Dates: July 28th-August 2nd
Who: Individuals of any age 7th grade and older
Families with children 3rd grade and older
Youth 7th grade and older are not required to travel with a parent.
Children grades 3rd- 6th need to travel with at least one parent/or grandparent.
Cost: $365, 1/20th of van and fuel expenses, and 2 meals on the road.
Typical Daily Schedule
Most days at SSP consist of a full day of service work, team building activities, singing, sharing homemade meals together, reflecting on the experience, and a spiritual program centered around the summer theme.
7:00 AM Wake up and get ready (the day may start earlier depending on the site and heat index)
7:30 AM Spiritual awakening (optional) to get centered for the day
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Community service opportunities, lunch crew packs sandwiches, teams head to work site.
9:30 AM Arrive at work site, begin service work
Noon Lunch and Spiritual Sandwiches (group discussion) at work site
1:00 PM Resume service work
4:00 PM Return to site, clean and store tools, shower, free time. Free time is spent at the location where we are housed and includes sports, crafts, cards, snacks and hanging out with new friends!
5:00 PM Staff/counselor meeting – adults meet with staff to discuss joys, concerns, and plans for the next 24 hours.
6:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM Community service opportunities (cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, etc.)
7:00 PM Song time and evening program – team building activities, mail, sharing work site reports, and spiritual programs related to our summer theme. At least one evening is always devoted to learning about the local community.
9:00 PM Free time. Volunteers prepare for bed.
9:45 PM Evening devotional led by a work team
10:00 PM Lights out. We have separate sleeping areas by gender. The work we do is hard labor and everyone needs to get a good night of sleep.
There will be several opportunities during your week at SSP to reconnect with everyone from the group you are attending with, even if they are not on your work team. The time this takes place will vary by location, due to program and community limitations at each site.
For the most part, we will work on the homes in the communities we serve. The type of work includes roofing, building wheelchair ramps and porches, painting and other general home repairs. No construction experience is needed, and you’ll be amazed at all of the work that your youth teams complete!
Occasionally, our teams work on churches, community buildings, and schools in the communities that host us. In addition, we will sometimes participate in other types of community service activities like community gardens when there is a need and the work is appropriate for youth work teams.
Most projects take longer to complete than your week at SSP so you may see the beginning, middle or end of a project.