Hey Everyone - We are so excited about going to Southern Christian Children's Home in Morrilton, Arkansas. Here are the details you have been looking for. After you read all of this, let us know if you have any questions. Get ready for a great week!
We will meet at 9:00am on Sunday, June 18. When you arrive, you can put your luggage in the trailer...then help us get all of the supplies loaded...and then we'll head out. If you want a backpack or pillow in the bus with you, make sure you keep it in a place where you can get to it.
Things to know about Southern Christian Home:
Work Clothes Needed:
We will be doing some work projects and also spending time with their residents. For our work, you will need some clothes which can get dirty and at least one set of clothes which you can paint in. We have some painting which will be done and some deck staining. If you have a pair of work gloves, you might want to bring those too. Our two work days are Monday and Tuesday.
Because the children's home deals with children from a wide variety of backgrounds, they have a dress code which they ask all people on their campus (including visiting groups like ours) to abide by. These guidelines are directly from them and need to be followed Monday through Thursday morning. Sorry if you don't like it...you're probably used to not having rules about this, but we're stepping into their world for a few days, so please be respectful of their request.
Shorts should cover more skin on the thighs than skin showing. So, at least mid-thigh in length. They specifically asked for no Nike cheer type shorts or short shorts for girls. They ask that if anyone has leggings or yoga type pants, they should be worn with longer shirts.
Shirts should provide adequate coverage at the neckline and through the armholes. This includes shirts that expose the chest when bending, reaching, or leaning. They ask that tank tops not be worn.
Undergarments should not be visible at any time.
No alcoholic messaging, profanity, or any kind of LGBTQ Pride anything should be on
any clothes, shoes, backpacks, etc..
Clothes for each day
Keep in mind:
clothes for traveling on Sunday and Thursday;
clothes when spending time with students Monday-Thursday;
clothes for work projects Monday & Tuesday;
one set of clothes that can get wet during water games
Please do not wear any expensive name brand clothing when we are with their students. This is not a super strict rule, we just don't want to come in as a bunch of people who have fancy-type clothes when many of the students we will work with don't have much of anything to their name except what the children's home has given them. So, just use good judgment. It's impossible to avoid all name brands - we recognize that - and small nike or adidas or other name brands are fine...again - not a super strict rule. Youth group shirts and school shirts and other clothing w/o expensive name brands are great. Your "Take the High Road" shirt (you can still get one on Sunday or Monday if you need to) is great. Expensive name brands can be worn during work projects without
Enough socks and underwears to make it through the week
Important: Dark tshirt and shorts for swimming on Wednesday. They are pretty strict on swimming - not
so strict that boys and girls can't swim together - but instead, strict about what is worn. For guys: dark
shirt and shorts or swim suit. For girls: dark shirt and shorts. You can wear a swim suit underneath if
you want. (Dark just simply means can't be seen through like a white shirt can...so red or blue or green or
whatever is fine, just not white and not see-through-able.)
Shoes to work in and shoes to wear when spending time with their students
Clothes/pajamas to sleep in
Towel (at least 1...but probably 2)
Sleeping bag and pillow
Guys: we need probably 4 people to bring an air mattress or cot to sleep on. If anyone would like to do this, let us know. We may talk to everyone on Sunday to make sure we have enough cots/air mattresses. (Girls, you do not need to bring a cot or air mattress unless you just want to.)
If you have any prescription medication which needs to be taken while on this trip, please have it in a ziplock bag with instructions and turn it in on Monday morning. Over the counter medication is okay to have in your own bag.
Bible - for those who went to HS Week, bring the study Bible you received on the trip. Also bring your song book.
Plastic washable cup to use at meals - nothing fancy...one you would get at a sporting event concession stand or anything similar is fine.
Money for snacks/drinks on the way to/from Arkansas
Games for the bus ride (and to play with some of their students)
Sunscreen (we'll have some if you do not have any)
Camera (other than on your phone)
backpack or fanny-pack we can take on a hike
Clean movies for the bus ride to/from Morrilton
If you would like to bring your cell phone to Arkansas, we will provide an envelope for you on Monday when we check in, and your phone will be placed in our phone box. We do not plan to pass out cell phones except maybe one time during the week. You are welcome to use Monty's phone at any time during the trip to call your parents if you need to. We're not trying to keep you from your parents...just trying to help us all be engaged in the trip and not on our phones all the time. We're also working with students who - unless there is a special circumstance - do not have a phone of their own and probably never have had one.
Other Electronic Devices:
The following things are not allowed on this trip: earbuds, iPads/tablets, video gaming devices, televisions, blenders, refrigerators, hot water heaters, drones, droids, electric lawnmowers, Teslas, vacuum cleaners, computers.
Other things not to bring:
weapons/knives of any kind; anything illegal; any kind of alcohol, tobacco or drugs, or e-cigarettes; anything intended to play a joke on anyone
Money for Meals:
You will not need any money for meals on this trip. Everything is covered with your registration
We plan to arrive back in College Station sometime on Thursday night, June 22...maybe
around 9pm. We will keep parents informed via email and we will try to provide a link to see
our real-time location.
Here are some additional things to know:
Girls will be staying in one house on the children's home property. Guys will be in a different house on the property.
We will be cooking most all of our meals. Some of the meals we cook will be meals we eat with the residents and staff at SCCH. We will need everyone's help when it comes to cooking and cleaning up.
Some of our work projects include: cleaning/organizing in some of their buildings; doing some work at their farm; some painting; sanding and wood work...those are what we know of so far
We will work on Monday and Tuesday during the day, and spend time with the students on campus during the evening. On Wednesday we are spending most all of the day with their students. We're going to Petit Jean State Park to swim and hike and eat a picnic lunch. The plan and schedule is flexible and may change at any time, but this is our current plan.
Remember that this is a service trip. It's not about you. We want you to be ready to work, ready to serve, and ready to sacrifice. It's going to be a great trip and a lot of fun, but if you're thinking it will be an, "I'll sit back and let everyone else do the work so that I don't have to" kind of trip...well, it's not that kind of trip. Come with a servant's heart!
This is not a trip to help you find a boyfriend or girlfriend. So, be friends with everyone. Don't be looking for love. Enjoy the time we get to serve others, build friendships, and share God's love with others.
Be flexible. Be tough. Be optimistic. This trip has a lot of things which may change or which we will have to figure out as we go...so be ready for unexpected things which may come up during the trip.
We'd like to ask you to be praying about this trip. If you have not already been doing so, pray about the work we'll do, your involvement with this trip, what God wants to teach you on this trip, how you can serve others in big ways, and for everything we do to be a part of God's will.
Super hot weather and bus trips...
Okay, so our bus has done really well so far this summer when it comes to the a/c units...but it wasn't as hot as it is now. Buses are not like cars, and the a/c systems are different. There is more space to cool and sometimes the bus a/c units have a hard time keeping up. Even though our bus held cool temps inside pretty well, these are some things you might want to keep in mind...
1) If you have a hand-held fan, you might want to bring it.
2) If you have one of those hand-held fans with a water sprayer on it, or if you have a separate water sprayer, you might want it.
3) If you have a good water bottle in which you can put ice-water, you might want to bring it.
4) If you want to bring a beach towel or blanket or something to keep between you and the leather seats, you might like it.
5) Anything else you can think of to help keep you cool if it's warm inside the bus is great.
If you have any other questions, please let us know. Again, so glad you're able to go with us to Morrillton!