Fall BreakOuts


Fall BreakOuts 2018

During Fall Break, you can spend your time learning about a new part of the country or the City of Dayton, meeting new people, sharing about yourself and helping others. Fall BreakOuts are a great way to get off campus for a short time and do something that can truly enhance your college experience and your life.

Register for Fall BreakOut 2018!  Applications open August 1st  and are due September 14th.

The cost of the trip covers transportation, lodging, and most food. Plan on bringing some spending money for snacks and other needs along the way. Some funds have been set aside for partial scholarships based on need (contact Mary Niebler for scholarship requests). Full payment for BreakOut trip is due September 21st. If payment is not received by then, your space on the trip will be given to the next person on the waiting list.  Refunds will not be provided to anyone who drops out after September 21st.

If you would like more information about any of the trips below, contact Mary Niebler. For the REAL Dayton, please contact Samantha Kennedy.



Appalachia Immersion/UDSAP House

Salyersville, KY

October 3-7, 2018

Cost: $100               

In this rural Appalachian experience, UD students will get a glimpse into the UD Summer Appalachia Program (UDSAP) by visiting the local residents and learning of their rich culture, while building relationships. Participants will stay at the “UDSAP house” in Salyersville, visit families, visit the nursing home, spend time with the children and teens, hear from local experts on culture, and enjoy a simpler way of life. This small Appalachian community welcomes UD students each year and has a great willingness to share its culture. Kentucky BreakOut’ers will likely find some time to go hiking through the mountains too.

Register now!

Buckhorn Children and Family Services

Buckhorn, KY

October 3-7, 2018

Cost: $100              

Buckhorn Children and Family Services is a non-profit organization located in rural eastern Kentucky in the Appalachian region. They are a faith-based agency founded by evangelist minister, Rev. Harvey S. Murdoch, who visited the Appalachian Mountains in 1901.  After attending a tent revival in the area now known as Buckhorn, Kentucky, he felt called to establish a school, church, and orphanage here.  When asked “why” by the congregation of his home church in Brooklyn, New York he responded simply, “because the need is greater there.”  The school officially opened its doors in 1903.

More than 100 years later, the needs of children and families remain greater than ever. In Kentucky, over 6,000 children live in out-of-home settings, many of them victims of severe abuse, neglect, and debilitating developmental disorders. Buckhorn is known for taking on the toughest youth, building a personalized program that works for each child, and sticking with the child throughout the treatment process.  We provide compassionate treatment and trauma-sensitive care within a variety of settings, including: residential treatment, psychiatric residential treatment, treatment foster care and adoption, and family preservation/reunification services. 

Buckhorn Children and Family Services currently has 2 residential campuses in Kentucky serving youth between the ages as 12-18 years.  Each campus has a total of 4 cottages which focus on differing populations.  The campus at Dessie Scott Children’s home has 2 male residential cottages which are able to accommodate up to 24 clients and 2 cottages dedicated to males with developmental disabilities (DD/ID).  The campus at Buckhorn Children’s Center houses 1 male and 1 female residential cottage, as well as 2 psychiatric residential treatment facilities (PRTF). 

The fall BreakOut to Buckhorn will offer much needed upkeep to the residential cottages as well as interaction with the youth and spending time with them in games and conversation.

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School of the Americas Watch Border Convergence

Nogales, AZ

November 16-18, 2018

Cost: $500

Join activists, church leaders, refugees, immigrants, and fellow students from across the US and around the world in this first-time border convergence, organized by the SOA Watch.  Students from UD will attend with a staff member to prayerfully call for a more peaceful and just US foreign policy and stand witness to injustice at our very own border.

What has traditionally been the Vigil and Protest in Columbus, GA to close the US Army’s School of the Americas (Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) will move to the US/ Mexico Border in Nogales, AZ.  The SOA Watch movement began as a response to what was happening in El Salvador in the 1980’s when many people joined the solidarity movement. The patterns of violence and forced migration established during the dirty wars of the 20th century have continued unabated as a direct result of U.S. economic and security policies in Mesoamerica as well as the U.S.-led Drug War. How do we respond to this current reality in the same way we responded to the violence in the 1980’s? Where should our energies lie?

This year’s vigil in Nogales, Arizona is a response to the present-day call to solidarity.

This will be a BreakOut of learning and action.

·         Expose the Root Causes of Migration

·         End U.S. Intervention in the Americas

·         Resist Border Militarization

·         Engage in Nonviolent Direct Action, Education, Art and Culture

The group will fly in and out of Tucson, AZ and stay together throughout the experience.  Any questions, please contact Mary Niebler or Cheyenne Palmer.  Space is very limited on this experience, so sign up soon!

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The REAL Dayton: Reaching, Encountering, Acting, Leading!

Dayton, OH

October 5-8, 2017

Cost: $50.00

The REAL Dayton is a 3-day experience during Fall Break that guides students to Reach out, Encounter Dayton, Act for others and Lead together. It is a great opportunity to find out who your Dayton neighbors are, give back to your local community, get to know other UD students, and continue to grow as a leader and team player. During the program you and 50 other UD students will have the chance to serve, learn, reflect, and socialize right here in Dayton. The program begins with dinner on campus Wednesday, October 5 and ends with dinner off campus on Saturday, October 8. Thursday night and Friday night you will spend the night off campus after invigorating days of being immersed into the cultural life of the REAL Dayton. For questions, contact Samantha Kennedy.

Register now 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we travel?

Domestic BreakOut groups will travel together to and from their destination, starting from UD via Campus Ministry vehicle (12 passenger van, minivan, or car)*. We ask that all students be back on campus the night before your departure (unless you are local and can meet in the morning or at the designated departure spot). For the January and May breaks, we will arrange for housing for all students. Those who live in UD houses or Garden Apartments can generally get extended stay for that period and we will help the others have a place to stay. Students will receive instructions on this through their orientation.

It is important that our groups travel together. There are occasional exceptions to this, which will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Students who are comfortable and able will help with the driving, after completing a safety course through the university. All university-certified drivers will be covered under UD’s insurance.

*the domestic trips to Los Angeles, CA and Nogales, AZ will fly.

Who is in charge?

All of our Domestic BreakOut group are led by at least one, oftentimes 2-4, designated leaders. Leaders are experience and trained students, staff or faculty. The leader is trained in emergency protocol and is there to work through emotional, spiritual, and physical struggles with the students. They will also provide valuable reflection and processing of the experience with the group.

Our trips are also hosted by trusted organizations, who serve as transportation, guides, local experts and general hospitality. Over the years, we have built long-standing, trusted relationships with these organizations and individuals.

We do view all students over the age of 18 as adults. Therefore, they are responsible for signing release forms and waivers for these trips. We strongly encourage students to share all information they are learning with their families.

What if I can’t afford the whole cost of the trip?

It is our goal that these experiences are open to all students, regardless of financial circumstances. We will work with you in a variety of ways to make this trip a possibility. We are happy to set up a payment plan or a reduced price to make it work.

What happens if there is an emergency?

In the case of an emergency, our group leaders will follow the proper protocol. Campus offices such as Public Safety, Campus Ministry, Environmental Health and Safety/ Risk Management, and the Counseling Center are on hand for our groups, even when off campus. Also, our local host organizations are equipped and willing to help in emergency situations.

Our leaders and campus offices have students’ emergency contact information and will notify those contact if deemed necessary.

Who should my parents or I contact if we have a question?

You or your parents may contact Mary Niebler, Coordinator of Cross-cultural Immersions in Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concerns with any questions.


Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
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