"The trip helped me grow in my faith as I was able to realize that praying and just sitting still long enough to talk and connect with God really does have a positive effect. Countless times we would be hiking through rough hard terrain, and I would think I couldn’t keep going but would stop and pray to God to give me strength.... Every time I prayed about one thing, the Lord helped me in other things as well, things like appreciation for the beautiful nature we were surrounded by, as well as appreciation for other people in the group going through the same hike and probably struggling with some of the same things as me." - Brent
"He was definitely out there walking alongside me, showing me endurance that I never thought that I had."
"Not relying on people and not trusting has been a thing I’ve struggled with my whole life. I have always had the mindset that I had to do things myself because there never really were people there for me when I needed someone to rely on. This trip helped me learn that I have people to rely on in times of need." -Addy
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.