2023 English Bible Camps and
Life & Adventure Teen Retreats

ALL 2023 SON TEAMS ARE FULL! Plan, now, to join us in 2024!

Fun & Interactive

Highly Relational

Conversational English

Focused on the Gospel!

Summer Missions Teams
Each summer, SON takes teams made up of Christians seeking to grow in their walk with the Lord by stepping out in Faith as Christ commanded in the words of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). To help decide which type of camp fits your gifts, the following general descriptions are provided:

SON English Bible Camps

SON English Bible Camps are similar in nature to a North American style Vacation Bible School (VBS). These are five-day camps (Monday through Friday) beginning with an opening worship session and introduction of the theme of the day. The remainder of the day is segmented with fun and interactive English sessions, and rotations of sports, crafts, and music. On Friday, students will present a short skit to show friends and families what they have learned during the week or will participate in a camp picnic to celebrate a week of a new relationship with their North American teachers and Jesus Christ (see specific opportunities below)

SON Life and Adventure Retreats

SON Life and Adventure Retreats are a lot like North American youth retreats. These range from 4 – 6 day camps. Some are residential and others are day/evening camps. Students will meet all together for an opening session that presents the topic for the day, followed by one to two intensive small group sessions where teens are presented with ways to discuss things that concern young people (self-esteem, relationships, addiction, etc.) from a Biblical perspective. Activities to break up the day are provided for students (water games, hiking, high ropes, crafts, workshops). Leaders are encouraged to participate! Evening sessions are reserved for intentional worship, testimonies, and opportunities for prayer and an invitation to know Jesus Christ more fully (see specific opportunities below).

Background Checks will be performed on all team members (18 and older) following the application process. This is administered through a third-party provider, which will contact each team member directly.

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2023 Short-Term Trips

Latvia - Team is Full!

June 08-19 | 1 English Bible Camp

LATVIA – Headquartered in Saldus, Latvia (about 75 miles from Riga). Team lodging is at Saint Gregors Christian Education Center in Saldus. The SON team, along with our long-time Latvian ministry partners, will host a VBS-style English Bible Camp at nearby Striki School.

Location: Saldus/Striki, Latvia
Costs: $1350 + International Airfare

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Albania - Team is Full!

June 29- July 17 | 2 English Bible Camps

Location one is Peshkopi, Albania – a beautiful mountain village near the North Macedonia border (about a 2 hour drive from the capital city of Tirana). The second week will be in a nearby, small country village of Kastriot. The camps in Albania are designed in conjunction with the local ministry partner. This is important for the context of working with the culturally Muslim culture in Albania (people who identify themselves as Muslim, but are not practicing). Weeks one and two will follow the same curriculum, but with very different contexts for ministry. Due to an American military protection through several conflicts, Albanians are very welcoming of Americans. This spiritual and cultural openness creates an extraordinary opportunity to share Faith in Jesus Christ.

Location: Peshkopi & Kastriot
Costs: $1650 + International Airfare

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Slovakia - Team is Full!

July 13 - 31 | 2 English Bible Camps

The word Slava means Glory and Slovakia is truly a glorious country! In this setting, the team begins camp one in the village of Vranov. Historically, about 110 students participate in this VBS style camp. Week two is set in Batizovce, where the team will teach the same curriculum. Each year, we receive requests from new Lutheran churches in Slovakia asking for a SON Camp in their area. Our only obstacle is having enough team members to serve! *Note: If you are unable to serve for both camps, a single camp option is available.

Location: Vranov and Batizovce
Costs: $1,650 + International Airfare

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Slovakia (Teens) - Team is Full!

July 13-31 | 2 Life and Adventure Teen Retreats

The SON team, along with our Slovak ministry partners, will host two Life & Adventure Teen Retreats in the beautiful mountain village of Velky Slavkov. Similar to a confirmation retreat in the U.S., Slovak students and the American/Slovak leadership team will engage in a wide variety of activities that give plenty of room and opportunities to explore what it means to be follower of Jesus Christ. Due to the reserved culture, most young people have never engaged in deep spiritual conversation. However, they respond quickly to American team members and are very open to an understanding that there is a Father in Heaven who loves them and brothers and sisters in Christ who will walk alongside them on their journey of Faith.

Location:  Velky Slavkov

Costs: $1,650 + International Airfare

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