Frequently Asked Questions
1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in the three persons:
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in
His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through
His shed blood and His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand
of the Father, and His tangible return in power and glory.
4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by
the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling
the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
6. We believe in the resurrection of the body of the saved and lost — they
that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the
resurrection of damnation.
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.
This doctrinal statement is taken from the doctrine statement of Youth For Christ
and consistent with evangelical, interdenominational organizations. Teen Missions
is a member of Evangelical Press Association, Youth Evangelism Association,
Christian Camping Intl., and the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce.
2. What is the difference between Teen Missions and other groups?
Experience: Teen Missions is a pioneer of the concept of providing short-term missions experience for teens. The first team went out in 1971 and since that time over 40,000 North American youth have assisted with a variety of evangelistic and building projects with over 200 established missions in over 110 countries.
The Lord’s Boot Camp: Teen Mission rugged 200+ acre training facility is no “pamper
camp”. Young missionaries learn team work on the Obstacle Course and experience each training
activity as a team. Training in basic construction, evangelism, music, drama, and spiritual and
practical survival skills is required. Specialty teams receive focused training including choir,
clowning, Orphan Angels (dirt bikes), TESL(Teaching English as a Second Language) audio visuals (film teams),
and cultural training for sensitive countries.
BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Center: Teen Missions offers a unique opportunity for
FREE Bible, missions, and work training to former team members at its three-year Bible school
(2 yrs classes + 1 yr internship). In the mornings, students attend classes; and in the afternoons,
they gain practical experience and fill key missionary positions in Teen Missions worldwide
ministries at the Florida headquarters. Students complete their Bible training without acquiring
any debt, having gained practical missions experience, and are ready for immediate placement
in full-time ministry.
Diversity: Teen Missions is one of the few organizations that is truly interdenominational, having worked with hundreds of church denominations and mission boards. Our staff works in unity from many different backgrounds for one purpose. Our summer team offering is also one of the most diverse to nearly every continent. Projects range from work teams building airstrips, orphanages, and churches to evangelism teams sharing Christ using film, music, puppets, drama, and clowning. Our teams have traveled using mission planes, local transportation, horseback, backpack (foot), dirt bikes, river boats, and more.
Impact in assisting overseas mission efforts: Teen Missions project time on the field (for teens) runs for four to five weeks allowing many work teams to complete significant projects. One hundred dollars of each North American team member’s support cost is built in to donate to the host mission overseas to buy building materials. A portion of each team member’s support is used to help sponser a national teen in an overseas Boot Camp. Each team member is truly making a difference as a summer missionary through work, evangelism, and financial support for local ministries and training.
Teen Missions does not discuss or teach the doctrines that divide the body of believers. Teens asking questions of specific doctrinal issues are directed to their parents and/or pastors. Doctrines included in Teen Missions doctrinal statement are taught.
No. Teen Missions is not a denomination but is interdenominational. Teen Missions staff, leaders and team members come from a wide range of evangelical denominations.
For safety reasons, 6-inch construction boots are required for all team members and leaders through the duration of the team. Besides the obvious safety advantages for a work project site and rugged terrain, these boots protect against disease caused by human and animal waste found on and in the ground because of a lack of toilet facilities in many third world countries.
Teen Missions does not require recommendations or references before team members are assigned to teams.
Teen Missions wants to get the teens into the program, not close them out.
Boot Camp (called this because everyone is required to wear work boots) is Teen Missions rugged 200+ acre training facility. Young missionaries learn team work on the Obstacle Course and experience each training activity as a team. Training in basic construction, evangelism, music, drama, and spiritual and practical survival skills is required. Specialty teams receive focused training including choir, clowning, Desert Angels (dirt bikes), TESL(Teaching English as a Second Language) audio visuals (film teams), and cultural training for sensitive countries.
All team members live in tents during Boot Camp. Once on the mission field,
living situations will differ depending on the available accommodations
at each particular project site.
A timed obstacle course is used to unify a team and to teach them how to work together.
All team members are required to participate in the Obstacle Course to the best of
their ability. In the case of a medical condition, a doctor’s excuse is required to
be excused from doing the obstacles, but the team members will walk the course,
so they will be involved as much as possible with the rest of the team.
At Boot Camp, a First Aid station is manned 24 hours a day. There are two hospitals within 10 miles of Boot Camp. While on the field, if a team members is sick for more than 24 hours, they will visit a doctor, clinic, or whatever medical facility is available to be seen by a health care worker. The location of these medical facilities and doctors is determined in advance so that no time is wasted in getting team members proper care.
- Mustard Seed Camp 4-6 yrs
- Peanut Camp 7-9 yrs
- Preteen Trips 10-13 yrs
- Teen Trips 13+ yrs
- Adult Trips 18+ yrs
13. What happens in the event of political unrest, natural disaster
or other safety issues while the team is overseas?
Teen Missions monitors all the locations of teams, and is in communication with the missionaries that
the teams will be working with. In the event of any political unrest, natural disaster, or other
safety issues arising, Teen Missions has in the past, and will do so again, change the project for
a team, or transfer a team from it’s project to another site. We will do whatever necessary to
ensure, to the best of our ability, the safety of each team member and leader.
15. What is Debrief?
We ask that no care packages be sent to team members while on any part
of their summer team. In many cases, packages sent to team members
arrive after the team has left, and it becomes the responsibility of
the full time missionary on the field to pay for any customs and taxes
that the country charges out of his or her own finances. In most
countries, packages cannot be returned to sender, and MUST be
claimed by the missionary.
All team members and leaders that depart the United States on teams
are required to have a valid passport.
Team leaders and members can order extra prayer cards and support letters at a cost of $5 U.S. per 100.
No. Teen Missions will provide a devotional for you during your
involvement geared to your Boot Camp and field experience.
Yes, this simplifies the process the Finance Department will have in entering the check to each team member’s account, and for proofing their work.
After registering, each team member receives a support packet with support letters and prayer cards to be used in raising your Project Expense. These letters and prayer cards are designed to give your supporters relevant information of Teen Missions and the team you are going on. Make a list of family, friends, church members and others who would be potential supporters. Send each person on the list a support letter and prayer card.
YES, Go to our Donate Page for more information.
There are a number of deadlines that we suggest team members aim for:
30 Day Deadline: 30 days after receiving your support packet, team leaders and members should have their first $300, and their paperwork turned into the Teen Mission office.
Half way Deadline: half way between your registration date and May 15, you should have
half of your support in.
May 1: All of your Project Expense should be in for Early Boot Camp
May 15: All of your Project Expense should be in for Super Boot Camp and Preteen
You will need to call the Teen Missions office to see whether it is possible to switch to a less expensive team for which you have sufficient funds. There are also change fees to cover administrative costs and possible airline penalties.
The Project Expense that team members raise are dispersed by Teen Missions to cover the expenses of the team transportation, food, building supplies and operational expenses.