Service & Specialty


Explore Our Programs

In addition to the week-long programs on Martha’s Vineyard, FOCUS offers several adventure, service, and leadership development programs. Please note that admission to these programs is by application only. Please contact your area staff to discuss whether or not a specific program is a good fit for you.

Service & Specialty Programs


Please visit to see our most up to date COVID-related protocols and requirements.

Testing and Vaccination: It is required that all students, leaders, and volunteers be COVID-19 tested no more than 72 hours prior to arrival for summer programs unless they have received their second dose of vaccine more than 2 weeks prior to arrival. Tests should be timed so that results are received prior to leaving home for the FOCUS program. Documentation will need to be provided to show proof of vaccination or negative test results.

Health Screening: A self-screening questionnaire will need to be submitted online before leaving home (no more than 24 hours prior to arrival).

June 27 - July 8, 2021

Rocky Mountain Expedition

Grades 9-12

location icon Buena Vista, CO

A: June 29 - July 9, 2021 & B: July 11-21, 2021

Internship (A & B)

Grades 11-12

location icon Martha's Vineyard

July 23 - 26, 2021

PA Fishing Excursion

Grades 6-9

location icon Spring Mills, PA

May 24 - Aug 15, 2021

Vineyard Staff


location icon Martha's Vineyard

June 19 - 26, 2021

OBX Week

Grades 9-12

location icon Outer Banks, NC

July 10 - 17, 2021

Seaside Service

Grades 10-12

location icon Rosemary Beach, FL

1: June 20-28, 2021 & 2: Aug 15-23, 2021

First-Time Leader (1 & 2)

Grades 12 & up

location icon Martha's Vineyard


Service & Specialty Information

Registration for all programs is now open.

Applications for our application-based programs are being processed on a rolling basis.

All grades are based on the grade the student is currently in (2020-2021 school year).

Rocky Mountain Expedition

  • Grades 9-12
  • Cost: $2,550
  • June 27 - July 8, 2021

Come and experience the adventure and beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains! This 12-day adventure promises an array of outdoor activities, including fly fishing on the Swan River, whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon, rock climbing and rappelling the surrounding mountains of Buena Vista, and hiking and camping in some of the most beautiful parts of the world.

OBX Week

  • Grades 9-12
  • Cost: $1225
  • June 19-26, 2021

This week-long program in the Outer Banks, North Carolina will provide students the perfect beach getaway.  Our days will be spent either relaxing on the beach, or playing classic FOCUS games like Ragger or Braveheart. Whether you are seeking relaxation or adventure, this program is sure to provide a memorable experience in the Outer Banks.

This program is currently only available for Richmond students. If students from other areas are interested, they may be added to the waitlist in case additional spaces become available.

Seaside Service

  • Grades 10-12
  • Cost: $1395
  • July 10-17, 2021

This week-long program combines both leadership development and relaxation. Students will spend several days volunteering with a service organization such as Habitat for Humanity and will participate in a tailored leadership development program rooted in the Christian faith.  Downtime will involve lounging on the white beaches and swimming in the emerald waters of the Gulf coast. Students will also have time to explore the quaint beach towns nearby of Seaside and Rosemary Beach. 

This program is currently only available for Ohio students. If students from other areas are interested, they may be added to the waitlist in case additional spaces become available.

First-Time Leader (1 & 2)

  • Grades 12 & up
  • Cost: $425
  • First-Time Leader 1: June 20-28, 2021
  • First-Time Leader 2: August 15-23, 2021

This is a hands-on leadership training experience that takes place during our Crossroads and Middle School Adventure programs.

First-Time Leader 1: We are currently full for females. We are accepting male applications.


Internship (A & B)

  • Grades 11-12
  • Cost: $1,450
  • Internship A: June 29 - July 9, 2021 (All Areas)
  • Internship B: July 11-21, 2021 (Washington DC & South)

This two-week program for returning students combines fun activities with community building experiences and emphasizes learning more about Christianity, serving others, and leadership.

PA Fishing Excursion

  • Grades 6-9
  • Cost: $680
  • July 23-26, 2021

This four-day excursion is perfect for the student looking to explore the outdoors. Our time fly fishing will be led by professional guides as we fish a private section of the notorious Spring Creek. Overall this program will provide the opportunity to unplug from our busy lives, enjoy the outdoors, build community, and engage in discussion about the Christian faith.

This program is currently only available for Philadelphia students. If students from other areas are interested, they may be added to the waitlist in case additional spaces become available.

We are currently full for males and females.

Vineyard Staff

  • Undergraduates
  • Paid position
  • May 24 - August 15, 2021

Vineyard Staff is a discipleship program that combines the real-life elements of work at FOCUS, biblical studies and nurture, and the support of a Christian community. The program is designed for people who are deeply committed to Christ and desire to join our staff in providing an environment where volunteers and students can experience Christ.

We are currently full for Summer 2021.


Admission to our Service & Specialty Programs is by application only. Applications are submitted through the online registration portal. Please log in or create an account under the parent’s name. Note: the application form must be filled out by the student applying for the program.

If you have questions about whether or not a specific program may be a good fit for you, please contact your area staff.

Application programs: Rocky Mountain Expedition, Internship (A & B), First-Time Leader (1 & 2).

First-Time Leader (1 & 2) Applications are not available through the same link. Please contact your area staff for more information about how to apply.

The deadlines for receiving applications for all Service & Specialty Programs are December 15, January 15, and February 15. Acceptance emails will be sent December 31, February 1, and March 1 respectively. After three application rounds, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as space is available.

Due to the increased number of applications received in recent years, you may be placed on a waiting list. On May 1, we will begin to notify applicants who have been placed on the waiting list whether we will be able to admit them into the program on a space available basis. We regret the fact that we may not be able to admit every qualified applicant into the program this year.

Grade levels refer to the student’s grade in the 2020-2021 school year. Students may register for only one week-long program. Programs are open to students from all areas unless otherwise specified. Students from all schools are welcome. FOCUS reserves the right to give priority to first-time participants and NAIS school students in cases where programs are oversubscribed.

Click here to register through our online registration portal. If you prefer to mail in your registration or are not able to register online, please contact [email protected]

Program Fees
Program fees cover room and board, direct program expenses, and activities. Transportation to the program is not included.

Program scholarships may be available. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact your local area staff for an application prior to registration.

First-Time Discounts are available at June Weeks 1 and 2, July Week, and August Weeks 1 and 2 for students who have never attended a FOCUS Summer Program.

Program fees are due at the time of registration. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Credit cards are automatically processed online. Checks can be made payable to FOCUS Programs Office, PO Box 1027, New Canaan, CT 06840. If you have been approved for a scholarship, please select that option on the payment page of the online registration. If you would like to set up a payment plan, please select the four month payment plan option. Partial payment can be made by logging into your account and clicking "View Details".

Cancellation Policy
Our program fee cancellation and refund policy is as follows: full refund with more than 15 days notice; no refund within a 15-day period of the start of the program, except in the case of an emergency. If for any reason you are not accepted into a specialty program to which you applied, we will refund the full program fee. Group travel is refundable at the discretion of the Area Director of the Director of National Programs.

Please note that this policy applies to our Vineyard programs. Off-site programs have individual cancellation policies.

Medical and Travel Forms will be made available to fill out in April. To fill out the follow-up forms you will need your child's insurance information and travel plans. For travel guidelines for FOCUS programs on Martha's Vineyard, please visit the travel section of our website.

1.  Please follow this link to log back into your account.
2.  Select "View Details" under the appropriate season.
3.  Under forms, please fill out and submit the "Student Medical Form and Waiver", "Travel Form", and any additional required forms for your child.

NOTE: If your son or daughter participated in a previous FOCUS program, you will still need to submit a new medical form online.
If you are unable to fill out the medical and travel forms online, please contact [email protected]

Programs Registration Contact Information (Year-Round):
[email protected]
(203) 505-7522
PO Box 1027
New Canaan, CT 06840

Martha’s Vineyard Programs Contact Information (June to August):
[email protected]
(508) 693-1359

Mailing Address (via USPS):
FOCUS Study Center
450 Lambert’s Cove Rd.
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Mailing Address (via UPS, FedEx, or other shippers):
FOCUS Study Center
450 Lambert’s Cove Rd.
West Tisbury, MA 02575

Travel Information

Travel details vary by program. Additional travel information will be included in the follow up email upon acceptance into the program.

Please do not make any travel plans until you have received a formal acceptance email.

Internship (A & B) and First-Time Leader (1 & 2)

Students should plan on arriving between 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm on the day the program begins (arrival day), and departing between 9:00 am & 12:00 pm on the day the program ends (departure day). FOCUS is able to pick up students at the Martha's Vineyard Airport and the Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven ferry docks.

Check out the Martha's Vineyard page for more information on travel guidelines.

Rocky Mountain Expedition

Please plan on arriving at the Denver airport before 3:00pm on June 27, 2021, and departing after 1:00pm on July 8, 2021. FOCUS will meet students at the Denver airport before traveling together as a group to our cabin in Buena Vista. Due to the distance from the airport, we are unable to accommodate flights outside of these time constraints.


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