We will be staying at The Refuge. There are cabins that hold about 6 people with bunk beds and a community bath house. We will eat meals together in the dining hall and have our evening meetings in an outdoor pavilion.
The Refuge is a camp ministry, providing work projects, and teaching students the importance of serving in Jesus’ name. Their mission statement is as follows:
“The Refuge mission is to share and model the hope of Jesus Christ. We do this with our property, programs, and people as we serve churches, youth groups, businesses, school groups, and any organizations.”
POSSIBLE WORK PROJECTS
Home repair and minor construction (roofing, ramp or porch construction, etc) Painting Yard work/clean up
Each evening of the trip, everyone gathers together to fellowship, sing, worship, pray, and receive a message brought from God’s word by the evening speaker.
You are required to bring your own vehicles that will then be used for daily transportation to and from the work sites. Please follow these guidelines: Church groups of 1-10 people will need a vehicle that can seat at least 10 people (we suggest using a 12 passenger van). Groups with 10 plus people will need a vehicle for every 10 people you have. Groups who fly are asked to rent vehicles for transportation to and from the airport and for daily transportation. Please figure the cost of gas for transportation into your budget. We will need to know who your van drivers are so we can make sure we have a van driver for each work group (see Group Composition Form). If for some reason you have to use vehicles other than 12 passenger vans, PLEASE let the Son Servants office know in advance so they can plan work groups/drivers accordingly.
All participants will be assigned to work groups. Workgroups are made up of people from all of the church groups at the camp. Everyone will have at least one person from their church group with them and it’s a great time to meet new people!
When you are packing, please remember that you are representing the Christian Community, your church and your family. Space to put your things will be very limited; please bring only what you absolutely need.
- Tennis shoes
- Work boots or sturdy shoes / work socks
- Flip flops or sandals
- Lightweight work pants or modest shorts (no short-shorts, shorts should be fingertip length)
- Work shirts (no tank tops)
- Swim wear (modest swimwear for both males and females; girls should be one piece or full coverage tankinis)
- Beach towel
- Work gloves (suggest at least 2 pairs)
- Sleep wear (modest)
- Towels and washcloths
- Single bed sheets, blanket & pillow (or lightweight sleeping bag)
- Hat or bandanas (to protect from sun)
- Poncho or rain jacket
- Sweatshirt, long-sleeve t-shirt, windbreaker or other light jacket
- Bible (a must-have)
- Notebook/Journal, and pen/pencil
- Travel chair (like a Crazy Creek) - great for meetings and quiet times
- Personal toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.)
- Flashlight and batteries
- Water bottle (a must-have)
- Sunscreen(SPF 15 or higher – the sun is intense) / Sunglasses
- Bug spray or lotion
- Plastic bags (for dirty shoes and/or wet clothes)
- 1 jar peanut butter and 1 jar jelly (we will collect and use for lunches on work site)
- 2 rolls of toilet paper (we collect these for bathrooms)
*Cell Phone Policy- We understand that the majority of students now use their cell phones for a camera, alarm, flashlight, etc. We ask that ALL students and leaders limit their cell phone use as much as possible (no cell phones on the work site, during Quiet Time and program). It is up to individual church leaders to enforce this however they see fit. We ask that you take advantage of the gift it is to be “unplugged” for the time you are on the mission trip and focus on WHY you are here!