Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” –John 20:21
Jesus’ words are reassurance that we can confidently be #sent into our noisy, messy, sometimes scary world in order that others may know the peace of Christ, too.
Amazing things happen when we are #sent out of our comfort zones to serve others. On every experience outside the walls of Shepherd of the Valley, we walk with others as partners in God’s creation, hearing their transforming stories of faith and life as we make ourselves vulnerable to sharing our own stories of faith and life as well.
Join us on one of the many experiences offered over the upcoming year in the pursuit of being #sent!
WAPO Main Site
Youth Completing Grades 4-12
Cost: Visit www.campwapo.org
Camp Wapo sits in between Bear Trap Lake and Lake Wapogasset in Amery, Wisconsin. All campers enjoy unique faith-enriching activities. Completed 9-12 graders get to participate in a separate camp experience specifically tailored to that age group. No matter your age, trust that your week at camp will be an exciting time of deep growth in faith and unforgettable memories.
Youth Completing Grades 6-8
For Dates & Cost: Visit www.campwapo.org
If being at Wapo Main Site during SOTV’s week of campisn’t your cup of tea, consider visiting camp’s web site for additional camp experiences with specialized focuses. Past options have included Fishing Camp, Horse Camp, and Global Ventures.
Camp registration opens online in January 2018. Priority registration ends in mid-March, so please register early! Make all camp payments to Camp WAPO.
MIDDLE SCHOOL OPTIONS
Summer Stretch 2018
Youth Completing Grades 5-8
June Session: Tuesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 28
July Session: Tuesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 12
Limit: 60 Youth/Session
Summer Stretch is a day camp for middle school youth that incorporates both service and recreation into the mix. Summer Stretch gives youth the chance to stay connected to Shepherd of the Valley over the summer months while developing the skill sets to flourish on overnight service trips. Try the June and/or July sessions to prepare you for the Summer Stretch Capstone in August! While completed fifth graders cannot attend the Summer Stretch Capstone in August, we welcome all completed fifth graders to the June and July sessions of the Summer Stretch day camp, which serve as an awesome bridge into middle school ministry. Registration opens mid-April of 2018.
High School Youth completing 10th Grade and up: Talk to Sarah.Bane@sotv.org to be a Summer Stretch leader.
Summer Stretch Capstone: Minneapolis
Youth Completing Grades 6-8
Dates: August 5-8
Limit: 29 youth, 7 adults
Minimum of 10 youth, 2 adults
The Summer Stretch Capstone is an experience designed to give completed sixth-eighth graders a taste of overnight service trips. In this half-week trip, youth travel to the Midtown area of Minneapolis to partner with Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches through an Urban Immersion Service Retreat. Participants stay in dorms near the Midtown Global Market and spend two full days serving and learning about God’s activity in an urban setting. To close out the experience, participants go to Valleyfair for fellowship and fun. Participation in the June and July sessions of Summer Stretch is helpful but not required in order to participate.
HIGH SCHOOL OPTION
Disaster Relief: Stay tuned for location!
All Ages 16+
Cost: Approxiamately $500
Biennially, theyouth staff team plans a youth-focused Disaster Relief experience that includes two projects in one, ideally in the same location, but given the nature of disasters we cannot make any promises. Flexible and eager hearts are needed for the success of this experience, as many details are unknown until late spring.
Rebuild: When news of storms, floods, or earthquakes hit, Shepherd of the Valley sends youth and adult leaders to help rebuild communities in effected areas. In the past, we have sent teams of youth and adult leaders to Gifford, Illinois and Columbia, South Carolina to work on homes damaged by tornados and floods, and will likely do similar work in 2018 but in a new location.
Camp Noah: Camp Noah is a branch of Lutheran Social Services that provides a fun, safe, and caring day camp for children to process and heal from their disaster experience. Participants help lead the day camp by running small groups, skits, crafts, and games with children. (Minimum 10 adults and 10 youth).
*When you register, please indicate if you intend to spend your week with Camp Noah or Rebuild. You may only choose one of the two.
Completing Grades 9-12
July 28-August 4
Limit: 29 youth and 7 adults
Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR) is a faith-based network of urban service-learning programs, nationwide, focusing on the various responses surrounding concerns facing an increasingly urban world. Shepherd of the Valley participants travel to the Denver site for a week of serving, relationship-building, and worship within small and large group settings. Service opportunities may include working at homeless shelters, helping with childcare, and assisting elderly with tasks like yard work. Participants also meet with social justice groups already working for change in Denver to learn about how God’s action cares for and loves the marginalized. Each day includes free time for outings.
Tungamalenga & Makifu, Tanzania
All Ages 16+
Cost: Approximately $3500
High school students must be accompanied by an adult.
Come on this adventure of a lifetime as members of Shepherd of the Valley visit our partner congregations in Tungamalenga, and Makifu Tanzania. Contact Kirsten Levorson for more information at email@example.com.
October 1: Trip registration opens online. $200 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration for all trips but Haiti.
April 22: Parent/Participant Summer Trip Night 7:00-8:00 pm. Payment of $100 due.
June 1: Remaining Balance Due.
June 10: Summer Trip Commissioning Services in the Sanctuary and t-shirt pick-up in the Narthex at 9:45 and 11:00 am.
See the 2018 Summer Immersion Book for information regarding becoming an adult leader, the payment schedule, and fundraising.