CSF SPRING BREAK

9 GLORIOUS DAYS   6 GREAT TRIPS

Don’t spend your spring break sleeping in. Do something awesome with CSF. We have seven great spring break trips for you to check out, everything from relaxing on the beach to exploring New York City to serving with Habitat for Humanity right here in Kentucky. Check out the trips below.

To sign up and reserve your spot on a trip, simply pay your trip deposit (found at the bottom of each trip’s description). 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 change by as much as 10% as we make final arrangements (though this is unlikely).

Questions about any of the trips? Call/text us at 859.273.5433, check out the FAQs below, or email the staff member listed with each trip!

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HABITAT BUILD

COST: $125

 

Want to serve a family in need this spring break? Then let’s build them a house. Serve and connect with other students in this Habitat for Humanity build for people in our very own state- Owensboro, KY. You’ll have a blast. They’ll have a home.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP (Deposit: $50)

CLICK HERE TO PAY YOUR REMAINDER ($77.25)*

*Includes 3% online surcharge. Or pay $75 in person at CSF.

What’s included in the price?

The cost of this trip includes all meals during the trip (except while driving), gas for all cars to and from Owensboro, your Habitat for Humanity fee, housing for the week, and one night of AWESOMENESS (aka bowling or ice skating)!

Questions about this trip? Check out the FAQ below or contact LEEZA.

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NEW YORK

COST: $320

 

Spend a week exploring the city that never sleeps. We’ll be doing all kinds of awesome things. Meet new people, serve people in need, visit Hillsong Church, and lots more. Take a bite out of the Big Apple and maybe catch a Broadway show while you’re at it.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP (Deposit: $100)

CLICK HERE TO PAY YOUR REMAINDER ($226.60)*

*Includes 3% online surcharge. Or pay $220 in person at CSF.

What’s included in the price?

The $320 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.
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Questions about this trip? Check out the FAQ below or contact ANDREA.

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THE BEACH

COST: $370

*This price has been updated as of 2/20/14

Warm your body, warm your soul. Leave the chaos of school behind and spend a week relaxing on the beach. Make some new friends. Maybe grow in your faith. To put it another way, 35 degrees in Lexington or 82 on in Ft. Meyers…’nuff said.

THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL.

 

Already signed up?

CLICK HERE TO PAY YOUR REMAINDER ($278.10)*

*Includes 3% online surcharge. Or pay $270 in person at CSF.

What’s included in the price?

The $295 cost of the trip will pay for gas/transportation to and from Ft. Myers. It will also include meals for the whole week, excluding food on the trip there and back, and a “dinner out” on the last night of the trip in Mt. Myers. Lodging will be completely covered.

Questions about this trip? Check out the FAQ below or contact CALEB.

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SKIING IN COLORADO

COST: $420

 

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. Do a little bible study. And please, stay out of the hospital.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP (Deposit: $100)

CLICK HERE TO PAY YOUR REMAINDER ($329.60)*

*Includes 3% online surcharge. Or pay $320 in person at CSF.

What’s included in the price?

The $420 includes lodging, lift ticket, transportation, and most food. It does not include price of rentals and food for on the way to and from Colorado. Ski Rentals are $80 if you need them. If not then everything but food on travel days is included!

Questions about this trip? Check out the FAQ below or contact AUSTIN.

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LAS VEGAS + GRAND CANYON

COST: $490

We’re heading out west, just like the pioneers. Only with air conditioning on a double decker bus. Spend a few days exploring and serving in Las Vegas. Then head to the Grand Canyon and hike in one of the most amazing places on earth.

THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL. PLEASE EMAIL JOSEF TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST.

Please note: being on the waitlist does not guarantee a spot on the trip. If someone who signed up for the trip is unable to attend, those at the top of the waitlist will be added to the trip.

Already signed up?

CLICK HERE TO PAY YOUR REMAINDER ($401.70)*

*Includes 3% online surcharge. Or pay $390 in person at CSF.

What’s included in the price?

Price includes all travel expenses (bus, gas, tolls, etc.), meals during the week, trip insurance, and Grand Canyon expenses (campsite, hiking, etc.). Price does not include money for fast food meals while traveling, and personal spending money.

Questions about this trip? Check out the FAQ below or contact JOSEF.

 

SPRING BREAK TRIP FAQs

HABITAT BUILD FAQ

The following is information on one of the greatest spring break trips ever—going to Owensboro, Kentucky to do a habitat build 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 Owensboro?

We will be staying at the First Baptist Church in Owensboro! The Church will have cots to sleep on, all you’ll need is a sleeping bag, pillow and blanket! There is no extra charge for staying here, it is included in the price!

How are we getting there?

We will be taking a few cars and car pooling to Owensboro! The 2.5 hour drive will be a lot of fun getting to know the people in your car! Gas will be included in the price of the trip!

What does the $125 cover?

The $125 covers a lot of different, awesome things! It covers your place to stay, gas on the way down to Owensboro and back! It will also include the meals you eat (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) during the week! It also includes the Habitat for Humanity Fee so you can build a house, the offering for the Church and one night of awesomeness (could be bowling, ice skating, etc). You will just need to bring money for the meals you eat on the car ride down and back and if you decide to do something fun a second night!

What will we do when we get there?

We will settle into the church on Sunday night and just hangout! During the week days we will work on a habitat build and other service opportunities through out the community! At night we will hangout, eat and worship! There will also be options to go bowling or ice skating on some of the nights!

Is it safe?

Yes. Just be smart. Don’t drop a hammer on your foot or step on a nail while building the house and wear your hard hat! Outside of that, Owensboro is a pretty chill, safe city to be in!

Who is going with us?

Elizabeth Kunnecke (ekunnecke@gmail.com) Elizabeth is a student here at UK and on Discipleship at CSF! Her sweet, loving personality will make you think you have known her your whole life! She is really excited to make this trip happen!

Doug Davenport (dougdvnprt@gmail.com) Doug is a student here at UK and on Discipleship at CSF as well! He will make you laugh from the time you leave for Owensboro and get back! His fun loving personality will make this trip even better!

 

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 the ‘Boro!

***This document may not be shared or redistributed without the expressed, written consent of Christian Student Fellowship. Just kidding. Share it with ALL YOUR FRIENDS. Now. So they will see how awesome this trip is and want to join us too.***

THE BEACH FAQ

This March, a humble group of students and CSF staff will be embarking from Lexington KY to the beautiful, tropical, and luxurious city of Ft. Myers Florida. There’s no end to the fun that we will have. Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash. Our goal is that over a week spent at the beach, by hanging out together, living together, and seeking God together, it would be a transformative time for everyone who comes. 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?

First Assembly Of God – Fort Myers
4701 Summerlin Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33919
(239) 936-6277
http://www.thesilverdome.org/

First Assembly of God AKA THE SILVER DOME is an architectural marvel of a church. It is located a measly 10 minutes from the beach, and is located in the booming epicenter of Ft. Myers. The church has an awesome basketball court, sizable classrooms (to sleep in), a welcoming congregation, and all the comforts of home.

How are we getting there?

We will be taking a caravan of 15 passenger vans piloted by our Dream Team of leaders/staff. Gas and transportation is completely paid for in the cost of your trip! To split up the long travel-time, we will likely be staying at a church in Georgia the first night of our journey. The only responsibility you have as a passenger in your van is to have as much fun as possible. Invent your own game. Give your van a cool name. Write your own rap song. Take your van off some sick ramps (just don’t do any damage to your van, because CSF is liable to pay for it).

What does the $295 cover?

The $295 covers lodging, transportation, parking, and every meal EXCEPT for our “fancy” dinner out ($20 should be the most you would have to pay for your “fancy” meal). Other meals that we don’t cover are the 2-3 meals on the way to and from Florida. $20-$30 should be enough to cover all of those meals. We also encourage you to bring at least $50 of spending money. Because you never know if you might want to buy cool souvenirs like a shark-tooth necklace or flower-print shirt. If you want to go on a shopping spree at an upscale boutique like the Goodwill or Target, then you might want to bring more than $50.

What will we do when we get there?

We will be spending lots of time at the Beach while in Ft. Myers. We also plan on going shopping, going to a park, and exploring the surrounding area. This trip is also earnestly focused on growing you as a Christ follower. Every night we will be splitting up into small groups to read passages in the Bible and pray. And if you are a fan of singing worship at night on the beach, then you will have the opportunity to join us in that.

What is expected of me?

The biggest thing we ask is that you express gratitude to our hosts at every opportunity possible. First Assembly of God very generously offered their building for us to use for the week. So we want to make sure that we are good stewards of what they have shared with us. As a way of expressing gratitude, we will be keeping their building squeaky clean. Cleaner than it was when we got there. We ask that you be a tornado of cleanliness and gratitude. Say please and thank you to our hosts. And don’t text at the dinner table.

How much free-time will I have?

During the majority of the week-days, your van will have the freedom to choose where to go and what to do. When we go to the beach, you will have all the freedom you want to take a walk up the beach, swim to Cuba, or build a sand-replica of the Millennium Falcon. But when you go somewhere with a small group of people, ALWAYS TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE GOING AND WHEN YOU WILL BE BACK. We do ask that you try to stay with your group and don’t run off for extended periods of time by yourself (or with your boyfriend/girlfriend). If you want to check out a cool museum/art gallery/concert in Ft. Myers while we are there, talk to one of the staff in charge of the trip, and we can see about getting a group together to go with you.

Who is going with us?

90 of the coolest, funniest, and friendliest people on God’s green Earth. And Lil Wayne. (Lil Wayne’s appearance is not confirmed). And now let’s introduce your CSF Staff leaders.

Caleb McKinley (caleb@ukcsf.org) The self-proclaimed “Human Spotify.” This stud-cake knows everything there is to know about music. So if you want to geek out with him about your favorite German Prog-Rock band, hop in his van.

Stacey Johnson (stacey@ukcsf.org) Stacey met her current boyfriend on this trip 3 years ago. Isn’t that so special and cute?!? Anyway, she’s umm… really funny or whatever. She’s really… chill. (Honestly I’ve never met Stacey but I’ve heard she’s great.)

Melody Thoburn (melody@ukcsf.org) When Melody grows up, she wants to be a penguin. Her motherly instincts run on overdrive. So if you get a boo boo or owie she will nurse you back to complete health. She has also hiccuped every day for 10 years straight.

Blake Morris (blake@ukcsf.org) SPRING BLAKE! SPRING BLAKE! Last year, this guy got engaged on the beach on this very trip. What special surprise does he have up his sleeve for this year? You have to come to find out.

Michael Rundell (michaelr@ukcsf.org) A lot of people don’t know this, but Michael “Rundy” Rundell is CSF’s youngest staff member. He is only 15 years old. He also will kick ANYTHING that’s roughly the same size and shape of a soccer ball and lying on the ground.

Evan Wehrle (evan@ukcsf.org) This strong boy once watched the movie Dear John. He loved it. You can find him on the weekends at his favorite store, Bath and Body Works, testing out new fragrances and perusing the scented candles. Forecast calls for 100% chance of him taking his shirt off at the beach.

 

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 FLAWRIDA

CHICAGO FAQ

We know you all will have a lot of questions leading up to the Chicago 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 Chicago?

We will be staying with Jesus People USA. 920 W. Wilson Ave Chicago IL . Jesus People USA Chicago (JPUSA) is both a church and a community. Half will stay in the “Pent House” of the main building which is a renovated hotel from the 1920′s! Mobsters use to run this place and now it is redeemed! The other half will stay in a building behind the community center.

How are we getting there?

We will be taking 15 passenger vans. You’ll be able to ride in a van with one of our awesome staff members: Sean Meloney, Zach Motes, Nic Scott, Eric Hansen, Brodie Clark, or Jackie Flores! This is an awesome time to meet new people before we serve together.

What does the $ 295 cover?

The cost covers the transportation to and from Chicago, as well as, driving in the city. It covers breakfast, lunch and dinner starting the night we get to Chicago (March 15th-20th). Breakfast will be provided Friday, March 21st. You’’ be responsible for meals on the way to Chicago and on the way home.

What will we do when we get there?

The first night we get there we are going to tour the North Side neighborhood and community we’ll be serving. The next day we’ll visit the Church in the morning. Monday through Thursday we will serve either in the kitchen, clothes sorting, homeless shelter, battered women’s shelter, or around the community. Sunday and Thursday after we serve, we’ll tour Chicago, visit skyscrapers and grab some deep dish pizza. Friday we’ll head to Wheaton College for a night of fellowship with Antioch Community Church and tour historic Wheaton.

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 two 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.

Who is going with us?

Students from the University of Kentucky and six staff! Total will be around 50 people total.

Again, if you have any other questions, we’d love to hear them. Feel free to email Jackie (jackie@ukcsf.org) or any of the other staff members and you will get a response back. We are so excited you’re interested in joining us serving Chicago.

NEW YORK FAQ

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)

Where will we be staying in New York?

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 pews, the location is great and insanely cheap for staying in manhattan.

How are we getting there?

We will be taking 15 passenger vans. A couple years ago, we took something called “Megabus”. You might have heard the horror stories. 4 hour layovers, leaving cities at 2:30 AM. It was a mess. Last year, we took 15 passengers and it worked great. They are much more convenient and easier to transport luggage with. Plus- everyone knows the friends you make in 15 passenger vans last a lifetime.

What does the $320 cover?

The $320 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 do when we get there?

Well… basically whatever you want. There will be a few group times that we’ll ask 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). And throughout the week there maybe a few things we’ll ask you to be at. Other than that, we want you all to enjoy exploring the city the way you want to do it. If you’re interested in serving, there will be opportunities for that as well. And if you let us know ahead of time that you want to do multiple days of service, 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-$50)
  • 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)
  • The usual touristy stuff – Ok, there’s a reason why people like visiting the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the world trade center memorial, the Empire State building, etc. (Free)
  • 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)
  • MET – One of the top Art museums in the world. 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.

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 anywhere from 30-60. Here are the staff that are going, including a little bio on them and how to get in touch with them:

Keith McMunn (keith@ukcsf.org) You’ll rarely be able to figure out exactly what is going on in his head, but one thing is for sure- he’s down to clown. The man has also been to NYC countless times, wears glasses, and has an odd affinity for the city of Pittsburgh.

Lauren Bowman (lauren@ukcsf.org) LBow is the master communicator around CSF. And you’ll be amazed at her ability to talk and have a conversation. Communication skills are off the charts. As a result, she will handle all the talking for our trip all week.

Devon Coons (devon@ukcsf.org) She might be a cat. We aren’t really sure. But one thing is for sure- this little hobbit-esque bundle of energy will make this trip more awesome.

Bethany Tolle (bethany@ukcsf.org) The Tolle Booth will not only charge each vehicle around $30 on our way up, but she will also likely be found speaking incoherently in her wide range of accents, the most famous (or infamous) being that of an “infant”.

Andrea Lowe (andrea@ukcsf.org) After leading the CSF NYC trip two years ago, we aren’t really sure what compelled Andrea to switch trips last year. But after realizing there’s no trip quite like NYC, she just had to come back.

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 New York City.

SKIING + COLORADO FAQ

When you think spring break you may be thinking the beach and fun in the sun. Well let this year blow away your previous expectations. Instead of going to Florida to ride out the lukewarm weather with senior citizens come and join the young, rich, and dangerous by spending your spring break shredding the slopes of Colorado. We are headed to Monarch Ski Slopes for a week of all the skiing or snowboarding a sane man or woman could handle. Have questions about how a trip this awesome is possible? Here are your answers!

Where will we be staying?

We will be staying at a local church in the nearby town of Salida, CO. The church will have a kitchen for food and showers.

How are we getting there?

We will be taking two fifteen passenger vans. With plenty of space for ski gear this is our portal to a snowy world.

What will we do when we get there?

Skiing and snowboarding of course! We will snowboard for three days and a possibly fourth. Those of us who are skii’d out after three days will go hiking. Also, there will be nightly worship and small groups!

When do we leave and get back?

We leave on Saturday the 15th. We will spend the first night in Kansas City, MO. We will arrive on the 16th at Salida, CO. We will ski for three days and go hiking on the fourth (unless you’d rather ski). We will start back home on Friday the 21st and will stay at a campus ministry in Columbia, MO. Then we will arrive home on Saturday the 22nd. We will be gone from Saturday the 15th till Saturday the 16th.

What is the cost?

The trip is $420 and this includes transportation, lodging, lift ticket, and food while we’re there. You will have to cover cost of rentals if you don’t have your own gear and rentals run $80 for the week. Other then that, you’ll have to cover the cost of food for the way there and back and for one meal while we’re in CO!

Can I bring my own gear?

Yes!

Who’s going?

All your best friends. There will be 20-30 of them on the trip! Including…

Dan Ross: Imagine Ron Swanson on a mountain. This will be Dan. He will shred and make sure everyone is safe and having a great time.
dan@ukcsf.org
(502) 424-0743

Storey Morris: Also known as Bossy Mamma, also known as the Pancake Queen. If anyone knows how to have a good time it’s Storey.
storey@ukcsf.org
(903) 283-1156

Austin Wofford: You might know him as “Woff.” Most likely to get injured on the slopes, next to him you don’t have to worry about looking silly taking a dive.
austin@ukcsf.org
(859) 486-7473

LAS VEGAS + GRAND CANYON FAQ

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 (brendan@ukcsf.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 (leeza@ukcsf.org) 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 (josef@ukcsf.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 (jenna@ukcsf.org) 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 (kat@ukcsf.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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