Youth & Family

Deadlines and Happenings for our Youth

Dear Youth and Parents,

We hope you are all doing well during this most unusual time in our lives. I’m sure many of you have been wondering about the YouthWorks service trip to Louisville, KY, that we had planned for this summer July 25-31. We intentionally waited to communicate until we received a call from YouthWorks and had information to share with you. Long story short, YouthWorks cancelled our trip and the youth board and pastors decided not to attempt to plan a different trip somewhere else, especially since there are still so many unknowns about the future in regards to travel, social distancing, etc.

 

Here is more detailed information, if you’re interested. Natalie finally received a call last week from YouthWorks with detailed information. They are in the process of calling all 1,200 trip leaders (no easy task) to inform them of the changes for the summer. YouthWorks had to make many difficult decisions based on the current situation we are dealing with concerning Covid19. 

1) They decreased the number of service sites from 47-25 and decided to cancel everyone’s trip and have church’s basically re-register for the 25 sites. 

2) They are only serving the last three weeks of July and first two of August (wouldn’t have affected us)

3) Reduced the max capacities per site.

4) Lowered the cost to $299/participant.

 

Louisville was one of the sites they kept, but by the time Natalie received the call, there was no longer room at the site because other churches they had called before her had registered for that site. A little strange how it all worked out, but quite honestly, none of us in the youth or church leadership felt like re-registering and planning for another trip was the best idea for our youth and adult leaders at this time with so many unknowns in the future. Our only options for sites were Milwaukee, WI, and St. Louis, MI. 

 

We sincerely hope you understand our decision to not try and re-register for a trip. Our hope moving forward, depending on what the future holds for the summer, is to gather the kids at some point for some service/youth work and fun around our area. We will continue to stay in touch. In addition, we definitely will look to plan a trip for next summer.

 

In regards to refunds, every participant has paid $150. YouthWorks will refund $50/person and is keeping $50 for operational expenses. The Youth Board plans to submit a request to the Endowment Committee to see if they would be willing to reimburse that $50 to each trip participant. We’ll let you know. The last $50/person they are putting in a church trip account for a trip in 2021. If there is someone who was registered to go to Louisville, but ends up not going on a trip next summer, we will work to get you that extra $50 reimbursement, but that would be at a later date.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, by all means, please feel free to email or call our trip leader, Natalie Hanson. Thanks again for your understanding as we really sought to do what was in the best interest of all.

 

We miss you all and are sad we aren’t able to make this work, but will definitely be planning something for the future. We pray you and your families and friends stay safe and healthy. Until we see you again, take care and God bless!

 

The ULC Youth Board