Youth Programs

The MDS Summer Youth Program (SYP) is a week-long service experience designed for youth and their sponsors to put hands and feet to the gospel by serving others.

If your youth group is interested in spending a week with MDS at a Summer Youth Project location,  please complete the inquiry form below anytime of year. When the SYP project locations are determined (usually by late December or early January) inquiry groups will receive an email inviting them to apply.

To inquire about future youth opportunities click on the inquiry form below. Summer 2018 is currently full.

Summer Youth  Program Inquiry Form

How It Works

Students (ages 15+ or have completed 9th grade) and their adult sponsors apply for a week-long experience. Project locations vary each year, and groups can expect to participate in variety of work. Projects located in a camp or urban area might focus on community service, while others will be cleaning and repairing damage caused by natural disasters.SYP works best when the half of the accompanying adults have construction or building trades experience. One adult to every three youth is required. Groups can expect to:

  • Work hard and have fun.
  • Receive meals, snacks and lodging Monday-Friday.
  • Arrive Sunday evening and work Monday through Friday.
  • Provide their transportation to and from the project.
  • Pay a $50 fee for each person in the group.
  • Read all orientation and prep materials ahead of arrival.
  • Follow MDS guidelines for dress and safety.

Put hands and feet to the gospel by taking your youth group on an MDS Summer Youth Project (SYP).

Youth Project Locations

Each year, MDS chooses project locations suitable for church youth groups and their sponsors.

2018 Locations:

Pine Ridge, South Dakota

Victoria County, Texas

Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada

How to Apply

MDS runs week-long youth projects during the summer months. Groups arrive Sunday early evening, work Monday through Friday, and leave the project site Friday evening or Saturday morning. If your youth group is interested in an SYP week, please complete the inquiry form below. In January you will receive an MDS email announcing the upcoming SYP weeks and locations.

Your group will then complete an application form due in January. An MDS placement coordinator will be in touch with your group to confirm your placement. Once you have agreed to a placement your group will submit a participant list and $50 per person (exact deadlines for each step are indicated on the application form).

To inquire about future youth opportunities click on the inquiry form below. Summer 2018 is currently full.

Summer Youth  Program Inquiry Form