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REAL Dayton

The REAL Dayton Experience

Help Lead REAL Dayton!

Leading the REAL Dayton is a rewarding experience. Leaders work on a team and have an opportunity to gain knowledge, cultivate skills, and enkindle in others a passion for living and serving in Dayton.  Leaders in the past have loved their involvement and its many benefits, including new friendships, adventures & discoveries in Dayton. You did not need to attend REAL Dayton in order to apply. Applications are due by April 6, 2020. Please contact Samantha Kennedy at with questions.

More about REAL Dayton

The REAL Dayton is a community engagement experience during fall break with elements from alternative BreakOuts, immersions, and retreats, making it unique and inspirational. REAL Dayton for 2019 will be held October 9 - 12. 
REAL Dayton involves Reaching out, Encountering Dayton, Acting with others and Leading together. 

  • Reach out beyond campus borders and the confines of your comfort zone.  Your discoveries may surprise you. 
  • Encounter Dayton and its many gifts, especially our neighbors whose passion and compassion make Dayton so special. 
  • Act with others by serving at several non-profits working to address challenges in our city. 
  • Lead together with Daytonians and fellow Flyers to build a stronger community.  The REAL Dayton is just the beginning of servant leadership with our neighbors and friends.

The program begins with dinner at the Adele Center McGinnis Room on Wednesday at 6 p.m.  We leave campus Thursday at 8:30am and return to campus Saturday 11 p.m. See typical schedule below. 

Location: Days spent throughout the city of Dayton and evenings spent at Cricket Holler in North Dayton. Overnight accommodations are simple, with participants sleeping in cabins. Therefore, everyone should bring a sleeping bag and pillow.

Cost: $15.00 – includes food, lodging, travel, t-shirt, etc.
Scholarships are available. 

For more information and/or questions, contact Samantha Kennedy.

What to expect when attending REAL Dayton

Students will be immersed in the city of Dayton to…
  • Meet your neighbors in Dayton
  • Serve in the city
  • Recognize Dayton’s gifts and challenges
  • Be inspired by citizen leaders making a difference in Dayton
  • Discover Dayton cultural gems
  • Learn, pray, reflect and connect faith and life
  • Enjoy our wonderful city

Students will have many opportunities for reflecting, learning, building leadership skills, connecting faith to life, volunteering, and acting for justice.

The service projects on REAL Dayton vary greatly—they are selected based on the needs of our community at the time and include serving lunch, sorting food and clothing, assisting at festivals, working in gardens, painting, etc.

REAL Dayton group

Typical REAL Dayton Schedule

6:00pm Check-in at Adele Center McGinnis Room 
6:30pm Welcome Orientation to REAL Dayton
7:00pm Dinner and Community Building
8:45pm Closing Prayer and Reflection – stay on campus

8:00am Arrive at Marianist Hall
8:30am Welcome, Prayer/Reflection, Community Building
10:00am  Service Project
12:45pm Lunch
2:15pm Service Project
5:00pm Gather off-campus at overnight location
6:30pm Dinner followed by program
9:30pm Closing Prayer/Reflection followed by free time—stay off campus 

8:00am Breakfast
8:30am Morning Prayer/Reflection
9:00am Service Projects/Tour of Dayton
12:15pm Lunch
1:45 Service Projects/Tour of Dayton
4:30pm Gather in Dayton for large group reflection
6:30pm Dinner in Dayton
9:00pm Large group activity at overnight location
10:30pm Closing Prayer/Reflection followed by free time—stay off campus 

8:00am Breakfast
8:30am Morning Prayer/Reflection
9:00am Service Projects at Neighborhood Centers
12:00pm Lunch in Dayton followed by Cultural Tour
4:15pm Gather at reflection/dinner location
5:00pm Large & small group reflection
6:15pm Dinner followed by Commissioning
8:30pm Head back to UD

REAL Dayton group at Habitat

Registration Form

NOTE: you must be signed into your Porches account in order to access this form. 

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Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
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