Domestic Winter BreakOuts 2018

During Winter Break, you can spend your time learning about a different part of the country, meeting new people, sharing about yourself and helping others.  Winter 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.

Applications will open October 10, 2017 and are due November 17, 2017.  These trips will fill on a first come-first serve basis.  If a trip is full, you can still apply and be put on a waiting list.  

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 December 15. 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 December 15.

If you would like more information about any of the trips below, contact Mary Niebler

Buckhorn Children and Family Services

Buckhorn, KY

January 7-13, 2018

Cost: $200              

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 Winter 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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Hubbard House and Catholic Urban Programs

EAST ST LOUIS, IL

January 7-13, 2018

Cost: $250

This immersion into East St Louis works in conjunction with the Hubbard House, Catholic Urban Programs, and possibly visits from Marianist brothers in St Louis.  Students will stay at the Hubbard House, and learn about social issues and life in East St Louis.  Participants will be able to grow relationships with others through a variety of hands on service as well.  Placements may include:  helping at a day care, working with senior citizens, helping in a soup kitchen, tutoring adults and children, and working at a homeless shelter. The variety of jobs to be done and of people to meet provides a great inner-city experience.

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Nazareth Farm

Doddridge County, WV

Nazareth FarmJanuary 7-13, 2018

Please note: The Nazareth Farm Breakout is full as of November 13, WAiting list registrations are currently underway.

Cost: $250

"I am Appalachia! In my veins runs fierce mountain pride...
I tell you, stranger,
hill folk know what life is all about..."
-Muriel Miller Dressler

Nazareth Farm is about serving those in living in poverty, and trying to understand what Jesus was asking of us when he said, Love your neighbor. In order to fully reflect on the meaning of being a neighbor, components of prayer, community, simplicity, and service to others are important all of which can be found at Nazareth Farm.

Here at Nazareth Farm, volunteers can expect to rise early and begin each day with prayer to center our thoughts and motives. After prayer, we typically do chores (Around the farm grounds) for about 45 minutes to work up an appetite for a good breakfast prepared by the House Manager and volunteers. The rest of the day is spent at the work sites. Some jobs entail roofing, insulation, painting, dry-walling, digging for septic systems, etc (no prior experience is necessary! The work site coordinators will teach you everything you need to know).

At the work site, volunteers are encouraged to visit with the people with whom they're working. Each family we work with has its own story. Many of the people we serve are elderly, disabled or have low-paying jobs that do not provide the income to hire someone nor the time to do the work themselves.

After some free time and dinner, we end each day with prayer and reflection. The free time before dinner and after prayer is ideal for quiet journaling, hiking, playing games, bathing in the creek, joining in a campfire sing-along, or counting the stars.

So, what can be expected on a day at the Farm? A miracle.

That's what happens every day here. That's what happens every day everywhere. It just takes us noticing the things around us as miracles and not ordinary or mundane to make them so.

Visit www.nazarethfarm.org for more information.

To be placed on a waiting list for this breakout, Register Now!

Katy Prairie Restoration

Houston, TX

January 6-14, 2018

Cost: $250

Participants in this trip will head to the greater Houston area to help with conservation and restoration efforts of coastal tallgrass prairies that are integral in mitigating the catastrophic effects of large storms and hurricanes in the Houston area. Participants in this trip *must* be able and excited to conduct strenuous (but fun!) outdoor work in tough conditions, and be willing to spend the entire trip camping. The first two days of the trip will be traveling via driving to the site (Jan 6 & 7), stopping midway to camp. The next two days, Jan 8 & 9, will be spent helping to plant native plants and perform maintence on small urban prairies in Houston. The next several days will be spent removing invasive trees to save a remnant prairie from converting into forest (Jan 10-12). The last two days will be spent traveling back to Dayton (Jan 13 & 14), with another overnight stop midway. Camping in Texas will be alongside a scenic bayou; average temperatures range from 40-60 degrees, but it could be colder at night given the time of year. Participants will not only be involved directly in conservation and restoration work, but will learn about the importance of these endangered ecosystems.

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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.

Contact Us

Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall 107 
300 College Park Ave. 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408

937.229.2524