We will be leaving for Kick-Off Workshop on Friday, January 16th at 5:45 pm and returning to campus on Sunday, January 18th, late evening. Everyone will need to meet outside of the SRC with bags packed, ready to go at 4:45pm. 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)
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 GUP. Large group meetings will be held in the Phelps Room and GUP meetings will be held in the Chicago Room.
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, prepare finals fruit baskets, and baking half birthday cakes. The total program cost for an international GUP trip is around $5,000 and for a domestic trip the cost is around $3,500.
Towards this total program cost, each student is required to pay an individual contribution which is not tax-deductible. If you are traveling domestically, your total individual contribution is $700 and if you are traveling internationally 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 domestic trips, the deposit amount is $200. For international, the deposit 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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
OCO Covenant Coming Soon
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
Orientation: Thursday nights at 6:30 PM
2016 Orientation Dates: