Is your child coming on a trip with AdventureServe Ministries? Here you will find answers to all the questions you may have.
What will my child be doing on the trip?
Talk to the group’s leader for more details, or contact us and we will be glad to tell you more. While each group is different and not all groups do everything mentioned here, this is a good list to view:
- Devotions: your child will have plenty of time to focus on God as our staff lead daily devotions.
- Chore teams: your child will be part of a chore team that helps prepare meals, do dishes, and lead worship. If fact, they might be the one in charge of dinner one night.
- Adventure Activities: your group will have a chance to do one or more adventure activities. Whether hiking, rock climbing, or caving, we take every safety precaution to keep your child safe (read more below).
- Challenge: your child will be challenged to step out of their comfort zone. This could be by having a leadership role at the work site, or by working with the whole group to overcome a team building challenge.
- A note about mail and phone calls: most of our trips are off-site and have limited communication. If you wish to send your child a note during the trip, have the group’s leader gather notes before the trip and hand them out during the trip. We invite groups to limit use of phones during the trip. You should have the group leader’s phone number, and you can contact us at any point in case of emergency.
How we keep them safe.
From the job site to the adventures, what lends our activities so well to important lessons is the perceived risk involved. We regularly review and update according to the best practices in the field, and you can be certain that we take every safety precaution necessary to keep your child safe.
- Well trained staff: The group will have at least 2 of our well trained staff with them 24/7. Their 3-week training includes, as applicable:
- Extensive training for the specific work sites or adventure sites your group will face.
- Training in how to teach your child to do the activities safely.
- First aid and CPR, with extra training given for even the most rustic settings.
- Certified: we only certify each staff to lead a trip after they prove themselves on a one-day, hands-on test with their co-workers.
- We follow best practices in the field: We follow standards set by the American Camping Association for appropriate activities, and have construction and service standards reviewed regularly by contractors and experts in the field.
- Participant insurance: for your peace of mind, we provide insurance for your child while they are on the trip: $3000 Accident and $1000 Sudden Illness (per person, per incident).
How can parents help?
Although you might not be going, you play a key role in helping your child have a great trip. Here are some suggestions to help:
- Pray: Before, during, and after the trip. Pray that God be glorified!
- Be sure they get to all the preparation meetings. Most groups will hold these meetings in the weeks and months before the trip. Talk to your group’s leader for details.
- Be interested before the trip: Ask your child what they are excited about, who else is coming in their group, and what they know about the trip.
- Ask about the trip when they get home: Our trips challenge each person to grow, and we believe that the value of the lessons continue after the trip. Ask them what they did, where they were, and what they learned. Listen patiently. Even if they do not say much, a small conversation can have a big impact.
- Serve with them! If they were on a service trip, work with the group or set up a service activity on your own, and serve with your child.