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Youth Mission Trip

The Belmont Religious Council (BRC) Youth Mission trip brings together Belmont teenagers of all faiths for a week of service. It is scheduled for the week of February school vacation, and occurs every other year.

Our most recent youth mission trip was held during the February 2016 school vacation, February 13-19, 2016. The next trip will be in February 2018.

The purpose of the mission is to serve the members of a community that suffers from the hardships of poverty, neglect and (in some cases) natural disasters. We typically work on repairing, refurbishing and repainting houses and community centers. The work is hard, but the rewards are great.

The group travels with a team of adult advisors, and stays in a facility (such as a church or community center) provided by the community being served. The community is typically in an area in the Southeast, where outdoor work is practical in February. Projects are selected based on demonstrated need, and ability to make a difference in a week of service. The projects are coordinated with a local host organization in the community being served.

Information about Birmingham

Our work was coordinated through the Christian Service Mission, a faith-based organization in Birmingham. This is the same group that we worked with during our 2012 and 2014 trips, and we were happy to return again on the most recent trip. While this is a Christian organization, they fully understand and support the inter-faith nature of our mission trip.

How to Participate in future trips

The Youth Mission trip is open to any young adult who is associated with one of the Belmont Religious Council (BRC) faith communities. A participant must be a high school sophomore or older (preferably age 16 or older at the time of the trip). There are typically around 30 youth members on a mission trip, representing a variety of faith traditions.

An application form and waiver of liability are required. The cost per individual for the 2016 trip was $875 per person. This covers airfare, food and project-related expenses (such as tools and supplies). Through the generosity of others, financial aid is always available and allocated confidentially based on need. If someone has a true desire to participate but limited financial means, we have always found a way for that person to join us.

To learn more, please send an email to mission@belmontrc.org

Please include the name and age of the participant, and contact information including address and phone number.

Previous Youth Mission Trips

The Youth Mission trip is a long-standing tradition in Belmont. Some previous mission trips include:

  • 2014 - Birmingham, Alabama
  • 2012 - Birmingham, Alabama
  • 2010 - Galveston, Texas
  • 2008 - New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2006 - Lincolnville, South Carolina
  • 2005 - Selma, Alabama
  • 2003 - Oakland, California
  • 2001 - Cape Charles, Virginia
  • 1999 - Narrows, Virginia
  • 1997 - Homestead, Florida

David Pywell Fund

David Pywell was an adult advisor on both the Lincolnville and Selma Youth Mission Trips. He was well-beloved by the youth on these trips. Dave combined a high level of professional contracting skills, strong work ethic, and wonderful sense of humor. After Dave unexpectedly and suddenly passed away, his family established the David Pywell Fund to support future BRC Youth Mission trips. Donations to the Youth Mission trips help replenish the Dave Pywell fund, which is used to provide financial aid to youth participants and fund project-related expenses.

If you would like to donate to the David Pywell Fund, please make your check payable to Belmont Religious Council (memo line: Pywell Fund) and send to:

Belmont Religious Council
c/o John Robotham
19 Scott Road
Belmont, MA 02478

Thank you.