Limited scholarship options are available if needed. In order to be eligible you must fully participate in all the fundraisers and still be in need.
How do I sign-up to go?
You can sign-up for the mission trip online via the links on the upper-right hand side of this page. Your spot is not reserved until you submit the $100 non-refundable deposit with the signed verification form.
What are the pre-trip Meetings about?
We ask that all mission trip participants and at least one parent/guardian attend the mandatory meetings during the year.
Amongst sending e-mails, we like to have face-to-face meetings to ensure everyone is on the same page. We will go over upcoming fundraisers and other topics related to the trips while also discussing concerns as they arise. While the time is not consistent due to other student ministry events, we will always meet in the Life Teen Café.
Commissioning & Retreat:
We REQUIRE all mission trip participants to attend our commissioning weekend and retreat. We will be presented at all 5 masses on the weekend of June 16 & 17, 2018. NEW THIS YEAR: The retreat will happen on Saturday during the day ending with 5:00 p.m. Mass. We will also be doing activities between the masses and ending the day at 12:30pm on Sunday (there is no 6:00pm due to Father’s Day). Participants will be allowed to attend Mass with their family at assigned masses. Participants must attend both days of this retreat and cannot leave during the day! Failure to attend part or the entire weekend could result in you losing your spot on the trip.
What is expected of a summer trip participant?
The mission trips are meant to provide high school students with an encounter with Christ and the ability to serve others (like Christ). The Student Minister(s), Chaperones, and Young Adults are present on the trip to help enhance the experience for the students.
Students are asked to enter the summer trip experience with an open mind and open heart. Students will be asked to not only push their comfort zone on the worksite, but also in prayer services/experiences, and other activities. The more you put into the experience the more you will get out of it. Students will put in a hard day’s work on the worksite and will also help plan prayer services/experiences, and assist with food preparation. We ask that you are respectful to others and the facilities we will be using.
What are the guidelines for participating on a summer trip?
While participating on a mission trip you are representing not only yourself; but our Lake Country Life Teen Ministries, St. Charles Catholic Parish, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Life Teen International, and the Universal Catholic Church. Teens are expected to be on their best behavior on the jobsites and during all activities, while respecting homeowners, chaperones, and members of the community sharing their time with us.
Follow the Buddy System:
We ask that students always stay in a group of three at all times in public, whether that be during free time or stopping for meals during transit.
All participants (students, young adults, and chaperones) represent both St. Charles and the universal Catholic Church while on mission trips. Therefore everyone must dress appropriately. Clothing cannot be too short or too revealing, which means:
Cell phones are not allowed:
Mission trips are like extended retreats, and aim to take students out of their normal day to day routine and struggles while also challenging them to try new things, be present to those they are helping and those whom they serve with while deepening their relationship with God. This rule also applies to young adults. Students will have the opportunity to call home during the trip, so they should write down any numbers they may need. Andrew will have his work cell phone so they can be reached in-case of an emergency. Teens found having their phones will have them taken until we return to the parish.
iPods and mp3 players are allowed:
Since we travel a distance for our mission trips we allow students to bring iPods or MP3 players to listen to on the drive to and from the mission trip. You cannot bring an iPhone or Android phone. If your music is on a phone, we ask that you borrow an mp3 player from a family member and load your music on there. Music must be appropriate: No swearing or degrading lyrics.
Possession or use of any Illegal Drugs, abuse of prescription drugs, Alcohol, Weapons, and/or pornographic material is strictly prohibited while participating in any Life Teen sponsored event. At a minimum your parents will be contacted and you will be sent home from the trip at any point at your own/your family’s expense. In some cases the local authorities may be contacted as well. Violating this guideline puts in jeopardy your future participation in other student ministry events.
Please Be Flexible:
Meeting times and locations maybe moved to conflicts outside of our control. The number of students and young adults who sign up for the mission trip can affect the trip offerings and/or requirements.
What if I need to drop-out after registering?
Once you register for a trip, you are responsible for the total balance of the trip. We do assist in breaking the payments down, but often the parish is paying for reservations and bills for the trip on your behalf, sometimes before you send a payment. Therefore a full refund is not always possible. Based on the policies of the agencies we use, here are our policies if you would have to drop from a mission trip:
After January 14th a refund can not be given if you drop from the trip. Balances not paid by June 1, 2017 will also be charged a late fee.