Service Trip 2020

Holy Cross High School will return to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the annual Service Trip from Sunday, June 7, 2020 to Friday, June 12, 2020. You can register online or download this form and mail it back with payment to Holy Cross High School, attn: Megan Dwyer, 587 Oronoke Road, Waterbury, CT 06708.

The first payment required will be a $125.00 non-refundable registration deposit. This will guarantee a student’s spot on the trip. There is a limited number of students who can attend and spots will be given on a first come first served basis. Deposits for this trip are due by October 15, 2019.

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Organization: Catholic HEART Workcamp (CHWC)

Transportation: Participants will travel by coach bus to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The bus will leave from Holy Cross early Sunday morning at approximately 6:30 a.m. and arrive in Philadelphia before the program begins at  2:00 p.m.  Throughout the week, students will walk from from our “home base” to individual worksites. The bus will leave Philadelphia on Friday evening and arrive back to Holy Cross by late evening on Friday.

Accommodations: Students and chaperones will be staying at St. Joseph's Preparatory High School. All students and chaperones will be sleeping in classrooms, separated by gender. There will be designated time for showers on site. St. Joseph’s Preparatory High School is located at 1733 West Girard Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19130.  All morning and evening programming will also take place at the high school.

Food: Participants are provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the week. Breakfast will be given before participants leave for their worksites. Lunches will be eaten at worksites and will consist of sandwiches and snacks. In the evening, participants will have dinner back at “home base”.

If a student has specific dietary needs or food allergies, the staff at Catholic Heart Workcamp will do their best to meet individual needs. A refrigerator may also be made available to store an individual’s own food to accommodate specific needs.

Service opportunities: From Monday through Thursday, students will be assigned to a specific worksite that will have a variety of service requirements. Students and chaperones may participate in the following service activities: painting, house cleaning, yard work, helping at day care centers, working at homeless shelters, or distributing food to the needy.

Programming: Every morning and evening, Catholic Heart Workcamp staff organizes and facilitates a variety of different programs to help participants understand why serving others is one way to live out our faith.

“Our goal is to communicate that “Our Catholic faith is NOT BORING!” A program at Catholic HEART Workcamp can leave you speechless! Why? Soul stirring message to love and serve others, skits that teach (and some just for laughs), live music, inspirational media, professional sound and lighting, youth involvement on stage, outrageous crowd breakers, dancing & serious laughter.” - Catholic Heart Workcamp

Free day activity: On Friday, all schools and parishes are given a free day to enjoy time with their group and to have fun after a week of hard work. Holy Cross will spend the day at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. Included in the cost of the trip, students will be given a ticket for admittance into the park and a food voucher.

Cost of attending: The total cost of attending the service trip will be $725.00 per student. This will include all fees for Catholic Heart Workcamp, transportation, food while at CHWC, and a ticket into Six Flags Great Adventure.

Students are responsible for paying for any food they may want on travel days and additional spending money for Six Flags Great Adventure. Students may want to purchase additional CHWC attire if available. Students do not need money for souvenir shopping or activities during the week as there is no free time for additional activities and everything that they need will be provided for them.

The first payment required will be a $125.00 non-refundable registration deposit. This will guarantee a student’s spot on the trip. There is a limited number of students who can attend and spots will be given on a first come first served basis. Deposits for this trip are due by October 15, 2019.

The following dates will be used for additional payment installments for the trip:

  •     November 8, 2019: $200.00
  •     December 13, 2019: $200.00
  •     January 17, 2020: $200.00

We must adhere to these deposit dates and all participants must pay in full by January 17, 2020.  If payments are not received, a participant's spot on the trip will be forfeited. In the case that a participant can no longer attend, they must inform the school in writing by January, 17 2020 to receive any refund, and this would not include the non-refundable deposit of $125.00. After January 17, 2020, there will be no refunds. Also, any student attending must be current with financial obligations to the school.

Chaperones: CHWC requires a ratio of one adult chaperone for every five students. Holy Cross faculty and staff will travel with students to Philadelphia and work alongside them at various worksites. There will be 6 adult chaperones attending this service trip.

Additional information: If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact Megan Dwyer '05, Director of Student Experience, or visit the Catholic Heart Workcamp website at www.heartworkcamp.com

Next step: Once we have at least 30 students registered for the service trip, we will have another meeting to complete all necessary paperwork and medical forms for both CHWC and Holy Cross. 

Register today!!