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YHM Participants Schedule

Welcome to Youth Hostel Ministry! We are excited to welcome as a member of one of our teams this summer! You can check this page periodically to download necessary forms and reference important dates. If you have any questions, please stop by the OCO or email our Assistant Director of Summer Ministries, Corrie Johnson.

Kick Off Retreat -Participants and Cabinet Members

Kick-Off Retreat will be taking place from January 17th-19th 2020.  Everyone will need to meet outside of the SRC on Friday, January 17th at 5 p.m. with bags packed and ready to go  This retreat is mandatory (and so much fun, you won't want to miss out anyways!) 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 2020, you will have weekly training sessions. Some will be as a large group, including the other OCO summer ministries, and some will be YHM only. Below is the orientation schedule for this year.

Orientation Dates and Topics: 

January 30th: Traveling Well

February 6th: Understanding the Traveling Community

February 13th: YHM Specific Orientation-TBD

February 20th: Self Care and Spiritual Disciplines

February 27th: Speaking of Jesus (Relational Evangelism)

March 5th: Fundraising as Ministry/PUSH Party

March 12th: Spring Break: No Orientation Session

March 19th: Developing Strong and Caring Communities in Teams 

March 26th: Discernment and Risk Taking

April 2nd:  Holding Others Stories Well

April 9th: Easter: No Orientation Session 

April 16th: Slow Kingdom Coming: Practices for Living out Micah 6:8 in the World

April 23rd: Defining Success and Managing Expectations 

April 30th: Commissioning!!


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; serving in Spring Community Work Day, preparing finals fruitbaskets once in December and once in April, and delivering Birthday Boxes once per semester(Spring and Fall). The total program cost for a YHM is around $5,000. Towards this total program cost, each student is required to pay an individual contribution of  $1,650.

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 $150. These funds are non-refundable. 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 Corrie Johnson, Assistant Director of Summer Programs, or email her directly at corrie.johnson@wheaton.edu. 

*In April, the remainder of your individual contribution amount will be charged directly to your student account.