Workcamps: A weeklong adventure. A lifetime impact.
Group Workcamps build teenagers’ faith. That’s why Workcamps are the
premier summer missions experience for church youth groups. Since their
inception in 1977, Workcamps have brought more than 100,000 teenagers and
their adult sponsors to hundreds of communities across North America to help
needy families rebuild their homes—and lives. Workcamps are the ultimate
expression of Christian service, offering students a fun, challenging, and
faith-growing adventure they’ll never forget.
Over the years, Group has developed a unique program that places the emphasis
not on evangelism, but rather on helping your kids mature in their faith
through volunteer community service. That’s where the spiritual growth
starts. Then, with devotions and programs guiding the week, young people often
discover a deeper faith that lasts a lifetime.
Yet, there’s more to Group Workcamps. As teens build a wheelchair ramp,
apply a fresh coat of paint, repair a broken window, or mend a leaky roof,
they’ll also have the opportunity to:
• Provide a needed community service to people whose lives are different
from their own.
• Develop character-building qualities, including an attitude of servanthood
and an appreciation for the value of sacrifice.
• Experience new places, cultures and situations that take them outside
their comfort zone.
• Make new friends from church groups across the country.
• Develop closer relationships with you and their youth group peers,
returning home with
a new sense of unity, understanding, and respect for each other.
• Fulfill community service requirements needed for graduation in many
• Participate in interdenominational devotions and an awesome worship
evening that caps the day’s activities and puts the whole Workcamp into
It all adds up to an incredible week of learning, growth, and great times.
You don’t have to go overseas for an awesome missions experience—the
mission field is right here in our own backyard! In fact, Group Workcamps are
often within one or two days’ journey of your church. And in just one week,
aside from experiencing major spiritual growth, you’ll see your kids develop
character-building qualities, including an attitude of servanthood and an
appreciation for the value of sacrifice. It’s what keeps churches coming
back to Group Workcamps year after year.
of the needy families you’ll serve often have to choose between putting food
on the table or fixing a leaky roof. They simply can’t afford the minor
repairs their aging homes need, or they’re not physically able to tackle
such repair projects. Others have seen their homes damaged by natural
disasters and simply need some assistance to repair their homes and get back
on their feet. Whatever a family’s circumstances, you’ll be giving them a
chance to see faith in action. You will provide a needed community service to
people whose lives are different from their own, giving them an opportunity to
experience firsthand the rewarding impact of sharing their Christian faith
through their actions.
had the chance to experience ‘firsthand’ what each of my kids experienced.
I could sense Him moving with each of them and truly understood what serving
Christ meant too! I also saved hundreds and hundreds of hours in preparation.
And above all, I could sense a spiritual difference in each of our young
people which has been with them still today!”
—Jane Harlan, youth leader
But, it’s not all work, you know. Group Workcamps provide plenty of
opportunities for fun, too. There’s free time available throughout the week.
Plus, on Wednesday afternoon, participants are free to visit local attractions
or just kick back. Also, lots of churches add a day or two to one end of the
trip for sightseeing, camping or other recreation. Workcamps can be one of the
most meaningful times your youth group will ever experience—and that means a
good balance of Christian service, spiritual growth, and loads of fun!
Planning Made Easy
Planning a Group Workcamp is easy. We sweat the details—while you and your
teenagers work up a sweat.
"[It was] a great experience to meet Christ by meeting the needs of His
—John Williams, D.C.E.
"I’ll never forget even one of them." —Mary O’Connor, Resident
If you are a pastor, youth leader, or volunteer youth worker, you already have
your hands full. You probably don’t have time to arrange this kind of
experience for your group. It’s a ton of work. That’s where we come in.
Group Workcamps are expertly organized from start to finish, enabling you to
concentrate on providing your teenagers with an unforgettable adventure. Group
works in cooperation with local sponsoring agencies to handle all of the
Group is the only summer missions experience offering this level of
organization. That’s what makes us the leader in one-week summer missions.
Bottom line: We mind the arrangements so that you can keep your mind on your
kids. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
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