“The staff were easy to talk and relate to.”

“SSP is a unique bonding experience. It invites people into the lives of the individuals you get to work for.”

“It’s a great way to make new lifelong relationships, and learn about faith in Christ.”

About the Program

Middle School youth are in a pivotal point of life transition. We are eager to introduce them to the joys of service, many of them spending the week away from their families for the first time. Middle School only sessions offer more adult supervision and structured free time than our programs for older youth.

Download and review the 2018 Summer Information Packet.

Learn More About SSP's Middle School Summer Program

2018 Dates

There are two sessions for middle school only groups.

Chiloquin, Oregon

  • Week 3: July 15 – July 20

Smith River, California

  • Week 4: July 22 – July 27

Middle School sessions begin on Sunday afternoon and end on Friday morning.

Middle School only groups can also participate in Combined Program sessions.

View the current availability.

Program Schedule

Please call us if you have any questions about our program schedule!

Middle school groups can also participate during Combined sessions, which are open to incoming 6th graders through graduated seniors. Groups that do this should be open to collaborating with high school youth.

Register Your Group

The registration process is first-come, first-served and 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. Please call or email Veronica Russell, SSP’s Director of Volunteers and Outreach, if you have any questions.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups and individuals may register where space is available beginning October 9th at 10 AM Pacific Time.

Download and review the 2018 Summer Information Packet.

SSP's Group Registration Portal
First-come, first-served registration opens October 9th, 2017 at 10 AM Pacific Time! If you are your group's liaison, click the button to login to your MySSP account.
New to SSP? Welcome!
If your group is new to SSP, create a login request to so that you can register your group for SSP's programs. First-come, first-served registration opens October 9th at 10 AM Pacific Time!
Update Your Group's SSP Liaison
SSP has one primary contact with your group. To update your SSP liaison, email Veronica your liaison's email, first and last name, phone number, address, position at church, as well as the church attending SSP with.

About the Program

Middle School youth are in a pivotal point of life transition. We are eager to introduce them to the joys of service, many of them spending the week away from their families for the first time. Middle School only sessions offer more adult supervision and structured free time than our programs for older youth.

Eligibility: Who Can Participate?

This program is open to youth entering the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades in the fall of 2018.

Dedication to a Small Group Size

In order to meet the needs of middle school youth and their counselors, we limit the total number of participants to 55 volunteers each week. This group size allows for opportunities for youth to create deep friendships and experience love and acceptance. We intentionally mix the groups that come into different work teams which helps build community among church groups.

Service Work

For the most part, we work on the homes in the communities we serve. The type of work includes building wheelchair ramps and porches, painting and other general home repairs. No construction experience is needed, and you’ll be amazed at all of the work that your youth teams complete!

Occasionally, our teams work on churches, community buildings, and schools in the communities that host us. In addition, we will sometimes participate in other types of community service activities like community gardens when there is a need and the work is appropriate for youth work teams.

Most projects take longer to complete than your week at SSP so you may see the beginning, middle or end of a project.

We upload photos regularly on our facebook page, follow us to stay connected!

Safety and Supervision

Safety of every type – physical, spiritual, and emotional – is our top priority. We want each youth to have the best possible experience so we create an environment dedicated to safety, adequate rest, nutritious meals and snacks, and lots of emotional and spiritual support.

Each week begins with hands-on tool training before anyone begins service work.

SSP Staff

Site locations are staffed by a team of mature young adults and are made of a Site Director, Spiritual Life Coordinator, three Construction Team members and two Food Service Coordinators. Three sites this summer will have an extra staff member. They are trained and present at the site for the entire summer, working with the community to provide quality service opportunities.

The Staff participates in a ten-day training which consists of hands-on job specific training, sessions on leadership, conflict resolution, youth ministry, and cultural sensitivity among others. This training equips these young adults to be prepared for difficult situations that they may encounter over the summer.

Learn more about SSP’s young adult staff.

Adult Counselors

In addition to our staff, youth are accompanied by adult counselors in a ratio of one adult for every four youth (1:4) at our Middle School Program. Counselors are a key element for a successful week for your group.

Counselors must be at least 23 years old and be chosen for maturity and role modeling capabilities; those younger than 23 must be cleared and approved by the SSP office in advance. All counselors are expected to take online training and undergo a national criminal background check before participating.

Learn more about adult counselors.

Vehicles

At site, groups will need to provide their own transportation to and from the work sites each day. Because work teams are composed of six to eight people, minivans and cars work best. Our policy and the law requires that seat belts be used by all occupants. 15-Passenger vans have been shown to be very unsafe. We strongly urge you not to use these vehicles.

Van Rental Information

SSP has been able to arrange for a special discounted rate with Enterprise Rent-A-Car for the rental of vans for your trip to SSP this summer. If you choose to take advantage of this, you need to remember that this arrangement is between you and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. SSP can take no responsibility for reservation problems or any other problems that might arise.

To take advantage of these rates

Call: 1-800-Rent-A-Car or 1-800-736-8222
Or visit www.enterprise.com
Corporate Account Number: 30C2900

On the Enterprise website, all on the first page, enter your dates and location as well as the Corporate Account Number under “Account Number.” This will give you the availability and rates for all vehicles.

Recommendation

Regardless of where you rent your vans, we strongly advise you to call one week ahead of your pick-up date and the day before to verify that your reservation is intact and your vehicles are there.

Fees

The fees cover all accommodations, meals, program supplies, building materials and tools, a T-shirt for each participant and supplemental health insurance (excess coverage only).

Deposit: $50 per participant

Due at registration to reserve spaces

Second Payment: $185 per participant

Due March 1st

Final Payment: $100 per participant

Due June 1st

Scholarships

In 2017, SSP awarded $34,860 in scholarships to 248 participants in need. We hope to do the same in 2018. Our commitment is that no youth should be excluded from participating due to lack of money. This fund will be used to lower the second and final payment by the needed amount. Complete the Group Scholarship Application Form to explain your group’s needs before January 15th to receive priority.

2018 Summer Downloads

Typical Middle School Daily Schedule

Most days at SSP consist of a full day of service work, team building activities, singing, sharing homemade meals together, reflecting on the experience, and a spiritual program centered around the summer theme.

  • 7:00 AM Wake up and get ready (the day may start earlier depending on the site and heat index)
  • 7:30 AM Morning Program
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM Community service opportunities (cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, etc.)
  • 9:30 AM Arrive at work site, begin service work
  • Noon Lunch and Spiritual Sandwiches (group discussion) at work site
  • 1:00 PM Resume service work
  • 3:00 PM Return to site, clean and store tools, shower, free time. Free time is spent at the location where we are housed, and includes guided games and activities.
  • 5:00 PM Staff/counselor meeting – adults meet with staff to discuss joys, concerns, and plans for the next 24 hours.
  • 5:45 PM Dinner
  • 6:30 PM Community service opportunities (cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, etc.)
  • 7:00 PM Song time, work site reports and handing out mail. Evening program, which consists of team building activities and spiritual programing related to our summer theme.
  • 8:00 PM Volunteers prepare for bed.
  • 8:30 PM Evening devotion led by a work team
  • 9:00 PM Lights out. We have separate sleeping areas for each gender. The work we do is hard labor and everyone needs to get a good night of sleep.

Sample Middle School Weekly Schedule

Sunday

Arrive 2:00 to 4:00 PM, orientation, staff / adult counselor meeting, assign work teams

Monday

Hands-on tool training, half day service at work site, evening program

Tuesday

Service at work site all day, cross-cultural evening program

Wednesday

Service at work site all day, evening program

Thursday

Half day of service, water recreation in the afternoon, BBQ dinner

Friday

Pack up, clean site, breakfast, closing circle, depart