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Program offers family, youth wilderness outings

Apr 25, 2010 12:08:00 AM - thestate.com
Looking for a family adventure that won't break the budget and focuses on strengthening familial relations?

Search no further. Yahweh Wilderness Expeditions offers family and youth outings designed to build relationships and share adventure. The nonprofit, volunteer-operated, faith-based adventure program created by Brent McGee developed from a passion for the outdoors and a feeling of urgency for relationship building.

McGee, a teacher at Camp Long, saw firsthand the effects of failed familial units.

"I realized it was not just the children at risk, it's the families," said McGee. "I wanted to help families get back to doing things with each other and build better relationships. ... A lot of people want to outsource their lives to ball games, television and video games and not relationships."

Over spring break, Yahweh Expeditions held several trips to include a family outing, as well as a youth backpacking trip. Jamel Gallman, 17, was a part of a six-member group who hiked 40 miles in four days along the Chattooga River Trail and the Foothills Trail in North Carolina and South Carolina. With McGee and Betsey Davis as leaders, the group included Lonell Logan, David Bendickson and Calvin Cox.

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