QUESTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ASKED OFTEN
Q. WHAT IS THE TIME AND PLACE OF DEPARTURE?
A. This year TWB (2017) will have two programs. The first program should plan to arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Saturday, June 17th and the second program should plan to arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 19th
The send off location is Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church Community House. The address is
11400 Mallard Creek Rd Charlotte, NC 28262 (15 miles north of Charlotte, N.C. on I-85, Mallard Creek Exit.) Some years the Community House is closed so make sure you go to the restrooms before arrive. You will see a large white building and the bus, vans and trailers parked near it, which is right off of Mallard Creek Rd. Please park in the grassy area to the right of the white building for both send off and return. Checking everyone in may take up to an hour so make sure that you bring a chair or something to sit on. Telephone the TWB line at (704) 662-8666 if you have difficulty or are delayed. Please allot extra time for traffic.
Q. WHEN AND WHERE WILL WE RETURN?
A. Trip #1 returns at 5:00 p.m. at the Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church Community House, Sunday, July 9th, Trip #2 at the same location as send off on Tuesday, July 11th. Please allow for traffic.
Q. ARE PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS REQUIRED?
A. No, but strongly suggested. The tour is physically demanding. It covers areas of extreme temperature changes. Should you become ill, all possible efforts will be made to give you the best of medical attention. In the event that youíre unable to continue traveling, arrangements will be made to fly you home. Please advise us on any history of medical problems that might reoccur during the trip. Participants are allowed to bring prescription drugs that they can administer themselves.
Q. WHAT ABOUT SPENDING MONEY?
A. $350.00 is suggested along with a booster from home of $75.00 deposited in the participants debit card account around the 14th day of the trip. Debit cards are great means to carry your funds. If possible, have a duplicated debit card made and store it in the bottom of the participantís duffle bag.
Q. WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING ON THE TWB EXPERIENCE?
A. A suggested clothing/materials list will be sent. Please try to stay within the given items. The duffel bag should be no larger than 30 inches long and 13 inches high and should NOT have rollers on it. PLEASE REMEMBER TO MARK ALL CLOTHING WITH YOUR INITIALS. Also, bring a small pillow, ground cover, sleeping bag and thermorest (no thick foam pads or air mattresses). Flashlights are great on those late night walks to the bathroom. You will need a Nalgene style water bottle for use during all meals on the trip. Please decorate or label it so it is easy to identify. Most importantly, bring with you a sense of humor, an eagerness for involvement with people and a desire to know your America.
Q. WHAT SHOULD YOU NOT BRING ON THE TWB EXPERIENCE?
A. Participants should not bring cell phones or Wi-Fi devices but are welcome to bring calling cards. We will have access to many telephones after the 5th day of the trip. Knives, expensive jewelry and electronic games are discouraged (MP3s players are okay, they cannot have Wi-Fi capabilities though!). We suggest this one for under $20 at Walmart link MP3 Player
Q. SHOULD YOU MAKE ANY PREPARATIONS FOR THE TWB EXPERIENCE?
A. The amount of foreknowledge you have as to places we shall visit will have a direct bearing on how meaningful the trip will be for you. Especially good books are "America and American" and "Travels with Charley" by John Steinbeck, "A Walk Across America" by Peter Jenkins, "Dateline America" by Charles Kuralt, and "National Parks" by Freedman Tilden. It will also be helpful if you can give some forethought into the varying types of camping meals that you can prepare. You and thirteen others will plan a meal preparing for eighty-eight people.
Q. HOW SHOULD THOSE WISHING TO WRITE YOU DURING THE TWB EXPERIENCE ADDRESS THEIR CORRESPONDENCE?
A. Since TWB 2017 is conducting two trips this summer; we will have two separate mailing addresses. For the June 17th trip one should send letters to: Your name, c/o Teens Westward Bound, 40064 Hwy 49, Oakhurst, California, 93644. Mail pick-up is June 29th. For the June 19th trip one should send letters to: Your name, c/o of Teens Westward Bound, 8470 W 2700 S, Magna, UT 84044. Mail pick-up is July 3rd. At all mail sites they should endorse "Hold for Arrival". If someone is thinking of sending you a care package, please inform him or her that it should be no larger than a shoebox. Mail that is sent after June 22nd for the first trip, June 24th for the second trip (by regular mail) will probably not be received in time for pickup. Please only send mail via the USPS, not through UPS or FEDEX. The post office does not accept these carriers. We recommend getting the flat rate box from the post office.
Q. WHAT IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY AT HOME DURING THE TWB EXPERIENCE?
A. An emergency number will be given out at Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church Community House the day we leave. For emergencies call that number and TWB will check this line early AM and late afternoon. For non-emergencies, call the TWB line at (704) 662-8666. If no one answers, a message should be left on the answering machine.
Q. WHAT IF CIRCUMSTANCES ARISE THAT MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO GO ON THE TOUR?
A. Please advise immediately. If your place can be filled from the waiting list, a full refund less the deposit will be issued. If not, there can be no refund.
Q. WHAT ABOUT SPORTSWEAR WITH "TEENS WESTWARD BOUND" ON IT?
A. You will be given (as part of the trip cost) a TWB T-shirt. If you wish you can purchase our light weight fleece, (New) spirit jersey, cap, and sweatshirts. They are sold at cost and can be ordered on the enclosed blue form. The fleece generally run true to size and the all cotton sweatshirts readily shrink. All TWB Sportswear is gray, white, and red.
Q. DOES THE CUSTOM MOTORCOACH HAVE A STEREO CD PLAYER AND DVD?
A. Yes, but our only music will be the music you and others bring. Please prepare "Clean" playlist on your MP3 player. Limit two DVDís per person. Don't forget to bring your favorite movie! Please no ďRĒ rated.
Q. WHAT ABOUT LAUNDRY?
A. We will make 3 laundry stops. Participants will be responsible for doing their own laundry or paying the Chinese laundry in San Francisco.
THINGS PARENTS LIKE TO KNOW
A. All staff/counselors are required to have and are judged on the following:
1. Minimum age of 21
2. Appropriate counseling and leadership experience
3. Ability to form interpersonal relationships with young people
4. Highest of moral standards
5. College graduates with a preference given to teachers and past participants
B. The director (Grant Deaton) has in addition to above:
1. A college Masterís degree in Instructional Technology.
2. 13 years working experience with young people.
3. 14 years in travel camp directing.
C. The tour director (Matt Harkey) was a TWB participant in 2004 and has been a staff member for the past 5 years. Matt graduated with his Bachelorís and Masterís degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His experience as a high school guidance counselor allows him to bring a positive approach to leading young people.
The tour director (Vicky Wilkins) has been traveling with Teens Westward Bound since 1980 (35 years).
She is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has taught in the Lee County Schools for 36 years. Vicky is certified in First Aid and CPR. In addition to TWB travels, Vikki has spent many summers traveling around the world and has traveled to 38 states in the United States.
E. All staff is available on a 24-hour basis for the duration of the trip to meet the mental and physical needs of the participants at whatever the personal sacrifice.
F. The staff uses a non-directive, permissive approach in dealing with participants. The directors may limit the freedom of a participant in cases where such freedom infringes on the rights of others.
G. Teens Westward Bound has a zero tolerance for the use of tobacco products, alcohol or illegal drug products. Participants involved in such activity will be sent home immediately at the expense of their parents.
Participants should not bring cellphones or Wi-Fi devices with them on the TWB Experience. There will be pay telephones to use each day after the 5th day of the trip.
A. A specially designed 2015 Van Hool motorcoach is used for transportation.
1. Motorcoach is owned and operated by Premier Transportation of Knoxville, Tennessee.
2. Motorcoach will be serviced according to the service manual at Bus Terminals
3. An ICC licensed driver will do the driving of the bus
4. The Motorcoach is loaded with accessories such as: am/fm stereo system, air conditioning, PA system, CB radio, DVD Player, bathroom and 110 volt plug at each seat for charging devices.
B. The 2016 Ford Vans are fully loaded and leased from Capital Ford in Raleigh, NC.
2. The counselors, tour directors and the program director will do the driving of the vans.
C. Camping equipment includes: 10 by 16 foot tents, propane cooking stoves, traveling propane tanks, cast iron cooking equipment, eating utensils, and propane lanterns.
A. Physical examinations are recommended for all participants
B. A well-stocked first aid kit is maintained and staffed by a trained staff member
C. In case of illness, participants are put under the doctor's care
A. The "buddy system" is applicable at all times especially during independent touring and swimming.