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Middle School Youth Summer Trip 2024

Middle School Youth
Summer Trip to Orlando

July 21-24, 2024
Leaving Church at 11:00 am.
Cost $250
$200 Balance due July 12

This July 21 to 24, embark on a journey of service, adventure, and spiritual growth with us in Orlando! We will drive on the church bus to the FL Conference UCC in Orlando leaving on Sunday morning. We will arrive in Orlando by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, ready to break the ice and dive into a meaningful devotional session. The adventure continues on Monday as we dedicate our morning to nurturing the Conference garden and our afternoon to collaborating with a local community organization in the Orlando area (fostered through our connection to friends in Winter Park). After a refreshing shower at the nearby YMCA, we’ll gather at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park for a nourishing dinner.

First Congregational Church of Winter Park

Tuesday is an Islands of Adventure Day!

Islands of Adventure

Our mission culminates on Wednesday with light work at the conference ground, wrapping up in time for a closing devotional and lunch. As we bid farewell, we carry with us the lessons learned, friendships forged, and the joy of service fulfilled.

We will have continental breakfasts on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and will have lunch at the Conference Office on Monday afternoon.

Florida Conference UCC

If you are interested, and I hope you are, please click the button below to make your initial $50 non-refundable deposit and claim your space on this amazing adventure. Please note, the deposit is due on April 1.

Packing List for Participants:

  • Sleeping Bag/Pillow
  • Pajamas/Sleepwear
  • Closed-Toe Shoes
  • Toiletries & Transport Bag
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit (for the YMCA on Monday night)
  • Any medications/vitamins
  • Water Bottle

Prepare for a blend of service, learning, and fun as we make a tangible difference in our communities and grow together in faith. We can’t wait to share this outreach and fun Middle School Summer trip with you!

Neal Watkins

Our host for this special event is Neal Watkins, the Minister for Congregational Life for the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ. Neal, along with his wife, Pam, and their children, Casey and Caleb, are proud residents of Vero Beach, Florida. With a rich history of involvement in the UCC community and a deep commitment to innovative and engaging ministry, Neal brings a unique blend of energy, insight, and passion to our gathering. His experience spans from youth ministry to theological education, including a significant role in developing dynamic worship experiences that resonate with young believers today.

FL Conference UCC, 9300 University Blvd. Orlando, FL 32817