Summer Immersion

Why We Do Trips: Shepherd of the Valley’s mission states that, “In community, we discover, grow, and live into our individual relationships with Jesus Christ, by worshipping, learning, connecting, and caring.” Summer Immersion Ministry captures expressions of each of these vital pieces of growing in faith with Jesus; but perhaps the most impactful way Summer Immersion Ministry lives into our mission is by its ability to help participants practice the faith expression of connecting with others. By developing and strengthening relationships in our congregation, local community, and global community through invitation and service, SOTV sends people of all ages into the world to be witness to God’s incredible love. Serve with us, Summer of 2019, to connect with others and experience first-hand the transformational work of the Holy Spirit at work in the world.


WAPO Main Site
Youth Completing Grades 4-12
June 16-21
Cost: Visit

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.

Camp Picture 2.png

Camper's Choice
Youth Completing Grades 6-8
For Dates & Cost: Visit

If being at Wapo Main Site during SOTV’s week of camp isn’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 2019. Priority registration ends in mid-March, so please register early! Make all camp payments to Camp WAPO at


Summer Stretch Day Camp Picture.png

Summer Stretch Day Camp 2019
Youth Completing Grades 5-8
June Session: Tuesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 27
July Session: Tuesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 11
Cost: $60/Session
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 SOTV 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 5th graders cannot attend the Summer Stretch Capstone in August, we welcome all completed 5th 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 2019.

High School Youth completing 10th Grade and up: Talk to to be a Summer Stretch leader.

Summer Stretch Capstone Picture.png

Summer Stretch Capstone: Minneapolis
Youth Completing Grades 6-8
Dates: August 5-8
Cost: $275
Deposit: $200
Limit: 20 youth, 4 adults
Minimum of 10 youth, 2 adults by April 28 for trip to happen.

The Summer Stretch Capstone is designed to give completed 6-8 grade youth 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.


Beach Camp Picture.png

Beach Camp: Panama City, Florida
Youth Completing Grades 9-12
July 28-August 3
Cost: Approximately $520
Deposit: $200
Minimum of 34 youth by April 28 for trip to happen.

Travel to the beach by coach bus to the Blue Horizon Retreat Center in Panama City, Florida. Mornings and evenings are spent in large and small group worship, Bible Study, and personal faith reflection. In the afternoon participants enjoy the beach and local attractions. Wherever SOTV travels, participants look for good in others, affirm and brighten people’s day, learn and listen to others’ stories, and deepen relational faith skills. Participants intentionally practice the SOTV mission of welcoming, transforming, and sending.

Please note that Beach Camp or its equivalent (Disaster Relief) is offered every other year.

Cheyenne River Picture.png

YouthWorks: Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota
Completing Grades 9-12
June 23-28
Cost: $435
Deposit: $200
Limit: 20 youth and 4 adults
Minimum of 10 youth, 2 adults by April 28 for trip to happen.

Journey to the heart of South Dakota to experience the culture and history of the Lakota People. During the week, participants serve through planning and running children’s programs, painting homes, gardening and other home-improvement projects. In the evenings, participants hear from tribe elders about Lakota culture, hike and explore Eagle Butte, and share a community cookout with new friends — as many as 200 local residents might attend!

*SOTV has 12 spots (10 for youth and 2 for adult leaders) guaranteed for this trip. Registrations received past Wednesday, October 17 are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis as YouthWorks spaces are available. Please register early!


Haiti Picture.png

Journey to Haiti 2019 All ages 10+ with an adult, 16+ unaccompanied
March 22-31, 2019 (ISD 196’s Spring Break)
Cost: Approximately $2200
Deposit: $500
Limit: 14 participants
Travel dates subject to change pending flight availability.

Located in the Caribbean, Haiti is one of this hemisphere’s poorest developing countries. Journey with SOTV and Haiti Outreach this March to experience God already present in the people and culture of Haiti. While in Haiti, participants will learn about sustainable, community-based development, be immersed in Haitian culture, and serve alongside Haitians in responsible ways that promote dignity. This experience is open to anyone 10 and older at the time of the trip. The approximate cost is $2,200. All interested should request an informational packet and travel application from before October 1, 2018.

Tanzania Picture.png

Tungamalenga & Makifu, & UsolangaTanzania
All Ages 16+
July 2019
Cost: Approximate $3500
High school students must be accompanied by an adult.

Come on this adventure of a lifetime as members of SOTV visit our partner congregations in Tungamalenga and Makifu, Tanzania. Contact Kirsten Levorson for more information at


October 1: Trip registration opens online. With exception to Haiti, a $200 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration for all trips. Haiti travel applications + $500 deposit due.

April 28: Parent/Participant Summer Trip Night 7:00-8:00 pm for all trips (Camp Wapo, Cheyenne River, Beach Camp, and the Summer Stretch Overnight Capstone). Payment of $100 due (or remaining $75 for the Summer Stretch Overnight Capstone). At the discretion of the SOTV Youth Staff, trips that have not met the minimum number of participants needed will be cancelled.

June 1: Remaining Balance Due.

June 9: Summer Trip Commissioning Services in the Sanctuary and t-shirt pick-up in the Narthex at 9:45 am and 11:00 am.