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2022 Rise Together Enchanted Rock Summary

2022 Rise Together Enchanted Rock Summary

April 8-10, 2022

Full Trip Planning & Itinerary

This weekend was our second annual trip with Children of the King to Enchanted Rock State Park! This year, we got to camp near a beautiful lake house (thanks Mr. Randy!) In addition to last year’s activities, we were able to participate in rappelling and swimming at Inks Lake. We were able to bring around 30 youth from COK and 19 ACAN youth volunteers.

Key Accomplishments:

  • We had a much healthier ratio of youth:volunteers than last year, resulting in more intentional conversations and friendships!

Things to Improve:

  • Create more intentional activities at the campsite

Future Plans:

  • Colorado Bend trip in early June
  • Continuation of our weekly trips to COK’s Center

Reflections from Volunteers:

“Being in nature, away from most technology and stress, I was able to just relax and not worry about anything that was happening outside of the trip. I think getting to meet others from various backgrounds helped me expand my view of the world, and I loved seeing how everyone would work together and help each other grow.”

“The experience was eye opening and helped further my connections with the kids and allow me to know others that I don’t usually talk to. The trip helped develop my communication skills with the kids and I was able to understand them more.”

“I redefined my own limits and learned a lot of new things about outdoor activities. The part that I most enjoyed was a chance to learn about the children and other adults. I was moved by the testimonies and the way the community helped each other every step of the way. I really wish I can meet this group of people again and spend more time together through fun activities.”

“It was very touching hearing the stories from the adults and their religious journeys as it reminds me of how blessed I am and how I shouldn’t take anything for granted… It amazed me how much the kids persevered, they were able to push through the challenging activities with a big smile on their face. Overall I really enjoyed the trip and I really wish it lasted longer so I could have met even more people.”

While talking to some of the kids, I got a chance to learn about their interests and skills. If I hadn’t stepped out of my comfort zone, I wouldn’t have been able to talk to these new people and have these new experiences. I am very thankful for this opportunity and I hope to work with everyone again!

“It was an extremely positive experience learning about other people’s diverse backgrounds and upbringings and was definitely one of those experiences that humble you. It was a joy to experience the many wilderness activities we did and to not only be able to go outside my own comfort zone, but also encourage and guide others to venture out of their own comfort zones too.”

“Since I hadn’t volunteered/worked with children before this trip, I was worried if I was capable of being a good volunteer. Through the fun activities, I was able to bond with the kids and develop more confidence to work with children in the future! I am thankful that this trip gave me a chance to connect with a diverse group of people and push me to step out of my comfort zone.

“This camping trip gave me a lot of insight into religion and how people live their lives. I have always been fascinated with culture and other people’s unique stories, and this trip let me hear about these first hand.”

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