China Camp | Teen Missions Trip

Inland China Kids
Experience an unforgettable summer missions trip sharing Christ in rural China. After completing Boot Camp classes, you will bus to the Orlando International Airport and board a flight to Chicago. From Chicago you continue on your next flight across western Canada, the Bering Sea and the International Date Line before arriving in Beijing, China. From the airport you will bus 250 miles to Taiyuan City in the Shaanxi province. The team will help at “Joy on the Journey” Camp to give Chinese young people a summer camp experience. Projects at their new campsite you may be involved in are: expanding the second floor of the kitchen and bathroom building, laying new water pipes and building a challenge course to incorporate a team building experience for the young people. You will have time to make friends with the Chinese youth who attend the camp. Housing will be in dorms with showers available. Laundry will be done using a bucket.


Terracotta Warriors

During your time in China, you will take a trip to Xi An where you will see thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors, with horses and chariots, that were buried with China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang in massive underground pits to accompany the emperor into the afterlife. After your time on the project, you will overnight in China’s capital Beijing, and visit the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall before returning to Florida for Debrief.
(Note: Florida Debrief)


June 24 – August 15

Contributions Equal To: $ 4090 U.S. plus Registration Fee

About China

For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the Communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system. After 1978, MAO’s successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. China is located in Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam. In land area, China is slightly smaller than the USA and is the world’s most populous country with over 1.3 billion people.


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  1. Haven’t heard from our boy yet- did they write any letters yet?? We have been watching for photo of the china team – not sure who the other members were because Zach took the list to review on his flight– “So he’d know someone”. We are just so very anxious to share in this experience with you all. Thanks for your patience!

    • They have written postcards home and a letter on Sunday. All are fine. Check out the nightly rallies on our webcast.

  2. is postage sold at bootcamp?

  3. Beth, I need to let you know Abbey Allen’s, 46040 travel plans to Boot Camp have changed. She will be flying in on June 23rd on flight #0005 from Dallas/Houston on Southwest airlines at 12:45pm. She will meet the “greeter” at the Delta baggage claim. She will be traveling with Donovan Dowers.

  4. Oh sorry, Beth. I forgot I already asked this and didn’t come back to check it!

  5. Hi Beth,
    Can you give me a time that the public commissioning will be on July 11th? We have some friends who want to see Abbey off for us! It’s good to have good friends! :o)

  6. OK, I wasn’t expecting money back! I just wanted to help. It might also make it easier for me. Could I go ahead and pack everything in the duffel, and forget the box?

    I might have a hole in the bottom, thus making all of this irrelevent. I’ll decide if it can take another summer.


    • If you want to bring them, go ahead. We can always use the duffel to pack food in (if it doesn’t have a hole) and you could get a new one.

  7. Since I’m an FTM, I already have a duffel bag and a blue backpack (from 2008). Should I bring these? Would it save Teen Missions money? Or are have they downsized the duffels or changed the backpack?

    • You can bring them (make sure they are in good condition and will survive another summer). However, we will not give money for these items as we have done in the past.

  8. Hi Beth,
    Do you know what time the commissioning will start on July 11th? Some friends want to see Abbey off since we can’t be there. Thanks! Katrina

  9. I’m on Face Book! 🙂

  10. When we are traveling to our site can people meet us in the airports? like in Chicago when we stop can some people meet us there? Thanks =)

    • It is probably not possible, but it depends on how long we are there. We will be in a “secure” area that others cannot get to who are not ticketed passengers.

  11. well, there is always face book if any of you guys have one? I do

  12. I’m so excited about going. I’m not that worried about construction work because I already have some experience in that area since my dad is a carpenter.

  13. I am trying to contact some of the people on my team. That way I already have some established relationships with members of my team. Is it possible to do this?

  14. If we send teen missions more than 4090, (like due to the checks we get we end up sending 4100 or something), where does that extra money go? sorry if this doesnt make any sense lol

    • It goes to one of our many projects. Also, sometimes there are last-minute “extra” costs that are not covered in your project expense or a team may have to be switched at the last minutes and TMI incurs those extra costs. Regardless, it is put to good use!

  15. OK, thanks, Mrs. Kostner – I only saw the dates for arriving at Boot Camp. Sorry!

  16. I am buying a plane ticket for the return trip: do you know any details other than August 15? Should I try to find a plane that leaves in the morning or afternoon…?

    • The transportation home information was just sent in your last monthly letter. You need to make flight arrangements between 9AM and 3PM on August 15 from the Orlando International Airport (MCO).

  17. im planningon going in 2011, when should i start to find out about the the 2011 trips?

  18. Do you know how many kids are registered for this team yet?

  19. Do you know about how many kids will be at the camp in china?

  20. It’s fun being an FTM. And it’s not even June yet! 🙂

  21. Oh, sorry, Ali. I am pathetic at the sawing and hammering anyway, so you know where I’m coming from! haha

  22. Thanks. I’m an FTM also Alisha, so I know what it’s about… but its pretty much my favorite movie so I just like watching it 😛 lol just kidding… but I do like the way he says wheelbarrow.

  23. Ali, I would say that’s not a huge problem – everything I saw in the construction video, was retaught at Boot Camp. The only benefit you would get is if you actually had practice at doing the things shown in the video. It’s basically about wood and nails, hammering and sawing, etc.

  24. my construction dvd doesnt work…

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  26. Hey everyone,
    I am Amanda and I am going on this trip, can’t wait to meet everyone, and I am definitely looking forward to this summer. 🙂

  27. Why do we not have a field mailing address on our pray cards?

    • We just received the address, so it is on the prayer cards that are now being printed. It will be on your Individual Team Fact Sheet that you will receive in the spring.

  28. What are the activites on this trip?

  29. will there be electricity for things like charging cameras?

  30. Ummm no i do not know him

  31. im from clayton ohio.
    someone on my team last year was from columbia city indiana. his name was jesse foy. do you know him?

  32. im from North Little Rock, Arkansas. you?

  33. Im from columbia city IN… A little town haha 🙂

  34. so were are you guys from?

  35. yeah, im the same way, im nervous i wont be able to do what they ask too. i dont get too homesick, but i’ve also never been away from home this long… i know that it’ll be fantastic (: , but yeah, there’s always those kinds of things to think about.

  36. lol! oh well i just hope i can get through it semi easy lol 🙂 but i guess i just have to wait and see

  37. not going to lie i was really home sick at boot camp last year. i cried kinda a lot. lol. but it was okay everyone understands and pretty much feel the same. and they wont make you do anything you cant do, you just have to try. like using a saw last year… didnt work to well lol.

  38. Ohhhh thats what I’m most scared of 🙂 like what if i can’t do everything they ask thats what i’m worried about and being home sick. And Ali thats cool everyone i talk to just loves it, I hope i do to.

  39. I’m going on this trip too 🙂 i went to haiti last year with teen missions and it was amazing.

  40. no i’ve never gone. my friend from school told me about his trip to africa this year, so i decided to check it out! lol, i know it sounds stupid but im most nervous about boot camp.

  41. Yeah and i’m so scared but i can’t wait! My sister went last year and is going again this year 🙂
    Have you gone before???

  42. I’m going on this trip too! it’s going to be so amazing. is this your first trip?

  43. Yeah I’m going 🙂 and i cant wait!

  44. i do! are you going on this trip?

  45. Does anyone have facebook???? 🙂

  46. I know China is a country closed to Christianity. How is TMI taking safety measures to prevent any conflict with the government?

    • I went to China a few years ago with TMI. We attended a local church with about 2000 members. We, as Americans/Canadians, are not allowed to openly witness, but we were able to go with the Chinese as they witnessed. We did a lot of friendship evangelism. We go with what the missionaries say is acceptable. We have sent several teams to China in the last few years and have not had any problems.

  47. how much is the registration fee?

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  49. I signed up today! just waiting for my package to come 🙂

  50. how do i sighn up?

    • You can sign up on our web site. Look at the top and in the middle and click on “sign up for a 2010 mission trip now”.

  51. Hey! So my sister is going on this trip! I’m an FTM, but its her first time!

  52. How will this team be housed?

  53. oh man i can’t wait to register !!!!

  54. This is going to be an amazing team!

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