Every year the Wilderness Ministry takes students on week-long outdoor adventures over spring break. These trips have gone to places like the mountains of North Carolina or New Hampshire, the deserts and rocks of Utah or southern California, and all the way to the volcanoes of Ecuador. The experiences are designed to challenge students physically, mentally, and spiritually and help them grow in their relationships with themselves, with others, with the natural world, and with God. Choose your own spring break adventure!
Spring Break Wilderness Trek 2018
Our trips were a great success this year! Read on to see the trek descriptions and learn about where we went in 2018.
From the Garden to the City: Service and Trekking in Ecuador
We will travel to Quito, Ecuador, nestled in the Andes Mountains above 9,000 feet and 15 miles from the equator. We will be immersed in Ecuadorian culture as we explore the city and partner with a church for some service projects in Quito for three days. We'll also trek to two nearby mountain peaks and explore the natural beauty of the Andean cordillera. As we are stretched and challenged physically, mentally, and spiritually, we will explore the tensions between city and nature and abundance and poverty. No equipment or experience required. Cost: $800 (this includes airfare)
Island Living: Backpacking on Cumberland Island, GA
We will spend a week exploring one of the largest and best preserved barrier islands on the east coast. Cumberland Island is home to pristine maritime forests and miles of undeveloped beaches. We will learn backpacking and camping skills as we traverse the island on foot. We may also encounter feral horses and some of 335 bird species. During our week together we will explore the themes of identity, community, and spirituality. The trip will be physically and mentally challenging but will also include time for rest and reflection. No backpacking experience required. Cost: $300