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The Escape 2019

August 20-24, 2019 $425
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Dates & Times

  • Aug 20-24, 2019
    9:00am - 11:30am

Attendee Types

  • HS Girl
  • HS Boy
  • MS Boy
  • MS Girl
  • Leader / HS Boys
  • Leader / HS Girls
  • Leader / MS Boys
  • Leader / MS Girls

About The Escape 2019

The Escape 2019 takes place August 20-24. This summer's trip will be a service trip, providing an opportunity for our students to witness the needs of our region as well as to help serve people and communities in need. For the most part, we will be coming alongside organizations like Union Gospel Mission and serving with their already established ministries.

We will be facilitating two distinct trips, one for High School Ministry and another for Middle School Ministry. Both groups will be staying in separate dormitories at Seattle Pacific University located in North Queen Anne.

The cost is $425 for 5 days and 4 nights.

There will be very limited spots.

Registration opens May 19th. A $75 deposit ensures your spot on the trip! (Scholarships are available upon request.)

If you have any questions, comments, requests, or concerns, please email Tyler Saldaña ( tyler@somaeastside.org).


Why Seattle?

As we were praying through and brainstorming where to go to serve, God continued to remind us of what a need there is in our greater region.

While SEA is the 18th largest city in the States, it has the 3rd-highest homeless population. (Only New York and Los Angeles have higher homeless populations. Their homeless population is on par with the size of their overall population.)

Considering our group’s size and age-range, a service trip closer to home allows more students to participate.

In conversations with families with middle school students in particular, sending their younger student/s to Seattle seemed more likely than sending them to a much further away metro area or region.

It is less-expensive for our families. (It is almost half the cost of what a similar trip would be in SF, NYC, LA, etc.)

Serving locally allows us to maintain a relationship with ministries that we serve alongside during the trip. This opens doors for us to continue to serve throughout the year with said ministries.

Why are High School Group and Middle School Group having two separate trips?

Over the last school year, God has extensively grown Soma Eastside Youth numerically-speaking. It is our aim going into the 2019/2020 school year to split separate gatherings for the Middle School Ministry and the High School Ministry. The Escape can help foster that split. Also, providing two separate trips allows for each groups' trip to be better-tailored towards each particular group.

What time is Check-In on August 20th and Pick-Up on August 24th?

Check-In is at 09:30 AM on Tuesday, August 20th. Pick-Up is tentatively at 11:30 AM on Saturday, August 24th.

Which grades go to which trip?

All incoming 6th graders for the 2019/2020 school year through incoming 8th graders will be a part of the Middle School Ministry trip. All incoming 9th graders for the 2019/2020 school year through incoming 12th graders will be a part of the High School Ministry trip.

My student would need to come late or leave early. Is that a possibility?

We can't definitively say "yes" or "no." Just know that we would love to have all of our students be able to go on The Escape and we will do whatever we can within our power to accommodate your family's needs. For further assistance, please email Tyler.

Will students be required to participate in any preparation for the trip?

Yes. More information will be coming soon.

Will students have their phones on the trip?

For our Escape trips, we have all students check in their phones at Registration. Students receive their phones back when we return to the Pick-Up location on the last day. We've found that "escaping" from the outside voices, constant noise, and distraction helps students and leaders be more present. This allows students and leaders to get the most out the time they're spending together and with God. (In an feedback survey for The Winter Escape 2019, students were asked, "Did you find it refreshing to spend time away from our phones/electronic devices?" Only 1 student replied, "No.")

Why is this being referred to as a "service trip" and not a "missions trip"?

While it may seem like semantics, when we label something as "missions," we're referring to missionaries who are making direct efforts to connect with and share the gospel with unreached people groups. Unreached people groups are groups of people who have never had the opportunity to hear about the good news of Jesus in their own language. Currently, there are just over 7,000 unreached people groups with a sum of just over 40% of the world's population. In Matthew's account of Jesus' life, Jesus says, "And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come." The global church has believed that until the number of unreached people groups is no greater than 0, there is still missions work to be done. While what our students and leaders will be doing on The Escape is valuable (similar with other more humanitarian and social justice-oriented trips), we do not refer to this work as missions but as serving. This is why we're referring to our trip as a service trip.