Spring BreakOut is an immersion program that gives participants the ability to contribute to rural poverty solutions. through major and minor home repair projects.
February through April, Mountain T.O.P. offers week-long programming for organizations and families. Groups participate in service projects and can choose to participate in spiritual life programming led by the staff. Register for Spring 2020, today!
Spring BreakOut is unique with respect to its flexibility and service opportunity. Groups choose their own dates and consult Mountain T.O.P. for availability.
For two days, groups repair, remodel, or begin new projects within the camp in order to help Mountain T.O.P. remain operable year-round.
For the other two days, groups are also engaged within the community through home repair projects such as bedroom or bathroom renovation, roof repair, floor replacement, drywalling, painting, or any other expressed need. Projects are planned based on the skill levels of group participants.Register for Spring 2020, today!
Located on the Cumberland Plateau, Mountain T.O.P's service area spans across seven Appalachians counties. Three of those counties are economically distressed-ranked in the worst 10% of the nation. This region is often referred to as the "Forgotten Appalachia." It is our goal as a ministry to meet the community's four needs and to educate participants about rural Appalachia and the solutions that are currently being implemented.
Spring Break Out 2019 Contact Person Resource Guide: Welcome to the guide with (nearly) all the resources you’ll need to prepare a successful trip to Mountain T.O.P.! We are thrilled that you have decided to follow Jesus to the Cumberland Plateau and serve with us. It is certainly no small task to organize a mission trip for a group of youth and adults, so it with abounding gratitude that I extend my appreciation for the work you will be investing into this trip and, ultimately, the kingdom of God
Adult Self Screening Form
ACTIVITIES RELEASE FORM
Spring Breakout is for youth, young adults, and adults. There must be a ratio of at least 1 adult (25 years & older) for every 5 youth.
There must be 1 vehicle for every 7 participants (youth & adults included). The ideal Ministry Production Team (MPT) size is 7 participants to keep everyone engaged and contributing to the experience.
Each group must provide a first aid kit for each of their vehicles. Groups do not have to provide their own tools or materials for the home repair projects.
Background checks for all participants 18 years old and older are mandatory. These checks must be either on file at the adult participant’s church or with Mountain T.O.P. We trust that groups will appropriately screen their adult participants for the safety of the camp community. If Mountain T.O.P. does not run the background check, a copy of the background check—either paper or digital—must be submitted at the time of final payment. Background checks run by Mountain T.O.P. are $10/person.
The dress code applies to all genders. Shirts are to be worn at all times. Shirts with beer, liquor or other possibly offensive subject matter should not be brought to camp. Additionally, halter or spaghetti-strap tops, bathing suit tops, sports bras, shorts with an inseam less than 4” and jeans with offensive holes are not appropriate and should not be brought to camp.
During the work day: For safety reasons, participants are to wear long pants (no leggings or yoga pants), closed-toe and hard-sole shoes and shirts with at least short sleeves during the workday. Scrubs are allowed. Appropriate shorts are fine at camp in the evening.
The Mountain T.O.P. staff relies on adults from within the group to monitor the dress code of their participants. If necessary, the staff will assist in addressing the situation.
Helping in the eyes of Mountain T.O.P.
A look at how Mountain T.O.P. approaches helping families in our service area. The first thing to remember about helping at Mountain T.O.P. is that we are here because we have answered the call Jesus gives us in Matthew 28:19. In the past two thousand years, men and women all over the world have tried to define and act upon this call and MTOP is no different. We believe that we are fulfilling Jesus’ call by offering the opportunity to love one another through mission. We are all part of a much larger picture and giving others the opportunity to participate in Christ’s love is vital to our world. We hope that your experience with MTOP will help you discover what God is calling you to do specifically in this world while discovering what it means to be a disciple of Christ.
The second thing to understand about MTOP is that we seek to empower everyone with whom we work. From our staff to the Day Camp children to each one of our participants to our wider communities, MTOP is a partnership ministry. We are intentional about inspiring initiative in people's' lives because that is what Christ's love has done for us. “But we’re only here for a short period of time. How can we make a difference?” This is part of the mystery of Christ's love! When you come to MTOP, you are part of a flow of ongoing ministry support in this region. You are joining with past participants, local families, churches, teachers, and other supporters to spread the message of abundant life in Christ. He takes what we have to offer and uses our efforts to bring about restoration and healing. When you arrive at camp, it is important for you to recognize that MTOP sees needs in four categories (see our Foundational Objectives). We seek to meet the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the Cumberland Mountain people. No one of the four needs is any more important than the other. Having a conversation with a lonely widow or playing a game of tag with a child is just as important as swinging a hammer.
Our staff works very hard prior to your arrival to uncover the needs that exist and provide you with a meaningful experience in helping those needs. While you are here, we hope that you seek your work as fruitful and have the opportunity to build relationships with the people you serve. These relationships can be transformational in someone's life, reflecting the love of Christ. Helping at MTOP means the work you do will not only be fulfilling basic physical needs, but will act as a reminder that all people are loved and belong to the body of Christ. “For Christ so loved the world...”
What to Bring
Work clothes & shoes for one week (see Special Notes for specifics)
Casual clothes for one week
Bedding for a twin bed: sheets and blanket or sleeping bag
At least one long-sleeve shirt, jacket or sweatshirt for possible cold evenings
Sunscreen, Bug Repellent
Pen / pencil
Watch (so you can be on time)
Portable camp chair for more comfortable seating than the ground offers
Fan (might need small extension cord for it)
Spending money for canteen, camp store (T-shirts and other items will be sold, local dairy bars, local shops, etc.)
Musical instrument (if you play one)
Plastic bags for wet, soiled or filthy clothing
Required during workday
Long pants (NO leggings or yoga pants), closed-toe, hard-sole shoes or work boots and shirts with at least short sleeves
All clothes should be conservative when it comes to their content (i.e. no beer or possibly offensive designs) and how revealing they are.
Bring enough clothes for the entire week. Laundry facilities are not available.
Please leave valuables at home and/or locked in vehicle for the week. This includes expensive jewelry, electronics, and large amounts of cash. Although we do the best we can, we cannot always ensure the security of the facilities.
There are no separate sleeping accommodations for married couples.
4:00 pm Gates Open – Registration begins, unload and move-in
6:00 pm Dinner After Dinner: Camp Orientation Worship MPT (Ministry Production Team) Breakdown Fellowship
Sunday evening activities may vary depending on participant groups planned trip
7:30 am Group Morning Devotion 8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am MPT’s gather and leave for work in camp or in community
12:00 pm Lunch (provided in camp or taken to worksite)
4:30 pm Arrive back at camp or find a stopping point if in camp
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Community Life - schedule may vary slightly each night but will always consist of worship, sharing and the opportunity to fellowship as a community. We will try to attend a community church on Wednesday night.
Evening activities may vary depending on participant groups planned trip
7:30 am Group Morning Devotion
8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Camp evaluation, clean up, closing circle and departure