2016 YHM Participants

Welcome to the Office of Christian Outreach and Youth Hostel Ministry! We are excited to have you! You can check this page periodically to see upcoming events, download forms, and reference orientation dates. If you have any questions, please stop by the OCO or email our Assistant Director, Matt Vega.


Kick Off Workshop

We will be leaving for Kick-Off Workshop on Friday, January 15th at 5:45 pm and will end Sunday, January 17th in the late evening. Everyone will need to meet outside of the SRC with bags packed and ready to go. This workshop is mandatory. The packing list for this workshop can be found below. Be sure to bring warm clothes and shoes, there is bound to be snow!

Kick-Off Workshop Packing List (PDF)

Orientation Schedule

During the spring semester you will have 12 orientation sessions. Some will be as a large group, including the other OCO summer ministries and some will be just YHM. Large group meetings will be held in the Phelps Room in the Beamer Center and YHM meetings will be held in the Crusader Room in the Fischer Dorm. Below is the orientation schedule for this year, including subjects, speakers, and locations.


Every participant is required to take part in fundraising. The fundraisers you will participate in for the OCO include the following: sending out 75 prayer letters to friends, family, and your church; working in two Community Work Days, preparing finals fruit baskets, and baking birthday cakes. The total program cost for a YHM trip is around $6,000.

Towards this total program cost, each student is required to pay an individual contribution which is not tax-deductible. Your total individual contribution is $1,500.

At our first meeting in December, each participant will be required to pay a portion of their individual contribution in the form of a deposit. For YHM, the deposit amount is $300. These funds are non-refundable. Funds for the individual contributions can only be paid out of pocket by the student, their friends or family, or through Servathon (an optional fundraiser we offer). ALL INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION FUNDS ARE NOT TAX-DEDUCTIBLE and funds from other OCO fundraisers cannot go towards this cost. We use our other fundraisers to make up the difference in the cost between your individual contribution and the actual program costs. If you have any questions about this policy or our fundraising procedures please stop by the OCO and see Matt Vega, Assistant Director, or email him directly at Matthew.vega@wheaton.edu.

In April, the remainder of your individual contribution amount will be charged directly to your student account and MUST BE PAID 48 HOURS BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE.

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Upcoming Events

First Summer Ministry Orientation Session: December 10th, 2015

Prayer letters due to your administrator: January 11th, 2016

Kick-Off Workshop: Chicago, January 15th -17th, 2016

Thursday nights at 6:30 PM

2016 Orientation Dates:

  • January 14th
  • January 21st
  • January 28th
  • February 4th
  • February 11th
  • February 18th
  • February 25th
  • March 3rd
  • March 17th
  • March 24th
  • March 31st
  • April 7th
  • April 21st
  • April 28th

YHM Workshop:
May 18th-19th
Wheaton College

Ministry in Europe:
May 20th-July 30th

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