Rapid City, South Dakota Mission Trips

What happens when you try to escape the poorest area of the entire United States? Many members of the Lakota tribe leave the Pine Ridge Reservation for nearby Rapid City where they discover jobs are few and challenges are overwhelming.

Infuse local ministries and churches with your energy and enthusiasm by delighting young ones in Children’s Bible school and earning the respect of their elders with your service to God through clean-up and home repair.  At the end of the week you'll have a day to relax in the beauty of South Dakota by visiting Mt. Rushmore, Badlands National Park, see buffalo in Custer State Park, and visit the Crazy Horse monument and museum.  Every evening your team will gather to worship together, talk about how God worked that day, and hear from God's word.

  • Lodging:  Teams are housed in dorm rooms at a college campus in Rapid City.  At the campus your team has access to the gymnasium and swimming pool.  
  • Food:  One of the experiences of every Mission Discovery camp is the attention to providing good food!  Breakfast and dinner meals are prepared buffet style at the college campus.  Lunches are sandwiches on the worksite.
  • Transportation:  You must provide your own transportation to and from your assigned worksites.
  • Daily Work:  Each day is unique.  Work can include repairing homes, building porches, working with children at a community center and even leading children's Bible school.

*Trip cost is price plus registration fee.

Trip Dates

7/8/18 to 7/14/18
High School, Family, Jr. High
$524* /$499 Early Bird
7/15/18 to 7/21/18
High School, Family, Jr. High
$524* /$499 Early Bird
7/22/18 to 7/28/18
High School, Family, Jr. High
$524* /$499 Early Bird

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Mission Trips - Christian Missions - Rapid City
December 8, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
When we look at photos of the Badlands and Black Hills, youth mission trips are rarely among the first things that come to mind. That’s understandable: This corner of South Dakota is often thought of more for its rugged beauty than for its need for Christian missions work. Over the years, wind and water have sculpted the soft rock, creating a textured cascade of red, brown, and gray. But this uniquely picturesque part of America is also riddled with poverty. The southern border of Badlands National Park is the northern border of the Pine Ridge Reservation, the home of the Lakota tribe.
September 25, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
It’s never too early to start thinking about summer mission trips for junior and senior high schoolers.  Fall is here and summer will be here before you know it. Consider joining Mission Discovery as we do some much needed mission work in Rapid City, South Dakota in July of 2015. Here are some of the highlights to expect on this youth missions trip:
Man with girl on shoulders
August 22, 2014 by Nathan Walters
Together we danced around to the beat of a Native Lakota drum. It was the first of many dances to be had within the bounds of a new arbor. We spent all week building this massive circle structure that will connect all of God’s children in the area. It will cross generations, gender, and race.
July 23, 2014
Dust swirled through the air as the sun was setting, tucking itself beneath the black hills near Rapid City, South Dakota. We must have looked clueless as all of the men circled around the women who circled around the children, all dancing to the beat of a drum. The high pitched moans of the Lakota drummers were ringing through the smiles and laughter of us all as we clumsily ran into each other. We were united, all together in one Spirit. It was a celebration.
September 19, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Listen to these statistics presented by an organization called Life Initiatives. It frames the "Why" of Mission Discovery's work in South Dakota with Native Americans.