by Robin Denney
The Sierra Service Project summer mission trip is our diocesan summer mission trip for youth. Our diocese sends a group of ten to twenty youth to join with youth from other denominations to work on Native American reservations, or in low income urban areas. The youth learn something about the community they go to serve, learn construction skills, experience service work, build friendships, and deepen their faith.
There are two different SSP trips: the High School trip for youth entering grades 9 to 12, or leaving grade 12, and the Junior High trip for those entering grades 7 to 9. Note that those entering 9th grade can choose which trip they attend.
High School Trip
Where: Navajo Nation, Tsaile, Arizona: (15-hour drive)
When: July 25- August 3, 2014
Timing: Depart either Friday, July 25, or very early Saturday, July 26, return Sunday evening, August 3.
Details: Youth will be doing home repair (wheelchair ramps, porches, painting, and roofing) on the Navajo Nation, the largest reservation in the US. (Several longtime SSP chaperons hail this site as their all-time favorite SSP experience!) They will be staying at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona. Temperatures will be in the 90s, elevation 4,000 feet, possible afternoon/evening thunderstorms.
Junior High Trip
Where: Chiloquin, Oregon (8-hour drive)
When: July 12-18, 2014
Timing: Depart Saturday morning, July 12, return Friday, July 18, late evening.
Details: Youth will be doing home repair (porch, stair and wheelchair ramps, and painting) on the homes of members of the Chiloquin community, and members of the Klamath tribes. They will be staying at Chiloquin United Methodist Church. Temperatures in the 90s, elevation 4,200 feet.
The cost is $460 per person (includes housing, transportation, meals, and construction materials). Youth will need to bring money for fast food meals on the car trip. A deposit of $60 is required to secure your spot; we will do our best to fundraise the rest of the cost as a group. Parents are encouraged to contribute as much as they are able. The registration deadline is the end of February.
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