Teen Offsite & Fundraising


Retreats & Offsite Events

Explanation & Permission Links

Summer Trips

onMission & Life Trip


Helping students discover local and global needs on a weeklong service-learning trip. As we partner with local and international workers, our short term work is done with the hopes that long term change will happen someday. onMission trips help enrich our personal understanding of God’s mission of making disciples as the task we pursue wherever we are.

2020 TRIPS

  • Envision Cleveland: Fri July 10-Sun July 19 The Bloomingdale Church Youth Group will be assisting Envision Cleveland to acomplish it’s mission to “collaborate with individuals, communities, ministries and government to transform neighborhoods across Cleveland.” This trip will be full of service opportunities, personal development, and rollercoasters!
  • Jr High Camping Trip – July 26-28

onMission & Life Trip

How we choose where to serve
We are prayerful and strategic on where we serve and who we partner with on our onMission trips:
  • We partner with ministries that serve in that same community (the other 51 weeks of the year).
  • We consider the age-appropriateness of the ministry; balancing being effective while also finding a ministry that is challenging.
  • We believe that students can (and should) learn about ministry locally, regionally, and internationally. (Acts 1:8 “…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem (Bloomingdale), and in all Judea (DuPage) and Samaria (Chicago/U.S.), and to the ends of the earth.”)
  • We are drawn to “God’s mission”, more than “our own adventure.”
Why “Envision” High School Trips?
  • “Envision” is not just a trip, but a culture that exists to “mobilize the next generation for kingdom change”:
  • Envision Trip attendees will connect with C&MA (our denomination) missionaries.
  • After a trip, students can keep in contact to pray for and support them. We hope students will also be encouraged by them as they pursue God’s mission for their own life.
  • Envision Trips provide opportunities to go back during/after high school: 1) Return to serve as a high school student. [You don’t need the Youth Group to do this!] 2) After graduation, you could be an “intern” at the Envision site. 3) If one felt called to be a missionary, they may even end up living on this field!

onMission & Life Trip

General Info
  • Trip details are typically announced in August/September.
  • Official trip meeting is typically in September/October.
  • Trip commitment/deposit is currently past due.
onMission Trips have the following pre-trip requirements:
  • Regular participation in Youth Group, Small Group, and/or Coffeehouse
  • Interview with Youth Staff/Youth Leader
  • At least one mandatory training day
  • Serving at Bloomingdale Church’s Day Camp and Party in the Park


We provide streamlined fundraising opportunities that have proven to be the most effective. Students will only receive money in their student account for the fundraising activities in which they participate. It is the student’s decision in what and how many fundraisers they do. Please understand that our youth staff/leaders’ primary role is spiritual care and leadership. Therefore, staff leadership of fundraising activity is limited. Our Youth Group Bookkeeping Team keep track of every student’s fundraising account (7th-12th grade). Student Account funds can be used for the following offsite retreats only: onMission/LIFE trip, Student Leadership retreat, Disciple Now, Winter Camp. Student Account funds cannot: be retrieved for non-retreat use; be retrieved at the completion of high school; be transferred to another student’s account (unless siblings); be designated as tax-deductible. Students will receive a monthly account update in their church mailbox or at youth group.

First-Time Retreat Scholarship

We want to give students (who have never attended a retreat) the opportunity to attend. Our hope is that after having a great experience, this student will fundraise for future retreats. The Keith Waterman Scholarship Fund exists to give an opportunity to 7­-12th grade students who have never attended a Youth Group retreat. Please email: youth@bloomingdalechurch.org or talk to Youth Staff if you are interested.


[Anytime, 7th-12th grade]
Throughout the year, various needs within the church or from church members can be assisted by students. (This is funded by the Deacons and youth group.) Students will be called for specific opportunities as they become available. Students who demonstrate a positive work-ethic will be contacted first. You must fill out a Trip Tix, have it signed by the adult supervisor, and put in the Student Account mailbox. You can also ask neighbors and family if they have any labor in which you can help. Place the cash or check (checks are payable to: Bloomingdale Church Youth Group) in an envelope with a Trip Tix in the Student Account mailbox.

Coffee Sales

Fall, 7th-12th grade
In the fall, we sell delicious coffee produced by Second Chance Coffee Company under their brand “I Have a Bean.” There are several reasons we have chosen this coffee company. One is their mission of employing former offenders, men and women who many consider to be “not worth the trouble.” Another is the fact that they only select coffee from the top 1% and they are a local company located right down the street in Wheaton, IL. You can find much more of their story on www.ihaveabean.com.

Plant Sales

Spring, 7th-12th grade
Students will receive a sales packet on March 8 (in church mailbox; at Youth Group; online). Sales must be turned in by April 6.  All participants and their guardian/parent must participate in the delivery day (Saturday, May 11).


Cash/Check: Place the cash or check (checks are payable to: Bloomingdale Church Youth Group) in an envelope with a Trip Tix in the Student Account mailbox. Make a payment online >>

Winter Banquet

Must be fully committed to summer trip to participate
Students prepare throughout January & February for the event in late February.

Sign-up Forms for Teens and other Bloomingdale Church groups/events

Awana Club

Volunteer App
Sign up here Awana is a high-energy kids club for children age 2 – 6th grade. 70+ volunteers help 200+ children know Jesus through Bible study and memorization, game time, music, incentives, and modeling. Will you join our team?
  • Be a model to kids at this high-energy kids club, helping them to know Jesus as Lord
  • Guide and encourage kids as they participate in game and group time, and memorize Bible verses
  • Be in a coaching relationship (Student LIT – Adult Leader)
  • Serve every Wednesday 6:45-8pm (Sep 5, 2018 – Apr 24, 2019)

Awana Club

Registration (2018-2019)
Sign up here High-energy game time, music, incentives, and values learning Age 2 – 6th grade Wednesdays, 6:45-8pm (Sep 5, 2018 – Apr 24, 2019) Looking for a safe and welcoming club for kids? Kids enjoy fun with friends, playing organized gym games, singing, learning values, and earning awards. Dedicated volunteers invest in each child. Club shirt, book, bag, and awards included with $25 supplies fee. Kids participate in age-specific groups: Puggles (age 2), Cubbies (ages 3-5), Sparks (K-1st-2nd), T&T (3rd-4th), or PAK (5th-6th).

Baptism Class

Sign Up
Sign up here Filling out this form does not sign you up for baptism but rather to attend the one hour class that explains baptism from the Bible.

Crossroads Club

Registration (DuJardin School)
Sign up here Crossroads Kids Club is a free after-school program at DuJardin Elementary School (Bloomingdale, IL) that teaches values such as respect, responsibility, and caring for others. 1st-5th grade children enjoy snack, games, Bible lesson, and small group every Tuesday 3:30-5pm. Club runs September 18 – April 23. New registrations are taken any time.

Day Camp

2019 Registration
Sign up here Join us for our FREE community Day Camp where kids (K-6) enjoy games, live music, dramas, crafts, fishing, and friends June 11-14 (Tuesday-Friday), 9:00am-12:15pm Bloomingdale Church welcomes all kids who have completed Kindergarten through the 6th grade (2018-19) to our annual Day Camp on June 11-14, 2018. Kids love the games, crafts, fishing, and story times with their grade level class, and the high-energy large group program with drama and music. This year’s camp theme is “Passport Around the World,” where the kids will be departing from Bloomingdale International Airport (otherwise known as Bloomingdale Church) to learn about a new country each day. As they “travel,” they will also learn about the personal qualities of love, patience, kindness, and joy in their lives, as well as focus on the foundational qualities of Character Counts (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship). Bloomingdale Church has been offering Day Camp as a free service to the community for 40 years. Past Camp highlights include a youth band, animated story times, tie-dyed t-shirt crafts, group games outside in the sunshine, fishing at nearby Westlake Park, and free iced coffee for adults at check-in. Bloomingdale Church prioritizes the safety of the children, teens, and families we serve. Volunteers are carefully vetted. Secure daily check-in and check-out of children is required. If you have any questions, contact Bloomingdale Church: (630)894-0090 or children@bloomingdalechurch.org.

Day Camp

2019 Volunteer App
Sign up here Be a part of the week where we, as a church body, share the Gospel with over 400 kids and their families through teaching, games, crafts, stories, and just hanging out with kids! Required for All Volunteers:
  • Adult & Teen Volunteer Meeting (Wed May 1, 6:30-8:30pm) & Teen Volunteer Meeting (Wed May 8, 6:30-8:30pm)
  • Attend Prep Day (Mon June 10, 8:30am-1pm) Prep Day Schedule: 8:30am: Doors open. Meet with your classroom or team. 10am: Pray with your team. 10:30am: Final meeting for all adult volunteers, including learning emergency procedures. 11am-1pm: Decorate classrooms.
  • Day Camp – June 11-14, 9AM to 12:15PM. Volunteers arrive at 8AM.
NextGen Volunteer Requirements:
  • You must have attended Bloomingdale Church for at least 6 months and must be a NextGen Approved Volunteer.
  • All volunteers will need to complete new NextGen application beginning May 1 (www.bloomingdalechurch.org/nextgenvolunteer).


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Application (2018-2019)
Sign up here By completing the NextGen Volunteer application, you are helping kids, teens, and families know Jesus as Lord:
  • Assures parents and guardians that we are safe people, removing obstacles of people who are unsure about church so families can find Jesus through our programming.
  • Over 900 kids and teens were welcomed to Awana Club, Nursery, Children’s Church, PAK, Day Camp, Crossroads Kids Club, Sunday School, Friday Night Coffeehouse, Sunday Morning Youth Group, Small Groups, and The Mentoring Project in 2017.
  • Meet the NextGen Volunteering Requirements:
    1. Be a safe person who loves God and others. Abstain from pornography, cohabitation, illegal consumption, and drunkenness
    2. Regularly attend Bloomingdale Church for at least six months
    3. Read and follow NextGen Volunteering with Minors Policy
  • Complete (this) annual NextGen Volunteer Application
    • Give information for background check (and driving record check if opting to be an offsite event driver)
  • Application review:
    1. References checked by pastoral staff
    2. Background check cleared
    3. Fulfill volunteer placement conversation with church staff
  • NextGen Volunteer status approval:
    • Your application is valid for one year (ending September 1, 2019). You must complete a new application every year between May 1 – ­August 31. Volunteer status can be revoked if conduct is in question.
    • If you serve in Nursery, Children’s Church, Sunday School, Crossroads, Awana, Coffeehouse, Youth Discipleship, we require that you are observed volunteering by church staff/point leader.


Champions Breakfast & Workshop
Sign up here NextGen Champions Breakfast & Workshop – Looking Up & Forward Sat Nov 17 – Youth Quad/Coffeehouse Breakfast 8:30am + Workshop 9-11am Jack (& Dona) Eggar, founder of the Global Children’s Network, facilitate a workshop for volunteers, parents, and caregivers who champion this next generation. Outcomes include:
  • Looking Up – Who am I as I model Christ to this next generation?
  • Looking Forward – How can I rethink how I help this next generation know Jesus?

Prayer Retreat

Sign Up
Sign up here Imagine. A relaxed and refreshing 30 hours in a restful, natural setting. Time to pray alone. Time to pray as a group. And some free time for fun and reflection. The annual prayer retreat, led by Pastor David, is as simple and wonderful as this. Friday evening May 3 through Saturday afternoon May 4. At Expeditions Unlimited Adventure Camp (Baraboo, Wisconsin). The retreat center is an excellent facility with a recreation center, chapel, gym, cabins, dining hall, and coffeehouse. The walk-in entrance to Devil’s Lake State Park is directly across the street and requires no fee for walk-ins. $68 includes three outstanding meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, and lunch), lodging in the bunkhouse, and full use of the camp facilities. (FYI: 1) Please make checks to $68 to Expeditions Unlimited 2) Fishing in the state park requires a Wisconsin fishing license.) We will leave from the church parking lot at various times Friday when people can depart (some drivers will be needed). We will stay in two large bunkhouses, divided into several rooms each. Bring casual clothes, comfortable walking shoes, Bible, sleeping bag, and towel.

Volunteer Positions

Where can I serve?
Sign up here Have you ever noticed that when you actively choose to volunteer, you feel like you are doing something purposeful? This is the way God designed us – to be wired to care about other people. The impact of that service will change lives—for those serving, for the people they serve, and even for those who see them giving their time to help someone else. At Bloomingdale Church, we seek to together be: a caring community (“Carry each other’s burden” – Galatians 6:2) and an outreaching community (“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19-20). Thank you for your interest in volunteering.

Wednesday Adult Courses

Alpha, FPU, Marriage, DC
Sign up here We offer adults practical video-and-conversation courses beginning with a free meal that you can enjoy as a family.
  • Financial Peace U offers helpful teaching to gain financial freedom. (6:30-8pm)
  • The Marriage Course is a date night for couples to invest in their relationship. (6:30-8pm)
  • Divorce Care offers support for those struggling with divorce or separation. (6:30-8pm)
  • The Alpha Course is a place to explore faith, ask questions, and share your point of view. (Meal begins at 6:30 and concludes at 8pm)
  • Young Couples/Families eats supper at 6:30pm in the Common Grounds and then meet for one hour of ministry, prayer, and Bible Study. We conclude at 8pm.

Youth Group

Small Group Leading & Hosting
Sign up here Each Spring and Fall we seek to provide and a close-knit space for students and their peers to talk about life issues and how their faith plays into them. Part of that is finding a host-home for them to meet at weekly, and a couple leaders, willing to engage in those discussions. Hosts: Able to provide a meeting room or space for kids their leaders to meet without much distraction. The best hosts in the past had snacks available and would ‘try out’ recipes on the teens that came. Leaders: Show up a minimum of 5 minutes early and have read the Bible chapter or prepared thoughts to engage in kids questions–though not always needing to have the answer. Able to get all the kids sharing their thoughts and making sure there’s a healthy respects for everyone’s perspectives.