FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
+ WHAT IS THE LEADERSHIP PROJECT?
The Leadership Project (LP) is living, playing, working, and learning with other college students for nine weeks in Myrtle Beach, SC. Each student works a full-time job and participates in evangelistic outreaches, Bible studies, discipleship groups, ministry training, and other activities throughout the week. This challenging schedule creates an environment for students to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ as well as develop ministry skills and leadership qualities.
+ WHAT IS CAMPUS OUTREACH CHARLESTON?
Campus Outreach Charleston is a ministry to college students in the Charleston area. Campus Outreach Charleston was founded under the supervision of East Cooper Baptist Church with the vision to build laborers on the campus for the lost world to the glory of God. Through evangelism and discipleship, we passionately reach students with the Gospel and train them to be mature followers of Christ with a commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Our desire is to see students leave college passionate about Christ and equipped to labor in the harvest fields for a lifetime!
+ WHO ATTENDS THE LP?
Students from The College of Charleston, The Citadel, and other colleges in the Charleston region.
+ WHAT IS THE HISTORY? IS THIS UNIQUE TO CAMPUS OUTREACH CHARLESTON?
Summer Training Project has been in the Myrtle Beach area since 1997, and the first summer project sponsored by Campus Outreach was in 1983. Each Campus Outreach region, including Charleston, hosts a summer project for students in different cities across the country as well as short-term projects internationally.
+ WILL MY STUDENT BE SAFE ON THE LEADERSHIP PROJECT?
The Campus Outreach staff take the safety of your son or daughter seriously. LP has several policies designed to safeguard participants. There is also a curfew each night to ensure students are not out too late: 11pm during the week and 12am on weekends.
+ HOW WILL MY STUDENT GET TO LEADERSHIP PROJECT?
Campus Outreach staff work with each student to coordinate traveling accommodations. Each student is welcome to bring his or her car if they would like. Students with cars will carpool to work and other desired destinations. Because of this courtesy we ask the students without cars to help with gas throughout the summer.
+ WHERE WILL MY STUDENT LIVE ON THE LEADERSHIP PROJECT?
Campus Outreach rents a hotel that acts as our project grounds each summer. Students will live at the hotel. There are typically 4 students sharing a room. Each room has a bed space for each student to sleep, a shared bathroom, and other accommodations necessary for living.
+ WHY DOES MY STUDENT WORK WHILE AT LP?
The Leadership Project incorporates a job into its design because of the invaluable learning experience that teaches students responsibility, dependability, and exposes them to the real world through a job.
+ WILL MY STUDENT NEED TO FIND A JOB BEFORE ARRIVING AT LP?
We do not require students to have a job before arriving at LP. Prior to the summer, staff secure jobs for most students. Nevertheless, students are ultimately responsible for securing those jobs once they arrive at the Project, but we are there to help them through this process.
+ WHAT IS SUPPORT RAISING?
Support raising is asking individuals, families, and churches to invest in a student for their summer experience of growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Support raising helps offset the expenses of the project. Raising support can be a great way to cover the costs of the project as well as a great way to let others participate in your student’s summer experience of growing in their walk with the Lord.
+ HOW MUCH DOES LP COST?
The cost of LP is $2,200. This price includes rent, one meal per week, social events, and other program costs for the project. Wages earned from working can be used to pay for project or used for personal savings or to help pay for college expenses after the project is over.
+ HOW MUCH MONEY WILL MY STUDENT EARN?
Money a student earns while working during LP can cover the costs of the project and more to help towards the upcoming school year. Most students will earn $9-10/hr working during the summer. We also strongly recommend that students raise tax-deductible donations that go toward the cost of LP, enabling them to save more for the fall term.
+ WHY IS LP A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR MY STUDENT?
The Leadership Project is the most intentional opportunity Campus Outreach Charleston provides for students who are interested in growing deeply in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We intentionally train students in how to study the Bible, how to talk about their faith with friends, family, and peers, how to be a leader, and many practical life skills like how to create and manage a personal budget. There is no other time in a student’s life where they get to live, work, and invest in peer relationships like spending 8 weeks at the project.
+ WILL I BE ABLE TO VISIT MY STUDENT?
Yes, parents are always welcome to visit their students, assuming it does not interfere with the goals of the project. There is a special weekend, June 22-24, where families are invited and encouraged to visit. We host different programs catered to parents so that they can get a picture of LP.
+ WHAT WAYS CAN I HELP?
Most importantly, you can pray for them.
-For a sincere love for Christ (Ephesians 3:14-19, Philippians 1:9-11) -That they would grow as Christ’s disciple and shine as a light in the world (Romans 12:2, 1 John 2:15-16) -That they would grow in Christ’s likeness in love, faith, and good works (John 13:34-35, Romans 4:20-21)
+ WHO CAN I SPEAK TO IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
We thank you for your commitment to your student. We believe that the Bible is clear that your student is to honor his or her parents, therefore we ask all students to have a discussion over the Leadership Project with their parents.