Frequently Asked Questions
What if I can’t afford the training?
Our experience has shown that God provides for the teens to do this ministry. Many churches help provide funds for the teens. People get excited about teens serving and are more than willing to help! CEF of Montana also has some limited funds for scholarships.
How does CEF work to protect my son or daughter?
1) All CEF staff, Interns and CEF volunteers have had a criminal background check and references questioned.
2) We have a three person rule. All activities require a minimum of three people involved so that no adult is alone with a teen. Parents are called and worked with if this situation arises do to circumstances we can’t control.
3) Anyone 18 and over who will have a connection with the teens (housing hosts, their families and volunteers participating in the 5 Day Clubs) will also have background checks and references questioned.
4) We have curfews and strict rules on where guys and girls can be.
5) We work to have guys and girls stay in separate host homes when possible.
Will there be any other costs for my teen during the summer?
CEF of Montana and churches cover the travel costs and meals throughout the summer. Teens should have some spending money for snacks or souvenirs. If your teen attends the State Fair in Billings they would need funds for riding rides, etc.
Who are the drivers for CEF?
All drivers will either be CEF Staff, State Board members, CEF Volunteers or CEF Interns for the summer. (18 as a minimum)
Will I have to drive my teen all over the state?
CEF of Montana works with parents to keep travel for families to a minimum. We try to do most of the driving for you. We would set up a meeting place near by and then drive students the rest of the way. We try to schedule them with 5 Day Clubs that are closer to your home. We also have teens stay at the State Directors home over weekends to help cut down on travel for parents. We usually travel to churches on Sunday evening and return either Friday evening or Saturday morning depending on the location. We do our very best to keep your travel at a minimum!
This will be the longest time my child has been away from home, how do you help them with that?
We assign an older experienced CYIA teen to come alongside them and be their mentor/helper. We offer times where they can communicate with parents as well.
I am not sure my younger teen will fit in with older teens.
We are very intentional about having all the young people get to know each other and build a strong team atmosphere. We are all there for one purpose and we all have a role in that.