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How to be a GREAT Youth Trip Volunteer (pass it on)

Youth Trip Volunteers, I hope this catches you before you head out.

Youth Group Travel Season has begun across America. For a small church, a summer youth trip is a BIG deal for everyone. Everyone pitches in with fundraisers and scholarship. Tools and coolers were gathered from far and wide. Since there’s no church bus, luggage rack rentals abound…and you’re off.

I’m right there with ya. I’ve already got one trip down and three more mission trips to go myself. One summer, I? had 6 trips in a 10 week season. (Don’t do that, btw.) About 5 years ago, I did 5 mission trips in one summer. (Don’t do that, either.)

Here are my best “Youth Trip Volunteer” tips for maximixing and minimizing your efforts while on your? trip:

1) If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Grow up.

2) Just like parenting, the adults have to align together.

3) Give the youth leader a break. He/she is just as tired as you are.

4) Enforce the Lights Out rule. A tired team is a useless team.

5) Sleep across the doorway. Trust me on this one.

6) If you loan money, you won’t get it back.

7) Don’t be a “freak-out” adult!

8) Don’t expect kids to do what you’re not doing. So…sit with them, sing, do the motions, buckle up, throw away garbage, have quiet time, keep to the schedule, don’t gossip, obey the trip guidelines, put away the cigs, etc.

9) Dress appropriately.

10) PRAY!!!!!!!

Anyone have? any more to add?


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by Mama Caro

Stephanie "Mama" Caro's humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. She is Senior Consultant for Ministry Architects and author of "Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches" and "99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker." Her next book, “Ten Solutions (to Ten Common Mistakes Small Churches Make)” comes out in 2015. Stephanie is a contributing author to several ministry resources in addition to her regular column “Smaller Church Youth Ministry” in Group Magazine. Stephanie and her husband, Steve, live in Houston, TX.

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2 thoughts on “How to be a GREAT Youth Trip Volunteer (pass it on)

  1. These should be in the Group adult leader video!!

  2. I think i may have borrowed a few from that video, in fact. Especially the freak out adult.

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