Backpacking

  • Young men on a hike

Purpose

To enjoy physical activity and to draw nearer to the Lord as you see the beauty of His creations.

Description

Organize a series of activities to prepare for a safe and exciting backpacking trip. These activities could span a number of weeks. A quorum or class member and a knowledgeable consultant from the ward, stake, or community could lead the activities. For each activity, consider including something to invite the influence of the Holy Ghost. For example, a member of the class or quorum could share an experience, bear testimony, or teach a doctrine before the activity begins.

  • Introduction to backpacking. Learn about appropriate gear and clothing, cooking, survival skills, and first aid.
  • Practice hikes. Complete a few short hikes to prepare physically for the backpacking trip. One of these practice hikes may include an overnight camp. Learn to use maps and compasses. If possible, learn to use GPS devices and radio communication devices.
  • Trip plan and packing list. As a group, develop a detailed trip plan, including a purpose statement, a full itinerary, routes, directions to trailheads, emergency contact information, and maps. Prepare a packing list. Also prepare for devotionals and plan time for individuals to pray and study the scriptures.
  • Backpacking trip. Take the trip. Use the skills learned in the lead-up activities.

For guidelines regarding overnight activities, see Handbook 2, 13.6.12.

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