TREK Graduation at Snow Mountain Ranch
On May 9, 13 employees of Snow Mountain Ranch – YMCA will graduate from the TREK Program. For the past eight months, they have worked in various departments at Snow Mountain Ranch, as well as completed studies and service related to this Christian Gap Year program. It was specifically designed for youth ages 18-24 who want to take an extra year after high school to find their path.
The program asks participants to answer and study three basic questions during their course: Who is God? Who am I? Where does God want me in this world? Through bible studies, outdoor adventures, leadership opportunities and career assessments Steve Peterson (YMCA Chaplain) has guided and supported these young Trekkers.
“I’m always impressed by how talented and gifted these Trekkers are,” said Peterson. “If given the opportunity and motivated, they really become high achievers.”
Participants as well as Chaplain Peterson will partake on a mission trip to the Sioux YMCA located on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota where they will spend time in their after school program, serving meals, painting and building a bouldering wall.
“This morning I woke up early on my day off to go work with sled dogs. The whole time we were going, I just couldn’t stop smiling and repeating to myself, ‘I love my life. I am for sure living the dream.’ I’m just so thankful for the opportunities that are being brought into my life,”: said Trekker Olivia K reflecting on the program that is nearing its end.
“God is surely doing great things for me right now! Sure do miss my family and friends back at home, but I wouldn’t trade this adventure for the world!”
Snow Mountain Ranch – YMCA is very proud of these young men and women who have grown so much during their time here. We are currently accepting application for the 2016-17 season of Trekkers to start in the fall, so if you know of any youth ages 18-24 who would benefit from a year of work, personal growth and motivation, please have them contact Steve Peterson at Snow Mountain Ranch – YMCA.
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