"It was an incredible trip to celebrate others, many of them doing things they would have never done but showed that they are capable of much more than they thought. We came back stronger because of it. Strength is looking beyond your own nose to see the people around you. Strength is utilizing others’ strengths and talents. Strength is cheering people on even when you are struggling. Strength is finding refuge in the Lord Almighty." - Bethany
"The lesson I got from climb day is to trust people and trust God. If I didn’t decide to trust the people and the equipment then I wouldn’t have even hooked myself on. Doing things that we really don’t want to do or are scared to do has great rewards because it pushes us to do harder things on a daily basis. It makes me think: am I more scared of rock climbing or having this hard conversation?" - Andrew
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.