150 youth from the San Antonio Texas North Stake, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took up the challenge of a 3-day pioneer trek.
The dedicated youth decided to spend three days of their spring break roughing it at the Y-O Ranch in Mountain Home. They learned to live life as the pioneers once did, without the modern conveniences of cell phones, iPods, TV, and video games.
On day 2 of the retreat, retreatant Emmie Eyden said, “I never realized before how much time I spend using social media and stuff like that.”
Youth leader Paul Brown said during the 3 days on the ranch, the youth participated in pioneer activities including Dutch oven cooking, candle making, and black powder shooting. They also pushed and pulled handcarts through rough terrain for nearly 20 miles.
“Youth these days don’t get an opportunity to do hard things enough and we felt this would be a good opportunity for that to happen,” said Paul Brown a youth leader at the retreat.
While on the retreat, the teens were also broken up into 13 families. Church leaders hope this experience has taught them to gain a better understanding of what true living is all about.
“We try to teach them to help others to not only be takers but givers,” said Brown.
Retreatant Jada Martinez said, “Electronics are more of a physical need and I don’t really need that to go on with my life.”
The teens were asked to bring little more than a sleeping bag, a jacket, a change of clothes, a plate, spoon and cup. They left behind their watches, cell phones, and make-up. The retreat will end on Wednesday.