Youth Mission Trip

Interfaith 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 last youth mission trip was held during the February 2018 school vacation. The destination is Houston, TX. We worked with the UCC (United Church of Christ) disaster ministries to assist with rebuilding after the devastation of hurricane Harvey.

We worked with UCC disaster ministries during our 2008 trip to New Orleans, and found them to be well organized, dedicated to helping those in need, and supportive of interfaith groups like ourselves. More information about UCC disaster ministries can be found at the UCC web site.

The purpose of the mission is to serve the members of a community that suffers from the hardships of poverty, neglect and (in many 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.

How to Participate in February 2020 Trip

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 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. Location and exact dates are still to be determined, but it will be during Belmont Public School's February break.

An application form and waiver of liability will be required. The cost per individual for the 2018 trip was $875 per person. This covered airfare, food and project-related expenses (such as tools and supplies). We expect 2020 to be similar. 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

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. Our previous mission trips include:

  • 2018 - Houston, Texas
  • 2016 - Birmingham, Alabama
  • 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 Doug John

3 Livermore Rd

Belmont, MA 02478

Thank you.