FAQ

2013_Zambia_Teen_04Frequently Asked Questions

General

1. What is the difference between Teen Missions and other groups?

2. What is the doctrinal statement of Teen Missions?

3. What is Teen Missions policy on doctrine?

4. Is Teen Missions affiliated with any specific denominations?

5. How old do I have to be to go on a team?

6. Does Teen Missions screen team members?

7. What are the basic parts of the summer program?

Boot Camp

8. What is Boot Camp?

9. Why 6-inch boots?

10. Do I have to live in a tent?

11. What is the purpose of the Obstacle Course?

12. Do I have to run the Obstacle Course?

Preparations | Health & Safety | Debrief

13. What about Special Diets & Medications?

14. What is done in the case of serious illness or injury?

15. What happens in the event of political unrest, natural disaster or other safety issues while the team is overseas?

16. Do I need a passport?

17. Can I get extra prayer cards and letters?

18. Can I bring a devotional?

19. What is Debrief?

Parents

20. Will I receive news updates?

21. Can I send my child care packages?

22. Can I volunteer?

23. Can I visit Boot Camp?

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Financial

24. Does each Check need a coupon to accompany it?

25. How do I raise support?

26. Can I pay by credit card? Online?

27. What is the financial deadline for Team Members?

28. What happens if I don’t raise enough funds?

29. How are the funds I raise spent?

1.What is the difference between Teen Missions and other short term opportunities?

Experience: Teen Missions is a pioneer of the concept of providing short-term missions experience for teens. The first teams went out in 1971 and since that time over 50,000 North American youth and an additional 80,000 national 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 Missions 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 using  drama, choir, clowning, motorcycle, TESL(Teaching English as a Second Language) audio visuals (film teams), sports and/or medical missions. Some teams may receive additional  cultural training for travel to sensitive countries and/or cultures.

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.

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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.

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. Two 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 sponsor 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.

2. What is the doctrinal statement of Teen Missions?

Doctrinal Statement

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 is consistent with evangelical and interdenominational organizations.


Teen Missions is a member of Evangelical Press Association, Youth Evangelism Association,Christian Camping Intl., and the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce

3. What is Teen Missions policy on doctrine?

2013_India_Teen_223Teen 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.

4. Is Teen Missions affiliated with any specific denominations?

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.

5. How old do I have to be to go on a summer missions trip?

  • Mustard Seed Camp 4-6 yrs
  • Peanut Camp 7-9 yrs
  • Preteen Trips 10-13 yrs
  • Teen Trips 13+ yrs
  • Adult Trips 18+ yrs

6. Does Teen Missions screen team members?

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.

7. What are the basic parts of the summer program?

Teen Missions summer mission trip program has three main parts:

1. Boot Camp — Spiritual & Practical summer trip training   (Florida)               (Approx 2 weeks)

2. Project      — Work or Evangelism Project with overseas host                     (Approx 3-4 weeks)

3. Debrief      — with other teams at Teen Missions Retreat Center (Florida)     (Approx 5 days)

8. What is Boot Camp?

The Lord’s 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, motorcycle, TESL(Teaching English as a Second Language) audio visuals (film teams), and cultural training for sensitive countries.

9. Why 6-inch boots?

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.

10. Do I have to live in a tent?

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.

11. What is the purpose of the Obstacle Course?

2013_TeenCamp_051A timed obstacle course is used to unify a team and to teach them how to work together.

12. Do I have to run the Obstacle Course?

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.

13. What about Special Diets & Medications?

Any special medications or diet restrictions are reported to Teen Missions on the Health Status Forms.. Appropriate measures are taken by the team leadership to ensure the proper care of each team member while under their care. Medical conditions are reported to Teen Missions during the registration process and occasionally may limit mission trip choices to destinations that allow for suitable care.

14. What is done in the case of serious illness or injury?

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.

15. 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 on location overseas. In the event of any political unrest, natural disaster, or other safety issues arising, Teen Missions has in the past, and may again, change the project for a team, or transfer a team from it’s project to another site. We will do whatever is necessary to
ensure, to the best of our ability, the safety and success of each team member, leader and team.

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16. Do I need a passport?

All team members and leaders that depart the United States on teams are required to have a valid passport.

17. Can I get extra prayer cards and letters?

Team leaders and members can order extra support letters and prayer cards at a cost of: $5 USD per 100 support letters and $10 USD per 100 prayer cards.

18. Can I bring a devotional?

No. Teen Missions will provide a devotional for you during your involvement geared to your Boot Camp and field experience.

19. What is Debrief?

(click on the question to go to the Debrief Page)

20. Will I receive news updates?

Each team member is required to send a postcard home upon safe arrival at the Lord’s Boot Camp. Photos of Boot Camp training are posted regularly on our Facebook Page and nightly rallies in the Big Top are broadcast live as a webcast each evening. Two reports are posted to our website each week (as logistics allow) while each team is on the foreign field. Team members are permitted one phone call home (time permitting) prior to departure overseas and upon return to the USA before the beginning of Debrief.

21. Can I send my child care packages?

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.

22. Can I Volunteer?

(click on the question to go to the Volunteer Page)

23. Can I Visit Boot Camp?

(click on the question to go to the Visiting Boot Camp Page)

24. Does each Check need a coupon to accompany it?

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.

25. How do I raise support?

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.

26. prayer closet 1Can I pay by credit card? Online?

YES, Go to our Donate Page for more information.

27. What is the financial deadline for Team Members?

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

28. What happens if I don’t raise enough funds?

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.

29. How are the funds I raise spent?

The Project Expenses that team members raise are dispersed by Teen Missions to cover the expenses of the team transportation, food, building supplies and operational expenses.

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40 Comments

  1. My son was just accepted to go and got his packet today. We already have friends asking if they can donate online. I didn’t see info on this in the packet but see that it is possible. How will we know if he gets online donations?

    • Michelle, Yes, they can donate online and they indicate to whom they are donating on the online donation form. You will receive a monthly financial update where you can keep up with the online donations.

  2. I have a girl who is 12 yrs but 7th grade. can she join teen mission? If not , is it too late to register her to Canada mission for coming summer?

  3. Hi! I’m trying to find more about your organization and how many teens/team members/faculty you have. Thank you!

    • Brittany, Have you checked our website? We had over 700 team members and leaders serve last summer.

  4. Are cameras allowed? And is airfare covered as well?

    • Abby, We encourage you to bring cameras, but they must have disposable batteries. Airfare to/from FL is not covered. Your round-trip transportation to your project site is covered in your project expense.

  5. Hi , I’m signed up for Tanzania!
    I was wondering if you could tell me more about the
    Bible Missionary & Work training centers .
    What are they exactly ? And what is their purpose? ( sorry that is kinda a silly question because the name seems very informative )
    Thank you !

    • Ashley, BMW’s are free Bible schools that the nationals can attend. We even have one in the USA.

  6. Hi I have signed up for the Cambodia mission trip and I was wondering if there was any kind of special vaccinations I needed?

    • Rachael, Nothing is required. Check with your physician on recommendations.

      • I have been told that the US will not allow a person back into the country after visiting Africa without having had certain vaccinations before leaving. Is that also not true?

        • Anna, I have not heard a problem with the US. Sometimes other countries (South Africa) will have problems.

  7. Also, when does registration end?

    • Anna, The sooner you register, the better: more time to raise support, more options of where to go, etc.

  8. What happens if I register for a trip, but the team is still full when it’s time to leave?

  9. I’m 18, but I’m in college. Is it still okay that I go as one of the team members on one of the teen missions?

  10. Where Can I Find The Packing List

  11. Do you all still have a truck pull up at the end of boot camp to receive all the extra clothes that teams aren’t able to take with them over seas? ie: is it ok to bring extra clothes only for boot camp then donate afterward?

    • Anna, We don’t have a truck to do that, but you (and your team members) will bring the clothes and things over that you want to donate on your way over to the “pack-out area”. You can also leave clean and dry things in the food warehouse and pick them up at Debrief.

      • Ok. Thank you!
        Once upon a time, a long time ago, when I went on a team trip we dropped off our things and they donated them – I think. It was a long time ago 😉 Just wondered if it’s possible to bring extra items not intended to take on the trip. Thanks for answering!

  12. What happens to the funds if a teen does not raise a sufficient amount? Does it get extended to the next year?, return d to donors?

    • Verity, Before submitting the final name list to the airlines, we call everyone to make sure they are going. If you do not have the money and don’t think it will come in, then you can switch to a cheaper team at that point. Due to IRS guidelines, we cannot hold it over (except with a doctor’s note) for another year and it cannot be returned to donors. If they Lord wants you to go, He will provide!

  13. Jennifer Martell

    What is your tax id number?

  14. How much in advance would I need to sign up to go on a trip?

  15. How do I sign in to see my sons financial progress?

  16. I do not think I will be able to run the course due to my asthma, and I do not swim well. I wish to join the 2014 MSSM Borneo trip.

    • Mike, We have many kids with asthma successfully complete our program. You are not required to know how to swim. You can be excused from the Obstacle Course with a note from your doctor. However, most with asthma can run it. You run it at your own pace.

  17. I have Asthma. does that make me ineligible?

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