One week of work teaches a lifetime of caring!

Workcamp is the ultimate expression of Christian service, offering a fun, challenging, faith-building adventure for youths, ages 12 – 20.

Sponsored by Group Mission Trips, this one-week trip offers youths an opportunity to perform hands-on home repair projects for families in need while connecting with other teens and growing in their love for God!

Our trips take us to areas within 7 hours of Aurora to help fix-up and repair homes that need love and care, just like their owners.  Many of the homes have been damaged by natural disasters or years of disrepair due to financial distress. Typical projects include carpentry, building wheelchair ramps, painting and dry wall.

The Church in Aurora Workcamp mission trips have been offered each summer since 1995, with the exception of 2020 due to Covid-19.

Our Workcamp trips cost approximately $620.00 per person.  The program is paid for with a personal $100 registration fee, along with donations from the church’s Missions Committee and Women’s Guild and group fundraisers throughout the year.

2023 Youth Workcamp Mission Trip will take place in Springfield, Ohio on Sunday, June 25 – Saturday, July 1 2023. Click here to download additional information.

Rushville, IN 2019

These trips are also a great way for adults to attend and “give back” to the youth and our extended community. If you are interested in being an adult leader (21 & above) or have questions about how teens can participate in this year’s trip, please contact Don and Rebecca Bliss at

Workcamp Trip July 10 – July 16, 2022


Elkview is in the beautiful Kanawha Valley of West Virginia’s coal country, taking its name from the wonderful Elk River that flows through the area. Although it is near the busy capital of Charleston, little growth in manufacturing, professional, or construction jobs has left this area with a struggling economy.

This year, 15 Workcampers and adult leaders representing The Church in Aurora gathered in Elkview, WV with 17 other churches from 6 states to work on over 32 houses. Click here to listen to the July 17, 2022 service as several work campers shared their experience during the week.

Elkwiew, WV Workcamp 2022