We had a great time! Our journey was filled with laughter, challenges, and deep meaning. We had highs and lows and everything in between that makes for a transformative journey. Here are a few things the participants said about this trip:
"I've learned to love myself on the inside just as much as on the out. This journey was life-changing. Now I know there is more to life than meets the eye." -Participant, age 13
"During my trip, I went in the forest, through the mountains, walked on amazing beaches, and hiked next to incredible waterfalls. I learned a lot about myself, inner and outer - wise, and I am so glad I got to have the experience and opportunity to do so." - Participant, age 14
"I learned that when things get hard, keep on going--don't stop. My favorite part of this trip was Sacred Groves and the solo." - Participant, age 13
"I have gone on three Journeys trips and every one has been a life-changing, wonderful experience."
- Participant, age 13
"I learned I am much stronger than I thought I was. I think my most challenging moment on this trip was the solo but I think it only made me stronger and I will remember this trip forever." - Participant, age 13
Our Song: "Hike With Me"
If you wanna go take a hike with me
Come get on the trail and follow me
Oh why did I slip and fall
Must be muddy!
If you wanna go set up a tarp with me
Go get the P-Cord and find a tree
Go crawl in your sleeping bag
Let’s get cozy!
If you have to go and take a poop
Just grab the orange shovel and scoop, scoop, scoop
Oh what is your rating today?
Must be a twenty!
If you want to go and build a fire with me
Just grab some kindling and build a teepee
Oh why won’t the lighter work?
Must be too windy!
If you wanna go and take a solo
Stop eating, drink water and go, go, go
Oh why do I feel so hungry?
Must be my tummy!
If you wanna get past the tide
Just take off your pack and start to climb.
Oh why is this so easy?
Must be Jerry!
Our trip has been fun, we got a lotta sun
But now it’s done and we gotta run
And we feel like a family
Must be the Journey!
- Introductions of Participants and Staff -
And we’re the Funky Bunch
And we’re guaranteed to be better than your lunch
Give me my chili and I’ll shout a little louder
I’m Kayley Bug and I’m a backcountry thug
And I’ve learned a lot about myself and love
Anya’s my name, Backcountry’s my game
My trail name is Ashton and I hike with a passion
My Name is Frida and I aint no reada
It ain’t no lie that I make a good stir fry
My name is Joy Duncan. I like to eat
And when I go to sleep I get cold feet.
My name is Melissa I can rhyme any word
I am a songbird and I lead the herd.
I’m Home Skillet and this is my crew
And our community sticks together like glue.
My name is Katie and they call me ladybug
If you’re hiking up the ladder I give you a tug.
Put your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care.
And if you think our rap is dope
And that’s no joke
Everybody say O-Yayer.