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Community Overview


AGE GROUP:
Jr. High & Up

May 21 - August 18, 2017

COST: $355/person
(6-Day Trip)

Appalachia Service Projects – Pike County, "Kentucky's Mountain Treasure," is nestled amidst the mountains of Kentucky. With a high school graduation rate of 61%, genuine need surrounds this county. During our short term mission trips in Kentucky, you will be serving in and around the small communities of Pike County. Together with our community partners we will help connect your team with people and practical opportunities to show and share your faith.

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Community Profile

In the heart of the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, we find the beautiful Pike County. Pike County is known as Kentucky's "Mountain Treasure." Pike County is Kentucky's largest county in terms of land area and has a population of 68,736.

History

Pike County was founded in 1821 and was named for General Zebulon Pike, the same explorer who discovered Pikes Peak. You may have heard of Pike County as they are known for the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud. This feud was an Appalachian vendetta between two families that lasted from the 1860s up to the 1890s.

Pike County is true to the Appalachian way of coal mining and has trademarked itself as "America's Energy Capital" because of their immense reserves of coal and natural gas. They are a leader in the nation's coal & gas production and are continually developing strategies to further lead the nation into more comprehensive energy plans. Pikeville, a town within Pike County is the 3rd largest banking center in the commonwealth and is considered an economic hub in Eastern Kentucky.

Natural Environment

The state of Kentucky is home to over 90,000 miles of streams which makes it one of the most expansive and complex stream systems in the nation. Including the immense expanse of rivers, Kentucky is home to many great parks, including Breaks Park which borders Virginia. Breaks Park has a breathtaking view that will leave you in awe of our Creator as you experience what is known as the "Grand Canyon of the South."

Lifestyle

While many people residing in Pike County enjoy modern conveniences such as TV, computers, phones, etc., there are still many who resist those conveniences and choose to enjoy the simple mountain life without those conveniences. While they are few and far between, there are some people who live in the mountains with no electricity, running water, or vehicles; rather they rely on nature to provide them with the means to maintain life.

Kentucky is true to its heritage and Pike County hosts an annual, "Hillbilly Days"—a three day festival that draws people from all over.

Needs

The median income per family in Pike County is $29,000 per year. Many of the people who live under the median income are elderly or disabled. Because of this, the elderly or disable families, as well as other families who have fallen on tough times, fall through the cracks and do not make enough to pay for the labor of keeping up their homes. There is a large need for manual labor as well as skilled labor.

Religion

Pike County is home to many small mountain churches. Religious roots travel deep in the hearts of the older generations especially. Evangelical Protestant churches such as The Free-Will Baptist Church, Southern Baptist Church and other Baptist Churches are a high segment of churches in the area. The state of Kentucky is home to several seminaries which have influenced the religious culture of the area. In Pike County resides Pikeville College, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

Trip Activities

Work Projects

Work projects are organized to support the needs and vision of the community and designed to connect team members with the local people of Pike County. There is a large population of elderly & disabled "shut ins" in this community and many are the focus of our projects.

Your team will be involved in home repair and community restoration work projects that reach out to those in need in various practical ways. We will work in neighborhoods with a diverse group of people and circumstances. Team members will have the opportunity to share their lives through service, prayer, and time spent with the families and children they come to work among.

Outreach Ministry

Due to the unique nature of this community, the opportunity for relational ministry may take place directly at project worksites as volunteers come alongside and encourage those come to serve.

There may be additional opportunities to serve in various types of relational ministry if the need arises. These could include: visiting the elderly, singing at a nursing home, gardening, cleaning, etc.

Children's Ministry

Depending on the specific needs of the week you serve, Experience Mission may or may not hold an organized Kids Club. Teams will be notified several months prior to their trip if Kids Club is an opportunity. If Kids Club is included as an opportunity for your team, participation will be optional. If your team chooses to participate in Kids Club, Experience Mission will provide the curriculum for your teams use. This Kids Club curriculum will be sent out to Team Leaders in the spring via email.

Teams will be responsible to bring the craft supplies needed for their specific crafts and should budget appropriately. While we do our best to make sure craft materials are cost effective, teams may feel free to augment any materials to make them more suitable to their budget. Experience Mission will supply scissors, staplers, paper hole punches and rulers. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with the local children through games like soccer or Frisbee. Tuck in a hackysack, football or jump rope as they are sure to come in handy!

*Experience Mission works closely with local leaders to identify work projects and ministry opportunities that address authentic needs within the community. We ask that you come with a servant's heart and willingness to adapt to the unique qualities represented in each location. Opportunities can vary significantly from one week to the next. Your team may work at one location or serve at multiple locations each day. Due to the changing needs of our community partners, we cannot confirm your specific daily activities until your team arrives.

Spring Break Trips

Due to staffing limitations and varying school schedules in our community locations, Kids Club and Evening Gathering are not offered during spring break trips. Teams should plan to prepare their own worship and devotional materials for trips from February-May.

Typical Schedule

Each morning, there is time set aside for devotions and quiet time. This is a valuable time and we strongly encourage all team members to spend it with God, journaling their thoughts and experiences as the days unfold.

Our staff will lead a time of debriefing and a short devotional in the evening (what we call "Evening Gathering") and it is always a great addition to have musical worship. Our programming does not include musical worship as we can't guarantee that our our staff will have this ability. Please let us know if you have anyone who sings or plays guitar on your trip so that we can help to coordinate the musical aspect of worship when able. If teams aren't able to help in the area of music, it may not be a part of the trip.

AVERAGE DAILY SCHEDULE

Day 1
3-6pm Groups Arrive
5pm - Leader's Meeting
6pm - Dinner
7pm - Orientation Meeting
8:30pm - Team Time (a time for your group alone)
11:30pm - Lights Out

Day 2-5
7:15am - Breakfast
7:45am - Devotions and Quiet Time
8:15am - Group Prayer
8:30am - Teams leave for Sites
12pm - Lunch
3:30pm - Finish work for the day
4pm - Break and Clean-up
5pm - Leaders meeting
6pm - Dinner
7pm - Evening Gathering (as a whole group)
8:30pm - Team time

Day 6
7am - Breakfast
7:30am - Cleanup/ Packing
8:30am - Commissioning
9am - Pictures and Good-Byes

Lodging, Food & Transportation

Lodging

Teams in Pike County will stay in a church. We partner with several churches and the exact location will be determined closer to your trip.

Sleeping

You will be sleeping on the floor and should plan to bring an air mattress or a mat. Team members should plan to bring light bedding or a sleeping bag and a pillow.

Showers & Bathrooms

There will be showers and bathrooms for your team at the place you stay. Most work sites will also have bathrooms. On the occasion that there are no facilities where you are working, teams will need to take breaks midday to use a public restroom.

Water

There is running water in Pike County. Teams will have access to it where they are staying, and at most work sites. Teams should plan to bring refillable water bottles to stay hydrated at work sites.

Electricity

There is electricity in Pike County that will be available where teams stay as well as at most work sites.

Security

Pike County is a safe area in general. The facilities where teams stay will be locked throughout the night and Experience Mission Staff members will do a sweep to make sure the facilities are secure before retiring for the evening. There is minor petty theft in the area. For this reason, we recommend teams leaving all valuables (smart phones, computers, jewelry, etc.) at home. If a team does bring some valuables, the best way to keep them safe is to store them in a locked vehicle during the day.

Food

A wonderful team of local cooks, alongside your Experience Mission Summer Staff, will be preparing and serving your meals. Breakfast and dinner will be served buffet style, and your team will pack their own lunches each morning. Team members should plan to bring their own plate, bowl, cup and silverware for meals.

Transportation

Your teams transportation to, from and while in Kentucky is not covered. You will need vehicles throughout the entire week to transport your team to various locations for work and ministry. Using a school bus as your main mode of transportation while in this community is not an option. Our work in Pike County can only accommodate standard 15 passenger vans or smaller.




Upcoming Kentucky Trip Dates

EM requires a minimum of six (6) participants to run a summer trip and 15 participants paying full price to run an off-season trip.

If you do not see your preferred dates available be sure to check out our McDowell County, WV, Webster Springs, WV, and Jackson County, OH communities in Appalachia!

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonGroup TypeCommunityMore InfoNext StepsCost/
Person
20175/21 - 5/26$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
5/28 - 6/2$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
6/4 - 6/9$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
6/11 - 6/16$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
6/18 - 6/23$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
6/25 - 6/30$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
7/2 - 7/7$355Multi-AgePike County?
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4th of July Week!

Grab SpaceRegister Now$355
7/9 - 7/14$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
7/16 - 7/21$355Multi-AgePike CountyClosed$355
7/23 - 7/28$355Multi-AgePike CountyClosed$355
7/30 - 8/4$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
8/6 - 8/11$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
8/13 - 8/18$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355

EM requires a minimum of six (6) participants to run a summer trip and 15 participants paying full price to run an off-season trip.

If you do not see your preferred dates available be sure to check out our McDowell County, WV, Webster Springs, WV, and Jackson County, OH communities in Appalachia!

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonCommunityMore InfoNext StepsCost/
Person
20175/21 - 5/26$355Pike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
5/28 - 6/2$355Pike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
6/4 - 6/9$355Pike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
6/11 - 6/16$355Pike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
6/18 - 6/23$355Pike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
6/25 - 6/30$355Pike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
7/2 - 7/7$355Pike County?
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4th of July Week!

Grab SpaceRegister Now$355
7/9 - 7/14$355Pike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
7/16 - 7/21$355Pike CountyClosed$355
7/23 - 7/28$355Pike CountyClosed$355
7/30 - 8/4$355Pike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
8/6 - 8/11$355Pike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
8/13 - 8/18$355Pike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355

Don't see dates that work for you? Please call our Servicing Department for more options at 888-475-6414.

Trip
Dates
Cost/PersonGroup TypeCommunityNext StepsCost/
Person
20176/4 - 6/9$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
6/11 - 6/16$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
6/25 - 6/30$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355
7/16 - 7/21$355Multi-AgePike CountyClosed$355
8/6 - 8/11$355Multi-AgePike CountyGrab SpaceRegister Now$355

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Registration & Payment

Experience Mission has specific policies regarding registration and withdrawal. Please refer to the document below for specifics.

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Experience Mission FAQ

Is Experience Mission affiliated with a denomination?
Experience Mission is an interdenominational organization and is not directly affiliated with any specific denomination. Participants from all denominations are welcome on our mission trips; please see our statement of faith and core values in the About section of our website for more information about our beliefs.

Will we be working with other groups?
If your team does not fill the trip to its full capacity, there is a good possibility that you will be working with other teams. Teams should plan to eat together, have evening program together and share sleeping quarters and bathroom facilities.

Typically teams are not combined on the worksites however sometimes we find it necessary to mix teams due to the size or scope of the project. If teams are mixed at the worksite an adult from each team will be a part of that mix to provide oversight for their team members.

If the occasion arises where the additional team desiring to come on the selected trip is comprised of ages other than the original team that registered, that original team will be notified.

How many people do we need to run a trip?
Every community requires a different minimum team size in order for a trip to run. Please refer to each community for this number that is listed above the trip dates. If you meet that minimum team size you can select any dates listed for your trip. For International communities, if your team size falls below the minimum team size you can join any trips listed under the “Small Teams” tab. It is important to note that all people must come on a team size of at least six (6) people.

Can I create a custom trip?
If you would like schedule a custom week exclusively for your team, please contact our office at 888-475-6414 so that we can discuss your options.

Who provides supervision of minors?
Experience Mission staff will be on location to take care of logistics and to facilitate your trip. Experience Mission staff is not responsible for supervision of the minors on your team. Your team is responsible to come to your mission location with appropriate adult supervision to lead your students on the work sites & to provide supervision to them at the housing facilities, including meal times & in sleeping arrangements.

Can I come as an individual?
At this time we do not have the ability to bring individuals on our week long mission trips. All members of a mission trip must be part of a team of at least six (6) people.

The main option Experience Mission has for individuals is our 1, 3 & 6 Month IMMERSION Trips - Open to individuals ages 18-30. Check them out at www.experiencemission.org/immersion. If you would like to know more about these trips be sure to fill out an interest form and someone from our IMMERSION team will contact you!

What adult to student ratio do you recommend?
To ensure that your students have the best possible trip, it is highly important for them to have the right amount of leadership.

For Senior High teams, the recommended minimum student to adult ratio is 7:1. That's Seven students to each adult leader. You can have more leaders if you desire to.

For Junior High teams, the required minimum student to adult ratio is 5:1. That's Five students to each adult leader. You can have more leaders if you desire to.

We can be flexible if you don't have this exact amount. As the team leader you are responsible for the supervision and leadership for your group and we trust your judgment to provide this.

Is childrens' ministry a part of every trip?
Children's ministry largely depends on which community you are going to. Many of our rural locations offer children's ministry as an option for team participation. In most of our urban communities, Kids Club is an integral part of the program and is not optional. There are a few communities where Kids Club is not available. For specific information about Kids Club in the community you are serving in, refer to the "trip details" for your location.

Due to the varying schedules of local children throughout the school year, EM will not offer Kids Club during the off season months of September - May.

Is transportation included?
Domestic trips & Tecate, Mexico - Your teams transportation to, from and while in your community is not covered. You will need your vehicles throughout the entire week to transport your team to various locations for work and ministry. Using a school bus as your sole means of transportations in these locations is not recommended.

International Trips - Upon arrival to your international location, all transportation is included. Team members are responsible to cover the booking and cost of their round trip airfare to the destination airport.

Can I arrive a day early or stay a day late?
Due to the large volume of teams coming to serve during the summer months and the need to prepare on a regular basis for each team, we ask that teams limit their time to the dates of their trip. If you would like to stay an additional day in the area for sightseeing or other various activities, the arrangement of lodging & food is up to you.

Who will lead my trip?
An Experience Mission staff team of 1-3 people will be in the community to lead your team. These staff members are normally present in the community throughout most of the summer and work alongside EM's Community Partners there to ensure that trips run as smoothly as possible.

EM Staff take care of vital details like making sure your team has projects and materials, making sure food is prepared, housing and bathrooms are ready and any other logistical details that may arise.

Are there any additional expenses for my team?
All basic necessities such as food, housing, major work project materials and Kids Club curriculum are included in your trip fee. All in-country transportation is covered in our international locations with the exception of Tecate, Mexico. In Tecate and in all other domestic locations, you will need to provide your own transportation.

Additional expenses would be:

Kids Club - If your team is participating in Kids Club, your team will be responsible to bring snacks and the craft supplies needed for the specific crafts designated to your team and should budget appropriately.

Tools - Depending on your selected community location, you may be asked to bring minor tools like hammers and paint brushes, paint rollers and paint pans, trowels, putty knives, nail aprons, tape measures. These are listed in your packing list under "Tools."

Gas - In all of our domestic community locations as well as Tecate, Mexico, Teams are expected provide their own transportation. Teams will need to drive their team to and from the work sites and Kids Club locations throughout the week as well as any additional extracurricular locations and should budget extra money for gas. Please note that in rural locations such as our Appalachia and our Navajo communities, things are very spread out and extra gas may be required.

Entry & Exit Fees - Team traveling internationally may be required to pay an exit fee when leaving the country. These fees can vary but generally range between $25-$45 per person.

What time should I plan to arrive and depart?
Domestic Locations - If you are traveling to one of our domestic community locations your team should plan to arrive between 3:00pm and 5:00pm on the first day of your selected trip. Your trip officially starts with dinner and is normally followed by an orientation meeting. Departure is after breakfast on the last day of the trip.

International Locations - International arrival/departure times are specific to each community. If you are traveling to one of our international communities, you will find arrival/departure times in the “Mission Trip Details” link on the right hand side of the community page. If you have difficulty finding flights that fit into this time frame, please contact our office before booking your flight to make special arrangements.

Can I bring my kids?
Special permission must be given by Experience Mission for children outside of the specified age range of the trip (Junior High, High School, Adult etc.) In the case that a child does come, they must be accompanied by their parent and their parent must take full responsibility of the child. Children 10 and under will have price breaks on a case by case basis.

Do you accommodate food allergies?
Experience Mission would like people with dietary restrictions to feel comfortable participating in our week long mission trips*. While we cannot completely accommodate all dietary limitations, we are able to provide basic items or make minor adjustments to the meals to help support these unique needs. We do recommend however, that team members with dietary limitations bring additional foods to supplement their daily meals. For a full Food Policy go to https://experiencemission.org/foodpolicy.

*This applies only for our week long mission trips. If you are looking to attend a longer IMMERSION trip please inquire with the Immersion team regarding your terms food restrictions.

What is the Evening Gathering?
The Evening Gathering is a time set aside in the evening for worship, prayer, and a short devotional discussion led by our staff. While musical worship is something we like to be incorporated in this time, Experience Mission does not provide this component. We ask teams to bring guitars and plan to lead worship when able. The Evening Gathering normally lasts between 30-60 minutes. Following this, there will be additional time for individual teams to meet together to share, debrief, have fun and deal with team issues. We make this time a priority for you to spend with your team.

Due to staffing limitations Evening Gathering will not be offered during our off-season months of September - May. You are free to lead your team in a time of worship and devotions of your choosing in place of Evening Gathering.

Evening Gathering will be offered in most communities during the summer months of June, July and August.

Do I need someone over the age of 21 on my team?
A. All minors under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by someone over the age of 21. Participants between the ages of 18-20 may go without someone over the age of 21.

Health & Safety

EM's Health & Safety plan provides the following:

Staff certification: All Summer Staff are certified in First Aid and CPR.

Medical kits: Medical kits that include first-aid supplies for general accidents and ailments are provided for each site. In international locations, we will also carry a Trauma Kit or First Responder Kit. In these remote locations we will have medications like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl and Imodium on hand. We make these available to adult team leaders for their sole discretionary use with their team members. EM Staff will not dispense any medications. In our domestic and international locations, we ask that teams supply their own medications like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl and Imodium as they deem necessary.

Emergency response plan: Based on the severity of each emergency, EM has a plan for appropriate response.

If a team member becomes seriously ill, they will be taken to a local doctor to receive appropriate medical attention and medications. If they are a minor, their Team Leader along with our staff will accompany them to the clinic. If needed, their parents will be contacted. Their recovery will be carefully monitored by our staff.

If there is an accident that requires a doctor, but is not life threatening and does not have the potential to cause permanent damage, Experience Mission staff will locate the Team Leader, contact parents or guardians (providing the injured is a minor) and provide safe but quick transportation to a local clinic.

In the event that an accident occurs which is life threatening or has the potential for permanent damage, emergency medical care will be secured and arraignments will be made if necessary, to transport the injured person to the United States as quickly as possible providing they are serving in one of our International locations. In our domestic locations, local 911 services will be contacted immediately. The family will be contacted immediately to assist in guidance for appropriate response.

All medical care is the sole responsibility of the team member. Experience Mission requires every team member to be covered by domestic medical insurance and recommends that team members traveling abroad carry additional international travel insurance to cover any medical needs their domestic medical insurance may not cover.



Registering for a Mission Trip

Grabbing Space

"Grab Space" to temporarily reserve spots for 30 days. This is for all teams in the process of planning your mission trip who may not quite be ready to take the step of registering your team.

DOES THIS SECURE YOUR SPACES? No. Spaces are not secured until you have registered your team. Trips are fill on a "first come, first served" basis and registering teams receive full priority over all teams with current or previously grabbed spaces. Grabbing space merely lets us know of your interest in a specific trip so we can provide you with all the information you need to plan your mission trip.

NOTE: There is no financial obligation involved in Grabbing Space.

Registering

Register your team to secure space for you mission trip. This locks in your trip dates in a specific community, and requires a trip deposit based on projected number of team members.

TEAM SIZE: There are many details involved in putting together a mission team and it can be difficult to project your final team size at the beginning of this process. So, if you're not sure of your final team size, we suggest you make a conservative participant estimate when you register. As your team develops, you can increase your team size by calling us, provided space is still available.

NOTE: Decreasing your team size after registering will involve a financial penalty. For specific details, view our Registration & Payment Policy.

Group Types

Trips listed in the above chart with the Group Type of "ALL" are currently available to groups of all ages/types.

NOTE: The type of group accepted during those weeks may change based on the type of group that initially registers for that week.

Individuals

All members of a week-long mission trip must be part of a team of at least six (6) people, with at least one team member age 21 or older to serve as the "Team Leader." If you are an individual, recruit a team of six to go with you and then register for your specific trip!

All young adults ages 18-30 are eligible to apply for our 1, 3 & 6-Month IMMERSION program. If you would like to know more about these trips be sure to fill out an IMMERSION interest form and someone from our IMMERSION team will contact you!

Need to know more?

If you have additional questions or don't see the dates you're looking for listed above, please call use at the EM Service Center at 888-475-6414 or Fill Out an Interest Form.

Registering for a Mission Trip

Grabbing Space

"Grab Space" to temporarily reserve spots for 30 days. This is for all teams in the process of planning your mission trip who may not quite be ready to take the step of registering your team.

DOES THIS SECURE YOUR SPACES? No. Spaces are not secured until you have registered your team. Trips are fill on a "first come, first served" basis and registering teams receive full priority over all teams with current or previously grabbed spaces. Grabbing space merely lets us know of your interest in a specific trip so we can provide you with all the information you need to plan your mission trip.

NOTE: There is no financial obligation involved in Grabbing Space.

Registering

Register your team to secure space for you mission trip. This locks in your trip dates in a specific community, and requires a trip deposit based on projected number of team members.

TEAM SIZE: There are many details involved in putting together a mission team and it can be difficult to project your final team size at the beginning of this process. So, if you're not sure of your final team size, we suggest you make a conservative participant estimate when you register. As your team develops, you can increase your team size by calling us, provided space is still available.

NOTE: Decreasing your team size after registering will involve a financial penalty. For specific details, view our Registration & Payment Policy.

Group Types

Trips listed in the above chart with the Group Type of "ALL" are currently available to groups of all ages/types.

NOTE: The type of group accepted during those weeks may change based on the type of group that initially registers for that week.

Individuals

All members of a week-long mission trip must be part of a team of at least six (6) people, with at least one team member age 21 or older to serve as the "Team Leader." If you are an individual, find a team of 6 to go with you and then register for your specific trip!

All young adults ages 18-30 are also eligible to apply for our IMMERSION program.

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