July 15th – 21st
Cost is $500 + Traveling Food $ (scholarships available, deposit $100 due April 1st made out to WUMC )
Adults: David Graham, Diane Kofahl, Jim Burke. Rich Egan, Margie Lindsey and Jim Lindsey are meeting us at ReCreation.
Who? Incoming 9th graders and up! (If you are of college age and want to attend please contact us)
Where? ReCreation Experiences (ReCre) in the Appalachia region of North Carolina outside of Asheville.
When? The youth will fly out of AUX on Saturday the 14th arrive in Atlanta! We will stay the night in or outside of Atlanta after exploring the city, volunteering at a local place in need, and eating dinner. Sunday we will drive to Asheville to ReCre. Then we will depart back to Atlanta the following Saturday the 21st to fly home!
How? We have gone to ReCreation for the past 8 years and have enjoyed the trip together every time! We have a fundraiser to raise money for students to go.
Why? To grow in our ability to Follow Christ and Transform Lives.
What? While in North Carolina, the youth will be working on home repair for economically disadvantaged senior citizens. The group will do exterior house painting, re-roofing roofs, or digging/installing septic systems. The last couple years our group has also done some interior dry walling and painting.
The stay at Recre involves a lot more than just a service work. There will be other youth staying at the Recre facility (an old rural k-12 school) with other church youth groups from throughout the South. Each morning a youth focused, fun, loud worship service kicks off the day just prior to going to your work site. Upon return after dinner, the youth are free to just hang out and mingle with the other groups. Our group will typically also have a short group devotional period in the evening.
The trip is not all worship and service. The work schedule includes 4 work days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays we have an off day in which we have typically gone to hang out at one or two of the numerous swimming holes in the North Carolina Appalachians or rafted down a river! In addition, the last few years our group has taken off one evening for a sunset prayer service on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The youth thus get to see a different part of the country that is truly beautiful. Click here to find out more about ReCreation Experiences
A Parents Testimony: “My son has enjoyed it so much he is looking into working there additional weeks beyond our church’s visit. I have attended the last three trips and can attest that the experience is wonderful. If any adults are interested, I can assure you you will have a great time also.”
Personal Items and Clothing
You will need to plan on being dirty, sweaty, and covered in paint, tar, a layer of dirt and various other things each and every day. Keep in mind that you will not have access to an on site laundry facility. Packing for the entire week is important. Dress clothes or really nice shirts and pants are probably not a good idea. Remember to not wear anything that you don’t mind getting really dirty in or, to find at the end of day the clothes are carrying permanent reminders of the work site!
For The Work Site:
Back At The Facility: (After The Shower)
Again, use good discretion! Shirts must be worn at all times! At no time are halter tops, sports bras, spaghetti straps, tank tops, half shirts (no belly buttons please), shirts, or hats with suggestive sayings or slogans will not be tolerated. Short shorts, short skirts or spandex are not appropriate at any time.
Do Not Bring:
Valuables, including but not limited to: family heirlooms, stereos, boom boxes and large amounts of cash. There are a lot of people staying in the facility with you and we have no way to secure your personal items.
One final note regarding clothing:
Please remember that we are in no way passing judgment or trying to dictate your style in clothing. We simply have many years of experience working in communities, with churches and with families. Over the years we have developed a good middle ground that we find works well and keeps everyone in a positive place.
What is acceptable to you from where you live or attend school may be unsafe for a job site or unacceptable in the communities we work in or at the home of the family you are working with. Work with us, being a community of faith sometimes means giving up certain things to allow God to be even more real in our midst!
Meals not included in the trip price:
Saturday July 15th
– Lunch (Something fast)
– Dinner (Something like slower)
Sunday July 16th
– Breakfast (Something fast)
– Lunch (Something fast)
Saturday July 22nd
– Lunch (fast food)
In addition, youth sometimes buy at Recre t-shirts or hats — $15 range; frisbees, water bottles