Primitive Outdoor Adventure / Family Bonding With the hectic schedules of today’s youth, when do parents and children have time to slow down and communicate or grow a family bond? Zion Christian Retreat & Nature Center has a new program to experience. This experience is meant to bring child and adult closer to God’s creation through a mutual experience. Even if the family has little experience with camping, nature, or wilderness, this is an opportunity for a safe introduction into a secure, yet exciting atmosphere. The outdoor adventure is based on a three-day, two-night excursion for Parent and Child into the wilderness on the 1,200-acre property location at Zion Christian Retreat & Nature Center. Each Parent/Child duo will be given information about the area, survival tips, and instructions prior to being transported to a designated wilderness area where the duo will be left to fend for themselves. The family will receive map and compass to hike ½- ¾ mile to shelter. At the shelter area, the duo will have a sufficient supply of firewood, an outhouse, access to fresh water and a skybox shelter situated approximately eight feet in the air. The adult and child will discover that there aren’t any houses in sight and that you truly out in a “wilderness.” The adventurers may observe deer, wild turkeys, bald eagles, osprey, red-tail hawk, fox, coyotes and assorted woodland creatures. Next comes the discovery that you may have to fish for your dinner out of the two-acre pond and only keep what you wish to eat. The cooking method for the food is the campfire built through adult-child teamwork! If you do not have the supplies needed to this adventure, Zion will provide tools for your use during the excursion including: cooking gear, food, sleeping bag, ax, knife, canteen. You must furnish your own clothing and person toiletries. Raingear is recommended for hikes during inclement weather. Electronic games are not recommended being that this is a rare opportunity to be free of today’s fast-paced electronic world. On the third day, adventurers will trek back to the original drop-off point to be picked up and go through debriefing. The cost of this adventure is minimal compared the rewarding experience $150.00 for a Parent/Child duo, $50 for each additional child. Ages of children to be approved by Zion. Stays are available June 18th through November 5th.
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