Harbor Churches

One Church Family. Where you live.

2900 Baldwin Street
Hudsonville, Michigan 49426

Youth Week 2018





Students who have completed grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a week of serving in West Michigan

STUDENT REGISTRATION HAS ENDED:  We are so excited for our record number of students to join us!

STUDENT/PARENT ORIENTATION: Did you miss Student/Parent Orientation? You can find handouts from it here YW Basics for Students, YW Student Absence Form, YW Medication Form.

VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS:  An army of adult volunteers are needed! Please click on one of the job positions immediately below to sign up. Email youthweek@harborchurches.org if you are interested in more information.


Camp Nurses                      Van Pick-up/Drop-off                  Set-up/Tear-down Team

                     Check-In Team                    Truck/Trailer Group                     Meal Volunteer Team

Prayer Team                        Game Team                                       Small Groups & Worksites

                   Day Away Team


NEEDED ITEMS:  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 are here if you are interested in letting us borrow any of these items for the week!

STAY CONNECTED: Like our Youth Week Facebook page to stay up to speed on the latest information! Follow us on Instagram @youthweek.2018

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.


LINK FOR WORKSITE GROUPS (for workgroup leaders).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • +What is Youth Week? Who can attend?

    We like to say that Youth Week is where summer camp and mission collide.

    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 other’s lives.

    Youth Week is for both Middle and High School Students who are currently in grades 6 through 12 for the 2017/18 school year.


  • +Where is Youth Week located? What about safety?

    For the first time, Youth Week is located at the Hudsonville Fair Grounds! To learn more about this change in location, click here.

    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 and learning about our community.

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

  • +Registration? Payment? Refunds? Deadlines?

    Registration: Student registration is online only and payment is due in full at that time. To register your student, click here.

    Cost: Early registration is $200 per student signed up by Monday, April 30. Cost increases to $225 per student signed up Sunday, May 13 through Sunday, June 3.

    Final Sign-up Deadline: Sunday, June 3.

    Extra Time to Pay/Scholarships: 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 or speak with a student ministries staff member/volunteer. Please email youthweek@harborchurches.org for a paper application.

    Refunds: Until Sunday, May 13 – Full Refund. Monday, May 14 through Sunday, June 3 – $100 refund. No refunds after Sunday, June 3.

  • +Check-in? Pick-up?

    Check-in: will begin on Sunday, June 24 at 6:00pm 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)!

    Pick-up: this year, Youth Week is finished on Friday evening, June 29 6:45 parent arrival, 7:00 closing session. 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 the closing celebration before dismissal.


  • +Volunteer Policy? Transportation?

    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 run on all adult volunteers.

    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.


  • +Inviting a friend? Will my student make friends?

    Can your student invite a friend: YES! 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)

    Will my student 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 and 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)

  • +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

  • +Food? Dietary Restrictions?

    We. Know. Teenagers. Can. EAT! 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 provide a variety of snacks during the day and in the evenings. We also send a lot of water and Gatorade to the worksites during the day.

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

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

    Medications must come in original bottles with name of medication, dosage and students name clearly labeled.  (There will be no exceptions!)  Students will NOT be allowed to keep any medication on their person.  (This includes any and all over the counter medications including Tylenol and Motrin).  With the increased number of students and the open area of where all students will be sleeping this is a safety and security risk if students keep meds.  Know that the camp nurse will have Motrin, Tylenol, antacids and other miscellaneous medications available.  If a student needs a medication while on the worksite — they can come see the nurse at breakfast time and get a one time dose to go with them.  This new rule will be strictly enforced and for the safety of fellow students is NON NEGOTIABLE.  Please reach out to our camp nurse, Kristi Diephouse at kristidiephouse@gmail.com with any questions or concerns you have.  Please complete the 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.

  • +What to bring? Sleep? Shower?

    What to Bring: A packing list will be mailed to your student in June.

    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.

  • +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.


    – 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.

  • +Other Questions?

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