It would be impossible to have a successful mission trip/camp/retreat without a team of amazing chaperones! I have been blessed to be able to work with some great chaperones along the way. We have an amazing group going with us on our upcoming Mission Trip next week.
Here are a few tips that I found for those amazing adults who give their time and energy (It takes a lot of energy) to impact students by being trip chaperones:1) It's supposed to be that noisy. Worry when it gets quiet.
2) Don’t sweat the small stuff or you’ll just spend more time sweating. Seriously, you lose your cool and the kids will learn to lose theirs, too, and their respect for you.
3) Do whatever it takes to get some sleep. Bring/buy a fan. Drink peppermint tea. Take some advil pm…but if u do: sleep across the doorway.
4) If you think you should stop something? Please do so. Don’t get mad, get some help, but take no chances.
5) You are over packed. I don’t even need to see your suitcase to tell you. Less stuff means more sleeping room.
6) Don’t be a “freak out adult!”
7) Lose the fanny pack. Get a backpack or drawstring…but no fanny packs.
Just joking about the last one...but really...
These trips that impact the lives of students could never happen without you.
- from all of us
The tips were adapted from here.