"One of my favorite things to have witnessed while in nature was the beauty surrounding me. When I was hiking, I would usually just keep my head down and stare at my feet, making sure I wouldn’t lose my balance... However, I remembered on occasion to look up and take in what surrounded me.... Sleeping under the stars, seeing the Milky Way, the shooting stars and satellites making their way across the sky, all of it had my awe." - Brooke
"When I started to rely on the Lord and let go of my pride, things got easier. I wanted to help and stay in the back; I wanted to cook dinner, and I wanted to talk and hear about the struggles that my teammates had. I suddenly had the genuine want to help people.... This trip is one I’ll never forget, even though it rained...It didn’t grow me in the ways I thought I wanted to grow, but instead, planted the seeds, and cleared the dirt for real growth to take place." - Zaeda
CER’s annual 15-day backpacking trip serves as an opportunity for our students and interns to unplug from the responsibilities and distractions of daily life and experience the great outdoors. CER has been leading wilderness backpacking trips since the 1970’s.