2019 Priority Registration Timeline

  • September 3: 2019 summer interest survey due
  • September 5: 2019 summer program schedule available
  • September 13: 2019 Summer Information Packet available
  • October 1: Priority registration opens for summer 2019
  • October 31: Priority registration period ends
  • November 1:
    • Placements for priority-registered groups announced
    • First-come, first-served registration opens on MySSP
  • January 15: Priority deadline for scholarship applications
  • Spring 2019: Preparation details for the summer will be released to group liaisons

If you have any questions, please call or email SSP’s Director of Volunteers and Outreach, Veronica Russell at (916) 488-6441. Explore our website to learn about all the programs SSP offers for youth, young adults, and intergenerational teams. You can also view the current availability for the upcoming summer.

SSP's Invitation Video

Watch, share and invite others to join you at SSP next summer!

2019 Brochure

Share this brochure with your youth, parents and other groups who may be interested in learning about SSP!

Group Liaison FAQ

I am a new liaison, but my group has attended SSP. What do I need to do?

Download and review the 2019 Summer Information Packet.

Contact SSP’s Director of Volunteers and Outreach, Veronica Russell, with the following information:

  1. Your group’s name
  2. Your full name
  3. Your email address
  4. Your address
  5. Phone numbers: cell/work/home
  6. Your role (pastor, youth director, parent, volunteer, etc.)

Once your information is received, you will be updated as the active liaison for your group. You will be sent a link to confirm your account.

My church and I are completely new to SSP. What do I need to do?

Download and review the 2019 Summer Information Packet.

Complete a New Group Login Request on MySSP.

I want to change my email address on MySSP. How do I do this?

Contact SSP’s Director of Volunteer and Outreach, Veronica Russell, with the following information:

  1. Your group’s name
  2. Your full name
  3. Your email address

Once your information is received, your new email will be updated as your login to MySSP. You will be sent a link to confirm your account.

How do I change my group size after I’ve registered?

Liaisons should use the ‘make changes’ link on their MySSP home page to either add or drop spots. In either case, be sure to go through all the necessary screens to ensure your changes have been saved on our system.

Adding spots: You’ll be asked to submit a deposit via card to reserve each additional spot for your group. If your session is full, you can request to be placed on a waitlist.

Dropping spots: If your group needs to drop spots, please note all payments are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Drops should be made prior to a payment due date in order to avoid being charged for subsequent payments. Payments previously paid for dropped spots are forfeited, and cannot be applied towards the remainder of a group’s balance. Groups that decrease in size after a payment due date still owe the payments for those dropped spots, and will be charged the full balance incurred as of the due date.

My group registered for more spots than we were able to fill. Are we still responsible for paying for those spots?

All payments are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Drops should be made prior to a payment due date in order to avoid being charged for subsequent payments. Payments previously paid for dropped spots are forfeited, and cannot be applied towards the remainder of a group’s balance. Groups that decrease in size after a payment due date still owe the payments for those dropped spots, and will be charged the full balance incurred as of the due date.

If your group is unable to attend at all, please call or email the office to let us know as soon as possible so we can make any necessary payment arrangements, and plan for those spaces being available.

My group registered, but cannot attend at all. What do we do?

All payments are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Drops should be made prior to a payment due date in order to avoid being charged for subsequent payments. Payments previously paid for dropped spots are forfeited, and cannot be applied towards the remainder of a group’s balance. Groups that decrease in size after a payment due date still owe the payments for those dropped spots, and will be charged the full balance incurred as of the due date.

If your group is unable to attend at all, please call or email the office to let us know as soon as possible so we can arrange a payment and plan for those spaces being available.

One or more of my registered youth needs to switch between the multiple groups I have registered. How do I make this change?

Please call (916) 488-6441 or email Veronica Russell to coordinate any volunteer transfers between groups.

My group has young adults (graduated high school, but under 23) who want to attend with our youth group. Can they participate?

As a youth?

No. Many of our SSP staff are young adults that fall between the ages of 18 – 23. Having program participants who may be the same age or older than our staff can be distracting and detract from the experience. We cap attendance for youth at those who have just completed their senior year in high school. If you wish to discuss this further, please contact Veronica Russell.

As an adult counselor?

No. SSP sets the age limit for counselors at a minimum of 23 for several reasons:

  1. The role requires a large amount of responsibility and leadership. Counselors must be established in their youth’s eyes as a leader or adult figure, not as a peer.
  2. Serving as an SSP counselor requires driving every day during the session. For liability reasons, anyone under 23 will be unable to drive youth during their time at SSP.

If you wish to discuss this further, please contact Veronica Russell.

As a Staff-In-Training or Summer Staff?

Yes! If you have young adults who are serious about furthering their service experience with SSP, encourage them to look into our Staff-In-Training (SIT) or summer staff programs. Please note that SIT’s are not placed at the same site and session as their home church. This makes the transition from peer to leader much easier for individuals and their groups. Visit our SIT and staff pages, and contact Megan Walsh for more information.

As an Intergenerational Team Member!

Yes! SSP has always encouraged healthy relationships between people of different ages. We all have a wealth of unique experiences, which benefit the greater community when shared with others.

For the third year as part of our 2019 summer program, we are thrilled to offer two Intergenerational sessions, open to volunteers age 12 and up. Over the years, we have received requests for adult, college-age, or staff alumni trips, and look forward to this pilot program.

Anyone age 12 and up may attend the Intergenerational sessions. Adult groups, college groups, staff alumni, families, youth groups, and groups with a mix in ages are all welcome to participate. Youth volunteers entering 9th grade or higher may sign up as individuals if they wish, as can individual adults. Anyone 18 years or older attending this program must undergo a national criminal background screening before June 1st.

We ask that anyone attending this program keep an open mind – it will not be a traditional SSP week! There will be volunteers of all ages present, as well as a mixed level of SSP experience.

How do I prepare my group to attend?

Download and review the 2019 Summer Information Packet and 2018 Summer Preparation Packet (2019 will be available in spring).

With our handy-dandy preparation packets! All instructions on how to best prepare your group for your SSP trip can be found in the packet, so it is important to read it fully and thoroughly.

Watch the SSP Invitation Video and check out the 2019 brochure.

SSP's Group Registration Portal
Priority registration is open October 1-31! 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. Priority registration is open October 1-31!
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 with group, as well as the group attending SSP with.