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.
JUNE 15-21, 2020

City Service

location icon New York City

JUNE 14-22, 2020

Vineyard Service

location icon Martha's Vineyard


Service & Specialty

It is with disappointment that we announce the cancellation of our National Summer Programs for 2020. Based on our assessment of public health developments, CDC guidelines, and safety protocols, we will not be able to offer our traditional programs. 

JULY 8-21, 2020


location icon Martha's Vineyard

JULY 6-16, 2020

Rocky Mountain Expedition

location icon Breckenridge, CO

JULY 25-AUG 1, 2020

Mexico Service

location icon Nogales, Mexico


Service & Specialty Information

City Service, New York City

  • Grades 10-12
  • Cost: $885
  • June 15-21, 2020

A unique community service program, City Service includes hands-on work alongside residents at America’s oldest homeless shelter - and allows students to know the people they serveThe program also gives students an insider's view of the city, as well as time for reflection and discussion on the meaning and purpose of service in a Christian context.

Vineyard Service

  • Grades 11-12
  • Cost: $785
  • June 14-22, 2020

Join us as we serve behind the scenes during a middle school program, enjoy time together on the Vineyard, and have discussions about service, faith, and community.

Rocky Mountain Expedition

  • Grades 9-12
  • Cost: $2,250
  • July 6-16, 2020

Come and experience the adventure and beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains! This 11-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.



  • Grades 10-12
  • Cost: $1,725
  • July 8-21, 2020

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

Mexico Service

  • Grades 9-12
  • Cost: $885 (plus flight costs, estimated at $500)
  • July 25-August 1, 2020

Join us as we travel to Mexico, partnering with local churches to work and serve families and communities in Nogales. Come and explore the country while serving others and learning about the meaning of Christian service across cultural boundaries.

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: Vineyard Service, Internship, City Service (NYC), Rocky Mountain Expedition, and Mexico Service.

First-Time Leader (A & X) 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 January 1, February 1, March 1, and April 1. Acceptance emails will be sent by January 15, February 15, March 15, and April 15.

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 2019-2020 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 Week, 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 an application based program, we will refund the full program fee. Group travel is refundable at the discretion of the Area Director of the Director of National Programs.

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.

Internship, Vineyard Service, First-Time Leader (A&X)

Students should plan on arriving between 2:00 pm & 6:00 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.

City Service

Students should arrange to arrive in NYC by bus, train, plane, car, or taxi, and should arrange to be dropped off at the Bowery Mission.

Mexico Service

Students have the option of traveling with a group out of Baltimore, or arranging their own travel to meet the group at the Tucson Airport.

Rocky Mountain Expedition

Students should arrange to fly into the Denver airport. From there, we will travel together as a group to our cabin in Breckenridge.


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