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Youth Mission Trip to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (Special Needs) West Shore Evangelical Free Church

This trip has been cancelled due to COVID-19, however we are offering SERVE@HOME for 2020. Read More

Date and Price

  • Availability: CANCELLED
  • Date: 06/27/2020 - 07/02/2020
  • Rate: $375 before April 1st
  • *$425 after April 1st
  • Capacity: 15

Service Projects

A variety of work sites will be arranged that will be accessible and adapted to the skill levels of our participants. Some of the options being considered are;

  • Collecting, sorting and packaging food for local distribution
  • Serving at shelters and services for the homeless
  • Working with children with disabilities
  • Elder home repairs and visitation
  • City park restoration
  • And More!

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Registration Fees do NOT include transportation to and from the site. However, once you arrive on-site, all of your transportation is provided.

Nearest Airport

Harrisburg International Airport (MDT). Please DO NOT book airfare until you have received written confirmation from Youth Unlimited that you have been placed at this site.

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Site Description

Mechanicsburg is a small town outside the capital city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It is a self-described “Good place to live” and it’s proximity to many historical and cultural centers makes this Central Pennsylvania town a great place to visit.

West Shore Free has been a leader in our community by establishing one of the first disability ministries. Established in 1983, the “A-Team” (Ability Team) has ministered to and with dozens of adults with disabilities. The church and the A-Team have served our community in a variety of ways. From food distributions, monthly clothing markets, community rehabilitation, men/women shelter staffing, and outreach to Somali immigrants, West Shore is an amazingly active force in our community, In the broader Harrisburg area, there continue to be challenges of poverty, services being cut to the elderly, and a growing immigrant community into all ministries. We also have a growing group of youth with disabilities in the church and we are looking to expand our ministry to reach a broader audience. Come join us in the work we are doing together!

A good note for parents who are dropping off their child for the week: you will be within 3 hours of New York City, 2 hours from Philadelphia or Washington DC, and 1.5 hours from Baltimore. In addition, you will be just 20 miles from “The Sweetest Place on Earth” – Hershey, PA! For the outdoor lovers, the Appalachian Trail runs right through the area, and along with many other outstanding hiking trails, there are several creeks and rivers well suited for fishing and lazy rafting trips.


All participants will stay at West Shore Evangelical Free Church, a modern facility with all amenities including two kitchens, separate rooms for male and female guests, a gymnasium, and a worship center. Participants will sleep in air-conditioned classrooms, most meals will occur in the church or an adjacent covered pavilion, and we will have access to several rooms for activities and worship. Showers will be available on-site at the church as well as host family homes.

Day Away

We are considering a day trip to Washington DC or to Hershey, PA.

This site is open for 15 special needs participants and 20 mentors.


Mentors will arrive one day early (June 26) for training and orientation. As a mentor, you will be partnered with someone with special needs for the week. You will walk alongside them through worship, devotions, work sites, fun activities and more! The registration cost for mentors is $115 USD. This site prefers mentors between the ages of 16 and 28. Want more information about being a Mentor? Please contact the Youth Unlimited office at for more details. Registration for Mentors and Participants will open on November 1st, 2019.

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