FAITH is the heart of Just5Days. This year’s Just5Days theme focuses on the example of the Saints and their service to others. Summer 2017, middle schoolers will discover how Pope Francis challenges everyone to the vocation of becoming a Saint.
SERVICE during Just5Days has youth engaging in direct, hands-on work that meets real needs of people in the local community. Service sites include working with the elderly, people with disabilities, families living in low income housing, community soup kitchens, outdoor work, and assisting various nonprofit charitable organizations.
PRAYER begins and ends each day of Just5Days. Youth are encouraged to help lead and participate in communal prayers by proclaiming the Scriptures and sharing their voices in song. Liturgy of the Eucharist is celebrated together as a community on the last day of Just5Days.
COMMUNITY building during Just5Days is fostered through high-energy and age appropriate activities, group projects, games, and small group discussions. Daily activities are designed just for middle schoolers with plenty of engaging and creative opportunities to learn.
CATHOLIC is who we are! Just5Days draws directly from the teachings of our faith, Sacred Scriptures, the words of Pope Francis, and the many saintly and holy men and women who follow Jesus’ example to serve with love. Just5Days introduces middle schoolers to Catholic social teaching and helps them to better understand how their faith calls them to serve others compassionately and to work for justice.
Need help getting started?
We have developed a resource, Getting Started with Just5Days, that will help you get started on putting together a group for Just5Days. Included in the resource are talking points for conversations with your parish/school leaders, resources for communicating with parents, and strategies for inviting and selecting young people. Click here to download the resource.
Just5Days Program Fee: $290 per participant
Price includes lodging and meals during your program week, as well as all of your work supplies. Each participant receives a program t-shirt. Travel is an expense of the parish or school.
Just5Days is Just for Middle Schoolers
Just5Days is open to youth who are entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade.
One adult (25 years old or older) serves as the team leader. Additional adults must be 21 years old or older. You will need one adult for every five young people you bring. Teams with more than seven youth participants of both genders must have at least one male and one female adult in attendance and participating in Just5Days.
What a Typical Day at Just5Days is Like
9:00am Morning Prayer Service
9:30am Depart for Service Sites (lunch at service sites)
3:00pm Return to Just5Days Site (Shower/Down time)
5:00pm Gather to Share About the Service Sites
7:00pm Evening Just5Days Program
8:30pm Evening Social Time
9:30pm Evening Prayer Service
10:00pm Get Ready for Bed
Just5Days Will Help You Succeed in Planning a Mission Trip For Your Group
Once registered, you will receive a Team Preparation Manual with everything you need to prepare your young people and adults for a great week at Just5Days. During your Just5Days week, our program staff will guide the prayers, learning sessions, and activities which will allow you more time with your young people. The Just5Days program staff includes a Program Director, Site Coordinator, and Prayer and Music Coordinator. All are trained professionals with experience working with youth.