A service and adventure-based program run out of Twinlow Camp & Retreat Center in beautiful North Idaho.
Idaho Mission Project is service and adventure based program that takes place in beautiful North Idaho. We are a partnership of United Methodist Congregations, using Twinlow Camp and Retreat Center as our home base, and utilizing local non-profit organizations to bring all faith background youth and adult groups together to serve.
Service means that we spend our days going out in the Spokane – Coeur D Alene Region to help individuals in need and partner with non-profit organizations to be the hands and feet that they need to accomplish their mission. Adventure means that we provide a unique experience that brings the Mission Trip and Summer Camp experience together for one week. Primarily offered in the spring break season and summer, we are open to all youth and even adult groups.
Your service projects are tailored to your group’s abilities and goals based on the information you provide when registering. It is our philosophy to partner with local organizations who are on the front lines serving communities in need and to send them hands and feet to serve.
The service project occurs during the morning and early afternoon, leaving after breakfast and coming back to Twinlow around 3pm. Each day is a new project, helping out at a different organization or with different individuals.
As of this writing, we are currently working on our partnerships for service this summer. As the summer gets closer, we will know more details about what the organizations will need and how we can be ready to serve them. Thank you for your notes on your application on what your group wants to accomplish while here.
Our philosophy for IMP is that your group has a servant experience that is varied in the work and in the populations we serve. Our goal is to give you different experiences each day that challenge you but yet have a strong impact on the people and organizations that we serve. That being said, we also want to accomplish your goals as a group and if you want to dedicate to one project or want to do one thing and not another, we can try to accommodate that request.
In 2016 and 2017, we partnered with the following organizations and with many others in our community:
Panhandle Habitat for Humanity is our local Habitat affiliate based in Sandpoint, ID. We have been helping them do home repair and home improvement for families in need.
Salvation Army Spokane serves more than 40,000 people each year through their food bank, counseling services, after-school programs, and much more.
Second Harvest is the largest food bank in the Spokane Area that distributes over 2 million pounds of free food each montIMP2h. IMP campers will help sort and organize food for those in need.
Children’s Village is dedicated to providing a safe haven and restoring hope for children who have been abused, neglected or are in a severe family crisis.
Food For All is a Catholic Charities program that is committed to supporting farmers markets in low-income areas.
The Northwest’s Largest Theme Park is Silverwood and located only 10 minutes from Twinlow. Silverwood Theme Park has over 70 rides, slides, shows and attractions, including four roller coasters, Boulder Beach Water Park, a steam engine train, live entertainment, restaurants, and more. Thanks to a new partnership with Silverwood, we will include tickets for your group if you would like. You need to reserve your week with Twinlow and make a deposit by February 1, 2018 to get this deal. If you miss the deposit deadline, we can still get the Twinlow price for your group, just let us know you want to pay for that. The Sunday that you arrive at Twinlow, we will get a count for your group and make a reservation at Silverwood for the Friday at the end of your week. Silverwood opens at 11am till late at night and you are welcome to come back to stay at Twinlow on Friday night.
It has been called one of the most scenic stretches of railroad in the country. When the Milwaukee Railroad was operating, the trains traversed through 11 tunnels and over 9 high trestles, covering a 46 mile route that crossed the rugged Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana. The “Route of the Hiawatha” is most famous for the long St. Paul Pass, or Taft Tunnel which burrows for 8771 ft. (1.66 miles) under the Bitterroot Mountains at the state line.
Located just over an hour from Twinlow, this amazing bike ride is a great add on option for a group looking for mountain scenery and a little exercise. Bike rentals are available at the trail and group discounts are available.
Through our partnership with Pangea Rafting, this program offers three amazing white water rafting trips in Montana, Washington, and Idaho. Enjoy a one day or half day white water rafting vacation on our Whitewater Montana Clark Fork River trip, the Whitewater Washington Spokane River trip, or the Whitewater Blackfoot River trip.
Chilco Mountain Hike or other low cost options. On Friday, our staff would be happy to lead you on a local hike such as Chilco Mountain, pictured here, or other nearby scenic hikes based on the goals and abilities of your group. Cost would be free.
Transportation is an important logistic for this program. We ask whether you arrive by Plane, Train, or Auto, that you provide transportation for your group. Idaho Mission Project is a program that requires traveling around our region to get to our work sites. In most cases, groups arrive in church vans or personal vehicles. Please arrive with a full tank of gas and that will help expedite getting to our sites in the morning. The furthest we travel will be to Spokane about 45 minutes away and the closest would be the Twin Lakes Fish Creek Restoration project just down the road. We love it if you have a spot in your vehicle for a Twinlow Staff person to ride with you to your work sites, but it is not required if you need to fill all your seats to get here. When a Twinlow staff person accompanies you, they can help facilitate and help the mission team be efficient and effective with their service time and abilities.
When you are here with other IMP servant groups.
We prefer and believe it enriches the experience to mix up our servants into different work teams that go out each day. This means that you may have a van full of some of your servants and some from another church. As the leader, please check with your church policies and check with the parents to make sure everyone is comfortable with this practice.
Weeks Still Available for 2018:
Cost: $290 per camper or adult leader.
Your cost includes all your food, lodging, and activities on site here at Twinlow during your stay. We have a range of housing options but IMP servants usually stay in our retreat center luxury bunk rooms that have restrooms and showers across the hall and stay cool on hot summer days. We have staff assigned to your group all week who will help lead at the work sites and then when we get back to camp, we help your group plug into the activities taking place whether that is swimming, boating, archery, challenge course team building, or just laying around and relaxing. Its up to you!
If you register and put down a deposit by February 1, 2018, we will include an all day ticket to Silverwood Theme Park, see below.
The only costs that are not included is your transportation that is mentioned above and add on options for Friday if your group chooses to participate.
Idaho Mission Project primarily works with middle school and high school groups, but is open to adults groups as well. We let each individual church group define who is allowed to come on the mission trip. On occasion, chaperones will bring their children to help too. Though there are projects that younger servants might be limited to because of their age, IMP tries to find opportunities that are open and varied.
As much as we are able, we strive to be open and accessible for all ages to come and serve.
Registration is simple.
Any more questions? Check out our welcome letter, packing list, and sample schedule:
A google form to complete to let us know you are coming and hold your spot on our calendar. You are not confirmed until we receive your group deposit.
Have your participants (adult and youth) complete this document so we can prepare for your group needs and provide for possible health needs.