Each summer 1,800 youth and adults from over 180 churches participate in our Summer Programs. For the summer of 2017, we have five site locations throughout Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona. We offer week-long sessions beginning July 2, 2017. Last summer, teenagers completed 85 projects on homes and community centers. Outside of work projects, youth share in worship and explore the culture of the communities where they are serving. Two of the sites are located in Native American communities, two in rural communities, and one in an urban community.
Our mission is to enable youth to:
Build faith and strengthen communities through service to others.
Common to all SSP programs is service to the elderly, poor and marginalized. Our service is offered without strings attached and is done with an attitude of respect and humility.
Download and review the 2017 Summer Information Packet.
Church Youth Groups
Church youth groups from all over the US travel to one of the summer locations for an unforgettable week of serving, learning, worship and fellowship. Groups from United Methodist, Episcopal, Lutheran, United Church of Christ, Presbyterian, and Catholic churches are a part of SSP’s network. We are an interdenominational program that has an affiliation with the United Methodist Church. SSP is open to all churches. No group is too small! One youth and one adult makes a group. Some churches send multiple groups to different SSP sessions due to their schedule limitations or because they have a large group.
Youth entering the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades in Fall 2017 and 2017 high school graduates are all welcome to participate in our High School Program.
This program is designed for youth entering the 6th, 7th and 8th grade in Fall 2017.
This program is designed for incoming 6th graders in Fall 2017 through 2017 high school graduates. Mature youth will be given opportunities to lead and mentor younger youth. Groups of only middle school or high school youth are also welcome to attend Combined sessions.
Youth can now participate in SSP outside of a youth group. We want all youth to have the same incredible experience of learning, making new friends, worship and service that SSP participants have. Individuals can attend any High School or Combined session.
This program works especially well for:
- Youth unconnected with a church or youth group
- Youth whose churches do not have youth groups
- Youth who are unable to attend the week that their group is scheduled
- Youth who want to attend SSP more than once
2017 Program & Fee Schedule
This year we are offering three different types of programs, with varying costs and session lengths. Middle School and High School only groups can also attended Combined sessions. Please call us if you have any questions about our program schedule!
Register Your Group
The registration process takes place on our MySSP portal, which is our online registration system. MySSP allows you to submit your registration, make payments, and later in the process, update your group’s information regarding roster information, t-shirt sizes and dietary needs.
This year registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups and individuals may register where space is available.