Mexicali: Checklist for Success

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Here is a checklist to make sure you are ready for Mexicali! Be sure to work through each item on the list. Contact Nate (nater@rdf.org) if you have any questions.

1. Register
Register and pay deposit online at rdf.org/mexicali

2. Passports
Passports are mandatory. Normally it takes 4-6 weeks to get it processed, so be sure to start early. There is an expedited service available for an extra fee. You can find passport information and application here: travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html Please note that anyone under 16 must have both parents present to apply for a PassportThe Placentia Library offers evening hours until 7:30 pm on certain days.

3. Forms
Several forms are required. Please ensure that you have completed the following:

RDFC Medical Release Form (Submit online, nothing to print. You may have already filled this out prior, if you went to camp.)
RDFC Community Covenant (Print and bring on 2/5)
Mexicali Outreach Release Liability (Print and bring on 2/5)
Consent to Travel for Minors – *This form must be signed in front of a notary. Since it contains Jeff Bell’s personal information, it will be emailed to you. When you receive it, please print it, fill it out, and bring it completed but unsigned on 2/5. Your signature must happen in front of the notary. Free notary service will be provided on 2/5.)
Provide 1 color photocopy of your passport (Bring on 2/5)

4. Registration Completion Day
February 5, 2017 • 12:15-2:00 pm • High School Room
We provide a Registration Completion Day to help ensure all of your registration papers are in. All of your forms should be completed and turned in at this time.

5. Training dates
We meet several times to prepare for the trip and to train with our teams. Students are required to be at the training as it is an important part of this trip. We will be serving at the Missions Dinner on February 26, and will also be presented and commissioned as a team. Parents are welcome to attend the dinner ($10/person); please Click Here to register.

March 4  – Global Connections Dinner 4:00-9:00 pm
March 5 – Training Begins 3:00-5:00 pm
March 12 –  Training Day 3:00-5:00 pm
March 26 –Training Day 3:00-5:00 pm
April 2 –Training Day 3:00-5:00 pm

6. Packing list
Click Here for the 2017 Packing List. Make sure you’ve got everything you need. Remember we are tent camping, so there are certain items you won’t need as well.

7. Sign-Up for Updates
You may have already signed up for our text updates when you registered. We will begin sending texts by March 5 (when training starts). If you have not received any text updates by March 5 and would like to be added to that list, please email your name, cell phone number, and provider (AT&T, Verizon, etc.) to Kristen Reyes at Kristenr@rdf.org.

8. Departure Info
We leave Saturday, April 8. Meet in the High School Parking Lot at 7:30 am. (Parent parking will be in the upper lot. Any overnight parking will be in the small lot near the baseball cages.) Students will need to have their passport on their person, not in a bag. They will present the passport during check-in.

8. Arrival Info
We return Friday, April 14. It’s difficult to predict exact times because of the length of the drive and traffic. Usually, it’s best if your child contacts you when we’re getting close so that you’re not waiting for an extended period. The entire group is usually joyfully exhausted when we return and grace is always appreciated.