The following is information on one of the greatest spring break trips ever—going to Las Vegas + the Grand Canyon with CSF. We know you all will have a lot of questions leading up to the trip, so we wanted to go ahead and answer some of those for you. If there are more questions, of course feel free to contact any of the CSF staff going on the trip (contact info and bios below). But let’s get one thing clear—we want you on this trip. And if you come your life will be changed forever.
(NOTE: The following is subject to change. Nothing is 100% finalized, but this is more than likely what will happen)
Where will we be staying in Las Vegas?
We will be staying at an organization/church called Casa de Luz, which means “House of Light”. The ministry was founded by Chris and Laura Chapel, along with Laura’s father-in-law Dan, after years of the trio independently and faithfully serving in an impoverished area in Las Vegas. Casa de Luz serves as a beacon of hope and light in a city where many are desperate to find it. We are excited to be staying with and serving alongside such passionate servants of Christ.
How are we getting there?
We will be riding in…wait for it….THE LIGHTRIDER. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds, 1) Because it has an awesome name, and 2) BECAUSE IT’S A DOUBLE DECKER BUS. That’s right, just like in Harry Potter. And we guarantee you that it is going to be an awesome time. This was the cheapest option for driving cross country with a group our size, and let’s be real, this is like a once in a lifetime thing that you DO NOT want to miss out on.
What does the $490 cover?
The $490 covers lodging, transportation, tolls, camping fees for the Grand Canyon, and every breakfast. It does not cover every lunch or dinner, however, some of those will be provided by churches in LV. Keep in mind that Las Vegas is going to be slightly more expensive than Kentucky. A trip to Chipotle might cost you $8-10 instead of $6-8. Something to keep in mind while deciding how much extra money to bring for food. Also researching potential costs for whatever you might want to do is a good idea. But there is a lot of fun to be had without spending a dime (see below). A trip to the Las Vegas strip is in the plans, so keep in mind what you might want to do there, i.e. souvenir shopping, eating, etc.
What will we do when we get there?
We are most excited about this trip because we will be visiting a place that is not only a widely popular vacation destination, but we’ll get to experience first hand how God is alive and active in what many refer to as “Sin City”. When we arrive in Las Vegas (late Saturday/early Sunday), we will sleep at the church we’re staying at, wake up, and most likely attend one of their church services. We’ll spend the rest of the day Sunday recovering from travel and getting to know one another. We’ll then spend the mornings of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday serving in Las Vegas. These service times will include serving with Casa de Luz- learning about poverty and sex trafficking in the city and how God has been working through that organization to combat those issues- serving at Opportunity Village- a community that houses and employs special needs adults- and helping out at one or two local food banks. In addition, we will be open and willing to help the churches who provide meals for us if/when time allows us to do so. For the majority of Wednesday, we’ll take a trip together to the Las Vegas strip and just hang out under all the lights! It is sure to be a good time. Just like the movies! Except…without all the gambling…and dancers… BUT WITH ALL OF YOUR CLOSEST FRIENDS! Early Thursday morning we’ll pack up The Lightrider and head to the Grand Canyon! Once we’re there, well, we’ll do the only thing there is to do there, which is HAVE OUR MINDS BLOWN BY GOD’S AWESOMENESS. And we’re pretty stoked about that. We’ll hike and hang out under the stars all day Friday before heading home Saturday after an incredible week.
Is it safe?
Yes. Just be smart. Like Lexington, it’s probably not the best idea to go strolling around by yourself at night. In fact, we’re just going to ask everyone—night or day—to stay with at least one other person throughout the trip. It helps with safety and it’s just more fun. But if you use your head, you’ll no doubt be fine. We’ll also have the assurance of the staff of Casa de Luz to guide us in the best ways to go about the city. When we’re at the Grand Canyon, don’t push yourself past your limits. Everyone will be on different levels as far as hiking ability, and we’ll work together to make sure everyone has the best time. Make sure you pack a water bottle to take with ya!
I’ve never been to Las Vegas or the Grand Canyon. What should I do when I get there?!
You guessed it…we’re hittin up the blackjack tables! 21 baby! Okay…not really. There’s WAY more to do in Las Vegas than gamble- and a lot of it is FREE! Take a looksie below to get some ideas:
- Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo* – The Flamingo’s brilliant neon sign is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable on the Strip. And visitors can take a closer look at the creatures who inspired the bright display at the hotel-casino’s very own wildlife habitat.
- Welcome to Las Vegas Sign* – Bound to be one of the best Instagrams you’ll ever post.
- Parisian* – Sweet hotel you see in all the movies. You’ll feel more famous just standing by it.
- Volcano at The Mirage* – Every hour after dusk, the Mirage volcano explodes forth for crowds of curious Strip onlookers.
- Streetmosphere* – The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian adds a little ‘Streetmosphere’ to the shopping experience, providing fun and entertainment for all that visit.
- P3 Studio at the Cosmopolitan* – P3 Studio on the third floor of The Cosmopolitan features contemporary artists from around the world creating interactive installations as part of an innovative artist-in-residence program.
- M&Ms World* – M&M’s World may be the most delicious attraction in Vegas. And judging by its scores of visitors, M&M’s World must be doing something right.
- Fountains of Bellagio* – Every evening, a water and music show plays again and again in the spectacular fountains filling the quarter-mile-long lake in front of the Bellagio.
- Fall of Atlantis at Caesars* – No civilization put on a greater spectacle than ancient Rome, and now you have a chance to witness the glory for yourself at Caesars Palace’s Fall of Atlantis.
- Ethel M Chocolate Factory* – Ethel M Chocolates panders to the sweet tooth in all of us. Located seven miles from the Strip, its free admission entices us to the factory, through which many a visitor goes for a behind-the-scenes look at the candy-making (and tasting) process.
- Conservatory at Bellagio* – Crafted by a team of 100 horticulturalists, the Bellagio’s conservatory features elegant, elaborate arrangements of plants and flowers in its bright, airy atrium.
- The Aquarium at Silverton* – Located within the cozy Silverton Hotel, a 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium provides entertainment on a scale one can enjoy only in Las Vegas.
- Freemont Street Experience* – The Fremont Street Experience will have you dancing in the street with its $70 million light canopy and 540,000-watt sound system.
- MGM Grand* – Sweet hotel you see in all the movies. You’ll feel more famous just standing by it.
- In-N-Out Burger – If you know, you know.
*Denotes great Instagram opps. Get ya filters ready. #CSFGoesWest
Who is going with us?
Oh, just the greatest people in the world. We aren’t sure on how many students will be going, but we would guess around 40. Here are the staff that are going, including a little bio on them and how to get in touch with them:
Brendan Westerfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) With a degree in Theater, this man is sure to keep the mood light and the laughs going during this trip. If you ask nicely, he’ll tell you the story about how he almost died in a sword fight. It’s epic. You might also mistake him for local news celebrity Dennis McNickel…he gets that a lot.
Leeza Ewashko (email@example.com) Leeza’s got an incredible eye for design, a great last name, and has by far the most underrated sense of humor on staff. This girl is sure to make this trip more awesome than it’s already going to be.
Josef Pleli (firstname.lastname@example.org) Jax is responsible for all things video at CSF, and he’s dang good at it. He seems quiet at first, but this trip is definitely going to bring out his wild side. And we’re pumped about it.
Jenna Bream (email@example.com) also know as American Berries or The Siberian Light Show, this girl has been dubbed many a nickname, and she does her best to live up to them. She also has extremely fluffy, curly hair and wishes she was Beyonce.
Kat Towles (firstname.lastname@example.org) Kat is sure to be sporting some of the best fashion you’ll see around the CSF building, and you’ll probably witness her respond to the name “Meow Meow” at one time or another. She’s awesome.
Again, if you have any other questions, we’d love to hear them. Feel free to email any of the above humans and you will get a response back. We are so excited you’re interested in joining us on this great adventure to Las Vegas + the Grand Canyon.
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