The hustle and bustle of West Virginia’s capital city stands in contrast to other more rural towns nestled in the Appalachian Mountains.
Charleston is the main corporate center of WV, but many people are also connected to the coal mines and are still greatly influenced by the coal culture of rural West Virginia.
Charleston is also relatively diverse compared to the rest of West Virginia, making it a unique place within the state to experience the challenges and joys of bringing together people from different backgrounds.
While the city itself has a more urban feel, the kindness and hospitality of the “locals” remind visitors that the true beauty of the community is in the rich natural resources and relaxed pace of life that characterizes all of West Virginia.
During a week in Charleston, you and your students will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the people, history, and culture of this city, the state of West Virginia, and the long and storied coal mining industry that makes this area unique — all while serving those in need and furthering the Kingdom of God.
THE COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE
Over the last 20 years, many of the larger chemical plants have left the area and the coal business is at an all time low, leaving the Charleston area in great need.
In many of the areas you will be working, 1 in every 4 houses is vacant, and many more need vital repairs. We are teaming up with several local churches and non-profit organizations to restore these homes to provide affordable housing to low-income families, police officers, firefighters, and school teachers.
This is also a great opportunity to serve and build relationships with a variety of people in Charleston through the Orchard Manor Housing Complex, Union Mission, Covenant House, and local food banks.
There is also a large Sr. Adults population on the Westside and East End of Charleston that can really use our help building handicap ramps, painting, remodeling bathrooms and kitchens, winterizing windows, and doing yard work.
The public housing area is hungry for hope, making it a perfect place to lead Vacation Bible Schools and Sports Camps.
Come and join us in a great week of service in this awesome city!
While the specific needs in this community are always changing and evolving, your group’s projects may include:
At the conclusion of your mission project, you may choose to do an outdoor group activity. Only 50 miles away are some of the best white water trips, zip-lining, and forest adventures in America.
See the fantastic recreation options to make some additional memories on your trip.
Treetops Canopy Tour
You’ll soar from tree to tree over rugged terrain through a 300-year old hemlock and hardwoods forest via 8 zip lines and five sky bridges, giving you a bird’s eye view of the native wildlife and natural flora in Mill Creek Canyons. This is a 2.5 to 3 hour activity. Must be between 90 – 260 pounds.
+$70.00 per person
Gravity Zip Line
This nearly 1.5-mile tour zigzags across the ridgeline of a mountain bowl at dizzying heights of up to 190 feet and speeds reaching 60mph! If you’re ready to go further, higher and faster, then Gravity Zip Lines is calling your name. This is a 2.5 to 3 hour activity. Must be between 100 – 260 pounds.
+$80.00 per person
Miles of steel cable and countless board feet of lumber comprise five courses of varying difficulty which are up to 50 feet in the air and rated like ski slopes. You’ll get 2-3 hours to conquer the toughest courses or to master your favorites. This adventure is self-guided, but our two-clip system keeps you secured to the guide cable at all times. This is a 2 – 2.5 hour activity and you must be under 260 pounds.
+$40.00 per person
Whitewater Rafting - Full-Day Lower New River
The Lower New River trip’s intensity depends on the season, with this classic run hitting its stride around mid-June. You’ll find big water in summer and fall with intermittent long, calm pools for swimming and floating. Fall brings explosive color to the New River Gorge, and Bridge Day adds one more odd element: base jumpers flipping into the blue sky above as you float under the 876′ tall New River Gorge Bridge. Lunch is served on this trip. This is a 4 – 6 hour trip.
+$80.00 per person
Whitewater Rafting - Half-Day Rapid Run
Our Rapid Run is the classic Lower New River trip, but with no lunch and no frills. We’ll get you on for this 1/2-day express trip and back to Adventures On the Gorge with plenty of daylight left for your drive. This is a 3 – 3.5 hour trip.
+$70.00 per person
***Prices listed with activities are an addition to the per-person mission trip price.
This trip will begin with a Sunday afternoon check-in and conclude with a Friday morning departure.
Breakfast is provided Monday – Friday. Lunch and dinner is provided Monday – Wednesday.
Work projects are scheduled Monday – Wednesday.
Thursday is set aside as a free day.
$285 per camper
Lodging, Insurance, Site Director, Daily Devotionals, Training Materials, and a Fund Raiser Book are all included.
Contact us today to see available dates and schedule your group’s mission trip.
To learn more trip details and view our resources, check out our Trip Info page.
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