Don’t spend your spring break sleeping in. Do something awesome with CSF. Whether you’ve come to CSF once, twice, or never, it doesn’t matter. These trips are for you. Meet new people. Do something great.

Our team of intrepid Spring Break imagineers have been hard at work crafting a busload of incredible trips to help make your spring break awesome. You can check out a complete list below. Want to know more? GET IN TOUCH.

Spring Break Quick Menu

Hiking with C. S. Lewis  •  Habitat Build  •  New Orleans  •  New York City
The Beach  •  Out West  •  Skiing the Rockies  •  Israel  •  Trip FAQs

A cabin somewhere in KY
Bundle up in a cozy cabin in the hills while learning from our good friend C. S. Lewis. Read good books. Have good conversations. Reflect on the goodness of God through nature and community.

Owensboro, KY
Want to serve a family in need this Spring Break? Serve and connect with other students on this Habitat for Humanity build for people in our very own state-Owensboro, KY. You’ll have a blast. They’ll have a home.

New Orleans, LA
Have some fun AND do some service this Spring Break. Serve families in the Lower Ninth Ward and give hope to the homeless population of New Orleans, while also taking some time to explore the uniqueness of The Big Easy.

New York City
Explore the city that never sleeps. Eat a hot dog in Central Park, take a selfie in Times Square, and walk the Brooklyn Bridge. Take a bite out of the Big Apple and maybe catch a Broadway show while you’re at it. 

Fort Myers, FL
Warm your body, warm your soul. Leave school behind and spend a week relaxing on the beach in sunny Florida. Make some new friends. Maybe grow in your faith. To put it another way, 35 degrees in Lexington or 82 on the beach… enough said. 

Phoenix, AZ and the Grand Canyon
We’re heading out west, just like pioneers! Only with air conditioning. Explore Phoenix, AZ then spend a day hiking in one of the most incredible places on earth: The Grand Canyon. It’ll be a trip you’ll never forget.

Conquer the incredible slopes of the Rocky Mountains (or at least the bunny hills). You won’t find a cheaper ski trip out west, or better people to go with. Ski. Snowboard. Meet new people.

$2,300 (includes airfare, lodging, and most expenses)
Spend 10 days exploring Jesus’ stomping grounds on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure! We’re taking our first ever international Spring Break trip to get a firsthand glimpse of scripture. Due to the unique nature of this trip, space is extremely limited! If you’re interested in this trip, EMAIL MATT.

To sign up and reserve your spot on a trip, simply pay your trip deposit. You can then pay for the rest of the trip by cash/check at CSF. Please note that all deposits are non-refundable. Final trip costs may vary slightly as we continue to finalize trip details. For more information on how to sign up for the Israel trip, please EMAIL MATT.

Questions? Call/text us at 859.273.5433 or EMAIL US.

“I should like to know about risks, out-of-pocket expenses, time required and renumeration and so forth”—by which he meant: “What am I going to get out of it? And am I going to come back alive?”

–Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit

Spring Break Trip FAQs
Click on any of the trips below for more info!

Want a spring break that’s actually a break? Great. You’re looking in the right place. We’ll be going to a cabin on Nolin Lake, just a couple of hours away from Lexington, and it’s only a half week, so you can have the last half of Spring Break to do whatever you want—go home, hang with friends in town, catch up on school work. But while you’re on the trip you’ll have your soul refreshed and also do some awesome stuff. Did I mention that it’s the cheapest trip? It is!

You probably 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).

(NOTE: The following is subject to change. All changes in the plan will be passed on to you.)

Where will we be staying?
Nolin Lake (google it). Sweet cabin, on a lake, minutes from the biggest cave in America. Perfect place to kick back.

How are we getting there?
This is a smaller trip, so we will have students carpool and caravan from the CSF building (gas is on us)!

What does the cost cover?
The cost covers lodging, transportation costs, food, snacks, and you’ll get a book by C. S. Lewis! Things we won’t cover: dinner on the way down to the cabin. Saturday night you’ll be expected to grab food on the way. It’s on you, so go as cheap or expensive as you want on that meal! Mammoth cave is also nearby, and if you want to take an excursion down into the cave depths then you’ll be responsible for that cost (it’s not very expensive depending on which tour you take: $5-$20).

What will we be doing there?
Here are a few:
This trip is meant to be refreshing, but that doesn’t just mean relaxing. The best way to rest is to soak up some goodness. So as a group we’ll be reading through some things by C. S. Lewis and discussing them. But we’ll also have some excursions over to Mammoth Cave National Park to do some hiking and, if you want, cave tours. We’ll watch the Cats play, and we’ll watch a movie or two!

What is expected of me?
Come! Have a good attitude! Be respectful to the lodging. Read the material and engage with it. Play King of Tokyo at least once. Root for the Cats.

How much free-time will I have?
Quite a bit. The point of the trip is to relax and refresh. If you have to catch up on homework, or you just want time to hang with friends, this is the trip for you. We’ll be doing quite a few things together as a group, but there will be plenty of time for you to do things you want as well.

Who’s going?
20 students and a couple staff members! May have a guest appearance by Derek King, but don’t let that stop you from coming!

If you have more questions email me at, Amy at, or just find me around the CSF building. Or find Christian Farmer then email me when he doesn’t help you at all.

Come hang out and serve with great people in the beautiful city of Owensboro! Throughout the week, we will be working on building a house for a family in need. Working conditions are light and fun so no need to be intimidated. In the evenings we will have lots of free time to enjoy what Owensboro has to offer like ice skating, bowling, world famous moonlight BBQ, or just walking around and exploring downtown. In the evenings we will be hanging out in the Bible, playing basketball, and chowing down on all your favorite sugary snacks!

(NOTE: The following is subject to change. All changes in the plan will be passed on to you.)

Where will we be staying?
First Baptist Church
230 J.R. Miller Blvd
Owensboro, KY 42303

First Baptist Church provides large classrooms to sleep in as well as activities such as ping pong, pool, and arcade games. The church is also so generous that they give us use to their OUTSTANDING indoor basketball court and ample space for all sorts of activities! What more could you ask for?

How are we getting there?
You will be taking personal cars and gas will be paid for by the cost of the trip, so make sure you carpool! Owensboro is only three hours away but it is your job to keep the drive interesting. Bring your favorite music to sing along to and a couple of stray bucks to eat dinner on the way!

What does the cost cover?
The $125 pays for gas, the Habitat for Humanity fees, food and snacks, bowling, ice skating, and a comfy place to stay. All of this for $125 you say? What a bargain!

What will we be doing there?
Every day we will help build a house with Habitat for Humanity. There we will hang out with THE most amazing woman in the world, 50 years running, the one and only Mrs. Virginia! The female equivalent to Curt Vernon. For lunch and dinner various generous people within the community bring us delicious food to refill our working bodies. FOR FREE. After the build we will hang out at the church to play games and go hard on the basketball court, or even take a well-deserved nap. Remember to bring your favorite board and card games and be prepared to participate in planned activities such as ice skating and bowling as well as spend time to venture through downtown Owensboro. We will wind down every evening by digging into the Word together, so get pumped!

What is expected of me?
We expect an optimistic hardworking attitude while working on the build as well as a grateful heart towards our hosts. First Baptist Church was generous enough to provide us with a place to sleep in conjunction with allowing us to use their facilities. To express gratitude to the church it is important to treat their building with care and keep it squeaky clean throughout the week! In addition, various people and organizations around the community serve us lunch and dinner throughout the week. It is expected for you to fill up your plate, stuff your face, and say thank you!

How much free-time will I have?
A lot of free time will be provided on the trip. After finishing the build, free time will be available for the rest of the day aside from dinner, Bible study, and any planned activities. Free time includes taking a walk around downtown, playing basketball, and filling up on snacks while enjoying one another’s company.

Where will we be staying?
We will be staying at the United Methodist Church on South Carrolton (921 S. Carrolton Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70118). It’s ten minutes away from downtown New Orleans. It has lots of shops and restaurants available in walking distance to get a taste of the unique culture of the area. While we are sleeping on the floor/sleeping bags, the location and people are great!

How are we getting there?
We’ll be taking 15 passenger vans (or as I like to call them: 12-new-best-friends-and-3-spots-for-luggage vans). It’s only a half a day drive and we’ll be stopping plenty often for bathroom breaks (the author of this has a tiny bladder) as well as giving those legs a stretch.

What does the cost cover?
The $260.00 covers the transportation to get us to the Big Easy, several meals while we are there, an NBA game, and the best snacks you will ever eat. It doesn’t cover the meals on the travel days and a couple of dinners when we are out on the town. There are all kinds of cool hipstery restaurants with all kinds of cool hipstery foods, like Alligator Cheesecake. Say what?!

What will we be doing there?
Our primary goal is to serve the city of New Orleans. We’ll be helping with some construction at the church where we are staying, assisting Capstone in aiding the local population, and partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank. Side effects include a good conscious, new friends, and lasting memories. We’ll also be exploring all that New Orleans has to offer to a tourist. Jazz. The French Quarter. Étouffée. Anthony Davis. That’s right, we’ll attend a Pelican’s game and watch a former UK player throw down on the court.

What is expected of me?
Hang out. Have fun. Be willing to serve. Make amazing friendships. Enjoy the unique culture of New Orleans (or at least try to). It’s pretty easy. The BIG Easy.

How much free-time will I have?
None. This isn’t about you. It’s about helping people, ya dingus. Just kidding. We have lots of time built in to explore New Orleans and hang out with the other awesome people on the trip.

Who’s going?
Leeza Ewashko – She’s got an incredible eye for design, a great last name (that will soon change to something great as well), and has by far the most underrated sense of humor on staff. She may be a bit quiet at first, but you’ll soon find out that she’s full of laughs and energy.

Sam “Panther” Holmes – Sam once tracked and killed the rarest animal on earth, the albino panther of Antarctica. This feat made him world famous as a skilled scout and hunter. He later went on to teach Teddy Roosevelt everything he knew about hunting wild exotic game.

Lauren “LBow” Colburn– Lauren’s dream is to eat a corndog on the Ellen DeGeneres show with Julie Andrews. Until that day comes, you can find her watching The Great British Bake Off, reading Charles Dickens, and jamming to some T-Swizzle. Come to NOLA and she just might tell you why her nickname is LBow.

Michael “Nuggy Nugz” Brown – The Chicken Nugget Champion of the World will be taking a break from his International Nugget Tour to grace us with his presence in the city of spicy delicacies. He is hoping to find the perfect creole dipping sauce to fuel his spicy nugget passion. Consider this a personal invitation to join him (and the rest of the team) in his search.

You! – This trip won’t be near as awesome if you don’t come with us. So sign up now at

The following is information on one of the greatest spring break trips ever—going to New York City 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)

When will we be going?
We will be leaving very early in the morning on Saturday, March 12th and arriving in New York that night. We will be spending 6 days in the city and returning to Lexington on Saturday, March 19th. It has come to our attention that some of you on-campus-dorm-livers will be asked to vacate your bedrooms that Friday night before departure. If that is the case, let us know and we can help you find arrangements for the evening.

Where will we be staying?
In the heart of Manhattan! We stay at a church called “10th Street Church of Christ”, right off 1st avenue (Lower East Side). It’s only 4 blocks away from a Subway stop and walking distance from Chinatown and Soho (shopping capital of the world…looking at you, ladies). You’ll also get to meet the wonderful Pastor Keith, who is a certified baller. While you will either be sleeping on the floor or on cushioned pews, the location is great and insanely cheap for staying in Manhattan.

How will we be getting there?
We will be taking 15-passenger vans, leaving early Saturday morning and getting there that night. These babies can be convenient and easy to transport luggage with. Plus, everyone knows the friends you make in 15 passenger vans last a lifetime! Once we are there, we will be travelling around the city by foot, subway, bike, horse, drone, or uber!

What does the cost cover?
The $365 covers lodging, transportation, tolls, parking, a Subway pass, and every breakfast. It does not cover lunch, dinner, or any other things you might want to do. We realize that one of the great things about New York is trying out fun places to eat. So even if we “provided lunch and dinner”, you probably wouldn’t eat it anyway. Keep in mind that New York is slightly more expensive than Kentucky. If you go out to eat at a nice restaurant, you’re looking at closer to $20-$35 instead of around $15. 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. 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).

What will we be doing there?
Well…basically whatever you want. There will be a few group times that we’ll require everyone to be at, and on one of our first days we’ll do a city-wide scavenger hunt (if you think it sounds lame…you’re just wrong). Throughout the week we’ll be reading the Bible together, but we’ll be sure to leave plenty of free time for you – we want you all to enjoy exploring the city the way you want to do it. Some thoughtful insiders have written us a suggested itinerary for the week, so if the Big Apple seems overwhelming we can show you how to do see all the sights the right way. We’ll have some suggested activities along the way like a visit to the world famous Hillsong Church of NYC or soaking up the lights of Times Square, and if you’re interested in serving, we can get you in touch with some great organizations.

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.

I’ve never been to New York… What should I do when I get there?!
Obviously, New York is filled with a kajillion things to do. It can honestly be overwhelming. Here are a few things you won’t want to miss (cost in parenthesis).

Times Square at night – There’s nothing like it. The #1 reason why there’s no City like NYC (Free)
Central Park during the day – Take a stroll. Feed some ducks. Explore the castle. It’s a little different than the arboretum. (Free)
The Shows – Of course there’s Broadway, which you’ll have an opportunity to visit. But also Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, and so on. If you plan ahead of time, you can really see some amazing things. (Free-$100)
Top of the rock – If you’re willing to spend the extra money, this is the best view the city has to offer (yes…better than the top of the Empire State Building) ($25-30)
Statue of Liberty – Lady Liberty is timeless, historic, and visiting her is an excellent way to spend a half day and get a sweet view of the city
World Trade Center Memorial and the Freedom Tower – one of the most awesome memorials in the world. The museum ($18, cheaper some days) is stunning, heart-breaking, and inspiring too
Cathedrals – New York is home to some jaw dropping Cathedrals. St. Patricks and St. John of the Divine are filled with incredible art and architecture (and they aren’t bad places to pray either). (Free)
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at night – This is simply a must. Take the Subway over to the Brooklyn side and walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Don’t leave the City without doing this. (Free)
Shake Shack – Aziz Ansari said the thing he missed most about New York City? The Shake Shack. Seriously…I’m craving it writing this now. (The Madison Square Park location is the best) ($12)
NBA and MLS Games -The Knicks, the Nets, NYCFC and Red Bulls will have home games during our trip, so why wouldn’t you grab the opportunity to visit the Worlds Most Famous Arena or the House that Jay-Z Built? ($10-50, depending on ticket prices)
MET and MoMA – Two of the top Art museums in the world. Da Vinci’s Starry Night is definitely worth a few of your hours (On donation)

Of course, this doesn’t even scratch the surface. If you’re wondering of other fun things to do (maybe even some of the “off the radar” things), come talk to one of the staff and we can help you out.

Can I plan for some of those things ahead of time?
We will try to find a good balance of scheduled group time with free time. We know you want to go to shows, etc, but we also want you to have time to get to know other people on the trip. We are also planning on having some Bible study times on most of our days there. Here’s what I recommend. Don’t make any plans for Sunday or Monday at all. These are the most likely times we will be organizing group activities. Throughout the rest of the week feel free to see the city at your leisure, but remember we will try to do as much as we can together. We want you to meet people and come back to Lexington with a bunch of new friends. Also, please keep in mind that due to constraints of staying in a church, we will have a curfew of 12 midnight each night unless granted special permission.

One piece of advice, we know that if you’d like to go ahead and buy tickets, you’re welcome to do so. But a lot of times you can get tickets on the morning before a show or game for much cheaper than if you bought them ahead of time. This can be riskier, because you might miss out on the show you really want to see, but it is another option.

Who’s going?
Oh, just the greatest people in the world. We aren’t sure on how many students will be going, but we would guess anywhere from 30-50. Here are the staff that are going, including a little bio on them and how to get in touch with them:

Michael “Rundy” Rundell ( – More than likely, he will be running around and kicking a soccer ball the first time you meet him. This is his 3rd time to the Big Apple, so ask him for the inside scoop

Stephanie Sherman ( – A calm personality and a sweet wardrobe, this girl makes you feel cooler just by association. If you want to have a great time on this trip, make sure you stick by this girls side.

Ryan Kaffenberger ( – This guy can’t wait to meet you. A hipster at heart, great with conversation, and a photographic memory. He’s never been to NYC before, so share in the wonder with him!

Ashley Crittenden ( – More commonly known as Crit-dawg (jk), she’s ready to explode with laughter and excitement. You’ll love spending a week with her.

Y’all ready for this?! Click here to get pumped up really quick. Now that you’ve danced a bit, keep reading for info about the best spring break trip in the CSF catalog; it’s literally better than when Lance Armstrong went to the moon!

Let us answer all of the questions your fun loving brain can think up, and if there are still more questions (Who are the best Euchre players on the trip? Why is my heart of hearts so excited for this trip? Will there be a tan guy teaching me how to surf?), feel free to contact any of the CSF staff going on the trip (contact info below). But let’s get one thing clear: This trip is going to be FUN and we want YOU to be a part of it with us!

How are we getting there?
Folks we’re going to be riding in style on some of the most luxurious charter buses in the SEC. These babies have reclining seats, an aisle to walk up and down, outlets for charging your mobile devices, and a driver who will likely sing gospel songs and sooth you to sleep on this heck-of-a-fun road trip!

Where will we be staying?
We’ll be staying at the most hospitable church in the universe. Seriously this place puts CSF’s hospitality to shame. The Motto of the staff is “if you didn’t get it, it’s because you didn’t ask for it.” So you’ll be feeling right at home from the get-go. This church is going to be the most relaxing place you’ll ever stay, and that’s a 100% emoji guarantee. On top of all this greatness, they are located right on the beach in Fort Myers, and have plenty of room for all of your air mattresses, Enos, and any sort of fort you want to build down in the Fort. Oh and they have a soft serve ice cream machine ready for you 24/7.

What does the cost cover?
The $375 cost of this trip to Florida (which is the least expensive beach trip you’ll ever take) covers transportation driving down, the church we’re staying at, 3 meals a day in Florida, and probably some Aloe for when you forget to lather up. This trip is basically all-inclusive, so it’s even more of an amazing deal! The only things you’ll have to pay for are meals on the way down and up.

What will we be doing there?
When we get there, you’ll have to take a second to recover from shock, because you’re going to be blown away by how close we are to the beach. It’s about 100 yards away. Next we’ll have some free time (perfect for setting up your air mattress or Eno, playing some games, smelling the ocean breeze, that sort of thing).

The first night we’ll get to know each other, talk about how fun this trip will be, and split up into our bible study groups to chat, then rally back up for a potential dance party, and finish off with something you’ll get very used to this week: CHILLIN’

The whole time we’re down there you’ll have the days to spend leisurely on the beach. Whether you’re a sun seeking tanner, or a try-hard spike-baller, the day is yours to enjoy. There are bikes to ride around the island, and plenty of activities around to keep your interest.

At night we’re going to keep with the theme of relaxation and enjoy dinner provided by the church (You literally just have to show up!) and then we’ll head to the sanctuary for some worship with one of the Florida trips best kept secrets: Curt Vernon! Some nights we’ll even head out to the beach for worship.

After worship we’ll hear some wise words from Dan “The Man” Hammel, and we’ll split up to hang with our groups. After group time we’ll have a bit more freedom before bed, perfect for playing some late night games, or taking a nighttime walk on the beach.

Who’s going?
Oh, just the greatest people in the world! There will be tons of room for students and a handful of CSF staff members. Staff:

Keith McMunn

Stephen Ruh

Maddie Wofford

Qaaim Nayyir

Jamika Johns

Devon Freeman

Kyleigh Perry

Zach Motes

***Again, if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask. We are so excited you’re interested in joining us on this great sandy adventure!!***

Brace yourselves! The following info is for THE greatest spring break trip since Ponce De Leon’s squad went to Florida in 1513 — Phoenix + the Grand Canyon 2016! I’m here to answer all of your questions you have. If there are more questions (Can I pay for the trip in Trident Layers? Can Grama Susan come? What’s the Netflix password? etc), 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.

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 the best road trip you’ve ever been a part of. Not only was this the most affordable option for driving cross country with a group our size, but let’s be real, this is like a once in a lifetime thing that you DO NOT want to miss out on. ♫ The wheels on the bus go… hard in the paint.

Where will we be staying?
We will be staying at a local church called North Phoenix Baptist. And let me tell you, it’s the swanky-est church in town. It’s like staying in a 5-star luxury suite in a posh hotel, except without the maid service. Not exactly, but bring your air mattresses and sleeping bags, and the church will have showers for us. Here’s the address: 5757 North Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

What does the cost cover?
The $490 covers lodging, transportation, tolls, trolls, troll tolls, camping fees for the Grand Canyon, and every breakfast. It does not cover every lunch or dinner, however, most of those will be provided by local Phoenix churches. And what’s a trip out west without a souvenir or two, so take some spending money to bring back a souvenir or designer clothes. Heck, you can even go crazy and adopt an endangered species of animal. We don’t care. Just make sure the endangered animal can fit in your luggage and has enough food for the ride home.

What will we be doing there?
First we will have an incredible road trip through the Wild Wild West. On Monday night we will be going to a Phoenix Suns basketball game! And guess what? We worked out a deal where we get to go in early to watch the teams warm up and we get to cut down the nets after the game! There are also 6 former UK players on the two teams (Suns vs. Timberwolves) so wear your UK shirt to the game!

Throughout the week on the mornings of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we’ll be doing different service activities and outreach in the city. Then each night we’ll be doing Bible study together as a group and hanging out!

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 we can which is HAVE OUR MINDS BLOWN BY GOD’S AWESOMENESS. After that we’ll hike and hang out under the stars all day before heading home. It’s gonna be an incredible week. Disclaimer: this is a pretty legit 12 mile hike, you won’t die but you will be pretty tired by the end. Get on those stairmasters haha!

Who’s going?
Oh, just the greatest people in the world! There will be a total of 40 students and 4 CSF staff members. Staff:

Brendan Westerfield ( – Take 1 part farmer, 2 parts professional actor, add a pinch of 3 point shooting perfection, mix it all up and you’ll get the one & only Brendan Westerfield. This dude grows a mean beard and LOVES to quote movies. His acting skills make him a perfect partner for charades. One time in a game of charades he conveyed “The Final Act of the Congress of Vienna in which the neutrality of Switzerland was guaranteed” as clear as day and his team guessed it within 30 seconds. It was electrifying.

Bethany Tolle ( – The human computer herself. This girl is incredible and a ton of fun to be around at all times. Her sense of humor is contagious and she’ll keep you laughing no matter what you’re doing. Like if you just cried for 30 minutes after watching the sad part in Airbud and you need someone to cheer you up she can make you feel happy again. Oh, and there’s one more thing to know about this girl: she loves pi…no, not pie…but π as in 3.14159265 (math is her love language!)

Josef Pleli ( – Jax can often be caught daydreaming about The Shire, defeating orcs and heroically saving Middle Earth. And he would be the perfect guy to do it because he’s extremely smart, the best problem solver I know and incredibly creative. His life goals fall somewhere between joining Mumford & Sons on stage and catching a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers in Lambeau Field.

Evan Wehrle ( – If you fall in the Grand Canyon and get stuck (not a fat joke), Evan will probably be the first person to jump in and try to rescue you. If you’re ever in need, he’ll help you. He’ll go above and beyond what’s expected of him at all times. He also has a knack for carpentry. You know who else was a carpenter? Jesus. Therefore Evan is the most Christlike guy you’ve ever met.

***Again, if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask. We are so excited you’re interested in joining us on this great wild west adventure!***

This March, a great group of students and four CSF staff; Tater Cunningham, Lydia Slayden, Storey Edwards, and Jared Phillips will be heading out to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. This week long trip will be filled with food, a great community of people, and skiing/snowboarding on one of the biggest and most dynamic ski resorts in Colorado. We are staying in a Church in North Steamboat just a few miles from the beautiful downtown Steamboat. Finally, we will be spending the week studying the bible and growing closer to God and a community friends. This is the trip to come on if you want an experience of a lifetime!

Where will we be staying?
On the way out to Colorado, we will be stopping in Kansas City to stay at:
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
11100 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS 66210

During the week in Steamboat Springs we’ll be staying at:
First Baptist Church
3200 Divine Way
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

On the way back we’ll stop in Missouri for the night:
Campus House – Mizzou

How will we be getting there?
We’ll be taking three 15 passenger vans!

What does the cost cover?
The $490 will cover your lodging, transportation, 3 day lift ticket (the 4th day option is extra), and meals while in Colorado (travel days you will be required to buy your own food, and one day in Colorado when we go out to dinner). The cost does NOT cover ski rentals!

When will we leave and get back?
We leave early in the morning on Saturday the 12th. We will spend the first night in Kansas City, MO. We will arrive on the 13th at Steamboat Springs, CO. We will ski/snowboard for three days and have a free day on our break day (unless you would like to ski or snowboard that day as well which costs extra). We will start back home on Friday the 18th and will stay at a campus ministry in Columbia, MO. Then we will arrive home on Saturday the 19th. We will be gone from Saturday the 12th till Saturday the 19th.

What will we be doing there?
Our first night in Colorado, we will just settle into the church, allowing you all the chance to stretch, hangout, and play games. Each night, we will also take some time to split into small groups and focus on a specific passage in the Bible. We are excited to grow as a small community and learn about God and His amazing love. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday will be days on the mountain! After spending the day out on the slopes, you’ll head back to the church, clean up, eat some great dinner, and then break into small groups for Bible study. There will be time after devotions for playing games and hanging out. Wednesday will be a free day! We’ll go exploring, skating, shopping, etc. There is the option of skiing that day also but that costs extra money. If you have any questions about the optional day please feel free to ask.

What is expected of me?
First and foremost, we want to make sure we are great guests to all the people/places hosting us. Make sure to take extra care of wherever we are! Secondly, you gotta have fun! Laugh a lot, make new friends and memories, see the beauty and love of God on display daily.

Who’s going?
Tater Cunningham

Storey Edwards

Lydia Slayden

Jared Phillips

Can I still go on the trip?
Well, maybe. Here’s the deal. We had so many people sign up for the Israel trip that our original group expanded from 22 spots to 35 spots!!! That means our primary spots are taken, but we’re now into the waitlist.

So… join the waitlist!!! Here’s why:

There’s a chance that people who have signed up might still end up not going on the trip for any number of reasons. You can put a $300 deposit down to reserve your spot on the waitlist and if you don’t go on the trip, you’ll get your $300 back! Easy!

Click Here for the trip itinerary and reservation form (remember, send any deposits to Pilgrim Tours, not to CSF).

What about parents and community members?
At this point, we are encouraging anyone that is seriously interested to sign up. There’s a possibility that if enough people are able to go, we can modestly expand our trip, which would be great! If parents, graduates, or other community members want to go, they are encouraged to sign up.

For them, the cost is $2,500 which is still insanely reasonable! The slight increase helps cover some of our other costs that Blake and I will be fundraising for. Again, our goal is to angle this trip to be as cost-effective for college students as possible.

Students will be given preferential selection on the trip, but if parents, grads, or community members sign up and pay a $300 reservation fee, they will receive their deposit back if they don’t get to go on the trip.

Also, Blake and I do hope to take at least a few older friends in the community. So again, we want to encourage parents and older friends to apply!

What if I drop out of the trip?
If you send in a reservation form and aren’t able to go, check out this form for Pilgrim Tour’s cancellation policy. Basically, you may be able to recoup some portion of your deposit, but not all of it. And it depends on when you decide to drop out of the trip as to how much you’ll receive back.

The best strategy is if you think you’re 75% certain you can go, then apply. You’re obviously serious about going. If you end up not going, you might be out a few hundred dollars, which would stink, but you would have confirmed a reserved spot on the trip in case you were able to go.

If you’re on the waitlist and space doesn’t open up for you to go, you will receive your deposit back.

What if my waitlist spot doesn’t take?
If you’re on the waitlist and a spot doesn’t open up for you, you will receive your deposit back. However, if you do end up making the cut, but choose not to go on the trip, you’ll lose that deposit. If you’re serious about going, we recommend signing up as soon as possible and getting your name on the waitlist!

Do I pay CSF or Pilgrim Tours?
Pilgrim Tours. No money should ever be given to Blake, Matt or CSF.

Isn’t the price higher than what we originally quoted?
The final price is $88 higher than what we originally quoted for students. There were several gratuities that had to be added into the final price that increased it slightly. $2387 now looks like it will be the final price for students. The only other things that could cause the price of the trip to change would be if very few people go (which is extremely unlikely given the high level of interest in the trip) or if oil prices shoot up and airline prices quickly soar (which also seems unlikely). Five years ago this trip would have cost over $3,000 because of the price of oil. If you have an inclination to visit Israel, now is a perfect time.

Will it be safe?
We will continue to address safety concerns as the trip approaches. I (Matt) returned from Israel last year when there was even more fighting and I never once felt in danger. But, if that’s not enough, here are a couple of important points that you should share with anyone in your life who has a safety concern.

1) Check out the Trust Pilot Reviews. These are reviews from people who have recently gone on trips with Pilgrim Tours and you can read about their experiences. I don’t think safety seems to be a concern for most of them.

2) In the first 6 months of this year, there have been 216 homicides in Chicago. In the past year, in 60 days of fighting at the Gaza Strip there were 5 civilian deaths. Pilgrim Tours sent 10 tours to Israel during this time. Not one tour needed to be redirected and many participants reported that they were glad they went and didn’t cancel their trip.

3) There is a bias in American media to show “unsafe” conditions in the Middle East. Why? Because it sells news. But keep in mind, in America, we recently heard about a mass shooting in Oregon, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Lexington, KY is unsafe. This is not a critique against the news, just a realization of how the news works and how it contributes to our perceptions. We are visiting safe places!

4) Please remember God calls us to honor our parents. This doesn’t mean we can’t disagree with our parents sometimes, but it does mean we hold them in esteem even if we do disagree. Just an important point to remember in this discussion!

Can I fundraise to go on this trip?
Yes and no. Yes, you can talk to family and friends, ask that this trip be part of your Christmas present, Birthday present, graduation present…whatever. You can certainly ask people for help!

But no, you cannot raise funds as if you’re going on a mission trip and have people give to CSF. This isn’t a mission trip, it’s a pilgrimage! Since we’re not going to serve, we’re going to learn and to encounter Christ, it’s more like paying for a retreat or conference. Therefore, no funds should ever come to Blake, Matt or CSF. Everything should run directly through Pilgrim Tours.

What is a spiritual pilgrimage?
A spiritual pilgrimage is a trip taken to a holy site out of devotion. The idea of pilgrimage has an incredibly rich history in Christianity and was popular long before Muslims made pilgrimage to Mecca a central discipline in Islam. Pilgrimages must include sacrifice and expectancy as you’re journeying to the holy sights.

Sacrifice — One of the reasons I hope you pay for this trip, and one of the reasons Blake and I are also finding ways to pay for this trip, is that a pilgrimage demands sacrifice to make space in our lives for God. When we give up our wealth, our time, even our food in fasting, we are creating space within our lives and schedules to invite God in. This is a necessary prerequisite for a pilgrimage.

We would invite you to become like the unnamed woman who broke the alabaster jar of pure nard perfume in devotion to Jesus. What is something that would be dear to you that you would sacrifice so that you can go on this trip?

Expectancy — Closely related to sacrifice, there ought to be some holy longing and expectancy that you cultivate in prayer in the months leading up to the trip. You are longing to meet with God. You are longing to learn of God. You are longing to surrender more of yourself to God. God has invaded this world, and will meet with us anywhere, not just in the lands of Israel. But when you prepare to journey, you sacrifice to go to a site, and you cultivate the time in prayer… these are disciplines for preparing for the Lord to speak to your soul in an incredible way!

We will help you with expectancy by having some prayer and informational dinners in December, January, and February leading up to the trip along with giving you some minimal reading to prepare for the trip.

What are the extra costs I need to think about?
Everything is covered except for travel insurance (about $82 if you use Pilgrim Tours), lunches in Israel, and food at the airports. Lunches out each day will be about $10/day.

Let us encourage you to bring some extra dining money if you can! There are some fantastic restaurants in Israel, some of the best in the world! If you can bring some extra cash to eat out a few nights, we guarantee you won’t regret it!* One of the highlights of the trips will be sharing meals in the evenings and reflecting on the day with your friends as you discuss how you are coming to uniquely see God. This, of course, is optional. Also, you’ll definitely want to have some money on hand for souvenirs as well.

*not an actual guarantee

What’s our itinerary?
It’s awesome! Check it out here.

What’s our itinerary?
Blake and I will send out emails on at least a monthly basis. You can contact us directly too! We’ll try to get together with the group in December, January, and February to pray together and to begin to set expectations for the trip.

Also, make sure your passport is up to date! This is fairly important!

Anything Else?
Contact us if you need anything or have any questions.

Matt Dampier

Blake Morris