Who comes to SOS?
College groups come from all over the United States for a one-week mission trip as SOS leads them into the inner city of Memphis to do home repairs. We hope to instill a heart for missions as these students serve others in the name of Christ. As an expression of Christ’s love, SOS seeks to empower persons and transform neighborhoods by utilizing volunteers to renovate homes of economically disadvantaged homeowners.
How much does it cost?
Each spring camp costs $210.00 per person. This covers housing, meals, materials, tools, programming, and an SOS camp t-shirt. Please see our payment contract for more details.
Where do we stay?
Your group will eat, sleep, shower, worship, and just hang out at the SOS Center located at 2505 Poplar Avenue, in the Binghampton neighborhood of Memphis.
How do I register for Camp?
Groups can register for camp online or by filling out the spring application. A $50 per person deposit is required at the time of registration.
Dates for participants are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
What do we bring?
Each group is responsible for their own transportation. Each volunteer needs to bring a sleeping bag or twin sheets, pillow, work clothes, work gloves, water bottle, and personal items. As for tools and building materials, SOS will provide everything your group will need. Therefore, you do not need to bring any of your own tools. However, SOS may ask your group to bring small items such as paint brushes, rollers, etc, dependent upon the work for your particular week. Your group will be charged for any lost or broken tools during your week at camp. A complete list of what to bring will be emailed to you after your registration is received.
When do we arrive and leave?
Our mission camps begin on Sunday. Please arrive at SOS between 4:00-4:45 PM. We ask that all groups leave no later than 10am on Friday.
What do we do at night?
SOS exists to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed through urban home repair camps. During the evenings there will be a program that is filled with worship and a Christ-centered message. We want each participant to hear a call to love and serve our risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Wednesday evening is free for your group to enjoy our city (dinner will not be provided by SOS on Wednesday night).
What are others saying about SOS?
“The gospel is to be lived out through our intentional words and intentional deeds everyday.”
“I have never gone on a missions trip before, this trip solidified the impact that physical work has on
“A Christian is a disciple of Christ Jesus – one that strives in every area of life to live as Christ did and to give all glory to God. It is not a word or symbol, it is a lifestyle and a full commitment. There is no such thing as a ‘normal Christian’ – Christians are radical and revolutionary in every single aspect of their lives.”
“SOS has awakened me from the spiritual slumber of apathy that strikes from prosperity and selfishness.”
“Seeing the impact our actions had on non-believers affirmed my faith.”