Photo Courtesy of Campus Recreation
The Campus Recreation Center presents this spring’s God in the Wilderness, which will be a six-day and a five-night trip at the Mammoth Mountain. It began Wednesday, Feb. 24, and students will return Friday, March 4.
The trip offers four Convocation credits, as there will be four devotionals led by Director of Speech and Rhetoric for the Communication Division Gregory Daum. Other activities include skiing, snowboarding, tubing and hiking.
Associate Director of Campus Recreation Denton Jones said he believes that being in nature will give students an opportunity to learn by sharing and interacting with others.
“The good thing about being in a cabin with people and having to share meals and space, and actually living with people, allows us to have conflict and disagreements,” Jones said. “It forces us to share, learn to get along, grow and experience the benefits to overcome conflict.”
Freshman Vivian Leung participated in God in the Wilderness last semester and said she believes it was a great opportunity to meet new people and create deep relationships.
“I am not a big fan of camping, but give me a good impression of the wilderness,” she said. “I got to meet a lot of people. We learned to bond together, although we didn’t really know each other and did things I had never done in a group.”
Registration for the event opened in fall semester and the trip has been fully booked since Jan. 12. There were 25 spots open for students, and there are 30 students on the waiting list.
God in the Wilderness is a trip open for students once every semester with the goal of spending time with a great community, experience God’s creation and let students grow spiritually, Jones said.
“As far as growing spiritually, it is a good time to get away from all of the routines in life that are so distracting and a chance for [students] to focus on God,” Jones said.
Jones said the Campus Recreation Center is currently thinking of other options and chances for recreation, so students can be in touch with nature and experience God’s creation.
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