Harbor Churches

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2900 Baldwin Street
Hudsonville, Michigan 49426
616.662.2100

Youth Week 2018

JUNE 24-29, 2018

Youth Week is where summer camp and mission trips collide!

Students who have completed grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a week of sleeping at the Hudsonville Fair Grounds (camp) and going out to serve in the community (mission). This probably leaves you with some questions, so be sure to read the FAQ’s on this page or check out our location change letter.

 


  • STUDENT REGISTRATION:  You can find the online application here. *Registration goes live on February 11.
  • VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION:  An army of adult volunteers are needed! Small group leaders, worksite leaders, check-in team, and so many other roles. Email youthweek@harborchurches.org if you are interested in more information. A formal registration will be available soon!
  • SERVE MEALS:  It takes a lot of people to feed the students and leaders of Youth Week. Be on the lookout for signups soon!
  • COOLERS/TENTS:  We have 30 workgroups and will need a water cooler and chest cooler for each group.  Canopy tents are needed for check-in.  Sign up will be available in May if you are interested in letting us borrow any of these items for the week!
  • YW MERCHANDISE:  An online merchandise store will be available in the weeks leading up to and after Youth Week. Be on the lookout for more information.
  • PRAYER FORM:  Will be available after spring break.
  • Like our Youth Week Facebook page to stay up to speed on the latest information!

What is Youth Week?

Youth Week is a local mission trip and camp experience that began during the summer of 2012. It is a movement of West Michigan teenagers who bring the hope of Jesus to neighborhoods in our city. It is about action. It is more than a mission trip… it’s the start of living a missional life. This year we are expecting around 300 teenagers to join us as we serve in local food pantries, clean neighborhoods, and help build the kingdom of God in West Michigan.

The basic structure of Youth Week is quite simple, we spend half of the day serving the West Michigan area (mission) and the other half the day on location (camp). It is a time of intense friendship and fun, as students live, serve, and worship together, building bonds with each other, and with God, that leads to lasting life-change. In a nutshell, Youth Week is where summer camp and local mission trip collide!  Youth Week is looking to equip and serve students as we, serve our community, pursuing justice in all of our environments.

Outside of time spent at worksites, students will spend time together on location, it’s where we worship, play and sleep. Youth Week is organized and led by staff and volunteers from Harbor Churches.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • +Where is Youth Week located?

    Youth Week is being hosted at the Hudsonville Fair Grounds this year! We are excited to dive into a partnership within the West Michigan community. Please see the letter above for more information regarding the location change.

  • +Are there refunds if at a later date my student can no longer attend YW?

    Yes, refunds are as follows:

    Until May 13th: Full refund

    May 14-June 3: $100 (No refunds after June 3)

  • +Is the Fair Grounds a safe place?

    The grounds will be monitored by volunteers and the entrance to camp will require a check in/check out process.

  • +What grade students can attend?

    High School: Students currently in grades 9-12 for the 2017/18 school year.

    Middle School: Students currently in grades 6-8 for the 2017/18 school year.

  • +What is the last day I can sign up?

    The deadline to signup is June 3.

  • +When is payment due?

    Payment is due in full at time of registration.

  • +What if I need extra time to pay? Scholarships?

    We will gladly work with you if extra time or a scholarship is needed.  Please email youthweek@harborchurches.org or talk to a student ministries staff member/volunteer.

  • +What do students do at Youth Week?

    During Youth Week students stay very busy!  Youth Week focuses on serving our local community and the majority of each day will be spent serving with a local organization.  That being said, we also have a lot of time for fun.  We play games, hang out with each other, have meaningful times of worship and Biblical teaching, and hear about what is happening in each others lives.

  • +Where is Youth Week?

    Youth Week is located at the Hudsonville Fair Grounds. This is where we sleep, eat most of our meals, and worship through songs, prayer, and teaching. Students spend the majority of their day at worksites around West Michigan serving/learning about our communities.

  • +What does Youth Week cost?

    There is an “Early Bird” cost is $200 per student for Youth Week if a student is signed up by April 30. The cost for sign-ups between May 1 and June 1 is $225.  This helps pay for food, supplies and transportation for the week. We don’t want the cost of Youth Week to prohibit your student from participating. If you are experiencing financial challenges that make paying this fee unmanageable, or if you have multiple students in your household attending, we encourage you to request assistance here.

  • +Can my student invite a friend to Youth Week?

    Absolutely! They will need to register and pay just like any other student. Additionally, you may wonder if they need to be from one of our campuses or even be a ‘church-goer’… the answer to this is no. We welcome anyone to come; it’s a great way to learn about God and how Christ followers serve Him!  Also, both friends must request each other on the registration we will make sure they are placed in the same group! (only 1 friend request per student)

  • +Does my student have to spend the night?

    To fully engage in the Youth Week experience as a whole, we highly recommend your student stay overnight for the whole week. If there are scheduling conflicts, medical, or other concerns that would hinder this recommendation, please don’t hesitate to contact us youthweek@harborchurches.org

  • +What do I need to know for check-in?

    Check in will begin on Sunday, June 24 time TBD. outside. You will stand in the appropriate line with your student to check them in and from there, go inside if so desired and assist them with setting up in their sleep area. Don’t worry, there will be a lot of volunteer staff on site to help guide you and assist your student(s)!

  • +When do I pick up my student?

    This year, unlike previous years, Youth week ends on Friday evening, June 29.  At that time, we will have a final closing ‘club’ session where we will help you understand a little of what your student experienced at Youth Week. We encourage parents to join us for that closing celebration before dismissal!

  • +How can I send my love and encouragement to my student during Youth Week?

    You can email a note to your student! Mail received by noon Monday through Friday will be delivered to students in the afternoon. Just email us at youthweek@harborchurches.org and be sure to include your child’s full name in the subject line.

    Tips:

    – Do your best to encourage them.
    – Share a verse or some kind words that speak your pride in them for serving this week.
    – Try to avoid talking too much about home and how terribly you miss them, as this may create homesickness.
    – Remind them you are praying for them and that God will move in their lives in exciting ways.

  • +My student doesn’t know anyone. Will they make friends?

    Youth Week is a great way to meet people!  Since Youth Week is an event that takes place right here in our community, making friends happens pretty naturally.  We also are very intentional in making this an event that helps students connect to one another and find/build friendships. Even though Youth Week is located in Hudsonville, there are students from many different school districts across West Michigan.

  • +How do you place students in groups?

    We place students in two different groups.  First we place students in ‘Work Groups’ which are the groups they will serve with during the day.  These are mixed age and gender groups of 7-14 kids and are overseen by our volunteer adult leaders.  Additionally, we place students in small groups that are age and gender specific.  These groups are used to discuss the teaching and concepts of the week. If your student would like to be with a specific friend, please make sure BOTH students request each other on the registration form. (Limit of 1 friend request per student)

  • +What do you serve for food and snacks?

    During Youth Week, we strive to provide a healthy balanced diet for all our students.  We have a hot breakfast and dinner each day as well as cold lunches that are packed by our volunteers.  There is always a vegetarian option for each meal, and a sandwich bar during dinner.  We also provide a variety of snacks during the day and in the evenings.

  • +My student has dietary restrictions. What do I do?

    Please include your child’s specific dietary needs on their registration form. We host students with a variety of dietary concerns and do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs. If you have specific questions please contact us at youthweek@harborchurches.org

  • +Other Questions?

    Please email us at youthweek@harborchurches.org with any additional questions you may have.

  • +What if my student has medication that needs to be taken during Youth Week?

    If your student has medications, there will be a nurse at each check-in station to document and receive medications and information. Please complete this Medication Form ahead of time and bring it with you along with your medications. A volunteer Registered Nurse will be on site to disperse meds at meal time.

  • +How do students get to work sites?

    Students are transported to and from work sites each day by experienced and qualified drivers.  Each driver must meet specific criteria and have been through our volunteer screening process.  We travel in a combination of Fair Haven vans and rental vehicles.

  • +What is your volunteer policy?

    At the core of what we do is an incredible team of committed and enthusiastic volunteers. We care about the safety of your student. All of our volunteers have been through a screening process which includes a written application. In addition, a criminal background check is ran on all adult volunteers.

  • +What should my student bring/ wear?

    Great question, a packing list will be made available soon!

  • +Where do students sleep?

    Boys and girls will have separate sleeping quarters, which will also be roughly divided based on age.  They will be sleeping on the floor (a cot or air mattress is strongly recommended) and will always be under the supervision of screened and trained leaders.

  • +Where will students shower?

    Students will have an opportunity to shower each day during Youth Week.  We are grateful for an arrangement with Unity Christian High School to use their showering facilities each day after serving the community along with limited showers available on location.

  • +What if it rains?

    We have both indoor and outdoor events planned throughout the week, so in the case of rain we will move to other projects or activities.