Youth Ministry: Hikes and Little Adventures

After church, a few of us drove up to the Delaware Water Gap to hike up Mt. Tammany. I wanted to do this particularly before one of the youth heads off to college for the first time in a couple of weeks – hiking in the DWG was on her “bucket list.” Usually I like to go up with Ellis in May, but I didn’t have a chance to get away with her. This was a first for a few of them, so I was looking forward to it.

At one point we got to an overlook and one of them who had hiked it before said, “We’re almost there, why are we stopping?”

I reminded him that

it’s really not about the end but about the experience

…finishing it, and getting to the top is certainly a part of the experience, but it’s about the adventure – scrambling over rocks, taking pictures of weird insects, jumping into creeks and swimholes, and walking through a torrent of rain. It’s about feeling connected to community (sweating buckets and sharing it together) and connected to God’s creation…by realizing we’re a part of it, too…