Words from a past Wilderness Trip Leader:
Is there anything more captivating than the wide-open sky, a deep breath of fresh air, the majesty of the lakes and mountains, and the fellowship of friends? Some of the most memorable times in my life have been spent on backpacking and canoeing trips with friends, both new and old.
Camp, and specifically going on trips at camp, has given me a deeper love for the great outdoors. As wonderful as a week at camp is, there is just something extra special about taking a trip into the “wilderness.” As a camper, going on a trip gave me the opportunity to learn new skills – skills which I still use, even today, when I go on trips with my friends. It built confidence in me and gave me a greater appreciation for the beauty of the world that God created. It bonded me with my fellow “trippers” who were, with me, experiencing the thrill of mountain climbing and the peace of canoeing. There is nothing like waking up and going to bed with the sun, doing your personal devotions surrounded by God’s creation, cooking your own food over a camp stove, sitting together by a cool lake for Bible Ex, and working together as a team to accomplish the goals of the day.
When we take time away from everything that can distract us, in the stillness and quiet times, away from the noise and bustle of everyday life, God’s voice in our lives can be more clearly heard. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had to see and experience God’s handiwork in the intimate way that going on a wilderness trip provides, and I hope that, in the future, I have the opportunity to explore even more of His wondrous creation.
Have you taken the time to experience the joy that comes from communing with God in the untouched the majesty of His great world? Going on a trip can be a time of joy, excitement, fun, and experiences that you cannot get anywhere else! How will you experience God this summer? Maybe a trip is in your future. I hope to see you on the trails.
Our 2016 Wilderness Trip Specialist:
Nesher is Camp Cedarbrook’s new Wilderness Trip Specialist. The inspiration for her bird name, which means “eagle” in Hebrew, is from Isaiah 40 (“They will mount up with wings like eagles”). The eagle is a bird of strength and power.
Nesher is from Mississippi. She has a B.S. in Exercise Science from University of Southern Mississippi and an MBA in Healthcare Management from Colorado Tech. This summer, she will start an MDiv. in Biblical Studies at New Orleans Seminary. She also has certificates in emergency medical services, field medicine, nursing, and welding.
She found out about Cedarbrook through the American Camp Association and decided to apply because “it’s a camp devoted to sharing Jesus with girls and helping them grow into the women God wants them to be. Who wouldn’t apply?!” Nesher will be leading the CILT II Trip, the Trailblazer Backpacking Trip (Week 2), the Challenger/Explorer Canoeing Trip (Week 3), and the Extended Wilderness Trip during the Two-Week Experience. Most of her trip experience is from her time in the military, during which she was a Navy corpsman.
Recently, Nesher has been helping to rebuild her church, Eagle Lake Baptist Church, which burned down four years ago. In her free time, she does stand-up comedy, sings, and speaks in multiple accents. She has been to five continents. Her favorite movie is “The Sound of Music,” and she likes classical and jazz music. She is “a lot weird and a little goofy,” which means that she’ll fit right in at camp!