Make a Difference During your Fall Break
In the summer we encouraged our campers in their transformation into the best versions of themselves. Through community living, our core values of caring honestly, respect and responsibility, and a full immersion into a place with no cell phones or technology, campers leave camp with a sense of community and family unlike anywhere else. Our Mission Trips allow us to bring our family, home and community to others while assisting their communities through service. Through our Fall Mission Trip, we bring together 10 teenage campers to bring our Flat Rock spirit to others through service and connecting with communities outside of our own. The mission of the YMCA and our Fall Mission Trip is to build health mind, body and spirit for all.
Our 2019 Fall Mission Trip will take place at Once Upon a Time in Appalachia. Focusing on the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, the environment and rural Appalachia, campers will work with agencies in the area connected with the outdoors and the Cherokee nations. In their words, “There are no streetlights or traffic lights here. Maybe your cell phone will work and maybe it won’t. But we do have spectacular mountain vistas, abundant wildlife, and good old Appalachian mountain hospitality.”
Who: Campers age 13-17 with an interest in travelling, giving back, trying something new or exploring. This is a great opportunity for teens who have to complete service hours for school credit.
When: October 13-19, 2019
Sunday: Check in at Flat Rock and depart for Once Upon A Time
Monday: Homesteading-work at Once Upon A Time giving back to their space, splitting wood, and cleaning up
Tuesday: Volunteer work at the Snowbird Senior Citizen Center
Wednesday: Free Day. Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cherokee National Forest.
Thursday: Work in the Cherokee National Forest or Great Smoky Mountain National Park-Trail maintenance, creek cleanup, remove exotic invasive plants, special projects
Friday: Sequoyah Museum where we will help them with special projects and speak with Cherokee Storytellers.
Saturday: Return home to Flat Rock
During our stay, we will practice our core value of Responsibility and cook all of our own meals as a team.
Register for the Fall 2019 Mission Trip today.