WSU Offers New Multi-Sport Service Trip to Southern Utah
OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Outdoor Program and the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) are teaming up to offer students a unique opportunity to get outside and serve their community with the new “Multi-Sport Service Trip.”
The group will drive to southern Utah on Thursday, Oct. 21 and make camp for the weekend. The following day, participants will volunteer at Youth Futures in St. George, an organization dedicated to providing support and shelter to homeless and at-risk youth, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weber State students will help organize and wash donations to the facility. They will also help prepare for the upcoming #SleepOutUT event in November, which encourages individuals to sleep outside for a night in support of ending youth homelessness. Participants will spend the rest of the weekend hiking and rock climbing before returning to campus Oct. 24.
In the past three years, Weber State students have completed more than 120,000 service hours through CCEL, volunteering with hundreds of organizations. Dedicated students worked on local service projects and participated in Alternative Spring Break trips across the U.S.
“Research shows that student involvement in the community contributes to student retention and success,” said Becky Jo Gesteland, CCEL executive director. “Students who become engaged with their community, stick around, do better academically and graduate.”
Climbers of every skill level are welcome on the trip. All equipment needed for camping and climbing will be provided and the cost of transportation is included in the $98 trip fee.
Participants are required to register beforehand and attend a mandatory pre-trip meeting on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. Students can visit the Outdoor Adventure & Welcome Center (1352 Village Dr., Ogden) with any questions.
“I hope students come on this trip and make connections, and I hope those connections lead to meaningful conversations,” said Hayley Prine, Outdoor Program director. “I want students to feel supported during their time at Weber State and come do more with the Outdoor Program.”
For more information about the trip and getting involved with Campus Recreation and CCEL, visit weber.edu/outdoor/Multisport-Service.
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